Overland Park, KS USA | Member Since 2012
This is a relatively short book, thankfully. I found myself liking, then disliking it; mostly because the "mystery" was so transparent that there really was no mystery. The characters and events were so ordinary, predictable and scripted! Still I kept listening, just to find out how the adventure concluded.
Part of me wanted to believe that this is really a true account of a true story. The setting is WWII in the Gulf Coast area of Orange Beach, which was then a sparsely populated beach front community of fishermen and laborers. History records that there were German submarines in the Gulf, causing mayhem with US shipping via the Merchant Marines. But could a German submariner who is injured leave his sub and survive a harrowing swim through the shark-infested waters of the Gulf and end up on the beach, where he is found by a woman grieving the loss of her husband to the Nazi war machine?
If the story is true, it is an amazing wartime tale. That part I liked. What began to get prickly was the way the author pounded away at definitions and acts of forgiveness. . .over and over again. Every character in the book presented at least one long soliloquy on the topic, to the point of redundancy.
Three stars. . .that's the best I can do. It's not a bad book, just not a great one.
Great story! This one will boggle the mind in the beginning. . . I kept wondering where it was leading me, even though I found it very engaging and couldn't stop listening. Stephen White was leading me to an incredible climactic ending that left me shaking my head about the nature of "privileged information" that doctors, psychologists and lawyers legally protect. This is an informative story that has all the great characteristics of a thrilling crime mystery. True, you have to like Dick Hill to get through it, but I tend to like him more than not, so it was okay by me.
A good book! Gets my recommendation for those who enjoy crime thrillers.
This is really terrific mystery/crime/detective story. The plot is a truely tangled web of suspicion and dysfunction -- within one family of three and a wholly owned wealthy business. Loved the story line -- although at one time I felt there were so many detectives and agents and FBI folks involved I couldn't keep their names straight. The only other critical comment I have is with the strained characterization the reader used for the males in the story. Really. Contrived. Hard. To. Listen. To. at. Times.
Nevertheless, it kept my rapt attention to the end and although I thought I had it solved once or twice, I was proved wrong until "everyone" including me "got it" near the end. If you enjoy crime stories, this one is a good buy -- especially if you can get it on sale!
I stayed with this book to the bitter end; accepting the odd ball story line in which the "ending" didn't match the run-up; and the very poor vocal characterizations of the women (primary characters) by Dick Hill. His interpretation of women's voices is to make them whiney, timid or both whiney and timid at one time. Very annoying. I've listened to him read other books and didn't find it a problem, but in this book, women were the leads, so it got to me.
That said, the book contained a great deal of history about the Church of the Latter Day Saints, and most of that was a bit frightening. The question of the story was whether the powerful Morman church would actually commit murder to avoid anyone uncovering secrets that would stain the church. Somehow I doubt it, but it made for an interesting plot, until it all came unraveled in the ending that the author invented.
I just don't have the love for this one. . . . even though there were some interesting elements to the story.
Wow! Wally Lamb has done it again! I've come to accept that this male writer somehow has a deep understanding of the female experience as well as the male . . . although I'll probably never understand how he did so. This book is simply outstanding; perhaps the best book of the year.
This is a gripping story of a family with secrets that drive them apart and bring them together. It is a difficult read, with child sexual abuse serving as one of the family secrets; and one of the sicknesses, too. That said, it will surely touch a nerve with any reader whose family has experienced violence, abuse, alcoholism, extra-marital affairs, divorce, sibling rivalry or any of many other dysfunctional issues.
The book uses a series to narrators, chapter by chapter, who are primary characters in the book. While some reviewers have indicated they found problems with some of the readers, I didn't. Each was unique and each, I thought, portrayed the character with great skill.
In sum, great story, well read. Highly recommended!
Loved this book! Would highly recommend it, no matter your age or political persuasion.
