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).
What an interesting story written in such a lovely way. This book is different and the unusual cast of characters (voices) keeps the story moving (although you are kept wondering about the connections sometimes--but it's supposed to be like that, right?). To define love in such beautiful terms is refreshing and not the usual "sappy" romance. Both genders would like this book and I thoroughly enjoyed her lovely writing. Worth a listen!
Well first of all BRAVO to narrator Julia Whelan. I enjoyed and got lost in the distinct nature of the voices,even forgetting that all were done by one person. I cannot imagine reading this book in print and getting the same effect as hearing the voice of Liz. Superbly done. Such a great story and although a little predictable here and there,you just didn't mind! I would say around mid-way, I was thinking "get on with it" and no sooner than I thought that, the story picked up again. Great to the last page. I didn't expect to like this so much but it was worth a credit for sure.
Worth the listen just for her wonderful writing! But....A little homage to Stephen King? Why? I'm not sure if references to Green Mile were a necessary part of the story and felt incomplete to me. It wasn't really expounded on as much and I wondered why it was even in there. However, I did enjoy this book and was drawn into the story. I love her writing and the performances were not at all distracting. I am able to listen while working and needed something I didn't need to pay close attention to in order to get the story. Somewhat predictable, this still fit the bill and I'm anxious to check out her other books.
I just love his books. This was one that I zoomed through and absolutely loved Michael Beck's narration. It is nice to revisit characters from "A Time To Kill" and watch a new story unfold there. I really liked this book although to some, it may a lighter "read" than some of his other books. Don't try to keep up with all the lawyers. You'll eventually know the important ones. Bravo to Beck for keeping them straight.
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!
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