If you enjoy the late 1800s, then I would recommend this book. Chopin writes so exquisitely that you feel as though you were traveling back to that period with her. This book was a shock in its time, and I would guess it opened a door for other writers to take those same liberties. It did end like Anna Karenina though, which was disappointing. It doesn't quite hold up to the current vernacular, which can create a misunderstanding of the story or cause one to become bored.
The book aside, I was happy to have Walter Zimmerman read the French pronunciations so well, however, his voice became irritating. Maybe it had to do more with the story though.
Sort of. I belong to a book club and listening to this made the book come alive. With Chopin's use of vivid imagery you could see yourself walking alongside Edna to the tragic end.
Personally, I prefer the audio edition to print because there were a lot of french words that I would have struggled with had they not been read for me. Also, I could listen to the book during my workouts.
It was fascinating to hear the background that went into Hitchcock's movies including the manipulative ways he climbed the ladder to success. I loved hearing about the way he went to great lengthens to lay out his movies (i.e., story boarding / moving sets). He was not appreciated in his day, (but, who is?) and today other up-and-coming directors have benefited from his struggles.
I felt the book title was apropos for Hitchcock's personal and lifelong demons he battled. Many things shocked me in this book, but two things stood out. The first was his constant underlying sexual deviance and under-handed dealings with just about everyone, except his wife. Second, when Hitch dangled a severance under the nose of his secretary of 25 years that would not be realized!
This book was very fascinating, disturbing and yet, I would recommend reading 'til the end. I was sadden to hear how a few events from his early childhood influenced, controlled and fueled much of his life-long struggles. I didn't give this book 5 stars overall because, I could not relate to the stars mentioned during Hitchcock's time as discussed in the book. It was a little hard to gloss over the names of certain writers, directors and actors of that time and not be able to quickly draw on a memory so that I could connect with the situation. However, I did Google them later for a point of reference to see their body of work.
Yes, for me. I really enjoyed Anthony Heald's narration of all the different characters. He brought them all to life, even the women.
Other than the end - I would say that I liked the description of the arm muscles that could be seen under Tom's shirt when he stood on the porch. Another, moment was
when the ladies dresses were filled with air and how the dresses responsed when the windows were closed.
The lady for whom Tom brought the puppy.
Yes, but I didn't have the time and I needed it to sink into my brain. I feel I miss part of the story if I race through it. But I also feel I get so much more by listening to someone else's voice inflections. It can give a book (story) a different feel when read aloud by someone other than myself.
I would only recommend this book to ages 8-20 year old.If you listened to Focus on the Family's - Wits End, then you would get the style immediately, but my children are all grown. You would only need to read the title of know the entire message of the book. It didn't have enough depth for me. I wanted to stop in the first chapter, however, I friend suggested it, and I thought it would have a surprise ending. But not really. The message was the same throughout the book and there wasn't any need to keep repeating it by changing the characters. His style lends itself to preteens up to college bound students.I thought the title needed to be reworked, at least to hold the read/listeners attention.
No, I did not care for his style of writing. He was predictable and a little tiresome for me.
Hie voice seemed forced as the Noticer, yet pleasant when not the Noticer, and grating and soft at times. I was not a fan of his voice throughout the entire book, maybe if other people shared the characters with him it could have made it more interesting.
No-because the message was in the title. Could have been delivered in a pamphlet.
Title was too simple and needed more development, but then again, so did the story.
Not sure if Leon meant to leave so many questions unanswered at the end. Possibly leading to a follow up, one could surmise. However, I read Uniform Justice with a book club and there were so many in the group who felt it just fell off at the end and were disappointed. Also, some struggled with the subject matter. This was the first time I've read Leon's books and I thoroughly enjoyed her colorful language and her ability to bring the reader into the scene with passages like .
Not sure, but I would do more research next time.
His ability to speak the foreign language made the book come alive for me. I found it easier to have him pronounce the language rather than me mutilate it with my failed attempt at the written book.
...death and misery had soaked into him like liquid into blotting paper. Loved this quote because it was multi-layered. I pictured someone being so distraught and being slumped over as if they had no bones and collapsing to the ground without an ability to stop himself. Also, the liquid being the blood that run out of the body upon death and being absorbed into the paper or whichever object it would touch. Leon kept me engaged.
Subject matter was not for me.
I like the content, but I felt it should have been broken down further into more books by the author. I was a lot to absorb and act on in the expected 30 days.
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