I really enjoyed this book and it's worth a listen. It was an obvious push/pull of opposites trying to co-exist and bring one another into their world. This was humorous at times, other times very serious. It is interesting to see the complications of life and how they might affect those things we hold dear (or let go of).
If you are or have been a parent of a child in rehab, you will relate to every emotion and situation detailed by the author. I would not be surprised if she had experienced this in her life, as it was vividly accurate.
While I really enjoyed listening to this book, it did have a level of practicability. While some really loved the performance, I was not a fan. It's just a matter of taste, as it did not detract from the substance of the book like some narrators might. All in all, it's about 3.5 stars for me (and I usually reserve 4-5 stars for books I would gladly read again).
This book really grabs you and can easily be devoured in one sitting. It will keep you interested and at the end, still wondering what other revelations might be forthcoming. If you are one that takes the book of Revelation as literal, this book parallels much of that thinking. This is an awesome little book and a great addition to those seeking answers about Heaven. However, the book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn is the most biblically based book about Heaven that I've read. Check it out as well.
If you've seen the television series based on this book, you will know the premise is quite interesting, gritty and an eye opening view of poverty. Vivid descriptions and heartbreaking circumstances keep you involved and caring about the characters. These fascincating stories were taken from her own memoirs and she takes us into the era beautifully. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next season on PBS!!
I almost stopped in the middle of this but decided to press on to the end. Bottom line: All American girl mingles with the common folk in a women's prison. Sorry to say I found this quite dull...as most of prison life probably is and passing the time can be less than interesting. I also did not like her political leanings about the prison system, but she is entitled to her opinion. It just made a book I didn't like even less attractive. I can't believe this is such a big deal. I am not sure what people are laughing at because I saw little humor in the book. Perhaps those who have binge-watched the series might find the book more humorous. I now have no interest in the series.
This is Jackson's autobiographical account of what led him to his "cat whisperer" business. His story is gritty and his language is unfiltered. This isn't a book for the kiddies. That having been said, I would expect nothing but Jackson just being all out real and himself. He is sincere and seems to cut through the BS of his life. He admits weaknesses and leads you through his struggles.
If you're expecting a "How To" on how to keep Fluffy from scratching on the couch, you'll be disappointed. Although there is a small amount of information at the end, the real story is of the man himself and what he learned as he journeyed through the rockiness of life while caring for and learning from the animals around him.
I will tell you this....the grief he describes feeling for a pet, is as real a description of grief I've ever heard, whether it be for a 4 legged creature or 2 legged one.
These are war stories. This is not a story with a beginning and end, it's just a collection of stories written by someone that was there. Though gritty and fascinating, it wasn't what I expected. Nevertheless, not a waste of time by any means. Just ok, in my opinion.
This is just a wonderful book. Don't miss it. The narration is wonderful and the German accent and translation is superb. Wonderfully written about a tragic and frightening time, with a completely unexpected voice telling the story. I'm so glad a friend recommended it to me!
One of the reasons I've avoided listening to this is the downright chilling nature of criminal minds. It's heartbreaking how easily lives can be snuffed out with such brutality but with nonchalance. This is such an interesting study of the judicial system of the times as well. Definitely a classic and the narrator was excellent.
This is an interesting book, with quite a few twists and turns. It's definitely unexpected and clever. Many times during the listen, I could imagine how this would unfold as a movie. However, if a movie is made, they'd definitely change the ending. I really liked this book, but probably wouldn't read again because I know how things resolve. Also, not a book to have rolling in the car with the kiddos, because the language rivals an R rated movie. Glad I finally got to hear this book as it's been on my list for a while.
Tina is smart, funny and REAL. Her delivery is hilarious and unpredictable. You're listening along to one of her stories and she slips in a zinger that catches you off guard. (Do not drink liquids while listening). Lots of laugh out loud moments and a great break from the usual audiobook. She makes her point on so many things with a dose of anxiety and comedy; two things rather close to my heart. Loved it!
As a sort of "whatever happened to...." sequel, King continues the story the Overlook's survivors. Although there weren't many "unanswered questions" left in the original book, it was nice to revisit the characters again and find out more about their lives. It is an uncanny comparison (in my opinion) to substance abusers' exorcising their demons with alcohol or drugs with those plagued by the "shining" also falling into the same trap. The emphasis on Dan's recovery was woven throughout the story. Of course, I glibly found myself saying, "gosh, no wonder he drank!". But part of the triumph to me was that during the greatest stress of his life since his childhood, Dan managed to weather these events while managing the alcohol demons in his head. Maybe I'm making too much of the similarity, but I just kept coming back to that in my mind.
Of course, classic King cannot do no wrong as I see it. I'm glad it wasn't just a "hey let's got back to the Overlook hotel again" kind of book and it really could easily stand on it's own. Thanks, Stephen, for writing this. You're on the top of my list of people I'd love to meet. But I'm sure you're not reading this. xoxo
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