The Descendants teaches a number of small lessons wrapped into a bigger story. A true testament of how many working dads are unaware of the disconnection they have with their children, and the road back. How along that road, there are little bumps and great big bumps. However, each bump brings this father, back to being a dad.
Knowing you have a spouse whose heath deteriorates to a place where there is no turning back, is much different than losing a spouse suddenly. Knowing this, Alex and Scotty begin finding their father as they lose their mother.
Although, the story is that of a broken love and love that is lost to death, The Descendants goes deeper than only one subject. Within this tale you will find parenting, relationships, Hawaiian history, fun, and truth. It is a well written, well read novel that allows you the feeling of being there, helping the characters and learning along the way.
In this book, I found myself hindered at first... as if, I was going to like it. Stood on the fences ... then the story BURST! Wow, what a wonderful, breathless read. If you have siblings, the birth order dynamic in this book will astound you in how closely you will relate (especially for the women of families with three girls).
I immediately was drawn to the character of Rose... simply put, for I am Rose! You begin to find yourself in these characters. Although, "Dad" speaks as though he is a Shakespearean character, you will come to understand him and his "dad" ways!
The mother... she is the pristine example of how most mothers will always see their children!
I can revel in all this book brings about... but you need to read it to relate to it. GREAT JOB!
Upon reading the summary, I thought this was going to be outstanding... I was disappointed! It has its "parts". Those that are cute and maybe even a bit chuckling. Overall... it runs slow, jumps between "stories" and just seems a bit tiring.
I listened it out, however, would not be quick to recommend, unless you were really in for a light-footed non-nonsensical story.
This book was written well, with a story-line to follow to the end. However, narration of the story needed a bit... let's say... of a drink of water, throughout. Mr. Chandler's narration at times, almost made me pause the book, take a breath, and re-start. There are many areas in which Mr. Chandler sounds as though HE has run out of breath, and he makes a swallowing/smacking sound as one of thirst. This seemed to grate on me a bit as the smoothness of "telling the tale" became broken.
John Hart wrote a fantastic tale, woven with humor, interest, mystery, and solid story lines. This is the first audible I have entertained by Mr. Hart, but the second book. The Last Child I read and he continues to show great promise as an author. I would recommend this book to those persons who enjoy a good twist in mystery. However, forewarning the urge to yell "Please take a drink of water" to Mr. Chandler. Give yourself time to adjust as the outcome is well worth the ride.
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