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.
Liane Moriarty has a style that she has fine tuned to perfection. Australian character studies with wit and humor involving modern sincere people. Her characters are quirky, sharp and clever. Their problems are often a bit outlandish mixed in with those that are similar enough to our own so that we can relate.
Fresh off her most recent novel, that I loved, I decided to purchase this re-release of her 2004 first novel. A tale of adult triplets that are closely bonded though each possessing a unique personality.
The problem I had with this novel is that though this is a story with three heroines, none is particularity redeeming or likable. I found one to be flighty, one to be boring and the other to be sourly mean. Without the amount of humor and sharp wit that I have grown to love in Moriarty's more recent work, I soon lost interest. Towards the middle I was plodding through to the end rather than enjoying the trip along the way. Though this book has good elements, in comparison to her later work, it's dull and lacking. It left me wondering why this needed re-released.
It's the whole deal. It's got intrigue. It's a deadpan humor. It's serious and scary. Then just when you think you have it figured out - you get a surprise from nowhere. As the book nears the end - you slow down so to savor it.
If you have ever had school age children, you know there is a fine line between the parent/teacher's group and your own high school experience. This book nailed the elementary parent group phenomenon.
The narration of this book is stellar. What a perfect combination.
Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding novel written about the epic naval expedition to the North Pole taken by 33 men in the late 1800’s. It was believed that a rim of ice circled the top of the globe that, once broken, lead to an warmer “open polar sea.’” The North Pole would then be easy sailing. Their passion for adventure leads them to years and years of survival and endurance in the most extreme of conditions.
Hampton Sides details this adventure in a thriller that had me sneak reading throughout the day and staying up late into the night. His heartfelt portraits of these heroic figures using memoirs, crew’s journals, naval records and private correspondence created unforgettable characters that I soon cared very deeply about.
What an incredible, well told, tale.
Excellent southern coming of age story spanning the 40's through to the early 70's, though the majority of the story takes place in the 60's. A window to the history of civil rights in New Orleans. The story takes a hold of you from the beginning with rich colorful characters and holds you throughout the book. Besides numerous story lines, there are a number of little cultural awakenings and interesting tidbits of life in the past that add to this book. I most enjoyed reading about the meals of regional foods or foods that just are not made any more.
For a first work, this is just such a pleasant read. It could have used additional editing to pull in the dangling plots to make it a more cohesive novel. I also wish there was a clear protagonist throughout. The theme of the entire household being a united front was refreshing. What a satisfying ending!
January LaVoy narration was a perfect choice. She enhanced the work.
I'll be watching for Laura Lane McNeal's future works.
The ONLY comparison this book has to the book Gone Girl is the word 'girl' in the title of both. Such a shameful advertising trick will only distract from this book and should be a lesson to the publisher. Now that falsehood is taken care of, I can move ahead.
This book has redeeming qualities. Good Girl is a suspenseful thriller in the way that an Alfred Hitchcock piece would be considered such. The bulk of the book takes place with two people alone in a remote cabin. Calling it a thriller does not mean, in this case, plenty of action. It's more akin to a Hitchcock thriller where each insecurity is cause for anxiety and the reader is suspended wondering how it will turn out. After days of wondering - the ending is still surprising.
A good rich girl is missing. Because of her father's political clout, the police are called to investigate her disappearance. The chapters take turns weaving a tale recounting the recent, current and ancient history's of the hostage, her mother, the police detective in charge and the kidnapper.
I was not happy with this book when I finished. There's Swiss cheese in the plot if you go looking for it. The detective is a likable stand up guy and does a great job finding leads using remote clues then totally misses a BIG one that creates the ending. I wish that would have tied up better.
It's been days since I have completed this book and I am still thinking about it. I find myself considering each of the characters and their lot in life. The most interesting is the poor kidnapper. A lug that spends his entire life trying to keep afloat and at just the minute he allows himself a minute of personal satisfaction - that darned karma.
A book that has you thinking about it long after it is complete is money twice spent and double the enjoyment.
Charles Martin writes so eloquently and descriptively, once bitten by one of his books, it’s easy to go back for more. Often set along rivers and under trees the stories create peacefulness when reading. Also, a great choice for those readers with descriptive sexual content issues for Charles Martin can write a hot love story without that. I will admit though in this novel it did drag a bit in the ½ to ¾’s area for me before finishing better than you could imagine.
A love story told from the middle out in a man’s prospective, it is not overly thought provoking or sentimental. This is a story about a man trying to make the last days of his wife’s life exactly how she wants it to be. I think what makes this book so enjoyable and interesting was the depth that one can love when it’s not easy. It’s not easy to see the best in people when they are not at their best, but if there is true love - it's never a burden.
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.
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