I wouldn't listen to Divergent again because I'd rather enjoy a new book. The book was good but not worth another listen however, I would listen to book 2 or 3.
I liked the detail about the factions. I also like how the story got started right away. There is no giving this book an hour to get interesting. There were also some twists and surprises I didn't see coming which I am sure laid the ground work for the furture books. What is it about trilogy's these days anyway? Aside from insuring the author stays employed why do we need 3 tales of everything? Sometimes one book will do and let readers demand for a follow-up, it needn't be shoved down our throats...coming off my soap box...the budding love story is perfect YA as well. The unknowing and insecure girl, the loner and devastatingly handsome to everyone but himself type of boy. The innocent love story in the midst of brutality.
The scene where each initiate had to go into a virtual world and face every single fear they had. To imagine that actually happening is scary...I'd be in that virtual world for a mighty long time facing all of my fears.
Hunger Games except different....
I was entertained and the book was worth the credit.
It was an easy enough story to listen to. Everyone was very likeable, there really wasn't any terrible conflict. It was pretty much easy breezy in Scotland until...the sex. If this boats a rockin'....holy cow can this woman write some very detailed and realistic sex scenes. I would stop working and just stare off into space whenever Joss and Braden started up. Not being a fan of romance novels or chick lit in general because aside from the silly story lines, the sex is completely unrealistic with all of the "throbbing centers" and "explosions of joy...always at the same time" Seriously?? But not Samantha Young...she makes it great without being over the top..unlike some other book series that shall not be named. She got it just right...for me anyway. I'd give another title of hers a whirl just based on the sex alone.
My reaction wasn't surprising. It wrapped up like a Lifetime Movie.
I know it's supposed to be only 3 words but whatever...great accent yet it fell flat and just deadpan at times..no emotion really. And sometimes I didn't know if she was thinking to herself or actually speaking to another character. Annoying but again the story was't about how to disarm a nuclear missle, I was able to catch up after a moment.
It made me extremely hot in the pants at times...
Overall the book is worth the credit. Nothing earth shattering here in terms of story but it's relatable and the characters are likeable and sometimes that's all you need in any book. Not every book is meant to be life changing...sometimes you just need to have a little fun. Perfect ear candy.
Hands down the narration of Kristen Johnston made this book most enjoyable. I'm so glad she read her own story so that I know the way she meant it to be heard. She is witty and hilarious. Some of the things she said was down right heartbreaking. I'm sad it was only 4 hours. Also her accents are spot on. I was totally engrossed in everthing she had to say.
Kristen brings her own story to life.
2 parts - I laughed until I cried when she talked about kicking that bully kid. And I felt empathy for her when she was so sick yet trying to convince everyone she was well trying to cover up at the expense of her life.
Aside from being the girl who fell out of a highrise window on an episode of Sex and the City, I didn't know much about Kristen Johnston. She's very talented - I can tell just from her narration of this book. She is definitely an actress I will follow now. And I hope she narrates other books in the future.
Absolutely. There are so many angles and nuances to this book. I just finished and I know I will spend days thinking about this story. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE books like that. That it's a very giving story, not just one angle, good or bad. It's like life - there's everyone's version of the story and the story you side will be the one most like yourself, except beware when you begin to side with the devil. There is no simple way to capture marriage and while this story is a marriage where the couple and the problems of their marriage have been magnified - the dialogue and feelings are not far fetched. They are human and I can relate on most levels but they are also crazy.
"The Time Travelor's Wife" not for subject matter but similar in the way that the story can be viewed so many different ways depending on the type of person we are. As far as similar subject matter I would say "War of the Roses"....on steroids, amp'd and ready to go.
This is the first time I've heard either reader.
Not necessarily but that doesn't mean I was any less interested. I'd figured out early on what was happening but then dismissed my guess because it was far fetched maybe but then the book seemed to take another turn every time I listened to it so eventually I just gave in and let the book happen for me.
I just might create a book club for this book so I can actually discuss in detail!!
This is grace.
The simplicity of it. I can relate to the main character in every way. She seemed like she could've been me or a friend of mine.
This was my first Hope Davis performance. She was brilliant. Never overwhelming - which could have happened with the subject matter and kept me in the story.
If time permitted - yes, I could have listened to it in one sitting.
Very much worth the credit.
Yes - I love it when an author reads their own work because I get to hear their interpretation
Having been married and divorced, I know there isn't any one way to define happiness in a marriage, or in life for that matter. I do however enjoy listening to other peoples takes and experiences.
This is a great essay.
I would recommend this book to a friend because it's a great story.
I love that the story happens in 24 hours but is able to recap 3 previous years in the process.
Because he is a man and is admitting to some very personal defeats surrounding love - it was much better to hear the emotion of the words said by a man rather than it be the voice in my head.
What a treat to get a follow up to If I Stay. I loved how everything turns out for all characters involved. I listened to it in one day because I couldn't turn it off.
The story was very nice - I listened to it straight through the day
This was a good story. I would possibly listen to it again. It was well written and wrapped up well. Very creative.
I have listened to this book twice. Once for myself and a second time when it was required reading for my 7th grader. The story lead the way for us to have some great conversations about the world and how we view it and how we can become numb to certain things.
I like the readers slow and concise pronunciation of her words. My only issue was that she didn't sound like a teenage girl - she sounded like a woman. It would have been different if in the story she was telling her memoirs but it was supposed to be from the point of view of a teenager. This is a minor detail and it didn't take me out of the story too long - I got used to it.
This is a great book that brilliantly deals with some heavy subject matter. I highly recommend. It is worth the credit.
I liked this book because it was a great introduction to other books and authors that I had never heard of. Then it suddenly became an opportunity for me to discover a lot of new and wonderful things. I love when that happens...one great thing leads to another. And for that reason alone - the book is worth the credit.
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