I loved Rainbow Rowell's first book and am also a big fan of Rebecca Lowman, so this book was a double whammy for me. Rowell is so skilled at writing about young love without sounding too angsty. I loved the characters and various story lines in this book. My only gripe is that the ending was a bit rushed - I would have loved to know more about each character's path and outcomes.
It's definitely in the top 10. What first seemed like a fairly predictable plot kept me guessing until the end. I loved the tie-in to The Shining, but this was certainly a story all its own.
It had a creepy, fantasy element without being a pure horror book (which are often too scary for me!). I like seeing Stephen King stretch his writing chops beyond what many people probably expect from him.
This book is full of diverse characters, and his narration distinguishes them all.
Yes - I couldn't figure out where the story would go next!
A great listen even if you did not listen to or read The Shining.
I haven't read Terry McMillan in a while and I am glad I picked this up.it was an engaging story about complicated family relationships. The narration was great, for the most part - I adored Phylicia Rashad, though I have to add that I didn't love Terry McMillan as a narrator.
I enjoyed the first two books in this series, but the third and final installment was a struggle to finish. I liked the premise of the story since it explained a lot of what happened in the first two books, but it was poorly executed and a bit slow.
Absolutely. I loved the story, the characters, and the narrators. I am a big fan of Rebecca Lowman and she didn't disappoint here.
I can't really compare it to another book, but it certainly evokes memories of John Hughes teen movies! Lots of good humor, teen romance and angst.
The scene where Park's mom changes her mind about Eleanor and tells Park about her childhood in Korea. It was a great turning point for her relationship with him and the rest of the family.
I felt like I experienced every emotion right along with Eleanor and Park. Nothing better than teen romance!
I love how the story was told through a combination of flashbacks and present day events. It was a great way to develop the characters and keep me guessing about what they'd do next.
Vi - she embraced her quirks and stood her ground even when she held unpopular opinions.
I loved Rebecca Lowman's performance in "Dark Places," and was equally thrilled with this performance. There's something about her voice that is equal parts soothing and entertaining to me.
All siblings have complex relationships, but twins are even more complicated. This is a great story of one family's struggle to embrace their strangeness and hold on to their relationships in the midst of a crazy time in their lives.
I really enjoyed both the story and the performance, but once we passed the book's major plot twist, I felt the ending was a bit unfulfilling. Despite that disappointment, I enjoyed John Green's portrayal of teenage life and love and look forward to listening to more of his books.
WONDER made me feel a wide range of emotions. I'm a parent, so naturally it pulled on my heartstrings and think what I would do if I had a child in August's situation. I'm someone who was bullied as a kid (though for reasons far less significant than August's), so I reflected on my own experience and how it shaped my adulthood. Overall, I loved the message of choosing kindness, and can only hope my own daughter follows that message as she grows up and befriends people from all walks of life.
I've had this book on my list for a while, and I'm glad I finally downloaded it. While I definitely found myself with a few tears in my eyes, I also laughed a lot - which I think is a testament to John Green's talents in handling a subject as dreary as childhood cancer. Kate Rudd is a terrific narrator and adds great life to each character.
Yes - it was an interesting account of the Holocaust and I liked how it was told from multiple points of view.
Admittedly, it was slow at first - I wasn't sure I was going to keep listening. However, once the point of view changed a few times to reveal other characters' perspectives, I became more interested. Everything from Josef and Minka's points of view was particularly compelling.
I like that there is a different narrator for each point of view in the novel. It made for a more robust experience.
Not at first, but when I got about halfway through, it was tough to stop.
The Holocaust certainly doesn't make for lightweight reading material, but this story is a worthwhile experience.
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