I am talking about Bryce and Humphrey (but I guess the same could be said about Tommo and Hawk). Love this one two punch bang bang combo. It's a knock out every time.
So... I have heard much of the controversy about this book (does it deserve the Pulitzer - is it brilliant?) ... A friend of mine loved it / my daughter, who's BS degree is in Art History, did not. I started into this substantially sized book with a skeptical eye (or ear as the case may be). I loved it! The story kept my busy brain - busy, entertained, engaged and invested in the outcome. I was secretly panicked that the ending would be a let down after enjoying the book. It was not. It didn't end with a big finish - just a nice thoughtful wind down that left me completely satisfied and not disappointed or wanting. The one drawback to listening to this book is that there were so many beautifully written lines, I would have loved to have read them with my eyes and marked up a book with favorite passages. However... While listening to the book - It did get me through cleaning out my garage and my basement. Priceless!
Take the ride. I have Thoroughly enjoyed this series. Just starting the next book and anticipate more of the same fun, exciting adventure.
This book kept me engaged and interested. However, it fell a little flat at the end for me. It turned into your typical "who done it". It was good, I just wanted more pizaz.
I liked both of the main characters enough that if there were a follow book with these two (and they seem to leave that possibility wide open) I would probably buy it - in hopes that it had that extra something - to make it a 5 star.
Let me start by saying I have never seen the movie, but hear it is quite good - so I don't know how the 2 compare. I have had this book for quite a while and mostly bought it based on the Audible reviews. I did drag my feet reading it because part of the story revolves around 9-11 and I just didn't want to read a depressing book. The story is about a family and its history for generations, not just the 9-11 event (so don't let that stop you from reading it).The story starts from the perspective of a small boy, Oscar. I loved his voice or inner dialog. It reminded me of The Power of One (an all time favorite book of mine). The book then jumps around with different chapters being told through the voice of different characters. It was a bit confusing at first but it eventually all starts to pull together. I ended up actually loving this book. the book didn't depress me but it definitely gave my heart strings a good yank.
I don't know how you can't make the comparison - teen book - kids being divided into different groups at a certain age of development to live with there district (so to speak) - evil adult leaders - teen romance.... The list keeps going.
At first it held my interest pretty good but in the end, it turns into a sappy teen romance.
Just starting the second book. Hoping it sticks with a little more action and less sappy romance ( I do mean sappy - not the good kind).
Bryce is up to his usual. I love Bryce and he has been a favorite author of mine - RIP.
If you like his style you will get more of the same formula. IE: Familiar phrases, family stories, characters you will care about, rich history, and always a few boxing references.
Otherwise you might get tired of the same old same old. However, I see his books as familiar friends that keep me company. Can't wait to read his last book- it was published a few weeks before his passing this year.
I thought I would read/listen to something of a spiritual based book for the Christmas season. I had also had several friends rave about this book. Their spiritual backgrounds ranged from; hostile toward religion to super duper Mormon. They all loved this book!
So my expectations were HIGH and I think that made this book a bit if a let down. It was a story that kept my interest but also seemed a little hooky and corny at times. With that said I finished it a couple days ago and it does still creep back into my thoughts from time to time.
...I just didn't think the hobbit was the end all be all. I thought I would listen to this before the movie came out. What happened was - my mind wandered the whole time I was listening. It just didn't grab me and put me at the edge of my seat. However, I was able to figure out what I needed to pick up from the grocery store and make several to-do lists while I was supposed to be listening to the Hobbit.
I truly enjoyed this book and learning about the authors at the end of the book was the frosting on top.
Put down the crayons and just listen for heavens sake!
Not since "The Help" and the "The Power of one" have I loved a book this much.
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