I have loved Amy Tan's books in the past but this one is not one that I would recommend to anyone, I almost stopped listening several times. The plot is totally predictable, the women characters flighty, impulsive and down right stupid! The storytelling was problematic, the shift in timeline three-quarters of the way through the book was very confusing, keeping the tale running in a straight line might have helped keep all the characters straight. And what in the world ever became of Teddy?
Steven King's new book.
I am inspired to take Amy Tan off of my list of favorite authors.
Only if it had been a different experience all together. This book was like diving into a fishbowl of snippets and reading them one by one. Am I the only one who found this audiobook disconcerting? A collage, yes, certainly. Difficult to hear and really difficult to try and put the pieces together, you bet. I thought I wanted to know more about JDS, but not like this. All over the map, it's 1948, then 1953, then 1972, then 1948. Very, very disappointed. The collage was too much for me.
I don't know, probably not.
Disappointment. My granddaughter was named Esme after the character in "To Esme with Love and Squalor." Her dad was in Afghanistan when she was born. Therefore I am very interested in the life and times of JDS. Too difficult to try and decipher.
I would not try another book from J.K. Rowling. I read and enjoyed every Harry Potter book but her attempt at adult literature is so dark and depressing, not to mention it drags and drags. I don't know where it was going and I don't care! I gave up after listeniing to the first (of three) downloads.
I found it hard to stay interested in the characters or their acativities. Several characters are called by a couple of names and my interest was not enough that I even cared to keep track.
The narrator was wonderful, he just had some difficult material, in my opinion.
I did not like anything about this book. Not one thing.
I have never heard a more depressing book. Half of the time Wallander is moaning about being 60 like he was at the brink of death! I'm glad Mankell finally put him out of his misery--even if it felt like an afterthought. I wouldn't listen to any more blubbering from Kurt Wallander even if it were available.
This book digs at my heart, much like "The Art of Racing in the Rain" and "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle." Susan Wilson truly understands the bond between dogs and humans--at least from this human's point of view. I love dogs, I love this book.
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