I had heard about this book when I was younger and finally decided to "read" it. I wouldn't read it again and I don't recommend it. The story was told well and I was glued to listening to this book to find out what happened but it was a pretty warped story.
I really enjoyed listening to the accent and the back and forth between the characters and the suspense of the book. But about half way through the book, I feel like the author added senseless drama for no good reason. The ending was also a bit aggrivating. The biggest suspense/question of the book was never answered which just kinda left the reader hanging.
I had heard good things about this book so I downloaded it. The first third of the book is very unrewarding but then it gets good!
This gives detailed information on all of the awful things this child had to endure. The next book in the series, The Lost Boy, gives the same impression of child abuse without all of the nitty gritty details.
I first listened to the very descriptive first book of his, "A Child Called It." This book, "The Lost Boy" was more constructive and uplifting and I'd recommend this one over the other. They're both as one would think; stories of this child's awful situation.
There were certain things I didn't like about how the book was written. One is that they would tell you half of an event and then come back to the same event at a later time and add more to it. I didn't like some of the contant repeating of certain ideas. The idea of the story was good but it got a little cheesy at the end. I much prefered the non-fiction work on the same topic (violence in Africa) called A Long Way Gone. Little Bee had a little too much drama mixed in and I feel it diluted Little Bee's story.
While sometimes this book was a little slow, I found it very educational suspenseful in its own way; a great "documentary" about the Manson family. This book not only tells the story of Charles Manson and his family but also of the murders and of the legal system's handling of them. I found myself pausing the book to Google image-search photos of the actual people involved. I've already recommended the book to several others.
I have still not seen this movie! But the story was great. It was suspenseful, fast-paced, and I think the narrator did a great job with the voices. I recommed it!
I was warned that this was a "tween" novel (or a novel written for teenagers) but I expected it to be a little more mature than it was. It was more immature than the Hunger Games series. I liked the idea of the story about the seemingly inexplainable maze but it was a little flaky for me. The timing was a little off in that the author would all of a sudden say it had been a week when nothing had really happened or sometimes after a conversation, suddenly an entire day was supposed to have passed. I would have enjoyed it more if I were at the age group for which the book was written (I'm in my early 30s).
I'm a little torn on how I feel about this book. The story itself had me hooked because I couldn't wait to see what happened but at the same time, the story was very depressing! The epilogue explained how much research the author did to get the story right but even with historical accuracy, this story was a series of bad happenings to the lead characters. The performance of the narrators was good but I think I would have interpreted the way things were said a bit differently. The story was good enough to keep me listening but not good enough that I'll recommend a douse of negative/depressing thoughts to my friends.
I prefer stories that make me think positively about the world and that have at least semi-happy endings (and give me good dreams).
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