Fletcher, VT, US | Member Since 2005
This book held my interest throughout. The story line is engaging, I wanted to get back to the story to find out what happens next. However this author lacks "chops". Her style is a bit sophomoric . Ms. Haynes presents the reader/listener one dimensional characters that are there only for the plot if that makes any sense; the characters have little else going on. I also feel that this book would benefit from more/better editing. BUT...I liked it anyway.
The Circle is the leading tech company in the world. This cutting edge company is perfect in every way. The "campus" is just beautiful. Everything is state of the art. Every employee is friendly, upbeat and psyched to be part of a new movement, a new way of being. It is considered such a privilege to work for the Circle. But not everything is as perfect as it seems to Mae. She has doubts now and then....does she remain a loyal employee?
This book is cool and interesting. For the most part it held my interest. Of course is designed to make the reader think about the nuances of progress, the age of the internet and specifically all of the information sharing the goes along with our " logging on".
Eggers book is not perfect, but it is thought provoking and worthwhile.
This book lacks depth and heart. The overall plot has promise but the author just takes it nowhere. The characters are cardboard and shallow. The story is underdeveloped and full of innuendo that goes nowhere. The narration is less than stellar and most likely it's just me, but I find Jenna Lamia's voice irritating. So this one is a waste of time & credit, a giant snooze-fest.
A quote of Patrick Bateman, the young, handsome,successful Wall Street main character. This book is shocking, the graphic violence and sex extreme yet well written and quite interesting. A cutting commentary on culture, consumerism, life in the 80s and relationship.
I imagine few have the stomach to finish this book, so be forewarned. What does it say about those of us that liked this book? I'm not sure.
This is a terrific book! Since other reviewers have outlined the plot, instead I'll just review the high points, and there are many. It was very clear early on that this book was written by a man. Each character has a clear voice and although there are women characters in this book, this story just exudes testosterone. And I mean this in a very good way. At times I thought I could smell Henry's sweat or taste Leland's tears. The prose is rich and it gives to the listener.
I knew the characters and felt for them. This story about marriage, friendship, loyalty and unrequited love is a winner. Hooray to this author! I had no problem differentiating characters, there were several narrators and each voice / character is introduced in the beginning of each chapter. Enjoy this book..... it's a good one!!
I know now that the following is not safe and never was: Walking in the woods, Walking in a meadow, Swimming in rivers and in the ocean, Visiting a zoo, Picking up a stick that has been in a pile, Making a mudpie in your front lawn, Petting your dog or cat, Visiting a rainforest or a desert, Cleaning out your attic, Sleeping in your bed and so on. Basically you can be mauled, maimed, stung, bitten, pierced, gorged, chewed up, a worm can enter your privates, you can contract parasites, skin diseases and on and on and on.
I was amazed to find out that over 40 thousand people are killed by snakes annually worldwide; Mr. Grice says this statistic is under reported.
So ok world...... I'm ready to take you on and just not think about all the many many dangers I learned about in this book. The author made sure he didn't forget to mention even one natural danger, but hey we don't care; do we?
This is a fun, informative and interesting book
I found this book to be completely engaging. Aside from the focus of the plot, i.e. the mother-son relationship, the son's rare genetic disorder, the marriage, the teen daughter's angst, is the peek into the lives different neighbors, all seen at night through the eyes of the young boy. I thought this perspective especially creative and unique and for that reason along with the compelling story-line, I believe this book deserves 4 stars.
There is so much to like about this book. The southern charm, the tragic story of a marriage between a strong woman and a completely dangerous yet outwardly appearing upstanding man. The portrayal of power and control in an abusive relationship is realistically illustrated here. I was engaged every minute and hooked in the plot until near the end when the main character's relative shows up. Unfortunately this character has little substance, is sometimes inconsistent or weak within the plot and to make matters worse the narrator's otherwise perfect rendition falls apart here too. Regardless this book is still a winner in spite of these flaws.
This compelling story is told in three alternating voices, Polly, Sister Charity and Simon Pryor. Fifteen year old Polly and her little brother Ben are brought to the City of Hope, home of the Shakers. They are left there by their abused and distraught mother.
Polly is haunted with the belief that she set fire to the family farm, most likely killing her abusive father while he was passed out in his bed.
Polly struggles in the Shaker community to prove her purity all the while consumed with guilt; she considers herself a murderer.
When she displays what the elders believe is a mystical vision, Polly becomes the "Visionist" the colony has been waiting for. Polly struggles to become the perfect Shaker, yet she refuses to confess her "sins" to the elders. Polly faces suspicion and scrutiny and yet Sister Charity her best friend is willing to risk everything for Polly. Simon Pryor wants to rescue Polly, her mother and brother and hopes to reunite the family.
This book was interesting, well written, well researched and expertly narrated. This first time author created engaging characters that made this book so good. I just didn't want this book to end
This book is not perfect but there are so many things that went right here.The characters were well rounded and I cared about them. I was engaged and interested. This story of loss and redemption is so worthwhile.
I really liked this book. 17 year old "boxman" Mike is mute due to a traumatic experience at age 8. He's an artist and a believer in love. His package store/bar owning single uncle raised Mike, giving him the best life he could. Mike loves to draw and withdraw, and yet he seeks love and acceptance. Mike's infatuation with a girl leads him to get involved with some very scary guys, they need his talent for lock picking and safe cracking, hence the name"boxman". The forward and back flow works and the plot is compelling. The love story is dear and sometimes heartbreaking. This book just had me, it wasn't the most well written, but I really liked it.
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