Loved the narrator and the characters. Longed for something to go right in the story line occasionally but it never seemed to. I missed these friends after the book was done. Sad but a good book. Made me think about how people were treated in our society.
The story was a new one and believable. The characters were believable and likable - warts and all. I have read news stories about tragedies such as these but never a novel. Good subject.
Maybe some of Anna Quinland's books. Black & Blue, Every Last One.
I would have cast a young reader (child or teenager with a believable kid's voice) for Jenny. The adult narrator didn't work for that character. I hated the Ellen narrator. The male voices were awful. Her 'tragic moments" were not done well. Hard to describe but she missed it. Too breathy; too whiney. Some books are better read and some books are better listened to. This is one that I would have enjoyed more if I had just read it.
No but in a fairly short period of time. A couple of days.
I liked the book very much but the narration bothered me so much that it took away from my enjoyment of the experience.
Maybe. I enjoyed it eventually but after reading JoJo Moyes' You Before Me, I had high expectations. This story was frustrating and a bit unrealistic. But by the end, I was hooked.
I listen to lots of audiobooks and love many of them. This one is a "starred" one in my reading journal. I personally suffered the tragedy of losing a child so this story resonated with me on a different level.
The authenticity of the characters. An inside look at the lives of kids with cancer. You don't often see books about that.
Gus, of course.
Yes - I love the narrator and the story is sweet and encouraging.
I love her voice and she reads the voice of a young girl very well.
It was disjointed and hard to follow. Jumped around in terms of time frames. I kept waiting for it to end. Never finished it. It became too tedious and repetitious.
The premise of the story is nice. It just went on and on and on saying basically the same thing. I stopped listening a couple hours before it was finished and I never do that.
Yes, I would. I liked the book and the narrator was fine. Didn't love it but didn't hate it either. Just in the middle.
She didn't make Ollie a very likeable character to me so I was bummed when he ended up with her.
An adequate job. I personally don't like male narrators trying to do feminine voices.
Near the top and I listen to lots of books.
On par with A Prayer for Owen Meany. Made me laugh, made me cry, made me want to seek justice against awful people.
Loved her narration and I'm a narration snob. Didn't use fake southern accents. Great job.
hmmmm...good question. Throughout most of the book I thought the title wasn't a good one. The book was about so much more than just Sam Lake. In my opinion, Swan is the strongest, most dominant character in the book. Maybe I would name it A Moses Never Lies
I highly recommend this, especially for readers who like Southern literature. It was hard to listen to at a times because the subject matter was so upsetting but it was a great book.
Anti climactic. Really no resolution to the story.
there were actually multiple narrators which I liked rather than having one person try to do both genders.
appreciate my mother more
Got tiresome. I was glad when it was over and I normally love Pat Conroy's books.
Southern accents were fake.
I love every thing Anna Quindlen has ever written. This was no exception. Having suffered a personal tragedy of my own, I related to the main character. The narrator was fabulous. Highly recommend this new treasure from Quindlen.
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