You've either been Charlie, or you knew him. This does take you back to the awkward teen years. Not only is Charlie awkward, he is mentally and emotionally fragile. The story has redeeming qualities, although it's not what I'd run out and recommend to everyone.
The narrator makes every second worth a listen. The scenes come alive under Noah's stellar performance. You never even realize that he is reading...he's just talking to you.
I believe the book might have been "over-hyped", and whenever that happens, my expectations are high. Dealing with my own teenager's angst, emotional health, substance use and the like, I related to the character a little too much. Therefore, the emotional rollercoaster of high school are relived and some of us would just rather not revisit that. It's up to you. It is a short listen and like some movies, you can get lost in the performance even if the movie is just so-so.
While Christian fiction sometimes gets a bad rap, I would hope that more would give this genre a try. This book isn't preachy or shoving Christianity in your face, however moral dilemmas and life altering decisions are faced by everyone. This is a sweet story and shows the bond of sharing a mutual hobby. Many people know that it starts becoming more about the people than the hobby. I really liked this book and might read more from this author. Great narration keeping two different characters alive throughout.
That's the best compliment I could give a book. Even knowing the entire story, I would listen to this book again. So "real" as many have said. The human perspectives come across believable and natural. It reminds me that many paths cross and lives intersect in amazing ways. Don't miss this one!
This is one man's story. Maybe it's not even a story per se. It's his opinion, outlook, philosophy and journey. It's not going to read like a novel and in my opinion I think it works better this way. All in all, I really enjoyed this book, however reading instead of listening was far more rewarding on this particular book. You'll need to throw away some of your pre-conceived notions and set aside legalistic thinking...but that's the point. Recommended either way, but loved the paperback.
I listened to this long before all the hype from the movie (which I haven't seen), This is a wonderful story that is both sad and triumphant. While portions of the story definitely smack of the YA genre that Green is known for, it can appeal to all readers in my opinion. Young people dealing with real life, grown up problems, even facing death, may seem like a downer but the story is sprinkled with so much more than that. Another winner from John Green as he tackled heavy subject matter and had me crazy about these kids to the last page.
This is one of those books that I'm so glad I listened to instead of read. I know that there were times that science would've gotten too much and I may have abandoned it. SO GLAD I listened to this book! It's incredible and fascinating. The contribution given unknowingly by one woman has changed research, science and the world. It is both sad and victorious, and yet she will never know of her contributions.
I loved the author's weaving of the scientific side of things with the family and personal side of the story. I am so glad it was highly recommended to me as "one book i should read this summer". I did and I'm glad.
This book has been one of my favorites for years. It's been a long time since I read it and I was thrilled when it finally became available at Audible. While the content is indicative of the times, it may be uncomfortable for many. All in all the lessons learned and love-ability of the characters make this a classic story that you will never forget. How fortunate that we all know and love Atticus Finch, who gently taught his children what it meant to see beyond outward appearances, society's standards and racial tensions. An absolute MUST READ.
PS. I have yet another reason to love Sissy Spacek. She was perfection.
While I love Stephen King, this wasn't my favorite. BUT, it was a good book and I definitely don't regret the listen. I actually listened to the whole thing in just a few days because it kept my interest all the way through. Not your run of the mill bad guy, but certainly the usual retired detective that just can't stay away....made for a story that could have been written by most detective novelists. However, King always has a way of giving you the creeps, making characters and scenarios stick with you, long after the book is finished. As always, my "bucket list" author I'd love to have dinner with.
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.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.