I am a total sold out Grisham fan. I've read all his books, but Gray Mountain will go down as the biggest disappointment of all. If you need a book to help you fall asleep, this, with it's monotone moderator is it! The story itself is preachy and over stretches the truth - in other words it's one sided, taking the worst possible look possible on the coal industry and the treatment of poor people.
I read for entertainment and a historical look at my world. This does not fit either IMHO. Skip it.
I am in awe of the ratings by others since I have tried now for over 3 hours to get SOMETHING out of this book. It's not there. It's boring. It is an account of Janis Ian who thought she was all that and her struggle in the music industry because her lyrics were "radical". But trust me, there is NO balance. Yes, it was a hard time in the 60's but it was a hard time for a lot of musicians with alternative music. Anyway, it's boring and whiny.
I love history, reading about kings and queens and a life I'll never live. The White Princess becomes the wife of Harry Tudor, a very troubled king. We see the story from her (Elizabeth's) point of view.
There are many ups and downs, births, deaths, and a very angry troubled man who takes the throne by killing the heir of the York family. Unfortunately Harry Tudor becomes very fearful that while he killed one York heir, he may have not killed all York male heirs. His life is ruled by his mother and his fear.
Elizabeth must marry the very man who killed the man she loved; it is her duty as a princess from the family of York promised to Harry Tudor many years ago. Had her lover lived and taken the throne, she would have been free to marry him.
Married to the man she despises Elizabeth must perform her duties as the York princess, eventually to be crowned queen after she produces a York heir.
This was an extremely well written book and very enjoyable. Even after 19 hours, I didn't want it to end.
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.
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