Since trying Pillars of the Earth after seeing the high rating from Audible members I've been leery of any books. I found Follet's writing of poor quality with repetitious and excessive wording. A good story but at least 100 pages longer than needed.
Pope Joan deserve high marks for historical fiction, quality writing, a well crafted story and it's all delivered in marvelous narration. Well worth the listen.
Warning: Spoilers beyond this point.
The ending left me unsatisfied. I would have had some investigation of where Desi was on the day of the "kidnapping" since that was something Amy could not have planned for or controlled in any way. How likely is it that Desi didn't "dine" with his mother for "luncheon" that day and not have any local credit card purchases or cell phone use to give his location. His mother was wealthy and devastated (not that I liked either of them) and it seems she would have investigated something and demanded more.
I would have let Nick keep the book he wrote and put it out there as a battling story line ir at least keep it intact with someone to publish should he die.
I don't mind pretending but how did they deal with all those credit card purchases? Why would Nick make all those purchases and then toss them in a wood shed? For what reason? If he planned to kill his wife, and organized all the rest of it, he would have waiting to purchase anything - planning for the insurance money maybe? and how did he get that much credit approved? Was the bard doing that well and did he ever, ever work there? Deep flaw in the story in my mind. Little things like that annoy me.
Also, I wanted Nick to start dating the police detective and hated the part where he needed Amy to make him not be his father? Gave me flashback to Frank McCorts Angela's Ashes. Knowing that he became his father, in the alcoholic sense, ruined the whole book for me.
Did Amy know something about why Nick's parents married? It seemed so for a moment.
If Amy went to a clinic for fertility treatments, that shows her state of mind and also seemed like usable evidence of character but it wasn't approached at all.
Speaking of little things, they had a hot water tank that gave a hot shower for an hour???? On demand systems would go on as long as the demand and hot water heaters run out in less than an hour. Fiction is fine but it has to make sense if placed in the real world.
The book was full of surprises but in terms of enjoying it and wanting to talk with someone about it to make it last longer, my vote is for Life After Life.
This is one of those books that presents itself as people in such a way that when it's over, one feels lonely and it takes a micro second every now and then to remember that the loneliness is for an imaginary person, not someone once touched and talked with. Maybe that is in part because some real people left me at the time I read this book but it is alsom and muchm due to the skillful writing.
I'm sure that Davina Porter is a huge part of the reason why I so love this book. Porter's collection of voices are marvelous. How does she do it? Her Scottish ting is gorgeous. Her variety and suitability of voices for the characters is just so comfortable to listen to. I've heard this book before but want to listen again just to hear Davina Porter.
Diana Gabaldon is no small contributor. Her characters are fun and reasonable. Of course nobody can move across time but she well considers the issues that one might encounter in doing so with a logic, if logic is the word.
The series is well worth a visit and tour.
First, I'm a Jeffrey Eugenides fan but clearly not a Nick Landrum fan. It seems that his voices for characters in the book have some life but his voice for the narrator is plodding, measured and dull. It's not that I could do better but that I found listening to his voice un-engaging.
Truth be told, some of the characters were annoying also. The parents would be crushed by the loss of a child, especially the suicide of a child but with 4 other children in the house, one would have to change, to be engaged, to draw together. Difficult of course but to throw away life in the face of 4 daughters seems impossible.
Thankfully, I've no experience with suicide in my family and it's important to consider this issue from many sides so the book is a good experience to have and it's well written, as all his stories are.
The story captures one from the start but there is this other level in the work. The words are crafted with color and texture. The similes blossom from the page asking for a pause if not a rewind.
If anyone told me that I would see death as a caring entity with an interest in life and those who live it as well as a tenderness and joy, I'd have denied the possibility. Yet Death was one of my favorite characters.
This is a book of value and one to listen to again and then to read on paper.
Perhaps this was written for a young adult audience. For junior high school readers? I just returned another book so didn't feel I could return this one but it was not worth the money and certainly not the time. I'm not saying I could write a book but honestly, this is not literature.
This is not my kind of story at all. I can't even remember how I got started. It might have been because of James Marsters' and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is well written and full of similes. I love a good simile. It's not serious but it is fun and a great way to spend a summer working in the yard and traveling the underworld with Harry.
I've not listened to the entire book and maybe I won't. There are these huge leaps in time in the story. There's a baby and then the next thing you know, she's off to college.
It feels as if the author had a goal and that he chose not to waste time bridging the ideas together. It feels wrong to be so critical of a book while there is no way I could write anything better but I can listen to a book and this one isn't feeling good to me.
I'm not sure where the story is going. The names are so odd that it's hard to keep them straight.
Then there is this idea of animals and animals. There are bears and bears or goats and goats and one can't tell the difference right off. The implication is that some animals have language and academic skills but others don't. The goat/professor can't handle paper because he has hooves and not hands but he does scientific research in his lab. Just how is that?
I'm a little worried because I've tickets to see the musical and maybe it won't make any sense either.
John McDonough is a marvelous narrator.
First I will admit that some of the details of administering a war seemed dry to me but after I time I came to understand war as a planning experience and the idea of war games meant more to me. It's not ever an accident. It's something that the military wants and hopes for.
The story of the people, this family, is well done. Well placed in the events of time.
The ideas of Hitler and the Holocaust are told in a way that shows how insane hatred and war are and how important education and taking a stance are.
I'm glad for the many hours in this book as well as Winds of War.
My appreciation for the narration by Keven Pariseau can't not be expressed. His work is marvelous. He has many voices. He sings. He speaks in accents that add color and texture to the story. Any book he narrates would be worth the listen.
I really liked the story for a long time. It's totally cute and unexpected. The coincidents are creatively applied and it's really a fun review of world history but at the last 80 minutes it got to me for a while. Just too cute. Still, not a bad book for passing the time while weeding the garden and throwing pots.
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