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We Are Water is the story of family, marriage, parenting, love, homosexuality, suicide, death, murder, racism---overt and subtle, wealth and poverty, anger, violence, secrets, ghosts, atheists, religion, the power of prayer, classism, drowning in a flood, physical abuse, pedophilia, disabilities, theft, art, alcoholism, politics---liberal and conservative, trauma, and community.
Each character in this book has her or his own voice in this story. The voices are braided together making this important novel unique and so special. The author narrates the voice of Orion Oh the patriarch in the book. Unlike some other authors, Mr. Lambs contribution to the narration is perfection.
Annie and Orion Oh are married and they have three children Ariane, Andrew, and Marissa. Annie is first struggling, then becomes a successful artist. Orion is a psychologist who cannot heal his own family. Annie's traumatic childhood and time in foster care and Orion never knowing his father impacts both parents and their children in profound ways. After over 20 years of marriage they divorce; Annie leaves Orion for a woman.
The backdrop of this story is the narrative of the short life of Josephus Jones and his brother. These black men are ostracized from and suffer abuse from their Connecticut community. Josephus's brother lives with a Dutch white woman. Josephus is a painter of "outsider art" never receiving recognition for his art until after his violent death. The story of the artist, his death and his art are woven throughout the book.
Another voice in this book is Kent, Annie's cousin who is a pedophile. This part, hearing Kent's voice and of Annie's abuse is very difficult but is an integral part of this book. I think it very brave of this author to include this peek into the persona and psyche of this man. Fortunately in the afterword the author explains his reasons for including Kent's voice.
This book touched me in a way few books do. I loved everything about this book; thank you Wally Lamb.
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.
I am shocked that I disliked this book as much as I did. I typically am a fan of this author. I am not sure what Mr. Isles was thinking as he wrote and wrote and wrote this way too too long book. The plot kept going round and round and never really got off the ground. The characters were not very likable and often acted in ways that were inconsistent. And yes I agree that the narration was worse than horrible. The fake southern accents were insufferable and Mr. Ledoux over acted with many of the characters. I just couldn't wait for this book to end. I suffered for over 30 hours hoping that something would improve and it just never did. UGH.
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