Struggle is the word that comes to mind. Downer is another. I don't want to be insensitive. There are some very serious issues discussed in this novel. Global warming, farms across USA, unfulfilled lives, dead end marriages, education, small town life, faith, just to name a few. From the start it was so disappointing to listen to the author narrate her own book. Lets just say, maybe someone else could have done a better job. So sorry just my opinion. I will say if the whole point of this book is to preach and bring awareness she did not miss her mark. Don't get me wrong this book is very well written. In many ways it is brilliant. It just left me exhausted and depressed.
while the subject is a sad story, the story it self is told in a positive and upbeat cadence. Loved the way Jojo Moyes draws you into the characters by way of the hopeful voice of Louisa. Her personality and character are her only qualifications when interviewing for a job as a companion. She has no real isight and certainly no experience in dealing with a paraplegic, yet she is the perfect choice. I was invested in the story from the very beginning. The narrator was also and excellent choice. The unexpected change in performer was an interesting change of pace that brought layers of depth to a track already in motion. I could not stop listening and missed it when it all ends...
Why do we keep coming back to Nora Ephron Heartburn? Because it's a timeless, witty, laugh out loud, sad and real story. If you saw the movie, you know how good the story is. If you know nothing about it, just enjoy the surprise of listening to this amazing actress read the story. If you read the book, listen to Meryl Streep read it to you again. Trust me she does a much better job than you could ever do. The recipes peppered into the story are a real bonus. The carefully guarded secret recipe for vinaigrette is excellent not to mention the peach pie...yummy
Do not miss this one! I almost did, but kept it on my wish list for all the rave reviews. It's not my subject matter so I hesitated far too long. Im not one to play video games or a big fan of sci-fi and you don't need to be one to enjoy this book. The author does a fantastic job taking you into the future, into this world of life in a virtual reality, like you are watching a movie and its very exciting. All the 80's references are a walk down memory lane. If you are like me a child of the 80s you will enjoy reminiscing on the place and time when all this went on. If you are younger, then you will certainly enjoy a place where past and future are brought together into a story you can relate.
The narrators voice was perfectly cast for the roll. His fresh sound and easy cadence was a welcome sound into my ear buds.
Just a pleasure to listen to this preformance. The story takes you with the character on his journey.
Yes it is a love story, in fact many different ones woven in the tale. So beautiful it makes you ponder the tittle. The characters are so well developed you wish you could meet these people. Some you want to put your arms around, and some you want to kick. The author transports us semlessly betwen the past history of the characters and present day.
I could not stay focused on this story. It was like trying to listen to the insane internal ramblins of several people all at once. UGH! To bad because I am a big fan of "The curious incident of the dog in the night" by Mark Haddon and i was so looking forward to another story by him.
I think this will be one to go to the top of my favorites list. The characters while appearing simple in their ways of life, are so relatable. The author does a great job of bringing them to life. The performance was one of my favorites parts! Im not so sure reading this book would be as enjoyable as listening to it.
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