I have just begun to enjoy John Lescroart's books. I stumbled by accident on one in the middle of the Dismas Hardy series and have been trying to figure out the sequence. I don't know where this title fits but it does not really matter. The story is a strong one wth good, solid characters. None are perfect, all are flawed. And therein lies one reason why the story is not only good, but believeable. Except for the ending. I do not want to give it away, but there is a little too much "fairy tale" in how everything turns out so neat and justified at the end. I would not call it a bad ending but I cannot imagne it happening in real life. Regardless, the joy is in the journey and most readers would enjoy this journey. The narration is solid, great differentiation between gender and characters. I am looking forward to more from this author and narrator.
There is no doubt that Jodi Picoult is a talented author. She writes on such a variety of topics that educate and stimulate. Her books started to lean towards becoming "formulaic" (spelling?). Her themes were of a cntroversial nature and her characters forced you to consider both sides without providing bias either way. I needed to take a break fom her books for awhile because of that. I thought this was going to follow the pattern, but it didn't fully do that.
The presentation of loving and living wih Asperger's is well balaced. The situation of being involved in a murder case and having to use a defense antithetical to how the mother has raised her son is a little contrived but works in the end. It is contrived by having a police officer showing signs of attraction to the mother and then betraying her trust. In addition, a rookie lawyer is introduced who also is attracted to the mother and seamlessly fits into the family and easily and quickly "gets" how to handle someone with Asperger's. Then throw in the ex-husband (who does not show signs of wanting to get back with his first wife, thank goodness).
I generally don't care for multiple narrators but it was not as distracting as usual in this book. The voices were not jarringly different from one another. The transitions were smooth and differentiations well done. There was one (and that is one problem with multiple narrators: who knows which one is which) who gave to all the characters such short single syllable (robotic) responses that were only appropriate to Jocob.
As others have mentioned, the ending was a bit abrupt but not totally awful, in my humble opinion. But my main complaint is that having been rather long winded to build up to the climax, it concluded somewhat suddenly. Even so, I would recommend this read.
This was definitey a delight to listen to. There is a certain amount of work to be done in the beginning to figure out what is happenng. Crazy family members and prejudice are put right out there at the start. Then there are scenes that flashback in time. As all the major characters are introduced, imperfection in each are revealed. And therein lies the wonder of this book. No family is perfect, no person goes through life without some regrets. Yet this one ultiately survives the truth and reality of it all. But you don't find that out until the surprising, bitter end of the book. I couldn't wait to get there and then was very sad when I did. There is a wonderful love story, a murder mystery, and the quirks of family (this one happens to be southern) all rolled into one book. Get it. Listen. And sit back to enjoy one hell of a roller coaster ride!!
Another winning combination with Andy and his crew, narrated by Grover Gardner. A slight twist to his usual formula (I wo't spoil it). So you will enjoy it even more!
I made a horrible mistake buying this book. I was the one at fault, however. I hate abridged books and truly do not understand why they are producd. More significantly, why does Audible sell them?
The Publisher's Review states this book "engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do." I don't agree after having listened to it. The story is fine. It just doesn't shake anything up. It's pleasant enough, but lacked fire. Not once was I tempted to stay in the car to continue listening to the story.
Now was that because the abridged version cut out details someone thought unneccesary? We'll never know.
I did enjoy this book. There were problems, it was not perfect, but it was definitely enjoyable. First of all, the recording had some annoying skips. I was shocked by this and have never experienced it before from Audible. It should be fixed.
The author begins with a sure-fire event to draw the reader in quickly. Troy Chance rescues a child thrown off a ferry. It was a gutsy move. To not involve the authorities right away was strange. It helped make the story but I never got a good enough reason for that action (or lack thereof). Then Troy begins to investigate what started the whole process herself. This also was gutsy, but mostly foolish and risky. She has a brother who works in law enforcement who comes into the story periodically but not enough to be real. Or maye he shouldn't have been part of the story to begin with.
There are many loose ends (two big love interests that are not acted upon, for starters) that are obvious potential jumping off points for the next book in a series. Troy frequently voices her perceived lack of sex appeal but them immediately is placed in a situation where the author portrays her as a knock-out. The conclusion of the story was not satisfying to me. It kind of came out of nowhere. Or maybe it just wasn't consistent enough with the breadcrumbs being left as the story is being told.
Narration was well done, like the story itself it was not perfect but enjoyable.
I will try the next book by this author, but I won't hold my breath waiting for it.
Grisham relates the horrors of our legal system once again, but this time it is not from his imagination. His usual talent in telling a tale is present in this book but it does drag on. In addition to the tale of his two prime victims, other stories of wrongfully convicted men are told. I could see the revelance, but it tended to distract and confuse. The time lines also bounced around which further confused the story.
The narration was superb. There were great characterizations and dfferentiation of voices. I will look to listen to more by Mr. Wasson.
For those familiar with Trigiani's work, this is a new direction, closer to Young Adult Literature. Although not my "need," the story was still enjoyable to listen to. Although a bit on the rose-colored glasses side, the characters are interesting and well developed. Viola goes from hating every second and being obviously petulant to reaping the effects of bad behavior and recognizing the need for change. Narration was very well done.
No one could have narrated this wonderful classic any better than Gary Sinise. When you think this story is dragging, it comes to a roaring conclusion ...and all you want to do is cry. The characters are wonderfully developed in a short amount of time.
As is typical, this book is so much richer than the movie, even an old movie like this one is. The story resonates with truth and life. It doesn't flinch on hard topics (promiscuity of Cissy, alcoholism of Johnny, mother's favoritism of the boy) but softens it with a way of thinking rarely seen today that doesn't circumvent or excuse it. So many life lessons. Narration is wonderful.
I read this when I was young(er) in the 60's. I knew I thoroughly enjoyed it but could not remember why. It was fun going through the story again, discovering the fun parts! There are some parts of the story that drag on and certain situations are, well, I wonder about.
This is a story of two sons with two fathers. Although both are Jewish, their faiths take on very different lifestyles. The fathers, and how they are raising thier sons, are also very different. Reuven and his father are very close. In fact, their relationship seems too perfect. But that is besides the point. Danny and his father have a strained relationship, but it is still a positive one. How thse two boys meet and grow together as friends is a fascinating tale.
The narration is very well done. Davis differentiated between characters seamlessly and distinctly. He was a joy to listen to.
If you have never come across this classic, you will be ever so glad you found it. If this is not a new title, you will be thrilled to rediscover it!! Enjoy.
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