I was in college during most of the Viet Nam War -- and as a female, it barely affected me -- until the possibility that my 1st Lt. Army husband might be sent there. As it turned out, he was sent to Germany instead, so we felt somehow blessed to have escaped that duty -- watching as daily body counts became the lead story on the evening news.
Reading this amazing novel took me to Viet Nam in a way I have not previously experienced. It has given me a reborn empathy for those who did serve in Viet Nam and remorse for our nation's role in sending so many young American soldiers to their deaths for little more than political, corrupted ways and means.
About the book: Bronson Pinchot's reading of it is just perfect! His vocal characterizations are nothing short of magnificent. Many passages sent chills through me as he personified the agony and despair the Marine "kids" endured. Poor leadership, poor planning, and even poorer decision-making by members of the brass who were at best incompetent buffoons left them isolated, without support, without food and water, and even without ammunition.
This book provides amazing insight into the racial divisions and tensions that existed at that time. It doesn't take sides; just lays all the cards on the table as the mostly white military leaders make use of the talents and lives of the many African-American enlisted men. The dialogue between whites and blacks was real and adds to an understanding of why America has had such a dismal track record in this realm.
As the novel opened, it spent several minutes reciting the "leadership" of the military squads, platoons, battalions and regiments that would be featured in the book. After saying "Oh no!"; thinking I had erred in the purchase the book; the story immediately captured my imagination and attention. I actually re-listened to the rank and order section because it made everything make sense.
This novel will not disappoint. It will likely pain you, teach you, and renew your commitment to a more active citizenship. As a nation we cannot continue to send our young men (and now young women too) to war without justified cause, professional leadership (as contrasted with political games) and total support.
Most of Grisham's court room dramas leave you hanging until the last sentence. This one gave it away at least and hour before the last sentence. I'll forgive that, because it was a good story, told in Grisham's fashion. The problem with this one was that it required so much back story for many of the characters that he apparently had to dig deep and interrupt his ongoing story to tell the back story.
But, I enjoyed the book, was engaged all through and would recommend it to those who enjoy the drama of the court, especially in southern Mississippi.
This is such a good, good story; read by a superb narrator! I had no idea when I started this book that it was going to captivate me totally.
First, the story. . . the prose is amazing and like poetry to my ears. Just fantastic literature. This is not the usual mystery novel. It is a sweeping story of love, loss and the reshaping of the human nature. It was so well written that at first I thought it was going to be a story of time travel; then perhaps personality disorders; than I just didn't know. The twists and turns were so effective, so realistic. The story was wonderful.
The reading . . . Michael Kitchen was excellent through and through; offering clear and appropriate definition to Goddard's characters.
I will now purchase more of Robert Goddard's books. His story-telling is simply outstanding!
Good detective/crime novels are hard to come by. Sadly this didn't rate as one for me. Jack Reacher is perhaps the most "multi-personality" character to date. His life story, emotions, heroic escapades and relationships are so incongruous that the whole novel came across as contrived (much more so than any fiction) and implausable (much, much more than any other fiction.)
I just wanted the hints of realism to last longer, be stronger and weave the story together. They didn't. Thus, this novel rates at best a "meh" from me.
This is a captivating story that redefines "family" while exposing the loneliness people of all ages can experience. Not a happy book per se, a bit heart wrenching at times, but well worth the time and credit. The narration is terrific and the characters are well defined and relatable. This was a good listen!
The first 15 minutes were a tough sell, but then, I became totally engaged by this story.
It is one in which the perspectives of Nazism and the war are told from the perception of German citizens who were both fighting the war and fleeing from it. The story told of Germans who supported the Reich, who questioned the Reich and who fought against the Reich.
It is told from the perspective of a prisoner of war from Scotland, an escaped Jew who survived by adopting the identity of fallen German and Russian soldiers, and from a Jewish woman held in the German work camps.
I found it required careful listening as the author changed voices with little notice and little or no segues.That is not to fault the book, it is just the author's MO.
This is a good story; an abundance of violence and death; a bit of romance; and in the end, a realistic story about the true nature of war -- any war.
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