Hmmm... I'm pretty sure i would not have made it through this book had it not been for a book club assignment. It was an interesting story, but in many areas it was like reading an accounting ledger (yawn... I'm sorry... what was he saying?). Still, I'd recommend it for those not chased away by lots of facts and figures and graphic description. What these men went through was amazing and I really learned a lot about early American whaling.
I had to come back to read the description of this book to find out WHY I bought it and whether I was going to try to choke my way through the rest of it.
I'm not one for lots of religion in my fiction, so that was the first thing that made me uncomfortable with this choice (clearly that is my problem and not a flaw in the book). Still, the characters, to me seem like they came out of some 70s era mini-drama. Do people really act this way... talk this way? When I got to the part where Simone was bragging about withholding sex because her latest "love interest" said "I'll see what I can do" when she told him he should pay her mortgage, I had to turn this off. Seriously? She was shocked that he said "I'll see what I can do." and yet I was shocked that he didn't laugh out loud, leave her with the restaurant check, and ask if she was out of her mind. I don't know ANY woman (self-respecting or not... black, white or other) that would actually say those words.. That her friend reacted as if this was (oh... hahaha...Girl... you crazy) just Simone being her crazy self was appalling to me. This isn't just the-character-you-love-to-hate stuff for me.
I just can't relate to ANY of these people... The dude who is so hot all the women just drop their panties at the sight of him... the diva with the voice of a nightingale gone awry (I'm assuming she returns in this one since they keep bringing her up)... the church first lady who is so wrapped up in her wardrobe that she can't get out of the house without changing clothes 10 times. Seriously? So far the only character I can see as real is TK, and the story felt like a bad movie. I'm expecting the rest of this book to be more soap opera style crap. Am I wrong? Can those of you who gave it 5 stars (wow...a LOT of people, btw) tell me what I am missing here? Does something get better as the book goes on? Do the characters become real humans at some point, or am I just out of my genre? It seems (so far) more like a romance novel (Harlequin-type) or soap opera-esque. I can't bring myself to watch soap operas either, so it could be that I'm just out of my element. If it had been classified as a romance I would not have purchased it.
The characters and dialog
I suppose. I think the narrators were not bad, but I could not get through the book.
I only read the first 4 chapters before I wanted to poke my eyes out with a stick... so I really couldn't say.
Maybe I just dialed into a lying/cheating is all part of every day life soap opera and didn't know that is what I was getting.
I have not yet finished this book, so take my review as you will. I kept having to rewind and listen to parts over again to catch everything. There is a lot of information, and while I generally prefer audio to hard copy books, I felt that I needed to have the information in writing.. I've ordered a hard copy and I think listening will be better if I can refer to earlier sections as new data is introduced.
endocrinology is very interesting, but I find it too complex for an audio book.
Not sure. Just kind of over these "I-love-you-but-i-have-to-act-like-i-dont" characters.
Loved Tansy's character. I'd love to know how her life turned out.
Yes. I actually bought this one because of Bronson Pinchot's performance of Matterhorn.
Actually, I was turned off this genre before this book. I just didn't realize this was a fantasy novel.
Don't take my review into account. If you like fantasy, this may be your thing. I expected Stephen King... you know... Stephen King. I did not expect Stephen King for 12 yr olds.
Everything! OK. To be less vague... I loved the characters, I loved the storytelling style (the interview responses were wonderful, and I found myself laughing out loud as I heard people I know in the statements. We all know these people! I loved the way the layers were peeled back to reveal a little more information. I loved Caroline Lee's performance. I'm guessing SHE know these people as well, because she captured their tone of voice and their personalities perfectly. The book was wonderful!
Madeline and Ed were probably my favorites, but there were many.
A different narrator who portrayed the personality of the characters. I have LOVED all of Liane Moriarty's other audiobooks, and the narrators (Caroline Lee and Tamara Lovatt Smith) led the listener through the stories with such life and personality in their performance, that I hated to hit the stop button when I arrived at work in the morning! Listening to this book was a completely different experience, and I found myself having to rewind for whole sections because I started drifting off into other things around me and missed parts of the story. The monotonous tone and odd inflection in the narrator's voice was like listening to a story read by my GPS or my iPhone's Siri. Is Heather Wilds an actual person, or was this some sort of software?
Have Caroline Lee read the story!!
Liane Moriarty has a talent for revealing a story as layers of covering are removed. Although she let the cat out of the bag a bit early in this one, I still think I could have enjoyed the story if I'd read it or if it was narrated by someone else.
I still can't wait for Ms Moriarty's next book!
Maybe someone's 12 year old niece.
The evidence in the story was just unrealistic... too many unrelated tidbits blown into "and CLEARLY this means..." sort of declarations when there was nothing "clear" about it.
Nothing really. She'd need better material.
Flavia's character was well developed. The author has said that she just showed up when he was writing a different story.
The book was not really 'bad,' at least not horribly bad. It was just underwhelming, and honestly, I found it kind of annoying. It felt like the evidence was unrelated, yet kept popping up out of nowhere. I'm still trying to figure out why anyone in the world would see pie crust in a hotel waste bin and think "Aha! clearly he smuggled a dead bird in from Norway!" Seriously?
Nick Hornby's character development is brilliant, as is his sense of humor!! I found myself laughing outloud in several areas of the book.
I won't even pick one. The whole book was memorable.
No. This is the only title listed for him, but I hope he does more. He did a wonderful job, and caught the attitude of this snarky, teen-aged, skate-rat perfectly!
I nearly did. I've listened to it twice now and laughed the second time too.
Great read. Makes you laugh, but also handles a very tough subject. The characters are believable and their reactions to their situation felt realistic to me. Hornby really writes well as a young boy... must once have been one. :)
The voices were whiny and began to grate on me after a while.
I'm not sure if it was the narration, the story, the characters, or the fact that my lack of sympathy for the main character makes me feel like a horrible human, but something about this book really turned me off. I finished listening to it, but it was painful. I am horrified at my lack of sympathy for the young girl in this story, but honestly, I just didn't find her situation realistic. Maybe if the author had done more to help me believe in her, or the narrator hadn't made me want to scream "JUST TELL YOUR DAM**D MOM, ALREADY, SO I CAN STOP LISTENING TO THIS BOOK!!" I may have been more on her side.
Did you just ask me if i have any stupid friends?
Write a story rather than attempting a comedy club act.
Everything seemed to be an over-the-top punchline attempt. Not entertaining OR funny.
Most of what I listened to did not seem like "scenes" at all... just a bunch of bad punchlines. The brunch was the only actual "story" I remember.
I got about an hour in, but it was like swallowing glass... so I stopped.
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