The author did such a fine job relaying the story without opinion. So much so that it wasn’t till very late in the book that I was able to form my own opinion. What a couple of characters!! My mother used to say of such a couple that it was a good thing they met each other so they didn’t mess up two other people’s lives. Frank and Mamah unfortunately took out many in their wake to their private bliss. Looking at photographs of either of the main true life characters you would never realize the licentious lives they lead. Fascinating as well for me was how each qualified their actions.
I am enjoying historic fictions for with each one that I have read I goggle something that I am sure just cannot be true… only to learn of events in history that I missed.
Geez what a far range in reviews.
When his previously popular books came out - the topic did not strike my fancy and I did not read them. I'd have to have lived under a rock to not get that book without reading about it, by now.
This book was very good. I sincerely enjoyed it. I was involved in the story, attracted to the characters and surprised at all the right parts. I enjoy the history and the art stories. I was able to fall in to this book, as if this was his first, in that they rarely mention the characters previous adventures.
The narration is perfection. Paul Michael is like listening to silk. His gender changing is transparent.
Anyone that says this books is predictable needs to get a big glass ball and join the circus.
This book was completely different than I expected it to be. It was the high praise and the fine reviews that kept haunting me to purchase this book and I am so glad I did. From the name and scanning reviews, one thinks it has to do with weight in a physical sense when the weigh in the title has more to do with the emotional weigh we carry.
Heft is a fine example of a heavy book dealing with a lot of sad issues that, rather than being a depressing story, it’s compelling and hopeful tale that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. Yes, there could have been more resolution – but, there is always hope for a sequel.
Her books are just good police detective mystery. This one for me was not as good as some of the others that I have read. It was a little too long. She should have wrapped it up a bit sooner.
I enjoy the large part that women take in her books.
If you are a Lauren Graham fan - this book is definitely for you. As an old Gilmore Girls fan, I am a longtime fan. Her first fiction is just as witty – just as humorous – just as warm as you would expect it to be. One additional thing about this book that I enjoyed is though the characters were generally often in competition with one another they were still kind to one another. When life went the wrong direction – the characters changed direction and trudge on. Such a story was refreshing – just what I needed.
This is a tale of a New York City actress trials and triumphs. Franny gives herself a three year career goal. Along the way she shares her personal life and professional rise and falls. Someday, Someday Maybe is an interesting upbeat and humorous book. Lauren Graham is the narrator speaking in the first person. It’s like listening to a good friend tell of her latest adventure. It’s laugh out loud funny in parts.
Some will not enjoy the ending. Personally, I found it to be just perfect. Good first effort and I hope we get a lot more from her. Normally, I detest when the narrator is the author. Not for this book. Yes, you will envision her as the main character, but I don’t think there is any way to get around that.
It's different from my home. The caracters seem real.
Ordinary Grace....also by Krueger. I am really enjoying his writing.
Painfully maudlin: So syrupy that my teeth ached if I read for too long in one setting. Trusting the rave reviews of this book’s prequel, I didn’t fear preordering so that I could download it the first day it came out. This book does stand on its own. I got enough of this whole group of characters in this one book. I have not a single desire to read the first novel after slugging through this novel. This book starts off depressing and doesn’t stop till it gets dismal.
The first four chapters could have been summed up in a single paragraph. It doesn’t take 4 chapters to get across the sorrow of cancer survivors. Repeating and counting the depth of bereavement over and over doesn’t deepen the idea of sorry. By chapter 5 the author has beaten just how sad everyone is to the point that Moses-Tobaini’s “Hearts and Flowers” is lilting in background. Kate and Tully had thirty year friendship. I was impressed the first time you stated it. Dragging “thirty year friendship” in over and over in some kind of weird speak was pointless and irritating. Who has these type conversations? No one talks like the people in this book. Ms Hannah writing should be put on a question mark diet. At least one question follows too mnay statement in this book. Tully sees a man walking towards her. Why does he look so familiar? Tully considers speaking to him. Why does she feel the need to? Why? Why ask why when you really don't want to know why? Why?
The general story is good. I rolled my eyes and groaned aloud through the entire book because it was basically interesting and I was curious enough in the plight of the characters to drag myself to the ending. Along the way there were additional surprises, twists and turns that makes for a strong plot. It’s a clever story between the sappy sugary morose languishing of repetitive waves of insecurities and vacillation.
I read another book by Nevil Shute. While researching the author, I read many recommendations for this book. I can see why. An epic novel revolving around two amazing people that met though divine providence.
After listening to several "heavy" books, this was so light - so humorous. Pleasant read
the Korean mother in law
Don't want to give a lot away... I did enjoy all the stories about George Plimpton that were included. He was a talk show guest on many shows when I was a kid....
This could easily be done. Good book for when you don't want to listen to something that you have to give your undivided attention to.
I don't think so. It just went on...and on...and on. Then it ended and continued on and on. I found it hard to listen to and frankly, everytime I listened, when not driving, I soon found myself asleep.
Yes, the plot is very good.. There are numerous surprise and shocking events along the way as well.
He stopped me from skipping ahead.
No....I couldnt stop yawning. Not as good FOR ME as it was for others.
The Interestings is a traditional novel, set within the baby boomer's time setting, focusing on friendships lost and cherrished within a thirty year span. It’s not a warm or endearing story , but rather a breathtaking character study during a time when a portfolio displayed artwork not numbers. I laughed out loud and pushed the “I need to hear that again” button more in this novel than in any other audio book that I have listened to previously.
The books main character, Jules, is the best friend of the “it” couple, Ash and Ethan. The numerous other characters are on different tiers of closeness around this threesome. I relished each person's story. I loved being reminded of the uniqueness of the times.
The theme that most rang true to me (and there are numerous within) was the serendipity of life. How one thoughtless decision – one kind word – one sympathetic moment – one chance meeting – sets the path of each person’s life long providence.
The writer’s command of the subject matter and her lyrically flowing sentences makes this Meg Wolitzer novel just delicious. This is a wonderfully rich novel. Is it an enjoyable easy to listen to audio book?..... Not so much.
It’s a pity that this audiobook was narrated at breakneck speed. This lovely beautiful story will be lost on many listeners that don’t have the time and patience it takes to get involved into the story. It required my undivided attention and numerous chapter repeating to get a grasp of the large ensemble. After each break in listening, I stuggled for awhile till I could adjust once again to the narrator's frantic pace. It STILL was a book, and ending, that was well worth the credit and effort.
Report Inappropriate Content