This is a beautifully written book that tells the story of how brief encounters can affect peoples' lives for the better and sometimes; for the worse. The narrator is so skillful, that he sometimes gives the imperssion that I was listening to poetry. I enjoyed this book and only questioned one thing. I found it hard to believe that a sexually active adult female, would not suspect that she was pregnant. And, yet, she took the word of a doctor who only gave her a routine examination and diagnosed she had cancer. (Kind of a stretch.) I also had the impression that the ending was rushed and the author could have avoided trying to tie all the knots together to ensure closure. Not so in the real world.
This story is narrated beautfully. But, the story is very depressing. It tells of what NOT to do when parenting children. The couple have four beautiful children who are bi-racial. The mother, who is White, is married to an Asian college professor. She laments the fact that she gave up her hopes of becomming a doctor and had to settle for a life of domesticity. The father, drifts through life as if he has blinders on. Neither parent can fathom the unhappiness of their children. They live in a small town with small-minded people. The childen are pushed to 'fit in' and be popular. But, they are shunned and humiliated by their piers. Both parents focus all their love and attention on Lydia. She has the task of trying to fulfill her mother's hopes and dreams. Her life is filled with stress and fear of not being able to succeed. The other three siblings are ignored.
Dispite the unbelievable story, the reader did an excellent job. The storyline, however, was ridiculous. Every other sentence dealt with a lecture on the human body and it's functions. More grafic than the actuall 'lay person' needed/wanted to know. Far less attention was given to the story. Still, I stuck with it until the end. If you can bare with it, please note that the last four chapters are NOT consistent. I wondered if this manuscript was ever read or even edited, beyond chapter nineteen.. in the end, I was left with the idea that Mr. Bazell was given a deadline to finish the novel and he merely breezed through with an ending, so graphic and disgusting that he'd hope no one would question how incredible it all was.
Mr. Patterson, in my opinion, is running on empty. I've read several of his earlier novels and they were interesting and exciting. But, now that he is wring with other authors, the difference is very noticible. Burn, focuses on so many trivial things that it wasn't long that I lost interested in the basic story, which is about murder and canibilism. To be faced with such an abomination one minute, only to be distracted by the 'hero's' adopted children, aging father, and love-interest of the nannie; is annoying. Worst of all, has to be the tiresome voice of the reader. His voice can almost put you to sleep. Not to mention, the ridiculous accents. I won't be wasting any more time with this author. He's run out of steam.
This story is so unbelievable. A woman has what appears to be a perfect career of being a house sitter. She's able to travel all over the world and live in beautiful homes owned by rich people who give her full access, with every perk. This frees her up to be able to write novels and come and go, at will. Yet, she's so fascinated with other peopkle's lives that she brazenly studies the neighbors trough binoculars. One night, she witnesses a murder and immediately calls the police. Eventually, this puts her life in danger, but still, she becomes more and more involved as more bodies are connected to this murder. What really makes this story venturing into a fairytale, is the love affair with the handsome, millionaire who happens to be the brother of one of the victims. The ending is laughable but I still stuck it out 'till the end. Only a person who believes in increditble, unrealistic happy endings will enjoy this one. Otherwise, don't waste your time.
For those of you who suffer from insomnia...this is the novel for you. It will put you to sleep in no time. I suffered through the fisrt half of the story, where the author informed the listerner of all the gory details of catching, cleaning fish and deaing with, 'slime. Now and then, he inserted the actual storyline of the mysterious death of a female employee aboard the ship. Nevertheless, I stuck with the reading for as long as I could and just gave up. In my opinion, this was a waste of my time.
What a disapointment. I thouroughly enjoyed the first book. But, this story dragged on and on only occasionally, bringing life to the story. And, those instances were only when they featured the horrible mistreatment by the 'profesdsionals' who should have behaved in professional ways. Everyone was to blame for ruining this young lady's life for so many years. Nevertheless, she was triumphant in not giving up. But, the story moved on to spies and politics and moved too much away from the story. I was bored, but I did not give up on it. Dont expect this book to be anything like the first.
Having read most of Mr. Patterson's novels, I I found that Invisible was too similar. Haflway through the story, I had guessed, the 'surprise ending.' Several places in the reading confirmed this. If you like a good mystery, this is not one of them. For those folks who like gruesome details of pain and torture; then this is the book for you.
Mr. Grisham is one of my favorite authors. However, in my opinion, The Street Lawyer is not one of his best work. The story was dragged out unnecessarily. A few characters could have been eliminated to keep to the point. Example, far too much attention to the failing marriage, hinting of a reconciliation. And, the street woman, strggling with addiction and the loss of her son. (It went, nowhere.) More to the point, should have been the focus on a sucessful lawyer, willing to face losing his career, reputation and disbarment, to fight for justice for people who were either dead or unaware of his existence. Frank Muller's voice sounds very much like Steve Buscemi, (Boardwalk.) He reads well. But, several times during the reading, there were sentences repeated. I found that a little distracting and I question who edited this novel.
Typical Stephen King story emphasizing every aspect of decaying flesh and body fluids. Initially, I loathed the wife/mother who seemed to delight in humiliating and embarrassing her family. And I empathized with the husband and son, who only wanted to remain on the farm and live a simple life. But as the story progressed, I could only feel sadness for the son who was too weak to stand up to his father and follow his conscience.
This story could have been more enjoyable had it not been drawn out so relentlessly. The author kept repeating the same things, throughout; until at some point, it became boring. The strong character in the book is the father. The son, who obviously loves his father, gives the impression of being naieve.He had placed his father on a pedistal and refused to believe that he was a human being and not a god. The author seems to dwell on every aspect of the unspeakable torture scenes to the point of nauseum. Each time the story becomes interesting; it slows down and becomes repetitive. I found the reader's voice to be annoying and overly dramatic in places. This also was distracting. I stuck with this book only because in some instances, it became exciting. But, even the end was dragged on so extensively, that one would get the impression that the author did not want to stop writing. It was far too long, with very few surprises.
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