I've noticed this book on the best seller lists for a long time and finally bought it. It was very different and fun to listen to. I enjoyed the narration and despite being a little confused in the beginning, I began to look forward to my workout time so that I could rejoin the story. The story was engaging and I loved watching the characters develop over time. I would have given it 5 stars, but the author used the f- word to such an extent that it was distracting. There is no way that these two well bred and educated, main characters would have lacked in vocabulary to the point of needing to use that word. Maybe it was a case of "R ratingitis" where film makers put in the f- word so they can pump up the rating and get a different movie going crowd. The language was the only drawback to this book.
I liked the development of the story and characters. Ivan Doig tells a great story. This is the first of his books I've read that needs a "foul language" alert. Lots and lots of swearing, particularly the F word. I didn't notice this in the other books by Doig.
The ending is a great way to wrap this book up.
The narration was good. I enjoy listening to Mr. Sowers voice and he makes the story work as it is written.
No follow-up if we have to hear more about the grumpy character in this one. The book pretty much concludes without leaving much chance of a sequel that would take place in the same place.
This book about the struggle that parents have when a child with autism is born into their family. Although I don't have anyone in my own family with autism, I am a special educaton teacher and found that I could really relate to the pain and humor this child created. The author's descriptions and narration were superb. I may have had an extra interest since I had a student very much like Rowan and found myself thinking about him and all the fun and stress that he created in my classroom. I hope that all parents of student with autism don't have such a horrible experience with school. I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out what the outcome for Rowan was. The fact that this is a true story makes it that much better. I think the healing of Rowan had as much to do with the intense love, extreme effort and undying faith that things had to get better. A great read whether you've had any direct experience with autism or not.
This book hooked me in the first five minutes and kept me on edge for the whole book. It was action packed and thrilling. This was also a top rated book for me because the author managed a great story without any foul language. I've always been a fan of certain authors who can manage this and when I listen to a book filled with foul language I don't usually listen to another book by that author. I will definitely try another by Mr. Morrell. If you like good mysteries with suspense and new twists and turns throughout, this is a book for you.
I enjoyed the story presented in this book. It was a good read about an old murder, a new murder and a very dysfunctional family. The narrator did a fine job. It kept my interest all the way through, but I have rarely heard so many cuss words spoken in conversations in my life. There were many new British cuss words and I would have worn out a counter keeping track of the F- bomb. While it may be true that the lower class Irish family in the story was lacking in vocabulary and education, I find it hard to believe that anyone would actually talk this way. When the plot was moving along there were few cuss words, but every time it slowed and the family was back in the story it was a vulgar language assualt once again. Would have given it 4 stars if it were cleaned up a bit.
The only other Nicholas Sparks book I've read is Message in a Bottle and I hated the ending. This book didn't have the horrible ending that one did. It was a little predictable, but a good listen.
This was an absolutely fabulous listen. I loved the voices used and the story was so novel. It really made me stop and think about what it would have been like to be these characters and what I might have done in the same situation. It's been months since I read it and I still think of it now and again. It was worth a listen.
I bought this book based on the review online. The story was every bit as compelling as the description, but the frequent bouts of foul language distracted from the story. It would be 4 stars if it didn't have so much profanity. Clearly these characters didn't come squeaky clean and a little would not bother me too much, but it seemed gratuitous and didn't really belong in the story. It was good enough to finish, but I'll think twice before reading this author again.
A friend recommended this book and I was reluctant based on the title and preview. The first little while I wondered if it would keep my attention long enough to finish it, but it kept gettting better. There were a lot of interesting characters and I kept wondering how things would all come together by the end. The two narrators made it interesting. I liked it.
This was an interesting story that kept me listening. I like this genre so even though it may have had a familiar ring, I still liked it. This is the first time I've listened to this author. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it was too heavy on the profanity. I liked the characters and kept waiting to see how things would all work out. I wondered how the main character was going to get out of his apparent trouble by the end of the book. Worth a listen.
I am a huge fan of Pillars of the Earth so I was really looking forward to this book and finding out what was happening in Kingsbridge 200 years after Pillars. The story was great, John Lee's voice and interpretaion were wonderful and the characters were interesting. I enjoyed learning more about the history of that time and what life must have been like. I'd have given it 5 stars, except that the extra 4 hours of listening time seemed to be filled with detailed descriptions of sexual encounters. There are relatively few sexual encounters between characters in Pillars compared to World. It seemed like every time the story got going, it screeched to a halt and stalled while the characters "did it" again. Instead of adding to the story and depth of characters, like the rape of Aliana in Pillars, much of the sex in this book was a distraction. Overall, I liked the book, but recommend it with a reservation. It is just not quite as good. If he writes another, I'll read it and hope the editor edits out the sex so that I can enjoy the story.
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