I'm not sure what persuaded me to purchase this book, although it was probably a good review. There is no question in my mind that Edmund Crispin's stories are a delight to many mystery readers, it just wasn't my cup of tea. "The Moving Toyshop" belongs to a series of stories about an Oxford don, Gervase Fen, who solves mysteries. The tone is crazy and light-hearted, especially for a murder mystery. In fact, more than once the Keystone Cops came to mind. The mystery is involving enough, but with numerous characters I had a hard time following the protagonist's movements. Towards the end I got bored and only half listened. The narrator was very good, but with many characters, and most of them men, he had a lot of voices to keep track of.
A fictional story about missionaries to China in the early 20th century, the story starts out slowly. As Will matures and faces bigger challenges to his beliefs, the storyline picks up. I found Will and Katherine to be realistic characters, expressing their joys and sorrows in very true-to-life ways. The book contains the same encouragement for me that I receive from non-fictional missionary stories.
I hadn't reread this classic in years, but it's as good as ever. The narrator just didn't do justice to the characters. I think this is one book that should be read in print.
Story is okay, but what makes the book fun for literature lovers are the many literary references throughout. This is a "Silas Marner" story, but despite a mention of Eliot's novel on a reading list, the author never points this out.
Narrator does fine, but his women's voices aren't strong.
The story of Saroo was interesting, and I enjoyed the way he unwound his story for his readers. The book almost feels like a mystery or detective story. With Saroo's story you get a unique POV. He came from a very poor home and was uneducated, but grew up in a western home, so he can communicate to his readers the Indian life so we can understand it. It was worth reading.
I really enjoyed "Austenland." It was fun and charming. "Midnight in Austenland" felt as though Hale was uninspired and trying too hard to create a sequel for her fans. The narrator's voice is pleasant enough, but she sounded too young for this book.
Teachers are always looking for inspiration. Maybe someone can find it in this book, but I quit reading it after it about 90 minutes because it was more about Danza fulfilling a desire in front of a camera than about teaching.
Gregory Boyle, or "G" as the gang members he works with call him, is a wonderful story teller. In "Tattoos on the Heart" he's taken the stories he's collected from many years of working as a priest with gang members and their families in East L.A. and shared them with us. No other narrator could have read them as well as he has, with the dialects and intonations and experience of retelling these stories. But I'll warn you, it's hard to get through the stories without shedding tears. Boyle has buried nearly 200 people over the years due to gang violence. His dedication and selflessness is lovely to see. Don't get me wrong--he's not tooting his own horn, but merely relating his experiences of trying to get through to these young men and women. There are successes, but many failures. I found the book a wonderful encouragement and will most likely read it again.
I bought this book because the review in the newspaper included great job advice, and I figured the creator of Dilbert would have interesting stories about the various jobs he'd held. The problem is that the review contained the most interesting stories. When I got to the chapter with a--h---- in the title and found it was repeated over and over, I decided I'd had enough. If you are a big Dilbert fan and find vulgar language amusing, this might be the book for you. I'm moving on.
"Ethan Frome" is a little gem! Short enough to be read in a day, I confess it took me longer as I stopped from time to time to think about the story. Wharton has written a passionate book hidden behind the austere exteriors of her New England characters. The melancholy beauty of it took my breath away! This is not a book to read and move on; she leaves her readers considering her setting, characters, and conflict and knowing there is more depth than a single reading can reveal. The narrator seemed to capture the tone and only added to the story. Highly recommended!
I was immediately attracted to this book by its title and subject. It was, after all, a book about a parent reading to his child; something I loved doing with my children. After reading the mixed reviews I started the book wondering whether it would hold my attention. To be honest, there was a point at which I almost stopped. Alice goes into details about her life that didn't seem relevant. But I stuck with it and it grew on me to the point where I was sorry when it was over.
"The Reading Promise" is a coming-of-age story, but it's also a love story to a single dad, as well as a warning cry to all who value reading that it's time to make our voices heard in the schools before reading and books are removed to make room for technology.
Alice does a great job reading. If anyone wants proof that reading to your children is worth the time, read this book.
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