This was one of the best audio short story collections I've had the pleasure of listening to.
This is the first Kellerman book I've read, and I want more. The strength is all in plotting (twisty) and character (widely varied, yet realistic). The dialogue is great.
And I don't understand the bad reviews about this reader. He does grizzled cop, druggy mom, spoiled teenager, and calm psychologist voices with total believability.
The blurb for this book makes it sound like a story of ostracism in high school, but the characters are cardboard-flat. It's more of a preachy spiritual trip for the author than a story. There's no reason for the narrator to befriend the school outcast (who is a Christian-raised white boy trying to be a Buddhist monk). The narrator's friends are bratty and too obviously shallow. The school bully is a stock stereotype who does all the predictable bully things. I got about halfway through this audiobook and quit.
I'm glad to finally get a chance to read this children's classic. The reader is a little patronizing, but the author's voice shines through.
I'm hooked on this series by George R.R. Martin. This is an unusual fantasy epic, with 6 books planned (3 completed), but worth the time investment. The characters are extremely realistic, well-rounded, and deep. Their relationships are fascinating. Every chapter ends on a cliff-hanger, yet somehow it doesn't get tedious. It's just pure fun.
I loved the premise of "The Secret Sharer", and it was exceptionally well-written. The other two stories were a little meandering, and didn't seem to have much of a point.
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