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I decided to read the book because I enjoy recent historical fiction. I was especially interested in learning about the deep South and how blacks were treated in the early 1900's. I was so disappointed. There was little depth to the book, yet such a deep subject. I thought it was slow and violence just for the sake of violence. The narration was painful. I never felt like the book took place over a hundred years. The narrative had a rather hip, sarcastic tone and absolutely no southern accent even though it was in first person and the character was from Mississippi. Too many chapters. The music at the end of some of the chapters was totally annoying and not necessary. The worst audible book I have ever listened to. I should have gone with my gut and quit an hour into it.
I'm embarrassed and a little afraid to admit I was not a big fan of this book. One reviewer said that if you didn't like it, then you must be jealous of the author. Trust me. I am not jealous. I just have another opinion.
I thought this was a beautiful story. The characters were all well developed and I really got to know them. I loved that the author chose to write about teenagers and that one of the main characters was blind actually enhanced the book for me. The unbelievable horror of war and how it effects everyone was very well portrayed.
I have listened to many books that are not linear and usually enjoyed them. This book jumps back and forth in time, place and character over and over again. The narrator doesn't change his voice for the characters, so in the moment it took me to figure out where "we" were now, I would miss something. I do think this probably works better in written format.
However, the part I didn't like is what most people love and will probably make it win many awards. I found the book too descriptive and too poetic. Like another reviewer said, there were just too many metaphors. I got lost in the sugary details. I didn't enjoy the scientific detail, either. I don't care how many teeth a snail has. For me, it just got in the way. I can't wait until my daughter finishes reading it so I can get her opinion. Plus, even though I listened to the ending twice, I still am not sure what happened to the "stone".
I am so glad I bought this book on sale. I didn't care for it. Only the very beginning and some of the end of the book are about Philomena. Most of the book is about her "lost" son and follows him year by year by year. He was very self destructive and because of that, I found the book dark and depressing. I rushed to watch the movie after finishing the book because I knew that followed Judi Dench's character. First time where I enjoyed the movie more than the book.
I am a reader - not a writer - so this will be short. I agree with everything "Ryan" an earlier reviewer wrote. Luckily I got it on sale or I would ask for a refund. I disliked it from the start but hung in there because of the positive reviews. I found the book very dark. I thought it was extremely gross many times - for no reason. I hung in there all 30 hours just to find out the ending - which was not satisfying - and because the time I had already invested. What was I thinking? I should have gone with my gut and quit earlier. Good narrator. I do not recommend this book.
This is a fun book. Like someone said, not great literature - but I found it to be a good read. The narrator did an excellent job of speaking for the "rookie, kind of" cop. There was an element of suspense and yet, the author did a good job of using humor. I giggled out loud more than once. I agree with whoever said it sort of has a bit of the flavor of Carl Hiaasen's novels. I look forward to listening to the whole series, but will look for sales.
I saw the movie many years ago when it came out. I always felt "creeped out" about the movie. Now that I have read the book, I know the whole story. I know the real "ending". The book is not creepy. It is intense though. I love it when a book is in first person. A movie just can't portray those thoughts. Great book, author and narrator. Forget the movie. Read the book. How one trip down a river changes many lives forever.
Read this book. Listen to this book. It is that good. I saw the movie when it came out and though I enjoyed the movie - they do not compare. The book is a whole new story. You get to hear the thoughts of young Oskar and his grandparents. There is no way a movie can convey those thoughts. This author is brilliant. Truly brilliant. He ties so many things together - the parallels between the beginning of World War II and the World Trade Center disaster. I don't want to start a new book because I don't want to forget this one.
I loved this audiobook. The narrator was amazing. I loved her accent and she was perfect for each character. The story had me at the first sentence and kept me engaged until the end. When I had an hour left, I went and did something else for a few hours just so I could extend the book. I did not want it to end. This book is not chick flick. This book has everything. Superb writing. Characters that were believable and I could relate to. And Ms Moriarty wove the tale like no other. I will be recommending this book to all my book lover friends. I can't wait to try some more books by this author.
Wonderful, but painful story of two women best friends during World War II. I, personally, can't summarize this book, without giving too much away. Excellent story, excellent narration. It will definitely stick with you. I, also, agree with another reviewer that I need to go back and listen to the book again. I highly recommend this book - especially if you enjoy WWII historical fiction - with an added plus that the main characters are women!
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator was perfect. I felt like he was personally telling me a story. I have listened to one other book by Ivan Doig and hope to listen to many more. The story was poignant, quirky and made me giggle out loud many times. Such a "feel good" book.
Hildy, the main character, is 60 and quite the alcoholic. I loved her and I hated her, but i never stopped enjoying the book. The story is told in first person which makes it perfect for an audiobook. I agree with an earlier reviewer that Mary Beth Hurt IS Hildy. I can't wait to recommend this book to my friends.
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