Not anything close to an inspirational book here! I am so sorry I wasted the time and credit on this book! Don't reward this character who thinks he is "little God" with this awful litany of his torrid lifestyle that he misguidedly thought was research ... he still hasn't gotten through what it is to live a good and decent life, though for over 50 years he lived a life that was detestable and immoral and says he is now "saved" by writing and doing a few of the correct things. He isn't very far along the road to be held up as an example of a person who has made it back to an ethically moral life. A long way to go yet, bud!
Grisham has made a enormous name for himself with legal thrillers, fascinating characters, and plot twists that make your head spin.
You will not find much of this in his latest book, The Confession. I reread the 4 and 5 star ratings and wondered how those readers felt good about this book. I expect to be entertained, and treated like the intelligent reader that I am. I wasted a credit and am very sorry to all the others who feel the same way. What else can you do?
Someone kept telling the author he could write. Yes, and writing includes story which is hard to find. Too bad there isn't much of a story that is compelling to keep the character "study" going. Tries to be cool but it is so cold, it freezes the reader out; alone, asking yourself why are you listen to this?
This is the 4th or 5th A. Shreve novel I have listened to/or read. Her few characters are interesting and easy to handle. The issues brought up are presented from several points-of-view. This is rarely handled as well as Ms. Shreve did within this book. It is what I consider "light and easy," reading, yet there is substance in this audio book so you are not left as though you had just consumed marsh mellows.
This book could have been good and should have been ... and it isn't! The author/protagonist is shallow, and is incapable of getting what significant profound moment that happened to herself and all the other Maddoff "victims." I have a hard time for those who invested with him and lost so "everything." They need to redefine and get a REAL grip on what is truly important.
I long for REAL horse stories and was surprised to find this one so superbly bound together with the myriad of human experiences from the tween years to middle age to dying and death. I cannot fathom a world without my horses.
I admire the complexity of characters, plotting, and settings in which this author deftly weaves together. Though at times, it seems that too much incidental description is included, then comes the comes the moment this book needs it all so that it may be stitched back together for a satisfying conclusion.
The only down side for me was the pacing of the reader, and that is simply a cultural difference. After the first hour, I was finding it a simply elegant rendering of a very satisfying book. Well worth the credit!
What I liked after listening to the 1.40 hour Last Lecture on You Tube; is that you received a lot of back-story to all the reasons why certain stories were told and others omitted. Only those who have faced the certainty of immanent death can truly comment on why Randy faced death with such joie de vive. Rest in peace, Randy. PS I am glad that you saw the light and got a Macintosh computer, too.
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