It's a peaceful historical story involving a family of mostly people that stay are joined out of like for each other rather than blood.
The story spans more than seventy years and four generations....there are many.
Poor Mark didn't get to "act out" many characters for none of them were "talkers" He did do a fine job telling the sory.
14 hours worth....not possible. It was reallly long. Pleasant...yes.
I am not overly happy with the ending. I don't necessairly need a happy story but, somewhere in an epic that spans generations something positive is necessary to recount.
After a lifetime of strife, hardship and toil of the protaganist, the author went on to relay the demise of his lifelong work - years after his death..... I am not understanding the necessity of that.
I see no reason why this book needs to be read by anyone. Spare yourself the agony now. Frankly I feel a bit duped by Audible for even offering such malarkey and/or forcing a one star review!!
A Pulitzer prize masterpiece doesn't need a review by the likes of me. I thought I knew this story inside and out. To think that I nearly did not purchase this rendition read by Ms. Spacek saddens me because I have gotten so much enjoyment from this. In the past, I have found that a book is tainted for me if I have seen the movie first. Not in this case. Sissy Spacek narration is stellar. I enjoyed each and every second of listening ...more than once.
This novel is just perfection. One of my favorites movies that I have seen a number of times. Though a great movie, it's not the book. The movie is a small segment of the book. I could have sworn I read this book in my teens. I know now, I didn't. No one was more surprised than I at what I nearly missed all these years.
Forty Acres is an enjoyable political thriller that quickly peaks your interest, builds in intensity and has you up late into the night in suspense. You will be asked to delve into your own thoughts on social injustice and civil rights. Not as a history lesson but, as modern day choices in the midst of peer pressure.
Martin Grey is a young attorney that you are instantly drawn to and look for good things coming his way. When he finds himself the attraction of powerful patricians during a high profile court case, you can easily see how he is drawn into stepping out of his norm when invited. It feels to him as a step forward after a job well done. Imagine the surprise when in actuality it leads into the past.
Forty Acres takes you to uncomfortable places that you won't see coming. I want you not to see it coming as well - so I won't be telling you more of the plot. The best part of this book is that the author does an exceptional job in blindly leading the protagonist and readers into a modern day American expedition. When Martin comes to the realization that he is at a loss to his current physical location, amongst other things, I was right there with him grabbing for the worthless smart phone.
This is Dwayne Alexander Smith's first novel coming from a career as a screen play writer. The first part of this book, for me, was superior. It's fresh, face paced and exciting. There comes a point in the plot where it jumped the shark, for me, I am sad to say. Did it ruin the book for me? OH NO - exactly the opposite. It just had me spending a few additional days pondering how I wish it had gone differently and at what point did it revert to a screen play. It's a fine book and well worth the credit. It's very thought provoking.
Andre Blake's narration is flawlessly transparent. He accentuates the text with his exceptional performance.
I look forward to each and every future work by both.
This is a quirky little book. There was too much detail about things you didn’t really want or need to know and not enough information to allow the reader to feel complete after the book was finished. I am now left to wonder if I missed some finer details while attempting to determine why the audio was horrible.
After much contemplation, I have determined that Claire’s voice was not done at the same time or studio as the other two voices. It comes off like a ten hour conversation on walkie talkies – one louder than the others. Naturally, the louder one has a voice like a cement mixer. That added with that fact that she screams AT you, rather than tells the story. It’s not a good audio book. Was there no editor?
Note to self – Dealing with death in your own life is hard and depressing enough. Don’t waste energy and money on depressing books about this time in fictional people’s lives.
This book is speechlessly bad. Both the author and the narrator have credentials that are worthy of a preorder double digit dollar book that they completely tarnished with this work. I can’t believe how two great talents fell so badly.
I enjoyed Lee’s previous book that had a bit of whimsy, leading me to look forward to this seemingly fanciful fun read. The author had a potentially decent story idea that she swirled to absolutely nowhere. The protagonist and her man have richly quirky families that were given no banter, no role, and no back story and assume the role of cardboard dummies. Dialog, drama or interaction with them could have created the character depth that this was sorely lacking. The author did give one character, the little girl, what was needed. Her plight kept me to the end. If only she had given the others equal attention. Portia had a little spunk on her in the beginning then fell flat. Her sass ended up being a handful of sassy come backs. She certainly wasn’t given any interesting conversations, for she has NONE with her love interest. These two don’t have conversations, just sex. Not that good sex you have WITH someone, these two have odd nonverbal sex AT each other in the middle of the night. The little dialog attributed to Gabriel is ‘eye roll back in your head’ awful.
