I don't know not having seen the book. I will say having listened to Sarum first prepared me for the layout of this read. I found it much easier to follow than my first experience with Sarum. I should go back to Sarum and see if it's easier to follow now that I get the format. While this book doesn't go back as far as Sarum in terms of centuries, it was a bit more appealing in the fictional aspect rather than historical aspect, both tying in quite nicely.
Other Rutherford books.
No, not an extreme reaction.
It's a good, long read if you are into those things. Great if you have a long drive/trip or a project like painting your house. It all ties up nicely at the end. Lots and lots of historical reference blended in a very clever human interest way
Loaded! I had some difficulty with this title. It's loaded with details and plots lines. I found myself going back chapters to get my bearings and listen again to plot threads. However, I stilled struggled through it and must say I enjoyed it.
So much so I moved on to Paris, after having read Sarum I hoped I was familiar with the author's format, character and plot development and might be able to follow things a bit better.
I say more on that books review.
Advice, stick with it.
With the explanation that it's a challenge to follow and not an especially easy read but a very good one.
A different narrator.
Can't say. Because of the loud, shouting, hysterical voiced characters I couldn't get past chapter three. Grating and extremely annoying vocalizations.
I have enjoyed previous books in this series very much but simply could not tolerate this narration.
It's a great piece about social change and the coming of age of women.
Cora. I could relate to her background and social expectations. Social standards of that time period are what kept things in check. Today there are no standards to uphold and it's a social free-for-all out there with people doing what they want, when they want, how they want regardless of who it hurts or damages, knows about it or the consequence.
Sadly, today there doesn't seem to be ANY consequence for bad, inappropriate behavior. I will site NY Mayoral candidate Anthony Wiener and former North Carolina Governor Mark Sanford , as the example for today.
When she walks in on Allen.
Deciding to lead an extremely unconventional lifestyle to "keep the peace" and not raise eyebrows in her community.
If you enjoyed The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns or even Three Cups of Tea this book is for you. Great additional insight and understanding into the struggles for generations of one family in Afghanistan. The conditions and circumstances they must endure. The great lengths and sacrifices they must go through to educate and keep their children safe in a country that is going to shreds.
I don't think so. But I enjoyed all of the narrators for this production. Their accents and english pronunciations made the book credible.
From the writer who brought you The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns comes And The Mountains Echoed. The incredible multi-generational story of two Afghanistan siblings separated at an early age who, having been thrust into very different paths in life, trust that they will somehow reunite.
And The Mountains Echoed - in theaters soon!
It ranks up there with other stories I've read recently depicting typical and devastating life situations and circumstances of ordinary people just struggling to survive. I've read several books about Asian women both historical and contemporary in their homelands and as immigrants to the United States.
This books gives great insight into life as a garment worker and as a non-english speaking immigrant. The conditions many are forced to cope with while they attempt to successfully assimilate into a casual US culture so very different from their own. The standards to which these culture rich people aspire to, ones I grew up with, but sadly reflecting just how standards have degraded in this country and modern society today. Especially white, anglo saxon America.
The superb capability of giving the listener great insight into the cadence of language as spoken by Asians.
Welcome to America, you are on your own.
The facts seem intriguing and it could have been an interesting read but the dialog between the prophet and the witness is dull and frustrating. Americans are NOT Gods chosen people, Israel has and always will have that status. To associate one with the other is a bit of a stretch but not at all out of line with the arrogance of American thinking and bravado.
The pontification towards the end sounds more like an alter call than anything else. The question, after question and never ending dialog with non-answers became very tedious.
The only people talking about this book seem to be Christians. This might have been a valuable bit of information for anyone and everyone to read and understand but it's heavy handed pontifications are repulsive and off putting, even to intelligent, well read Christians.
Too bad the author didn't take alienating people into consideration while crafting this book. The intriguing factoids and coincidences are interesting enough to stand on their own, without the sermon from the pulpit.
The holier than thou delivery. But I haven't read many.
The author is the narrator, and not very good at all. His attitude is arrogant, condescending, heavy handed and the tone doomed filled. He is unable to change from one character to the other effectively so it's difficult to determine who is speaking, combined with the very poor dialog, and it becomes very tiresome.
NO - absolutely not.
I found the book a bore. It put me to sleep.
Don't think so. Narration was pretty good. I've read over 200 titles in audible and I've read and heard better.
Detailed her experiences on the trail rather than focusing on the background crap. I anticipated a woman hiking alone in the back country for the first time to have more to share about her solitude and her wilderness experiences. It seems like poor planning is the crux of this tale.
No. She pretty much lets us know who and what she is. Pretty shallow personality and not especially interesting.
Recently, I hear Oprah is raving about this book. Interestingly enough I'm not surprised by this. I have found many of Oprahs fav's strange and disturbing, or keenly off kilter. Her endorsement is certain to lift this author in to the stratosphere in terms of book sales. Pretty lucky, actually, because for the most part I was pretty disappointed with the content, the plot, and the follow-through. I was expecting more. I found it underwhelming. I think she might have been better off taking the bus to Oregon.
After struggling through the first four books, I am now almost finished with the fifth. Sad to say it's just more the same.
It is my opinion the majority of what is contained in all five books is outrageous violence and descriptive filler.
Example Book 5/Chapter 3: Aria is in the cellar with all the faces on the wall...
"a thousand faces were gazing down on her, they hung upon the walls before her and behind her, high and low everywhere she looked, every where she turned. She saw old faces and young faces, pale faces and dark faces, smooth faces and wrinkled faces, freckled faces and scared faces, handsome faces and homely faces, men and women, boys and girls, even babes, smiling faces, frowning faces, faces full of greed and rage, and lust, bald faces and faces bristling with hair.
I found myself shouting "OH COME ON!"
The author spends entirely too much in describing how food was cooked, looked, or tasted. What clothing they were wearing, how it looked, the condition of it, the color of it, how it fit, where it came from, Endless, mindless descriptions going on and endlessly on until I just have to turn it off!
Overall, I find the plot lines through-out the series dirge like and depressing with little or no redeeming value. It's just one horrific situation after another, too many characters and factious locations to follow and just more of the same page after boring page. There's very little action to speak of, and lots and lots of vulgar, cruel, debauch behavior appealing to the lowest common denominator in humanity.
Overly long and boring.
Narrator brilliantly has a plethora of character voice to draw from but it gets old after awhile.
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