I’m thrilled that I’ve found a series that I can use as my go to listen when I am just not finding a book that is speaking to me. After a few clunker audiobooks choices, I decided to head back to Minnesota to the Canadian/American border for another Cork O’Conner story. It turned out to be a perfect decision for gliding back into another one of these series was akin to flopping in my favorite chair with a cup of cocoa. I will be savoring my stash of series because of them.
This second in the series takes place in the Quetico-Superior Wilderness. It was especially enjoyable to catch up on some of the familiar characters that were in the previous novel. The unique characters that were brought in for this novel were a tad too unique. They verged on cheesy, yes, but I am mostly interested on the repeating core characters. A popular singer seeks seclusion in the boundary waters. An increasing amount of people feel the need to find her. When it appears that she is in danger, Cork and associates step in. This novel contained just the right amount of twist and turns and adventure. I enjoy the spiritual undertones and the folklore that doesn’t feel like hullaballoo or nor is it over dished or preached.
This is such a powerful book. A breathtaking tale of three Anthropologists studying tribes in New Guinea, in the 1930’s, it’s history when there were still discoveries made on this planet. Based loosely on the lives of Margaret Mead and her second and third husband, the love triangle develops into an intense character study that will have you feeling for each person at more than one point. The underlying tension that the author builds within the story is outstanding. I also liked how she was able to use small antidotes and scenes to paint whole pictures. The short sex scene in the first chapter just lays out every single thing you need to know about this couple’s marriage. What an extremely talented author.
I thought the audiobook was just a perfect means to tell this story. I enjoyed both of the narrators personally.
I can’t imagine a better, more surprising ending. I re-listened to the last several chapters several times because I was just so surprised by it.
If you were on MY Christmas list - you would alllll be getting this book.
What a wonderful soul searching book this turned out to be. For some reason the cover of this book instantly had me thinking it was a fantasy book, which doesn't appeal to me, so I never gave it a nod. Thankfully it was picked by so many for book of the year in fiction on one list. I have to agree this was one of the best books I have read this year. I am so happy I found it.
Gabrielle Zevin does put the perfect word in the perfect place at the perfect time while laying a heartwarming story. Thankfully it leaves out details, as it spans through decades, and you realize later that you really didn’t need it. What it leaves in is the feeling of hope. There were several times Zevin’s words felt directed to me about issues I am struggling.
I thought the book was about an independent bookstore on an island on the north east shore. Through the next several decades a host of people are brought together though chance. Each character is beautifully portrayed and we soon care deeply for each of them.
The humor is smart and the wit is adorable. The ever loving irony of the ereader really made me chuckle.
I personally found Scott Brick to be a seamless narrator.
This book is disappointing and what more… in years to come, I feel that she will regret this effort. Brooke stated that she wanted to write an honest portrayal of her and her mother’s unique relationship. The media’s portrayal of her mother, back in the day, was scandalous. I was quite interested to hear the other side. It didn't get told. Yes, her mother was her greatest advocate, but it’s clear from reading this that what got them to her level of fame was a whole lot of fate. Imagine Brooke’s career had someone knowledgeable been at the helm.
The first problem with this book is that Brooke, like her mother, thinks/thought more of Brooke. The second problem is that Brooke has a clouded vision of common and uncommon. Brook goes to painful lengths relaying each and every detail of multiple events in her life that were not uncommon from mine. Then in an offhandedly sidebar mentions something off the wall with no story about it. Everyone learned once not to let our mother chose our clothes in high school – it’s uncommon that your mother printed 200 copies of your picture to give as a party favor when you were in high school. I too know that fear each time my single mom left me. What I didn't experience though was regular bar hopping after grade school on the streets of New York City in search of my mother.
The adult ramblings are especially painful. There is an extremely agonizing in depth reminiscence involving her daughter’s ear piecing that served no purpose other than to waste the reader's time. She finished with a lengthy open letter to her mother that is basically 69 ways of saying the same thing over and over and over.
One last comment - shameless Lazyboy product plug in a book? Can you spell T.A.C.K.Y?
When I saw that this had been chosen by one source as the best fiction of the year, I was stunned since this wasn't even a shadow of my list. I had multiple times deemed this book unworthy of a credit based on lackluster synopsis and reviews. I was convinced that this year’s best book decision was based on the author’s large young adult fan base or the attractiveness of the cover. I immediately ordered the book, moved it up to the top of my pile and dared this book to be any good.
This is NOT a young adult book. This is the story of a typical marriage told from the point of view of Georgie McCool, the wife. Georgie is devoted to her career and her phone. Her husband is devoted to their children and their home. She is the go getter. Her husband, Neal, takes care of the left overs. Between marriage and children they have exchanged happiness for getting through. Setting the storyline was one long gripe-fest. Admittedly, it’s hard to be completely objective with a tongue in your cheek. At one point I said to myself, “I just can’t believe I have to listen to another seven hours of this women whining.” The author does spend a great amount of time looking up dead horses asses.
Using a time traveling yellow rotary phone, the author allows Georgie to have the, not uncommon in fiction, “ghosts of Christmas pasts” moment. I am not convinced that she tied up that transformation seamlessly.
The end of this book is what sold this book and redeemed it for me. The author was very crafty in building momentum and anticipation. Creatively using the love affair that most of us now have with our phones to move her readers through a variety of emotions. It’s been a long time since I have saved the last hour of a book for a time when I could listen with undivided attention because I had no clue how it was going to end and didn't want to miss a word.
