Yes, the story was good but just so sad and dysfunctional.
I really liked the main characters grandmother- she was a woman who was doing the best she could and I felt for her throughout the book.
I did not care for the narrators tone or the voice she used for the adolescent and adult Delores. It was a little bit distracting.
Yes, I probably wouldn't re-listen to the book though.
This book is just sad- from beginning to end. If you are looking for a pickmeup story- might want to listen to something else.
This is in the top two books I have listened to. I bought this as a Deal of Day because I love Claire Danes. The story is amazing and her narrtion was spot on. I can't believe I had never heard of this book before, but once I mentioned it to a few friends they all told me how much they loved it. I was afraid this might set my expectations too high, but I was not disappointed at all.
It really made me think of Going Clear- the story does not seem that far fetched when compared to small factions of religious extremism we see today. Up against what is reported about oppression occurring today in Saudi Arabia, Scientology or polygamous cults, this book is terrifyingly plausible.
Her tone was perfect. She showed the right amount of emotion at the appropriate moments. At first it didn't really sound like how I remembered her voice being. But then I was probably thinking of her in My So Called Life from my teen years, so it isn't surprising that she sounds much more grown up now.
I definitely was left wanting more, just a few more minutes each time I had to put the audibook down for a bit. I really wish there was a sequel, but in a way that might mess up the perfect ending to this book.
Yes, this book was the most captivating I have listened to on Audble. So many twists and turns that I was finding myself wanting to listen for just ten more minutes each time.
This book is definitely a thriller- I would compare it to House of Sand and Fog. You know the approximate ending but not how you get there.
The scene where Eva admits how she finally got Kevin to start using the toilet. I can feel her desperation and horror at her own behavior.
Yes and no, I always wanted to listen to a little more. But on the other hand, there are so many scenes and revelations that I had to digest that sometime I just took a little time to think about the book before moving on.
Every year I set resolutions and then feel like a total failure when I slack on them. This book gave me an easy plan of how to stay with it.
That I realized my whole hog approach to change was setting me up for failure. This book showed me how to make small changes that add up, rather than all at once.
I didn't really find any one character more central to the story than another.
No, this book has built in homework and requires a bit of reflection at points. Taking breaks to digest the information and plan between tasks enhances the experience of the book.
Yes, this true crime story was riveting. I guess it appealed to me because I am a part of the generation that Lululemon targets in advertising. This murder seemed just so unbelievable when it happened.
Hearing that the employees in the Apple Store next door heard the murder happen but did not do anything. To me, that is unconscionable. How could you hear a violent struggle a few feet away and not call the police or send one of your two armed guards over to investigate.
She makes the narrative more interesting. I think her voice is a reminder that the main people in this story are young women- who had their whole lives in front of them.
Yes, I did listen to the book in one day, but broken up. I found myself wanting to listen for just a few more minutes.
I would listen to it again because the novel weaves so many stories together. I felt like the book teaches readers bits about Indian History and the current social climate without feeling like a lecture.
I have not watched the movie- so I did not really know the outcome until the very end. The suspense pushed me on to get to the end of the story.
Ram- the main character was by far my favorite. Christopher Simpson did an excellent job making me feel Ram's emotions and honesty throughout the book.
Parts of the book are extremely sad and show a harsh reality that Westerners may not be aware of. I did shed a tear or two while listening to this book and definitely had a few laugh out loud moments.
Yes, I do think the content outshines the horrendous narration of the book. Rebecca gives a look into the a secretive world in an honest manner.
This book made me think about Banished by Lauren Drain- they were raised in two different cults but seemed to have very similar experiences.
Probably Not. The author reading this book was definitely a unique choice and her attempt at a Texan accent is comical at best.
I did not have an extreme reaction to this books. Although parts are sad, I did not cry at all.
I have not read the print version.
I do love audio books and hearing the author read this book was definitely a plus. However, the author was almost whispering through long portions of the book. Maybe she was just a little too close to the material to be a good choice to read it.
Definitely when the author tells a little white lie that turns into a massive problem for her parents.
Soft, Whispery, Detached
Yes, knowing that there are millions of people in the US who live in houses at all stages of hoarding. To think of children trying to survive in these conditions is just heartbreaking. Seeing an hour long television show is nothing like hearing about decades of the problem affecting a family.
I think the author did an amazing job of showing her parents as people who are struggling with a disorder, but that was not the only thing that defined them. I truly hope that she is able to set appropriate boundaries and have a family of her own.
Yes, I thought the story was haunting and the creepiest part is that the people in the Westboro Baptist Church are educated and somewhat contributing to society but still blinded by hate.
I have often read of things like this happening in other countries, but it's just appalling that this type of hate is being taught in the suburban MidWest. The WBC uses fear to control it's members. Anyone who has experienced emotional abuse, will sympathize with this young woman.
It seemed very similar to the books written from escapees from the FLDS, people who have fled North Korea and the Princess Sultana books.
I found it striking how alike extremist groups are, regardless of their message or creed, they are all based on feeling superior to others, cutting contact with the outside world and constantly claiming that they are being discriminated against.
Youthful, Soothing, Resilient
Cast Out of Hell: My Expulsion from the Westboro Baptist Church.
Once I started listening, it was hard to turn off this audiobook. I was fascinated and this story just sucked me right in.
The way that Guy Grieve described the scenery. I have been to Alaska several times and it made me just smile with all the details.
The fact that Guy was willing to admit his mistakes and show the reader how tough everyday activities are in the Alaskan wild. I also like how the people Guy interacts with are developed characters and not just one dimensional.
I really appreciated that it was not someone with a thick Scottish accent reading this book. His voice relayed a bit of humor at just the right times.
I wouldn't say extreme, but I did at a few points tear up. But that was mainly because I was remembering my grandfather and the time I spent with him in Alaska as a kid.
This a very fun book, I would definitely suggest to anyone who wants to know a bit more about visiting Alaska. There are many accounts of the pioneers experiences in the Yukon, but this book gives a modern perspective that I think most young adults could really benefit from.
As other reviewers have pointed out, there are a few things that do not match up with general bush experience/protocol. I am not going to discount this amazing story due to a few minor inaccuracies.
The fact that different characters narrative is read by different people. It definitely made it easy to keep everyoone straight. I loved the narration!
It's hard to pick one because this is definitely my favorite Audible book so far.
The scenes where Jonathan is in Dracula's castle. The descriptions of his surroundings are amazing.
Jonathan Harker- he ties all the other characters together.
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