This was my first novel by this author, and now I can't wait to read the rest! I love history,and I could picture every era of the history of New York as I listened. I enjoyed the format told through the experiences of several families. The narrator was excellent as well.
The overall story and unexpected twists and turns! The character development was excellent as was the insight into the mind of the killer! Very disturbing...This was written by a Scandanavian author who people are comparing to Henning Mankell. This book is just as good as Mankell, if not better.
Just when I think I figured out what was coming next, the author proved me wrong time and again. The plot twists are what will keep you on the edge of your seat and up late at night!
I don't want to give away any of the scenes, just enjoy!
This wasn't really that type of a book..
I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I only hope the other books are this good.
I loved Jenna Lamia's narration, as she brought Velva Jean to life. She made this wonderful story that much better. I understand she did not narrate the sequel, so while I plan on reading the sequel, Velva Jean Learns To Fly, I will read it, as I can't imagine this series without her narration.
Just entering into the main character's world, which was the Blue Ridge mountains of NC in the depression years of the 1930's, was a revelation. It's hard to imagine that kind of poverty and that kind of life, but Jennifer Niven took me there and I loved it.
Her accent and voice was so beautiful. She brought tears to my eyes more than once.
When Velva Jean was talking about the time she accidentally killed a firefly and how it parceled her own marriage to Harley.
I knew nothing about this book and purchased it based on the many glowing reviews. I'm so glad I did!
Yes, and I have already done so. I had no idea of the suffering those patients, staff, and family members at Memorial Hospital endured for those 5 days after Hurricane Katrina. Like everyone else, I was transfixed by the post apocalyptic scenes seen on television, but until you read this book, which is so well written, you feel like you could almost be there, then there is no way of knowing what it was Like to be in such horrific circumstances and to be faced with decisions no doctors or nurses should have to face.
The events of the final two days, as conditions deteriorated, and the ethical dilemma the doctors and nurses had to face.
The narrator does an efficient job. She kept me interested.
As a registered nurse, and having worked in the ER and ICU, I could understand both sides of the ethical dilemma. One thing I do know is that unless I actually walked in those shoes and was faced with those conditions, I have no right to judge or condem anyone's actions or decisions. I do believe that in the event of an extreme disaster, that the normal standards of medical,practice should not apply.
I have already recommended this to all my family and friends. This is Grisham at his finest. When he writes like this he is a master story teller, and I was transported to rural Mississippi.
The premise of the story, in which an older white man leaves millions to his black housekeeper, and the subsequent discoveries by Jake Brigance and his team make for a fascinating story.
Michael Beck was outstanding! I lived in Memphis for 14 years, and his accents of all the characters was spot on! I would not have enjoyed the story nearly as much if I had not listened to Mr. Beck narrate.
I won't give away what that moment was, but suffice it to say it was the climax of the trial.
If you want to listen to a book by a master storyteller and a narrator that is perfect for this book, then this is for you!
Poignant, hopeful, and bittersweet.
Sarah's Key in that the book flows between World War I in this case, and the present day. Both involve fascinating stories in both present and past.
I loved both narrator's as well. They really brought the story to life.
A painting is never just a painting.
One of my favorite listens of all time, just like Sarah's Key was. Loved it!
I used my credit based on the multiple positive reviews. What I discovered was a true story of a truly amazing woman, flawed like the rest of us, but also with amazing courage, integrity, and resolve to do what was right, in unimaginable circumstances. I am so glad I purchased this book, or I never would have known of this amazing story. In our current society, where people tend to worship celebrities, it is so sad that people do not read about true heroism and those people, like Nancy Wake. It is these people, that we should all be aware of, and look up to, as our role models. The story of an amazing woman who saved many during World War II through her work in the French Resistance.
Unbroken, because Nancy never quit, just like Mr Zamperini.
I don't think I would describe it as having scenes, as it was more of a biography.
Many of them,
I thought the narrator did a good job, and her accent was very upperclass British, the way the characters would have spoken.
The historical background and the role that false propaganda played out, not only by the Germans, but by the Brits and the Americans during WWII. The interwoven story line going from 1976 back to 1940 and 41 was also effective.
Probably the young Ava.
I recently saw the miniseries done on the Sundance Channel, and while it was good, the book is much better.
Another story by Picoult that explores the ethical and moral issues
families face when faced with a traumatic brain injury and brain death in a loved one.
I think Edward was my favorite character because he made some wrong decisions but in the end he matured and fought to make the right decision for the right reason.
All the various narrators were excellent!
The whole book was moving but the stories about the wolf pack and wolf behavior were fascinating.
The story starts in Boston, and then moves to Tampa and Cuba. The history was well covered , and as I live in Florida I found the scenes in Tampa and Ybor City especially interesting.
All the characters were well developed, except for the lesser players.
The gangster genre is always difficult in some ways in that most of the characters were amoral, and many are sociopaths, but this makes the moral dilemmas they face, if there is such a thing among thieves, always compelling.
Beware as of course there are many graphic scenes of violence and some sex scenes as well.
Narrator did an amazing job with all the voices. I believe I wouldn't have enjoyed this book nearly as much if I had simply read it.
The relationship between father and son was complex! A crooked cop and gangster son.
I don't usually listen to this kind of book, but was intrigued by all the positive reviews. I have to say the story was unusual and kept my interest. Narrator was excellent. This book ranks in the top 75% of books I've listened to, but is purely entertaining, and not meant to provoke strong emotions, in the way The Kite Runner does.
Difficult to say. It was that different. A cross between Ghost Busters and Dean Koontz.
Probably Viig. Don't know if I spelled that correctly.
Not really. As I said, pure entertainment and non stop suspense.
There surely will be a movie, and I only hope it will follow the book closely.
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