Fletcher, VT, US | Member Since 2013
Imagine that you live in a society where all your dental and medical care is free. And your food is free. And there is no violent "crime". And everyone works together for a common goal. And the leader of this place is called " Dear Leader".
You wouldn't have to worry about paying bills, what school to send your children, and what to wear at the office party. Why? Because everything is decided for you including your wife or husband, your career, your food, where you will live, and if your children will be allowed to grow up in your home.
Welcome to this book about North Korea and the orphan master's son, the main character. Identities are regularly changed, without a question. Citizens must regularly submit to "self criticism sessions". Torture is routine. You may be assigned a substitute spouse should your current spouse disappear or die. No one is allowed a voice. The dear leader always knows best. Paranoia rules.
This book is written in a style reminiscent of Haruki Murakami, although not quite as wonderful, still very solid.
I keep thinking about this book. I very glad I read this although at times it went on and on and perhaps because I was listening and not reading in print, I found it confusing with the replacement characters.
This story of Ruby, a woman then a small girl in Liberty, Texas grabs you by the heart. Now days after finishing the book, it still won't let go. Ms Bond delivers a book that is shocking, heartbreaking, cruel and kind. This book it is hard and soft. This story is not for everyone but it spoke to me. It is reminiscent of author Toni Morrison's work but more linear and some may think more accessible. I also commend Ms. Bond for her narration. Initially I was at odds with the narrator; I wanted the narrator to have an accent that sounded southern. But as the book progressed Ms. Bond's commitment to this story became part of the magic and it all came together perfectly.
I expected more from Joe Hill. This is an earlier collection so I'll have to give him a pass. A few of the stories were engaging but the non-endings became trite and overused. Oh well.
This book is about family, love, first love, music, human weakness, illness, loss, grief, religion, faith healing, hucksters, personal growth and power and control. King serves it up in a book that develops methodically holding the reader/listeners interest throughout. The narrator brings the prose along with a hint of an accent when needed. I liked this book a lot. Not the crazy every moment scary books King sometimes writes but a solid good creepy one. A slow simmer to the burn at the end.
This book was a mix. I appreciated Grisham's exploration of the beauty of the Appalachians and the rural folk who live there. I also thought the authors passion for the preservation of that environment as it is being ruined by coal mining, was a positive and of course important focus of the book.
Now to the story.... sadly the main character was unlikable and somewhat poorly developed. She came off as a whiny and complaining yet naive and somewhat immature irritating young woman. Although there was some redemption for her in the end, I just couldn't buy it. The other minor characters were more interesting and made for the good in the story.
What happened with this book? Why didn't it rise to the level of the last novel and so many of Grisham's others? Although not a complete loss, not so good either.
Amy and Nick fall in and out of love. Then Amy is gone and here comes the famous twists and turns that make this book (now movie) so compelling. Overall yes it is a book that is different and will hold your interest.
However the surprise ending just didn't do it for me. It seemed completely unnecessary and instead of making the book all it's cracked up to be, it detracted. So both worthwhile and a wee bit disappointing all at once.
After listening to too many so -so books that were not even worth reviewing, finally I've come across a book that I loved. This book held my interest throughout. The mystery was engaging and kept me thinking and the characters were well rounded. Yes this is a goodie, a real good mystery that will surprise you right to the end; and I didn't want it to end.
In this book the characters are well rounded, I got to know each of them well.
This is a story of community, gossip, friendship, parenting, and marriage.
It is also a poignant and realistic portrayal of domestic violence. Ms. Moriarty gives us insight into one couple's relationship. On all outside appearances these two seem to have it all. They have plenty of money, a beautiful perfect home, darling children.. but wait something is wrong and that something is upsetting more than just the one family. The secrets and violence leak out into other relationships and it all makes for a engaging read/listen
What a sweet funny and bittersweet story! Ms. Moyes does it again, she gives us an engaging lovely story with heart. I laughed, teared up and just didn't want to put it down. The author hits it right in the mark, the feelings and challenges of a single parent with "special and different" kids This book is not fine literature but a damn good listen. The narrator did a fine job; I really liked everything about this book.
This book was pretty boring throughout. Nothing like the series as many other reviewers have pointed out. Piper's self centered style is dry and matter of fact. I found it hard to make it all the way to the end of this book; I kept loosing focus. Not so good.
This book began very slow for me, not until about half way through did things pick up and a really good plot emerge. I am very glad I hung in there, worth the wait. The characters (even some of the "bad guys") were portrayed with depth and even compassion when appropriate. With all this killing and revenge a love story develops which was kind of sweet in the middle of all the violence. The listener becomes very attached to the main character Sonny. We cheer him on as he revenges his father's death, just killing and killing away. Yea this is a pretty good book.
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