This is the author's debut novel? This is a very well written and thought provoking inspirational piece. Very impressive. It is food for the heart and the soul. Of course, the narration by Barbara Caruso absolutely makes this a must-read novel. Her narration is a large part of why this novel is so much better for me as an audiobook, than it would have been on paper. Kudos, to author and narrator for a wonderful read. I can't wait for your next novel.
I have to confess that I am only part way through this novel, but I was so intrigued by this book that I went to my library site, in order to read author's notes and published reviews. The author is actually Margaret Ann Shriver, (she simply prefers the use of the name Lionel). As was noted by another reviewer, it seems improbable that a man could have so acutely voiced what it is like to give birth, and the ambivalent emotions that so often entail and follow the experience. A highly recommended novel. The narrator is spot on, and once I have finished the book, my next task will be to watch the movie. I remember that the movie was quite well reviewed, but I find it hard to believe that it could be better than the book. Of course, for me I find that a novel is almost always enhanced by its narration. The nuances of character and plot are fleshed out by its narrator, and this book is a case in point.
I wanted to give fair warning to anyone considering the purchase of this book. I would have given it much higher than a 3 star rating, because it is actually well written and quite interesting, but the download is missing most of Chapter 22, all of Chapter 23, and most of Chapter 24. It is an obvious break in the story line. I had to get the book from the library to find out what was in the missing section, because it was driving me crazy.
Boring, disjointed, and difficult to follow. I normally love the narrators in this novel, but perhaps I am missing the gene that would cause me to appreciate this book as others have. I purchased the book because of the literary praise it received from other reviewers, but it did not hold my interest.
Not to be too critical, but after listening to Kate Forbes in the narration of the Honor's series, I cannot listen to Suzanne Niles without thinking that I am missing the true character's voice in this book. What a wonderful narrator is Kate Forbes! I only realize this when it is not her voice bringing life to the characters. Excellent book, but somewhat lost in the translation.
When I was a student, in 1984, I took a summer class in which I prepared cadavers for the next semester's anatomy and physiology class. It was one of the best summer's of my life. Those memories will carry me to my grave, so to speak. One of the cadavers that I worked on was a physician (in his former life), one was a woman, and one was a man of no particular distinction. I am now a nurse of some 24 years. My experiences then still reverberate to this day. This book addresses all of the feelings and emotions that I experienced at that time. It is an amazing, humorous, light-hearted, yet serious work, that captured the essence of what it means to be a cadaver. No small feat. Bravo, Mary Roach. Well done.
Another really wonderful book by W. Dale Cramer. Calling it a Mister Mom type of book is really not accurate. It has a lot more layers and depth to it than that, but is also a thoroughly enjoyable read. And this is the best work to date that I have heard from Ed Sala, the narrator. He really takes you into the center of the story, and you hate to leave this family when the book is done.
I would not normally have walked into a book such as this, with the characters, setting, and plot-line that this book has. But there you go, that's what a good writer does. He carries you into places where you would have never thought to go. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book, and the narration was very well done as well. I suppose a man would generally enjoy this book more than a woman, but women, don't be mislead. This is a must-read book. I stumbled upon W. Dale Cramer as an author, but I will not make that mistake again. I look forward to listening to his next book. Excellent!
Are you a Christian woman, (or man), who is hanging on to your marriage for dear life, with gritted teeth? This is one of those stories that rings true, and gives thought-provoking, honest counsel concerning marriage in today's world. It took a lot of the things that I already knew and made it fresh for me. I will listen to this book again. It really touched me. I highly recommend it.
hello, editors, this is Susan, and I have already written a review for this book. In reading over the review that I submitted, I noticed that a word in the review is spelled incorrectly. The word martial, should actually be marital. Can you please correct this in my original review? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much, Susan
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