A novel about an alcoholic and a boy is one I would usually pass without a second glance. Fortunately, I was already a Bryce Courtenay fan. This touching novel is not to be missed. Humphrey Bower does his usual outstand job presenting each character in his/own voice. Five stars!
I think of Garrison Keillor as the affable host on Prairie Home Companion. This story has some elements I found surprising, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I could listen to GK daily!
This is the kind of book I can't put down! Usually I can guess where a mystery is going -- but Beauman kept me guessing. I'll look for other books by this author. I wouldn't listen again because there;s too many other books I want to hear.
There really was an Orphan train. Christina Kline seems to have captured the experiences of those children. All of American history is not proud and what happened to these children is included in some of the less proud.
I have not read the print vesion -- loved the audible one.
This is the kind of novel I can get lost in. I miss it now that I've finished listening. I learned a lot about the 2nd World War and how it affected everyday people in Hungary. It is a perfect book for additional novels about the same characters.
The story is so-so, but character development weak and sex scenes too graphic and frequent. This could almost qualify as an erotic novel. I finished the book, but this is one I am glad is finished.
I passed this book by many times and still don't know why I chose it -- and I am so glad I did. I've seen the movie twice and loved it. The book is so much more than the movie. I missed it when it was over.
I gave it only two stars because I could have quit anytime and would have never missed it. However, I needed some mind numbing and this novel did it. If audible books could be given a rating I'd probably rate it an R due to sex scenes. The love making is described in graphic detail which would have been much more acceptable in a strong story line.
Controversial subjects including sympathetic characters on both sides of the controversy are a Jodi Picoult trademark and this book is no exception. I thought the ending was a little weak, but as usual enjoyed this JP novel.
Dogs are my favorite 4 legged creatures and I have often thought they have some sort of conversation going in their heads. This book is funny, touching, sad, and even philosophical. It is one of the few books I will listen to a 2nd time. I usually don't waste my points on 6 hour books, but I am so glad I did!
I don't know if you have to be a dog lover to enjoy this book, I am and I loved it. I think Spencer Quinn must have been a dog in another incarnation. He seems to know what a dog would think or at least what I think a dog would think. Lots of funny lines and good story line.
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