I wait in anticipation for William Kent Krueger to take Cork O’Conner on another journey in Tamarack Country. Obviously, I finished this in a few days. In this venture all the pieces are there for Cork to take his stand against evil in the defense of good. Henry (my personal favorite).., subzero temperatures.., the O’Conner family... the Ojibwe culture …. are all there again and I admit I just love it all. I could listen to David Chandler read the phone book.
BUT, I was a bit disappointed in this book. Again WWK choses to rehash a previous crime? If I am not mistaken, didn’t he do that in book twelve? Forgive me for complaining but, how many times are you going to purchase another greatest hits album…especially when a band member or two are missing?
While I am complaining…What great man sacrifices his family once again? In this chapter, Cork is putting the next generation in harm’s way. Seriously, after killing off spouses and lovers, putting offspring repeatedly at risk, WWK is including the infant grandchildren in his baggage? I think Cork O'Conner just crossed to below belt.
I will not be pre ordering my next in the series without a careful look at the summary.
Sometimes I enjoy Jocelyn Jackson's writing and sometimes I just don't get it. Three fourth's of the way through this book the only one I liked or cared about was the kid. The book starts out with an interesting situation involving the protagonist Shandi and her child, then follows her with additional unusual situations for chic lit.... autism, date rape, genetics.
What started out as interesting just never got there for me. All the irrational acts and irresponsibility of the characters became too many to keep my attention.
I had issues with how the author painted the protagonist. Shandi finds one male character, a brainiac with asperger's, physically attractive. They have little in common but at first glance she is "madly in love" with him. Upon further time spent together she still has nothing in common with him and finds him oddly self absorbed (Imagine). She keeps plowing ahead, to win his affections by changing her clothes and keeping his house. I found it insulting to paint her as an educated single mother then have her act so shallow.
I applaud the author for choosing some out of the box story lines but, geez, follow through with them. It's as if the author picked and chose the parts of her plot that fit into her story and ignored what wasn't easy. Along the same lines - she moves her child to a new home so that he could go to a school that will enhance his gift. Then schooling is never mentioned again. She continues to move him around with no concern for her child's education. It's hard to care about a characters when the author had so little respect for them. I would love to go on about the disturbing retaliation for a "rape", but I can't do it without giving up too much of the story.
Not the best Jocelyn Jackson book, for me...
A clean mystery about good God fearing people, Mitch Albom’s latest book was interesting and thought provoking. I am not one to guess the outcome of books and I did not in this one either. The author kept the story moving, tamed the cast of characters and allowed the reader to insert themselves in such an interesting situation. This book added to quite the discussion at our house. My favorite parts though were the little Alexander Graham Bell snippets intertwined within the story. What a basket of juicy little historical facts!!
Mitch Albom does not have a believable voice for fiction. He comes across as a motivational speaker not a fictional story teller. Mix that with a Heaven topic and the first few chapters I had keep convincing myself over and over that I did actually have a fictional book and not something that was soon going to turn into a sermon. It doesn't. It actually turns intoa good mystery.
I got to mention the sound effects. This book uses them A LOT. The first few chapters the sound effects verge on annoying. Then they stop or you can see a ringing phone or doorbell coming. Towards the end of the book I was listening in the middle of the night when someone knocked on the door (in the book) and jumped a foot off the bed. Totally scared me to death.
What a wonderful sweet coming of age story. With the flavor of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, I was hanging on each and every twist and turn throughout this book. More so than many detective novels I read this year that were advertised as thrillers.
Set in Mississippi in 1963 Starla lives with her strict grandmother. She thinks she has found a greener pasture only to find there is no place like home. The characters are endearing, spirited and complex. The women are strong, the children are gutsy and the best men are those that are tender and thoughtful. The author relays a time and feeling in a way that transforms the reader to a different age.
Amy Rubinate is the one with the pitch perfect tone. I think she did a fabulous job with all the characters.
I enjoyed each and every hour and minute.
Just what I needed.
I love love loved it. I remember the moment that I heard that Nora died. I was on vacation with friends and one of them looked at the news burp on their phone to report it after a gasp. I had no clue who she was. I found out from the lengthy discusssion afterwards. Because of Delia's last name I took a chance on this book and boy oh boy am I glad I did.
Here is the skinny - 1) It's four and a half an hours long and 2) Meg Ryan reads it to you. Which can be bad and good if you are expecting hours of bang for your buck. It's exceptionally good and fabulous if you need a book to get you through 5 hours that will make you feel confident, chatty and fun at the end. It's a real mood elevator.
This book is chatting with your best friend - reliving heartbreak with a friend - hearing all your friend's funny stories and clucking your tongue at life with a friend. It's good company.
I ended up spending a lot of time googling Delia's entire family throughout the whole book. Imagine their parents, who wrote many of my most favorite movies, being so different from the characters that they created. That was mind boggling to me.
I've read over 80 books this year and Delia is the only one of those authors that I have joined facebook page with so I can keep track of them. When she writes her next novel or movie - I want to know about it. I am going to be there the first day.
Meg Ryan is, of course, like listening to angels.
The Goldfinch is well worth the time investment that it takes to complete this book. It's truly entertaining and brilliantly written. I was instantly captivated while I ebbed and flowed right along with Tartt's work. I think the best way to describe this book would be a present day Oliver Twist or Great Expectations. Tartt writes the male perspective extremely well and seems to grow right along with the protagonist. One of my parents died when I was thirteen years old. This book brought similar thoughts and feelings that I had at that age that I had forgotten. The author, if not orphaned herself, is extremely intuitive.
In the Goldfinch, Theo Rekker . the protagonist, narrowly escapes a terrorist attack at 13 years old that takes he lives of many, including his mother. Since she has been his guardian parent, he is now at the mercy of others. From seconds after the incident he meets extraordinary people that form his life over the next 14 years.
