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.
I was SO disappointed in this book. I relish getting into a really long book which usually means getting to really know and understand characters. This book starts out in the real world, but in a rather confusing way. The main character is apparently at a family reunion at which nothing interesting happens and no characters are fleshed out. It then suddenly jumps into the fantasy world of a game in which the main character is involved. After that it's just describing how the gamers fashion their characters and how the program lost control of that. It describes some of the powers of various characters but doesn't bother to tell us how those powers were obtained - longevity, levels played, points earned, etc. One can only speculate. Admittedly, I only got to chapter 8 and then decided that even though I detest paying for something I don't use, I couldn't waste my time on this drivel.
I suppose those really into playing these types of character games might enjoy it but 36 hours of trying to determine which fantasy character is which (very strange names of course) is more than my brain wants to deal with. I'll head back to writers that actually can tell good stories. Though I'm REALLY ticked that I wasted a credit.
Yes, I read the reviews and the synopsis so I knew it was about the gaming and programming world, I guess I just expected some real characters.
From time to time I enjoy a good romance novel just because of the easy listening and a break from books requiring far more concentration and thought. Unfortunately one can figure out the end to most romance books by the end of chapter 1; however, we all understand that. After all these books are put out by the thousands a vary very little.
The problem with The Heiress Effect is the absolute simplistic writing that doesn't even make for a good love story. I believe even a 12 year old would be incensed at the lack of a intelligent writing. In fact, I'll venture to guess that even a 12 year old could write the same story much better.
Really, if you are not dimwitted, do not buy this book - in fact if someone gives it to you, don't waste your time.
I feel so snookered by those that gave this book a high rating. I love classics and I love the wonderful descriptive language used by the writers of old. Unfortunately this book lacks both a compelling story and that gift of descriptive language found in many classics. I listened for about half the book and then decided I had better books which I'd enjoy. I'm sorry, I don't get where the story was going.
Here's a young lady who drops two different engagements, I guess because she feels something better is out there. But it takes an incredible long time to get to where ever she is going and I didn't have the patience. Then if you aren't totally bored by her vacillation, there's always a dry discussion of the politics of the time. I love a good long story and I'm pretty patient in allowing it to get started, but good stories must keep the readers' interest while it meanders about. Again, something not found in Can You Forgive Her.
Lastly the recording itself is lacking. Many crackles, pops and slightly offsetting noise. I could get over that if the story had been good.
I am inquisitive not about the story but rather the people who rated the book 4 stars. I based my purchase on your review and now I really doubt your taste. Find me the story, I tried and tried again to find anything of redeeming value. Suffice it to say, come chapter 20, I quit. There is not story, it's all chatter amongst 3 women.
People had told me this was twisted and therefore I guessed how it could be twisted - I was right. It's interesting to hear both sides of a relationship. Over time you learn that both partners are pretty darn sick.
If you like to hear paint drying on the wall, this is the perfect book for you! There are parts of the story that try to grab you, but just as you start thinking the story is going somewhere, it goes back to paint drying on the wall. I do not for one minute understand what other reviewers found in this book. I tried and tried and tried again. I'm old so I have better books to listen to.
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.
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