I had no idea what this book was. . . bought it on sale on a whim. . . and it turned out to be quite a nice experience. The story line draws you in quickly and because it is a short listen, a book you'll want to finish in one sitting if you can. No complaints here on the performance; but full disclosure is merited: after the first 30 minutes, I used Audible's 1.5 speed -- the narration was just as good a little faster in my view.
This book turned out to be quite different than my usual fare (historical fiction, literary fiction, mysteries). . . I didn't really know what it was going to be and admittedly, struggled to stay with it in the beginning. In the end, it was a sweet story about kids and adults who are dependent on others to love them, protect them, challenge them. The story itself didn't have a big plot or lots of action, twists and turns. Instead, it follows an alcoholic science teacher who has lost a son as he develops a relationship with two boys whose father is an alcoholic. The writing was less than excellent, the plot predictable, but still I listened, just to find out what happened in the end. Perhaps that makes it a good one.
This is a slow, thoughtful story with many sweet moments in an otherwise somewhat sad tale.
i know men who are, to one degree or another, like Ove! That is what made this listen enjoyable. I would bet that you have characters in your life who emulate Ove in some fashion. This simple story me smile numerous times and I have to admit there was no mystery about how it would end. Still getting to the end was just a good experience. Some may find the story a bit too sad, but it will resonate with those who believe in the innate goodness of people, regardless of their rough, flawed exteriors.
This one is an easy, soft listen. Worth the credit!
Barclay's books are almost always great and this one is no exception. It started strong and stayed that way throughout, until the very, very last minutes when a spousal confession became just too much to accept (in the context of all the other events within the book.) Nevertheless, I'll give it four stars, maybe even 4.5. It certainly kept me listening with rapt attention as the plot and its many subplots were experienced. Best of all, I didn't know who the really, really bad guy was until the end, and that makes it a good thriller in my book!
In this narrative story, there is no great mystery to resolve, no thrilling moments of climax. If these are things you need in a story, don't select this one. However, if you enjoy life stories and how the characters in these stories chart the direction of their lives, this is one you won't want to miss. Matthew Thomas has written a really good novel.
This is a narrative (well performed by Mare Winningham) about a girl who works hard, has many life challenges and fantasizes about her future. As a woman, she cannot seem to stop the fantasizing about what might be in order to enjoy her present life. She is perpetually seeking perfection, or more, or different than she has in the moment; from her husband, son, neighbors, employers, friends. Eileen Leary cannot just live for the moment, enjoy the moment, and relish what is present instead of wishing for what might be. In the end, she has regrets. Many, many regrets. In the end, these things shape the future life of her son.
Thomas' writing exposes us to how this obsession with "what might be" can shape lives and outlooks on life. Perhaps it is a life lesson neatly presented to us as "We Are Not Ourselves."
This is a truly GOOD story. It meshed the intricate details of art, art history, crime and criminal history in a magnificently interesting manner. It reads as a plausible, ego-driven series of events in the familiar city of Boston. There was nothing I didn't like about this book, although I can understand why some complain about the narrator. Her ability to inflect male voices is somewhat poor. Nevertheless, I had no complaints and throughly enjoyed the narration and the story; which by the way, had a plausible ending as well. Very satisfying listen!
I didn't see it coming. And I am so glad. Ian McEwan has crafted an amazing story that is very, very unique. During the first hour or so, I wondered if the narrator (a slightly vain beauty) really had a story to tell. But I stayed tuned and of course, the story became irresistible.
Not much can be written here without giving it away, but DO listen all the way through and you will be pleased and surprised by the turn of events when the worlds of literature and covert operations intersect.
This is the second in Barclay's books about the Archer family and their amazing "troubles." The narration is very engaging and the story is filled with twists and turns along the way. This one, like "Too Close to Home," left me shaking my head.
The two books allow you to know the main characters and even the bad guy gets your sympathy at times. In the end, the Archers involve themselves (even at arms length) in heinous crimes and are raising a teenage daughter who is more than a little bit aware of all of it. How do they resolve their involvement, their cover up, their intentional misleading of the police, etc., in order to protect themselves from any accountability? Mr. Archer is a teacher. Mrs. Archer a government employee. Yet, they seem okay with the events and the deception that must continue if they are to remain above suspicion.
Not to give away the ending, but in this one, the real "culprit" behind much of the crime in the story is known only at the very close of the book. . . and that person has no regrets, no qualms and no accountability at all. Breaks your heart because over the two books, this one will have your empathy!
A very good read! Recommend reading both books, with this one second!
This is one awesome story! It will keep you engaged and guessing until the very last. That's the kind of mystery that makes your time and credits worth it. Loved Christopher Lane's narration and looking forward to reading Barclay's next installment in this series, "No Safe House."
The premise of this story was intriguing. . . and that's about the best thing I can offer. This one was about twice as long as it needed to be, especially the arduous, never-ending horse ride through the desert lava fields. I was desperate to see the finish of the story in sight! In all, there was so much redundancy in the story telling -- and very little, if any mystery at all! Anyone could predict the outcome for all the characters. . . none of whom were at all endearing. Average read or below, I think.
i can't help it....this book was absent Dick Hills' amazing voice and for that reason lacked much of the "character" present in other Connelly books. Moreover, if this is to be the final Bosch chapter, it left me sorely disappointed. The ending was not one that should have gone with Bosch's final days as a cold case detective. The story itself was just "okay" rather than "great." Still, worth the advance order and credit. Can't help but wish for more more more!
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