This was a very good entry in the series by this author. There was good connection from previous characters and storyline, but new and interesting events to carry it to a different end.
I know a little about Philadelphia but Walt knew much more, somewhat odd since it was his first time there. No matter. His friendship with Henry, his love for his daughter, the connection with Vic (or "the terror" as she is known in this book) and her mother all present fascinating material to read.
As previously, the narration and direction is fantastic. Mr. Guidall once again superbly displays nuances that differentiates between the characters and enhances them with his reading. He is fast becoming one of my favorites to listen to.
Do yourself a favor, get this series and enjoy your summer!
This classic tale is well worth its reputation. Certainly this is from a different era than much of today's stories. But that is what a classic is. The story is relaxingly funny. However, the narrator is a poor choice. There is not much female dialogue and all is awful. Just doing a "normal" voice would have been better.
Over 40 years ago I took a Nutrition course as part of the required curriculum for my nursing degree. I remember next to nothing from it and not just because it was so long ago. It was boring. I am now teaching nursing and a general consensus among faculty is that a nutrition course is no longer needed. Valid or not, this one is not to miss! This course is full of current research, relevant information for making choices, and presented in an excellent manner. It is long but worth every minute. A huge disappointment is that the Guidebook referred to frequently is not available. That would be so nice for reviewing.
I no longer consider myself innocent. As a health care professional, I considered my food choices and felt I was being cautious where I needed to be. What I did not know was how we have been manipulated in our choices. I have felt the frustration that I want to make my meals from scratch (a true child of the 50's) and have found it more difficult to do that over the years. Now I know why.
So now as I battle my own obesity and Type 2 diabetes, I have a better understanding of what not to buy and why. Thank you, Michael Moss.
Now truth be told, I love a good suspense tale. And Scott Brick is the best narrator for that genre. But I am not convinced he was the best choice for this book. He did read like it was a huge conspiracy (which it is) but it became a bit much. I got through it and still admire his talent, but ...
It is often true that authors are not the best narrators of their work. But this is not the case in this book. O'Reilly introduces this as a suspense tale and that is what he gives us. Even if you remember it all (which I did not) from your school days, this is so much better.
Definitely a winner made even more so by the narration of Davina Porter!! The premise of this book is hilarious: a bunch of misfits gather together and with what little they have (and can steal) they thrive! And if their family members are embarrassed by it all, the better for it! The characters are delightful (plenty for future adventures as well). Enjoy.
Just when you think Grisham cannot get any more creative ideas to write about lawyers, he does it. This is a delightful tale unlike others he has written. There is certainly a cause (or two) to put across, but they are not the main topics. And it doesn't even have a fairy tale "they all lived happily ever after" ending. The narration is excellent. The writing captures and holds you throughout. You will not be disappointed with this selection.
I admit I could not finish this listen. The most interesting part was Caroline Kennedy's introduction. The remainder did not hold my interest. One fascinating aspect was how much society has really changed since the tapes were made. The wife of that era has long gone. Secondly, Jacqueline's perspective is so tilted to protecting the legacy of her husband that I found her musings unrealistic. Thirdly, I still cannot place myself in her life. What she is talking about differs so from my world, with all the money and connections that was second nature for her. I just had to stop. I'm sad I bothered buying it.
I do wish I kept track of why I purchase what I purchase. I have no clue about this one. The story is awful enough but the narration makes it even worse. I went back to see what else I have listened to by this narrator. She was sappy in them as well, but not so bad as in this story.
Granted, both of my grandmothers had died before I was born so I know little of the joy of having one in my life. But this was too far fetched, even for romance novels. I will warn readers I am about to do a spoiler alert.
Generations do differ but not to the point in this story. War time made things very different. So Grandma fell in love while hubby is off at war. Then when he dies, she consummates the love. And then she leaves him, and they both suffer forever ...apart. And this is devastating to granddaughter? Really? And what was all the big deal about this devastating car accident that was irrelevant to the plot.
And granddaughter convinces next door neighbor guy to read it with her? And he is as excited about the suspense (not!) as she is? Oh come on. And of course he has a horrific love history that he gets over oh so quickly for her. And this relates how to Grandma's story?
I could go on and on but others have expressed these faults well. The whole book was really awful and made worse by the terrible narration. She distinguishes characters nicely. But everything is so sugary, sappy sweet!! Yuck!!
If you're a Baldacci fan, you will overlook the deficits of this book. He doesn't quite follow the formula of most of his books (which we still overlook, again, because we love the formula, I guess). He does allow for suspense and intrigue and turns and twists as he can do so well. He leaves a number of open doors for future series (does his brother ever get out of prison? why is his brother really in prison? where is his own personal life, no less a love life?). If you're a real Baldacci fan, you will enjoy this book.
I remember howling out loud years ago when I read Accidental Tourist. And for some reason I never went back to any other of her books after that one. But this book does not have that same draw. It is a dull story of a dull man who married a dull woman and had a dull sister. I gave up. Narration was fine but it didn't help this boring, awful book.
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