I really enjoy all the Chris Grabenstein books. This series, although geared toward teens is thoroughly entertaining for the entire family, we have a teenager and a nine year old. We listen during vacation car trips. Good story lines, with a touch of scariness for the younger family members.
At the beginning of the story, the narrator's pitch was irritating in the voice given to Zack, but it improved about halfway through the book.
The most unique book I have read in ages. At each phase of the book, you think you have an idea of what is going on. Then you turn the page and there is another twist. What a minute- how can that be? A fantastic read.
Great for readers of many genres; mystery, thriller, science fiction- it well represents all of them.
I tend to like books based on real life. This one is great, wonderful experiences well told. I could easily visualize the settings, along with all the emotions; joys, fears, sadness. I highly recommend.
I am an avid Kate Morton fan. The style of her books are mostly the same, open with a brief view of an event from the past, come to modern day and work the story between the two time frames. The author is an excellent story teller.
That being said this book takes a long while to get the point where the mystery of the past gets interesting. Almost half way through I was thinking if I had never read any of her previous books I would probably wonder why I bought this book.
The last third of the book is very engaging and keeps you turning the pages to find out exactly what did happen in the past.
So overall it is still a good story, don't give up.
If you have never read a Kate Morton book before- this should NOT be your first one, please try another one first. Start with "The House at Riverton" or The Forgotten Garden"
I really enjoy historical fiction and this book is very satisfying (and also a mystery which just makes it even better). It seems quite well researched as far as clothing, food, housing, etc. It is a great story and every time I thought, OK that should wrap it up, we are at a logical conclusion, a twist came up to extend the book. But the extensions were not just filler, they really made sense and added more enjoyment to the book. So even though it is really long, it is entertaining to the end.
My daughter has been after me to read (Listen to) this series for quite a while and I am glad she was persistent. Great story, good narration. Well developed characters, easy to follow even with so much going on. Only disappointment was it seemed to just stop. Whereas most series books come to a "pause point" that leads you to the next book, this one seems to abruptly end. So, of course I'll have to read the next one.
A great concept given all the current TV judges. If you are willing to suspend belief and just enjoy the story it is a OK listen, despite a few trite plot lines.
A little bit long, dragged at some times, especially at the beginning. Also seemed a bit repetitive in a few sections, but very good narration.
I really enjoy books that are "stories" and this one is perfect. A peek at mental illness in the 60's and the building of "families". Great narration, I could picture all the scenes in my mind and laughed out loud at some of the characters, who are so real.
This is a wonderful example of crafted storytelling. It is woven slowly and methodically like a fine tapestry. It is an enjoyable journey with a well crafted mystery to make it even more interesting.
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