I hated this book, and if I hadn't spent money on it and needed something to entertain me while driving, I would have stopped reading it after the first couple of chapters. The ending was so predictable, even for a romance. The main character was an idiot; I just wanted to slap her. The whole story was completely unbelievable. I shouldn't have wasted my time along with my money. The reader was good, however.
If you like a fantasy world where "bad boys" are really sweet and sensitive … not to mention, rich … and are the most incredible and expert lovers with no thought for their own pleasure, only yours … this is the book for you. It has some pretty good erotic scenes, but as a story, it was predictable and unbelievable.
Sissy Spacek is a major movie star who wanted to show how ordinary she is. (See the title.) After reading the book, I am impressed with how she has managed to maintain a fairly normal life -- long-term marriage, children, living a life outside of Hollywood. The problem is that I found the details of her ordinary life rather dull. She is a competent writer, but not a great one, so the ordinary details of her life are just not that interesting. Much of the book is about her family background, her childhood, her pets and her relatives and neighbors. The stories, the way they are told, would be of zero interest if they weren't about a movie star. I did enjoy hearing about the making of her movies -- the unordinary part of her life -- but that constituted no more than half the book, and probably a lot less. I also was not impressed with her performance as a reader. I know this may be an unfair criticism ... after all, she's the author talking about her own life! But she has a slow southern drawl; I kept wanting to tell her to speed it up. To sum it up, I liked Sissy Spacek, it was interesting hearing about her experiences making movies, but she succeeded too well in showing how "ordinary" her life is.
I loved this book. I loved the way it presented the perspective of both the wife and the other woman so honestly and well. I didn't know whom to root for.
I was so disappointed when I read this book. I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult. I love how she gets us into the minds of her characters, and enables us to see things from their perspective. I can't believe she wrote this book. The topic -- spouse abuse -- is one I would expect her to handle. But it might as well have been a Harlequin novel. So shallow. I ordered it, despite the bad reviews, because the main character is an anthropologist. I'm an anthropologist. I thought, if nothing else, that would make it interesting. It didn't. It's as if she took one anthropology class, and didn't do all that well in it. If you love Jodi Pocoult, avoid this book!
I'm not sure why I ordered this book, because it's not the kind of book I usually get -- but I'm SO glad I did. I loved this book!! And the readers were fantastic. They really added to the listening experience. I hated for the book to be over.
I guess it's my fault for not realizing that this was actually written by Nora Roberts. It is a romance novel, thinly disguised as a murder mystery. I've never read a mystery that has so little action and so much talking talking talking. The fact that it's set in some undisclosed future time and has technology we don't have and uses slang that doesn't yet exist may have been done to be clever, but I found it just annoying. The characters were two-dimensional. The main character's husband was the most clever, handsome, and rich guy ever ... and yes, he was totally devoted to his wife and always there when she needed him. Give me a break! My advice -- unless you've read this author before and like her, don't bother to read this book.
While the basic plot idea is interesting and would make a great short story, this long book was alternately boring and interesting. In any case, however, I would much rather read this book than listen to it. There are long strings of information -- lots of 9 digit numbers, names of tests, etc. that one would skim over in a book. When it's being read to you, however, that's not possible. There were times I wanted to scream. Lincoln Child is much better when he coauthors with Douglas Preston.
I normally don't read non-fiction. I listen to books on tape (or electronic format) while I drive, and I prefer mindless entertainment. I'm a fan of mysteries. I got this book because my husband (we commute together) really wanted to read it. I was surprised to find that I loved it! There was a great mystery/thriller "plot" alongside a fascinating historical account of the Chicago World's Fair. It made our most recent trip to Chicago much more meaningful to know so much of the history of the city.
I am a great fan of "Sex and the City," and was greatly looking forward to reading this book. What a disappointment! It was shallow, cliched, and rather boring. I gave it two stars because I did finish the book, but I would not recommend it.
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