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.
Engaging, thoughtful, intelligent
I loved the characters and the events that take place in their lives. This is the third book I've read with Maury Morgan as a character (the others were "Whistling Season" and "Work Song"). He is one of the most interesting characters I've ever experienced. He is smart, has values, and has to work through a life in which trouble seems to find him. I always wonder how he'll manage to get out of the situations in which he finds himself. I know he will, but I love hearing him do it. This is an example of Doig's talent to write a book without using foul language which I can't say about all of his books. I like the clean ones so much better. I love that this character is smart and uses his wits to solve problems. I also love the subtle exposure to the history of a time long gone. Great book!
The narrator's voice was pleasing to listen to and I lost myself in the story. I think he is perfect for Maury and also makes the other characters believable. My time at the gym flew by while listening to this book. I love the different voices including the ones with accents. The female voices didn't feel forced. Loved his narration!
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.
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