The entire body is over flowingly abundant with adjectives and adverbs. Metaphors and similes are laughable they are so silly. Some … like the phrase that he was as hot and creamy as her hot chocolate made me laugh out loud. If Lee is going to write like this – she needs to put Fabio on the cover of her books.
After checking out the shocking amount of favorable reviews on Good Reads and Amazon I am wondering if the terrible male voices used by Julia Whelan during this audio rendition added to what I consider a horrible train wreck. I have no clue to what she was thinking when she chose this poor voice as that of ALL the males in this book but, I am betting she was trying to give Gabriel her best impersonation of Battoe’s rendition of Christian Grey. I have listened to a number of Whelan’s other narrations which I enjoyed immensely. She has done some very believable male voices in previous books – The Witness, Gone Girl to name two. This ebbs on unlistenable.
I won't mention the multiple unrealisting events that happen, the major infractions and life changing events that happen then are completely forgotten on following pages, for to do so could give too much away.
Thankfully, the recipes are saved to the back matter and not read within the text. Does someone seriously listen to eleven minutes of someone reading recipes? What am I saying, I kept reading for 10+ hours longer than I should have.
It's not an easy listen. Because of the detail and the vast amount of secondary characters there was quite a bit of rewinding and even some rereading of chapters for me. At one point I even used a crib sheet. It was well worth the extra effort. A smooth clever plot that I was glued to till the bitter end. I sincerely was clueless to the outcome till it was revealed. For me, this book was 17 and a half hours well spent.
Cormoran Strike is my kind of hero. The compassionate private investigator without a quirk or an ex-wife that uses every day technology to his advantage. Thankfully his supporting staff is an educated woman with normal issues. I enjoyed their chemistry in both books but, it's as if the author was much more comfortable with her principals this time around. I would love to visit and grow with this entourage for years to come.
To not rave over Robert Glenister's brilliant narration would be sinful. Pure perfection how he melted into the background yet enhanced the author's work. Each character was spot on but, his handling of Elizabeth Tassel elevated this from a read to a performance.
Keep bringing this dynamic duo!
This book served it's purpose. A quick cheap read to get me through to a pre-order. You won't have to invest much thought or consideration, for the author didn't go to there either. It's depthless writing revolving a superficial woman that move from one drama to the next. I have a hard time believing this is based on an actual story.
It's not a bad book - The author just didnt invest in the effort to make it great. The characters were all a very beige vanilla. The great love - Ethan for Sidney was never given justice. Every single mother in this book would NOT have acted in the manner written.
As consistent as he has always been for me, I think Michael Koryta has just outdone himself this time. This book is superior.
Michael Koryta novels always contain s a well thought out scenario that feel like they have been well researched, including antidotes, details and descriptions that leave you feeling like he is writing about his life’s work in his back yard. The characters are creatively crafted. His writing is flawlessly paced. It just never lets up. The last hours of this I was looking for the button that makes the narrator talk faster; I was so invested into the character and their plight.
The bad guys in this book are so unique and their evil personas are so well constructed that the hair stands straight up on the back of your neck each and every time they come into a scene. When you don’t see them coming, you literally GASP out loud and stop what you’re doing. It just doesn't get better than this.
This was one of those books where once started, not much got accomplished that couldn’t be done while listening. I just couldn’t put it down. Needless to say – the laundry is caught up since this is a blissful thirteen hours of listening pleasure.
Mary Kay Andrews just never disappoints. She always gives her readers the ability to quickly become fully immersed into a story. In order to do that, she has to draw a vague picture of where she is going pretty early on. I like that. Others call it being predictable, I call it cutting to the chase. Save the Date is certainly no different. Cara, a florist in Savannah, Georgia has a new business, a new dog and a great deal on her plate Who just doesn't love weddings and the miles of drama that they bring. It’s interesting that the main love interests in this adventure are the least colorful of the character but, with so much colorful southern “charm”, someone needs to be just a little neutral. I don’t see how I could have enjoyed it any more than I did. Great way to start off the summer!!
I greatly enjoyed the cameo appearances!!!
This book almost lost me when it started off with words like "Totally" and at many places along the way. I hung in there because the main character is appealing. At times, it was enjoyable and entertaining
Would I recommend this book to anyone I know - Oh heck no..
The repeated social awkwardness of this book is enough to make one cringe. The bit where the overweight person had the nerve to attempt to pick the protagonist up - EWWWWWW. That was pretty brutal and made me quickly change that appeal I was feeling for her.
The worst infraction being the rolling in the aisle bit (rolled eyes) about Waverly's proclivity to kiss men when she is drunk, which she terms as suffering from AIKS (alcohol induced kissing). That is just ignorant to make a play on the name of a socially transmitted disease that people actually die from. Where is the humor in that? And she repeats it over and over. Unbelievable.
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