I do enjoy historical fiction, but this one was very heavy on the details of the history of the period. I found my mind wandering and simply had trouble staying interested in all the details. I was more interested in Katherine and the other people in the story, but much of the book focused on the political and historical aspects of the time period. I am more interested in the personal side of the story.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
I have not listened to any other books narrated by Wanda McCaddon. She was wonderful! I will definitely look for her as a narrator in the future.
The narration was terrific and it was well researched. It also made me interested in learning more about the lives of Katherine and the other main characters in the story.
While I didn't love this book, it was well written, well researched and well narrated. For lovers of historical fiction who like the emphasis to be on the history and not on the personal, this one is a winner!
Khaled Hosseini has done it again. He's written another fabulous book that practically defies description. The story told in And the Mountains Echoed is so intricate and yet told so clearly that the reader is amazed as the complexity as the story unfolds. The story spans generations and countries, but is authentic and real and heart felt. I can't praise it enough. The narrators were also terrific, though the accent of one of the male narrators took some time to get used to. 5 stars - It was amazing. I loved it!
Interesting tale about 1920's Prohibition Era NYC. The story centers around two young women who work as typists in a police precinct. This was really intriguing novel that grabs your attention right from the start. Difficult to review since the book really should be read completely "blind" as the author intended. If you are planning on reading this one, do yourself a favor and don't read any reviews, etc. beyond what is written on the inside book jacket.
This book was a big disappointment for me. It was not at all what I expected. Based on the summary, I thought the story would revolve around the life stories, lessons learned and wisdom of the residents of a home for the elderly as told to two younger women - a hospice volunteer and a hairdresser/manicurist who work there. That is not what the book delivered. The stories were disjointed, it was difficult to keep the characters straight and there were no life lessons or wisdom anywhere to be found. Most of the characters were unlikable and there was no resolution to any of the subplots.
Not at all. I'm attracted to novels that look back at a character's life with reflection and wisdom. This one was just not very well done.
Except for when there was dialogue (which was seldom), she droned on in a boring monotone with no effort to distinguish one narrator/character from another. I would not listen to another book narrated by her.
I only finished this book because I had a couple of days to wait for my next credit. I did enjoy the 70s references (TAB, macrame plant holders, mood rings, halter tops, etc) and the "main" main character's story is fairly compelling. But the problem was that there are too many main characters and I just found that I wasn't all that interested in most of them. I understand that this book (and at least one of its sequels - there are 7, I think), was made into a miniseries. That makes perfect sense. A miniseries can certainly handle multiple plot lines and multiple main characters. Works great on TV, not so much in book form. At least, not for me. On a positive note, Frances McDormand does a great job as narrator. 1 star - I didn't like it. (4 stars for McDormand)
I'm usually not one to read this type of book, but when audible had it on their sale list and I was desperate for something to listen to, I decided to give it a try. Full disclosure, I am very skeptical of psychics/mediums, etc, but I do find some of the stories of communicating with the dead to be fascinating, so I thought this book might be entertaining. The beginning of the book was rather interesting. The author begins by explaining how she has always been able to see spirits and that she has a relationship with a spirit guide, who helps her to understand the spirit world. Far fetched, but still interesting. However, when she moves away from this topic that is when she loses me...COMPLETELY. The main point of this book is to describe to the reader what the other side (heaven) looks like and what life is like there. She goes into great detail and all I can say is - she has a vivid imagination. She's either a charlatan or a nut. Either way, she's made a fortune.
I truly enjoyed this novel about Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary. I didn't know much about Mary before reading this book and I found it fascinating on many levels - Mary's life in NYC in the late 1800s and early 1900s, her inability to understand that she was a healthy "carrier" of a potentially deadly illness and the way the medical community dealt with outbreaks of illness in a time before vaccines and antibiotics. All of it fascinating. The narrator was easy to listen to and did a decent job with Mary's brogue. An enjoyable read.
Absolutely. The story was compelling and handled realistically. The narration was also quite good.
I liked the topic and the fact that it was handled in a way that avoided being overly sentimental or horribly maudlin.
I have not listened to Susan Lyon before so I can't compare. But I would happily listen to something else she narrates.
Yes, I really was so anxious to learn how the story was going to play out. But at the same time, I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it to end.
This is the first book in memory that I simultaneously couldn't wait to finish, yet didn't want to end. The book could have been extremely sappy and sentimental or horribly maudlin, but happily Moyes did a fabulous job of not exploiting all the drama. Had she done that this could have easily turned out to be a very different book. A great story and a wonderful "listen". 5 stars - It was amazing!
Heather Henderson did a fine job narrating. I would listen to another of her narrations. I'm not sure about Susannah Cahalan. It might depend on the topic.
I'm currently listening to My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor.
I have not listened to anything else by Heather.
I was interested to read this book due to the fact that it deals with a medical mystery - and a psychiatric one at that. While the author's story is certainly scary and it really is a miracle that she was able to get a proper diagnosis and recover fully, the book was not as compelling as I had hoped. I can't really put my finger on why, but I did find my mind wandering quite often as I was listening to it. At times I felt that the story droned on and on a bit too much. Not a bad read, but don't expect to be on the edge of your seat. 2.5 stars - It was more than OK, but not quite GOOD.
I'm not sure it could be a 4 or 5 star book for me. I did enjoy the first half of the book and would give it 3 stars, but the second half of the book was just too bizarre and over the top for me.
I'm not sure. It would depend on the storyline.
Kathleen Wilhoite's performance was flawless! She is certainly one of the best narrators I have ever listened to. I was surprised and saddened to see that this is the only book she has narrated here on Audible. I hope that changes very soon.
I would have rewritten the the second half of the book. It was far too unrealistic for me.
There are some books that I would recommend to absolutely everyone. This is not one of those books. However, I would not hesitate to recommend it to certain friends who I know would enjoy this particular story.
I have not listened to other books by Kathleen Winter. But, I did enjoy this one enough that I will certainly explore her other works.
I thought Tandy Cronyn performance was wonderful. She was very easy to listen to and did a good job of differentiate the characters without "trying too hard". I would most definitely listen to other books narrated by her.
I enjoyed this story of a child born a hermaphrodite in a remote area of Canada in 1968 and raised as a boy. While it was interesting to see how this young boy slowly learned the truth about his birth and the nature of his body, I felt that at times the reactions of his parents, those around him and even he himself were not all that realistic. At least they didn't ring true to me. I still enjoyed the story about how Wayne chose to deal with the truth about himself. For me, it was a 3.5 star read - "I liked it", but it didn't quite make it to "I really liked status".
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