Half of the book deals with Dickey's struggle as a professional baseball player, including becoming a knuckleball pitcher. That half was very interesting, even for a non-baseball fanatic. The other half deals with his personal struggles and family issues, which are not directly related to the baseball story. I feel like he combined two separate stories into one, when it would have been better to just write the two stories as separate books.
I am an adult reading this YA genre novel, but my rating is based on my personal opinion. I think if I were in high school, I would have enjoyed the book more. My tastes have just grown too much as an adult and kept wanting more depth in the story.
Again, as a YA book it was good, but had it been an adult novel instead, I would have enjoyed it more.
I have not listened to her other performances, but this one was very good. No complaints.
I did not enjoy the Hunger Games series either, however, I did enjoy this novel more. The story was more in-depth, the world more carefully crafted and described, and the dystopic themes a little more easily to relate to. I would recommend this book to any young reader and all readers who enjoyed The Hunger Games.
From a plotline, this book seems to be a ripoff of The Hunger Games, but it is not. Totally different story, different themes, different writing style. Nothing reminiscent of The Hunger Games as I read it.
This was a really good, quick Young Adult romance novel. If that's what you're in the mood for, this is for you. The plot is pretty straight-forward, but engaging. Some plot points I didn't agree with, but after discussing this novel with some friends in an informal book club setting, they changed my mind; overall I enjoyed it. Some parts of it are beautifully written. I definitely see John Green exploring his writing style and starting to move away from the YA genre. I previously read his book Looking For Alaska, and really enjoyed that, as it was reminiscent of the classic novel A Separate Peace.
I love Kate Rudd's normal voice. Her male voices lean towards the sub-par level, but her normal voice more than makes up for it. I haven't listened to her other audiobooks yet.
I previously read The Windup Girl, and really enjoyed it. He really created a vivid world, realistic characters, and an engaging plot.
The narrator was slightly sub-par. But I was able to listen to the entire audiobook.
The Young Adult fiction genre has changed over the past 15 years or so. Modern YA is currently being enjoyed by many adults. But this novel, is truly written at a much younger level: it's audience is a younger reader, and it written as such. I felt stupid reading it. Like I was reading a Dr Seuss book. It was so much different than Paolo's other novel, The Windup Girl, which was written at the adult level.
Now, sometimes I enjoy reading a simple book, but I guess my expectations were so high after reading Windup Girl. If you enjoyed Windup Girl, be aware, this book is written with much simpler plots and themes. Nothing as complex as Windup Girl.
I never read the print edition, only listened to the audiobook. This was a great story to listen to. The narrator did a superb job.
The story was impeccable. If I were the editor for this novel, I wouldn't make any recommendations to the author. So the fact that this is a non-fiction novel makes it even that much better.
Most people are familiar with WWII in Europe, with so many shows, movies, and books about it around. But most people only know about Pearl Harbor and the H-Bomb in the Pacific theater. This story is about everything in-between those two events in the Pacific.
A powerful story about a man's unbreakable will to live.
There are a few phases of the story, and it can be listened to in a few sittings.
Rebecca did a fantastic job narrating the main female character, but did a very poor job of narrating the main male character. He felt so flat and drab, even though he was the main love interest. Her narration of the other minor characters varied as well, some were very good, and others not so good.
Overall it was a good listen. I had no idea Tony Danza became a teacher, and the mention of him working at a TFA school intrigued me to get this book. His stories are heartfelt throughout. It is autobiographical, but it could have used a little more help from the editor in dramatizing some scenes.
I would recommend this book to anyone in the teaching profession, someone who thought about changing their profession, or anyone who enjoyed Who's The Boss.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to most people. Rob's narration was very entertaining. His life stories are very interesting too, but the book seemed too short. Sometimes he leaves out details of an anecdote, as if his editor told him he was limited to a certain number of pages.
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