I have listened to most of Megan Hart's books and have enjoyed most of them, but this may be my favorite. It was a slow beginning, and it took me a while to get used to the deep-voiced narration that seemed better suited for a character who has smoked for 30 years rather than a character who has barely LIVED for more than 30 years. But eventually I got very caught up in the details of Emmaline & Johnny's story. It wasn't as erotic as other Megan Hart books, but I found that I didn't care because there was a lot more than that to this book. The more I listened to, the more questions I had and the more I wanted to know! When there was only 20 minutes left, there was still so much going on that I couldn't imagine how in the world it was all going to wrap up with so little time left.
I've listened to Lily Bask before, and have enjoyed her. I think she best portrays an older and more mature character though. When her voice is light, she portrayed a 31-year-old Emmaline just fine! When her voice is low, she was well-suited for portraying Emmaline's mother. After I got used to the narration, I realized that she was also well-suited for Johnny, with his gruff attitude and New York accent! But my biggest problem was that there was plenty of time that her voice dipped down low when she was portraying Emmaline, which was most of the book since it was written from Emmaline's perspective. And that just wasn't a good fit.
While listening, I was eager to hear more because I still wondered so much about what was happening and how! But my
Yes, this is a certain pick-me-up for any of my married friends. I have really never hated characters the way I hated these people. At first you think you're on one's side and against the other. Then you change your mind. You don't respect either of them, and they just keep getting more dispicable. I almost didn't finish... its hard to care about a book if you' re not sure you're really rooting for anyone. But you should finish just for shock value.
Even though I LOATHED both Nick and Amy, the character development was surprising and crafty. Just when you think you're getting to know them, you realize you don't.
Certain to make you feel great about your own marriage!
I'm having a very hard time getting through this performance... not sure I'm going to finish. I'll just read the book instead. I've loved almost all of Jodi Picoult's books, and I think I recognize some of the male narrators from others of Picoult's audiobooks. They are not the problem.
The problem is the voice of Rebecca, who is 15, but the narrator is trying WAY too hard to sound young. She comes across sounding whiny, nasal, and annoying. Her reading of Rebecca's portion of the story is unnaturally slow, and she makes Rebecca sound either much younger than 15, or just stupid. It's painful to listen to. But unfortunately, I think the voice of Jane is who you hear when you try to listen to the sample on Audible.
I will read anything by Jodi Picoult.
YES. This was one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I have experienced.
I was worried that this story would be too "young" for me, given that the main character is an eleven year old girl. I think it's very important to point out that Julia is NOT an eleven year old girl as she tells the story... some time has passed (you don't know how much until the end, but it is clear throughout the book that some time has passed) and she is recounting important events that happened when she was a girl. So what she noticed and how she experiences the "slowing" is colored by the fact that she was only 11 years old at the time, but she describes it with a more poignant and mature narrative because she is now older. It is very much a "coming-of-age" story, and any female reader will be able to relate this average girl. Although the world is changing around her, she is still succeptable to the normal traumas of girlhood. And because of her young perspective, the story surrounding the slowing does not become too technical or detailed. She only tells what an eleven year old knew or understood of the events.
Her portrayal of Julia was perfect, her tone and speed just right for everything happening in the story. She simply got everything right.
Yes, and thankfully, I had a long car ride so I could listen to large segments at a time.
I think everyone can see themselves in one of these characters. We've all made mistakes and can sympathize with forgiving and being forgiven. Most of all, I love how this story spans decades and shows the progression of relationships that most books don't! You can see it all being woven together as time passes, and there's so much depth to it.
I would take Tully out to dinner and make sure she knew how fortunate and rare it was to have a friend like Kate who would keep inviting her back into her life even though Tully didn't always deserve it.
You will fall in love with these characters, care about them, hate them, forgive them, yell at them, and cry over them. Get ready!
I had a hard time getting into this story. After 2 different attempts to pick up the book and read it, I decided to try my 3rd attempt with the audio version. What a world of difference! Once the audio book got me though the first few chapters, I was really engaged. It just took a while for the story to really turn to the mystery of Harriet Vanger. By the time that it did, I was sufficiently engrossed in Mikael Blomvkrist and Lisbeth Salander's stories as well. I may have thought it a little dry to read some of those details in print, but the narrator brought it to life for me. Now I am anxious to listen to the others in this series as well.
I like a novel in which I can get engrossed in the characters, really get to know them and care about them. It was difficult to do this with the book Olive Kitteridge because most of the short stories contain characters that may never be mentioned again. I kept expecting all these individual stories to tie together in the end, but the book ended quite abruptly for me, and although I felt a little closure for Olive, I felt none whatsoever for the other characters and their stories. I was left wondering what the point was, and wishing I'd spent my time on a different book.
If what you really want is a steamy story with more of a plot than a Penthouse would provide, then you won't be disappointed. The dialogue was trite and a little cheesy at times, and the plot was more than a little far-fetched (has anyone REALLY ever had a houseguest like this???). But that's what makes an erotic fantasy, right? Plus, I applaud the author for addressing a serious matter like alcoholism to bring the story back down to earth here and there. Overall, I enjoyed it for what it was... and it may have inspired me a little too! I'll listen to Megan Hart again.
Don't read or listen to "Change of Heart" before "Keeping Faith"!!! A few of the characters from "Keeping Faith" come up in the more recent "Change of Heart" and I was disappointed when I realized that I already knew how some of the book would end. Otherwise, it was your typical Jodi Picoult book. I like them all, but the more of them that I read, the more they start to sound the same. I didn't realize that they would ALL (so far) have courtroom drama, medical issues, and an unusual number have involved organ donation. I'll still keep reading them, though.
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