I would have never picked up this book based on it's description, but happened on a review and decided to listen anyway.
And I don't normally write reviews, because I'm not a good writer, but I have to tell you (as I've told my friends one by one today) that I listened to this whole book yesterday and started it again today. It is perfect. It is funny and sad and moving and every single sentence is so well constructed and lovely...the reader is perfect. I'm not kidding at all, this is the best book I've ever listened to-- don't pass it by.
I hope her other books will be available on Audible- in the meantime, I'm going to read them!
You'll like this story if you like character studies and love and mystery...good story, happy ending (depending on what you were hoping for) and don't pass up the epilogue :)
Some Talisman, some Gunslinger and lots of other characters combine to create a really creepy, interesting tale about a town, a child killer, a hero, and "other worlds than these". I started this before I read the Talisman, so I stopped it and listened to The Talisman first, then started Black House over. I loved it...
Also, I swear that I could listen to Frank Muller read anything -so fun!
This is not going to be a helpful review because honestly, I'm still not sure how I feel about this story. Some parts were boring, some parts were interesting. I liked some of the characters, hated others. The ending was not great, but the reader was good and I loved the book cover...
Probably would not recommend unless you are interested in the history of the South.
I'm kind of conflicted here, because I enjoy Stephen King's stories and I LOVED the Shining. This story had a lot to live up to, and at least in my mind, really didn't. I mean, I liked it. I listened to all of it (and I'm the first person to abandon a book that I don't like much). I just didn't think it was that scary. Still, it was fun to remember Danny (who now looks like Jax from Sons of Anarchy we're told- and that can't be bad- hahaha) and Tony and the Overlook Hotel and I enjoyed some of the new characters as well.
Credit worthy? Yes. Just not a story that will haunt me or that I'd want to listen to again.
So much about the passing of time makes me sad- and here we see a whole life and an entire family --their happiness and tragedies...yikes I loved this story and am so sorry that it's over- I wonder what will happen to Frank and Sophia and Dean... Listen listen listen.
that was a BIG ride- I put off listening to this one, because, due to the title I imagined a kidnapped girl- nooo, it wasn't. The strangest and most interesting tale I've heard in awhile- enjoy! Very fun listen with lots of twists and you just won't believe this one!
This is my 1st detective novel...and I liked it! An interesting story and a fun listen- wrapped up neatly like a scooby-doo mystery :) I have to admit--although I had a feeling about some of these people, I was a little surprised by "who done it". I really liked Strike and his assistant Robin too.
Good fun- (aside from the murder part of course)- credit well spent. yay.
I can't exactly say why I'm not interested in them- just nothing much is going on. Meg Wolitzer writes lovely sentences and the reader is good, and still, I can't get through this book. I keep trying to make myself listen to it, but I just don't care about these people. I've listened to about 5 hours--I don't think I'll sacrifice the other 10...sadly, moving on to something else.
I walked away from this story thinking- wouldn't it be wonderful to believe in magic, and an ocean that looks like a pond, and to trust so fully in friendship.
I don't pretend to know or understand the full the full depth of this story, but I'm going to keep reading your reviews -such a great story. I ordered the book for my daughter, but I imagine that I'll get to get to it too :)
I bought this yesterday, listened to it yesterday and am starting over again today. I love these stories.
Some of the stories kind of remind me of a Wes Anderson script, but darker- dry, smart, funny...and I loved hearing him read the stories, I think, had I read them myself, I would have had a different interpretation on some. He writes like I speak, but smarter.
Anyway- I loved it, listening again and I'm sure I'll listen many times over, and buy the book so I can underline clever sentences- the writing is just wonderful- so much to love about this book :)
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