Hope, BC, Canada | Member Since 2013
I saw a TED talk by the author so decided to listen to one of her books. I understand this was one of her earlier books and it is a slightly unsophisticated view of what happens in abusive relationships. The author portrays the cycle of abuse and reconciliation well, but a bit naively. The reader provided realism through her voice and what I imagine was accurate reading of the parts in the character's native tongue. I do not usually read dark books (I work in health care and see enough tragedy in my work life) and I probably wouldn't have listened to it had I paid more attention to the topic.
The writing is very good and I found myself smiling at the clever and thoughtful word choices. I hope there are other books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that will be not quite as challenging in their content.
The character development gets lost amidst all the characters and the relentless pace of making sure the characters have eyewitness seats to every major event for 30 years. I predicted a little too much of what was going to happen and got fatigued of the diary-like quality of the story, but managed to finish and felt the ending was well done. John Lee is amazing as always.
I picked this title because I like the narrators, then I discovered it took place in Seattle and had a strong woman protagonist so I jumped in.
Good enough story about a Seattle ruined in a freak or not-so-freak accident and a mother's journey to rescue her curious son in a hostile environment. I'm not a zombie fan, but these weren't too distressing.
The story continues in book 2 with additional characters, ongoing plot lines and familiar conflicts. Satisfying if a bit repetitious.
Dystopian future, parents who cheerful euthanize newborns…this is not a pleasant book and I would choose the "youth fiction" audience for it carefully and only after I'd read it. I was perturbed about the lack of a denouement and then I realized it was a series. I still don't think that excuses just ending with a hopeful sentence or two. Well written for sure and well narrated but didn't sit well with me. I guess this book is the grandmother of the Hunger Games books.
Very enjoyable story of a new doctor's introduction to rural Ireland and being a physician in a small village. Reminiscent of "All Creatures Great and Small" in an endearing way.
The plot is intriguing, I loved the narrator, but somehow the whole package moved a bit too slowly.
Palace intrigue, the introduction of new technology…I was hopeful about this book. I did manage to finish it but it was a bit of a chore.
Engrossing story told by Lady Trent, documenting her early life and fascination with dragons, culminating in a dangerous trip to distant lands to study them closely. Amazing narration, lovely story. I hope there are more volumes to come!
I rushed through this series and found myself not unhappy to do housework because I could listen to the book.
I have been seeking strong female characters and this book had them, as well as alien intrigue and a satisfying explanation of the complexities from the prior books.
I didn't start listening to this series at the beginning which may be why my rating isn't a bit higher. I enjoy the time travel premise very much and enjoyed the parallel plague stories.
Dragged on a bit for me, but I will listen to the rest of the series.
I am fairly certain this was written on a dare…"I bet you can't write a book that in the first chapter someone dies from …."
I will listen to anything Wil Wheaton narrates and I loved other Scalzi books, I was a bit worried about the seemingly junior high opening of this book but I was caught up in the story after I met Robin, the pet store owner. The dialogue between Robin and her escort was rich and the plot twists don't disappoint.
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