I liked Midnight Crossroads, the introductory book to a new series by Charlaine Harris. I wanted to love her previous series heroine, Sookie Stackhouse, as much as the rest of the world. I tried, really I did. I just cannot enjoy reading about mythical beings, so caring enough about a flying reappearing French vampire was way out of my comfort zone.
Why a mystery in a small town that hosts a vampire, a witch and a psychic worked for me, I am not sure but, it did. I think what I liked best about the book is that the psychic is basically a shop owner that sells whatever her clients are into purchasing. The psychic is half con man which I get. The people that think that they are vampires in this book, so far, are odd, keep to themselves and no one is having hot crazy sex with them – which is tolerable place for vampires.
I anxiously anticipating future installments in this series.
Lila is an exquisite book. It’s so well written. The prose is poetic. It’s religious and spiritual. I am sure that some book society somewhere is waiting with bated breath to give it a critical award. Is it a timely book written for the modern reader? I am not so sure.
This is the third of a trilogy written by the legendary Marilynne Robinson. All of these books take place in the town of Gilead, Iowa. In the first book, Gilead, Robinson writes about faith and Christianity using stories about the town and its minister as characters in her parables. In Home, the same minister is near death, writes a letter about his life to help his son with his struggles with alcoholism. Lila, a prequel, is a story about the unlikely marriage of a very elderly minister and a young drifter. Do not be mistaken in thinking that since this is a prequel you will be able to start this novel then go on to the other two. I was clearly lost for the first few chapters of Lila. I am not fond of books that throw the reader in the deep end, expecting them to figure out how they got here and how to save themselves at the same time.
Lila is a feral child born in the depression. Unloved by her natural family for no given reason, she is taken and cared for by a drifter, with little means of support, named Doll. Eventually, Lila crosses paths with the elderly generous minister whom saves her from her profound loneliness and they share a depth of love and faith that few see in their lifetime. At times each is the more learned, the needier and the more giving.
You will not read a better written book. Will this slow moving somber character study keep your interest is a question that I am feeling was the least important consideration of the author when writing this book.
This thriller takes off before the second paragraph and goes blistering speed all the way through . With two strong lead characters, one being a child, and a just smattering of secondary cast makes for an intense read with a deep emotional investment. Heavy with technology, with the basic story being about memory and mind control, this book isn't for everyone. If you allow yourself to think outside your box and certainly out of your comfort zone, you will be in for a wild ride.
I will be checking out Patrick Lee, to see what else he has to offer. This is one fresh thriller – so glad to see that this is number one in a series. I certainly can get into numerous returns of Sam Dryden .
It’s extremely well written. It’s fluid, strong and its voice is loud and clear. What it spoke to me was the violence against women,violence’s lasting trauma while also addressing the difference of the sexes.
Some will read this book and come away with it being a story about a lawyer vacationing with her husband in Haiti who is kidnapped and abused. Others will come away with the survival of a woman who was violently stripped of her self-worth. The core of this book is in the eye of reader.
It’s a hard book to read for the violent incident is brutal and takes up better than one third of the book. Call me Pollyanna, if you must, but I read for entertainment. This book was not enjoyable - nor should it be. One does not have to look far to see unrestrained assaults happening on a variety of levels.Paying to listen to an extra eleven and an a half hours of turbulence, no matter how well written, was not the entertainment I was looking for. I don't feel that I am enlightened from reading it, nor will this story be in my thoughts for a long time.
Now how does one rate a book like this?
I found this gem in a list of suggestions for the best books of the year. I couldn't agree more, for this is one of the best books I have listened to in a very long time. Do not be intimidated with the faraway names of the cast. You will easily be able to follow the stories of these women and feel blessed for having heard them.
The story begins with nine year old Rahima, the middle of five daughters in a family living in Kabul Afghanistan in 2009. To enable the family, her mother makes her a bache posh (to live and dress as a boy through adolescence). Rahima life is overnight vastly elevated. The freedom of being male permits her to perform chores outside the home. But imagine the inevitable reverse transformation. During visits their beloved disabled aunt shares tales of the life of their ancestor, Khala Shaima that also lived in Kabul, but in the early 1900’s. In alternating chapters we follow the women through twenty years of remarkable struggles of endurance and survival. The voice of the great, great grandmother’s gives hope and encouragement to push her granddaughter through her similar strife, a century later.
Each woman’s story is the depth of emotional highs and lows. You will hold your breath and your heart will beat faster repeatedly for their lives are constantly in peril. Reading this work puts ones ‘personal stresses’ in perspective. It is amazing that in the one hundred years separating these women the oppression is relatively unchanged. Further interesting, to me, is regardless of the land or the century, the ruthless disregard for compassion that women have for one another.
Nadia Hashimi is just masterful at weaving unimaginable tales in a clear manner while detailing an immense amount of tradition and rules. Hard to believe this is a debut novel. Gin Hammond’s narration is flawless in transparent execution.
I chose this book because of the high reviews on several other book review sites. I am going to give the audible review that would have made a difference in my purchase. Notice this is currently a trilogy that audible only has one segment of. This is not because it has not been written yet. Secondly, the book was actually released, in the written version, a year and a half prior to the audio version.
If you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks - you will be a fan of this book.
A love story trilogy that begins with Layla at 17 years old. The previous five years of her life have been an emotional roller coaster and she is off on a promising different life in a new town with a distant aunt and uncle,
The plot is interesting and well thought out. What this book lacked, for me, was in the shallowness of the main characters and the female lead's repetitive thoughts. The teenage characters were way more mature and civil than I think are possible.
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