Boring, boring, boring. Who listens to this stuff and likes it? I think I get over zealous on the sales, though I always read reviews, because this is the third book purchased on the last 6 months that was simply terrible.
I can't give you a redeeming value because the book had none. I listened for 4 hours and decided to move on to one of the many great books available.
It's a painful story set in England with a wonderful reader who does English accents well. I rate it only a 3 because the beginning is a bit confused and slow and because the story that unfolds is so painful to us observers. We are yelling at Catherine to run, but she doesn't. Catherine has a boyfriend that all her friends think walks on water and therefore refuse to hear the little Catherine tells them about what goes on behind close doors. We also meet Catherine 4 years later and how she has been affected by previous events.
Every teenage girl needs to read this so that she begins to understand the warning signs even when everything appears perfect on the outside. The wrong kind of love can hurt and young women need to grow enough confidence that they react to their inner voices instead of the opinions of others.
Grisham does his best books with Mississippi as the backdrop. Rich in character development, humorous in many places with a bit of a surprise ending and always a good story. Micheal Beck always reads Grisham books with character voices the lend to the character development and humor.
In this case, a crotchety old man dying of lung cancer commits a very deliberate suicide indicating in a handwritten will that his black part time housekeeper should be his sole heir. Everyone wants to know why, no one more than a son and daughter left with nothing. Does that handwritten will trump one made by lawyers years previous? Did pain medications make him vulnerable to an unscrupulous housekeeper.
In a continuation of the Street Lawyer, Jake, who has never met the dead man, receives a letter from him asking him to defend his intentions with every fiber of his being. With millions at stake there is a contingent of lawyers out to fight both Jake and the handwritten will.
We have a great story here with way too many sex scenes that all sound about the same. Next, to really try to bring things together, the author has to introduce a habit of one character in the last couple of chapters that was never mentioned or even alluded to throughout the story - making one feel a bit cheated that the author just suddenly had to find someway to explain the rest of the book.
There's a story in there and a good message, unfortunately it seems diminished by sex scene after sex scene.
Divergent moved along nicely and had an interesting concept. Unfortunately Insurgent is simply not that good (and if you read reviews for the last book in the series, you will see it only gets worse). Insurgent is just a cast of characters moving from place to place with the same result - needing to fight their way out of the situation only to move on to other. There's really no story, it's like one of those action movies with a lot of car chases and crashes. I lost interest 2/3rds through and just moved on.
Beachcombers is a good family sister story. Each sister has concerns and needs in her life, her other sisters help her through. Then there's dad who has taken up with a woman the sisters are feeling rather insecure about.
Not a thriller but simply a nice story that develops well. Very enjoyable listening.
I didn't think I'd find a classic I didn't enjoy since I often so appreciate the artistic language in classics. Unfortunately Cider House Rules omits the great writing found in many classics and instead concentrates on a rather bizarre storyline surrounding early abortions. The doctor becomes convinced to perform abortions because he also runs an orphanage. That's pretty bizarre to me since one who loves children would seem to be one who couldn't do abortions. Just to add a little "spice" the doctor is overworked and therefore takes to taking ether naps, self-administrating the ether.
Certainly not my cup of tea.
This isn't one of those few "must reads" but it certainly is a good book that holds the interest. Love the English accent of the reader, not too overbearing. The story line is exciting though because American gun laws are not the same, at the beginning American readers might wonder what the fuss is all about and avid gun owners might even be a little taken back. Simply accepting that this is/was the law in Great Britain will get you past that part.
The first half of the book is interesting but not particularly thrilling to the point you can't put the book down. The excitement happens further into the book with the ending sort of petering out. I think most people who enjoy a good book will still enjoy this one.
I bought this book based on very high reviews and ravings. I thought I'd learn all about the inside stories in baseball, again based on reviews. Not even! What we have here is a so-so had been baseball player telling HIS story and in a bit of a confused way since he jumps around a bit.
I'm slogging through really bad jokes where the reader-author laughs to let you know it's suppose to be funny. I would never have purchased a book by a not very well known has been baseball player's life. It's just not interesting to me. What I thought I was purchasing was stories of a lot of baseball players and the secrets behind the facade of baseball. If that's what you are wanting, take it from me -It's not there.
Divergent is compared to Hungar Games because both story lines involve a changed universe, both have a teen heroine and a love story. And if you enjoyed Hungar Games, you will probably also enjoy Divergent.
It's an enjoyable story line that certainly captures one's attention but it is also fast writing. The fast writing leaves details missing and causes some jumping from one part to another part of the story without a complete resolution.
I'm a senior, not a YA, but still enjoyed the story and thought process behind it. I would prefer a more clean version that tied up loose ends, didn't hop about so much and provided more depth.
Ken Follett does a wonderful job of writing the history of wars between 1930's and 1950's. Through rich characters we see the effects of war on the US, British, Russians and Germans. Lives are torn apart, brought together, loves are won and lost through these countries as their citizens endure horror and hardships of war.
Should one just read the actual history for the time, one would miss the individual emotions, the mind numbing acceptance of some people and why, the breaking of hearts, the turmoil in families, the devastation to both land and humans, the fierceness of beliefs, the bravery, the self serving actions of some and the political thought behind some actions. Follett brings all of these things to life in his characters and descriptions.
Get ready for a long ride, but be sure not to miss a minute.
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