Tartt brings in just the right amount of characters and gave each the perfect amount of weight. to the story. She also didn't dwell too much on any point, brought in new characters and events at just the right time, keeping a fascinating pace. Is The Goldfinch perfect..no. The last hour was like listening to Charlie Brown's teacher, for me. I can't understand why this book ended this way. It felt like the book lost its final chapter and moved right into the epilogue. In spite of that - it's still a wonderful book that I am glad I read.
David Pittu's narration is breath taking. Xandra, a female character, speaks and instantly we know that she is a user whom smokes and works in as a cocktail waitress. Each and every voice is crafted in a similar manner. One does not need to wait till the author lays out the charactor like when someone was near death or drunk for Pittu created the picture through voice. I was completely blown away by his performance.
I LOVED it.
I am about to say something that I have never written in a review. I am sad I only had 5 stars to give it.
The Tilted World is an epic novel set against the dynamic backdrop of The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Being raised a Yankee, I have NEVER previously heard about this event in American History. Living in the day where tomorrow morning’s news shows will be on location at tonight’s disaster, it’s hard to imagine that there once was a time when no one showed up to such a catastrophic event especially in the light of long advanced warnings.
One of the other greatest books I read this year was Tom Franklin’s, Crooked Letter Crooked Letter. Finding that wonderful book was blind luck. I now have him dialed in, for in my opinion, as a writer he is close to perfection. Because of that, I did not read the synopsis given by the publisher before purchasing or starting this novel. Afterwards when I did, I felt fortunate that I was spared. The summary is too detailed and would take away from the suspense and surprise.
In Tilted World Franklin teams up with poet wife, Beth Ann Fennelly for their first combined book. What a melodious match it is. It’s magical. I am betting that she had a close relationship with the Dixie character for the words given her and the forest were so elegantly versed and imaginative. The mind numbing descriptive phrases throughout just give this work an added layer that I so appreciate. I was completely absorbed in this book throughout. The story is engulfing with lots of twists and turns. Normally I avoid multiple authors. This is a fine pairing.
Brian D’arcy James did a fabulous narration performance. He transported me to a different time and space. Yes, he has a few “text to speech” type issues with numbers towards the end that should have been caught in editing.
The only thing necessary to tell you about the story is that a great historical flood is about to come to small area of Mississippi. There are heroes as well has opportunists and antagonists. There’s romance, strife, endurance, conflict and a baby.
Seriously, do you really need more?
This is my first of the series of 17 Goldie Shultz culinary mysteries. It was easy to jump right in. Would I read others? – Sure, if the price was right. I think what makes this series great is 1) you don’t have to go through a lot of back story to get to the current story. 2) You can pick up in the middle and all the characters feel like old friends. 3) No stress reading and no one is schooling you on technical skills.
This story is enjoyable and fun, despite its rather improbable events. Goldie Shultz caters a birthday dinner for a family member which results in the death of a friend. Goldie and her friend Marla set off to find the cause of the death with the assistance of her police chief husband and way to many of his staff to be reasonable.
I think Barbara Rosenblat did a perfect job with narration. Yeah, her teenage boy voices were a bit rough but, so are teenage boys.
The writing is clumsy. There are way too many people in this story to keep track of in an audio book. The author must cook by magic for she puts parties together between lots of breaks and through a lot of physical injury. When you go into a book like this I think one doesn’t expect C.S. Lewis, but rather something light and fun. I loved all the Denver references too.
This is a historic romance novel with believable characters and plot. Its Jane Austin meets Sherlock Holmes story. The first few chapters are the best for the main characters have a wonderful banner with each other. In a great many of these type books the relationship is a physical one. This relationship started off sight unseen. This pair also had a common interest which was rare for these couples. There is no other words to describe what some would call the romance in this book as anything else but awkward and cannot imagine what the author was thinking there.
A wonderful sister story. These two California girls had what I would have died to have at their age – a tight sibling relationship, a fun dad who drove a hot car and open handed independence. Who would have known that with all that, they still didn’t have the world by a string?
Joyce Maynard writes a strong passionate novel that vividly describes sisters that barely survived the seventies. I gladly rode on their emotional rollercoaster with them through those crazy teenage thoughts, peer pressure and disappointing parents. Woven in is a very clever and captivating detective investigation that had this reader gasping aloud.
I greatly enjoyed After Her and highly recommend it. The summary is accurate. I could not put it away and was sneeking listens. When this book opened up and I realized that Joyce Maynard was narrating her own book I said out loud to myself, “Always a bad decision.” It wasn’t. By the end of this listen I was claiming it a perfect choice.
I'll be singing M M M MY Sharona for days.
When there is just enough (money, luck, talent, etc., etc,etc,) to get by, one tends not to take chances or stray very far from what’s familiar. For once the fence has been crossed, if it goes wrong – there are just not enough resources to make it go away. The Bravo family is generations of depleted resources, abject poverty, and a whole lotta dysfunction. Lifetimes of being from the wrong side of town might just turn out to be being in the perfect location at the perfect time with the growth of the Florida intercostal waterways.
Heart of Palm is a strong complex novel in that there are a number of developed plots and subplots with lots of twists and turns full of emotional scenes and unexpected drama at every turn. The characters are as flawed as you and I, possessing transparent hearts and a wonderful southern sense of humor.
Laura Lee Smith’s debut novel is impressively flawless and heartfelt. Her descriptive writing will have you hearing the owls and cicadas, smelling the grease and feeling sweaty and sticky with every turn of the page. You can tell the author is Floridian for the leisurely pace of this book just adds to its ambiance.
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