This is well worth the credit to listen to. Although not the deepest of fiction (what do you expect, really?), it certainly is a valuable choice.
The characters are real people, people that could live next door. There is certainly enough humor and sass to keep the story light. But there is also mystery and intrigue, how is it all going to come together in the end? I found it very entertaining.
The narrator is wonderful. I find that narrators who make a huge effort to have huge changes in their voice fail. Grove Gardner does not do that. There are subtle distinctions, but not enough to sound fake.
So this book is slightly more than beach fare, but not heavy enough to bore you. I also appreciate that this Andy Carpenter, although irreverent at times, is not loose-moraled. He shows respect for his parents, loyalty to loved ones (he doesn't take advantage of either an estranged wife or the new girlfriend), and is a good frend (even if only because of superstitions).
Enjoy this book. I look forward to reading others in the series.
It was so good to really get immersed in a good listen!! The time was simpler and the characters revealed that. What was good was good and what was bad was bad. The main family exemplified strong values. They stood up for what they believed in and acted out in appropriate ways for what was wrong. I loved the scene where a number of men at night were going to "raid" the camp. In simple honesty, the wife started greeting the men by name, asking about family and work and such. Very simple, but very powerful. She knew and stated that if they were called out by name, they would be ashamed of what they were trying to do and leave. And that was exactly what happened. Simple, honest, powerful.
For a story about how a Japanese internment camp changed a local village, there was not much about the "prisoners" in the story. There was enough to show how the main family tried to do what they could to provide a good example and interact with them as much as possible. But the Japanese families were just a side event, even though their existence was the basis of the story.
Narration was excellent. This is definitely worth the credit. I will purchase more by this author.
I have listened to several very long books. I will not pursue additional books in this series as this one wasn't worth it. The story itself was interesting and carries/carried much potential. But the pompous characters, almost all, were ridiculous. There were stray ends that could have taken the story along a variety of directions. Many never went anywhere and were unworthy fodder.
Narration was decent.
One distracting piece was a lack of attention, I feel, to accuracy of the era. I have read enough books placed in this timeframe and maybe I am used to their attention to the differences from our times. For example, paper was a scarcity. It was hard to come by and therefore treated with such respect. It lent to an unbelieveability for much of what happened.
This was a good story even though there was a great deal of predictability to it. I have never read any of this series before and usually don't start with one in the middle. But based on the other reviews, maybe I am glad I did as I did not know that I was missing some good interaction that was present in previous writings.
The narration was not the worst I have heard, but certainly not the best. Do not let that stop you from listening to this one.
Lately I have been going through a dry spell of books I have not really enjoyed. My book club chose this title and despite the good reviews, I was reluctant. The story was interesting from the start. Narration was superb with a talented inclusion of accents and differentiation between characters. We follow Rachel through the normal up's and down's of anyone's life. Hers were, of course, slightly different than usual but there is the story. She was separated from family at an early age but connected with others soon after. When that connection was lost, other loved ones filled her life. She had teenage rebelliousness. She sought out love an had some failures. She married and had a child. Her husband died. And she continued on to fulfill her dreams that she had held on to through it all. I didn't want it to end but when it did, I was satisfied. I look forward to reading additional works by Mr. Brennert.
I was hoping for more from this book (and ultimately the series). There is not a lot of depth in the storyline or the characters. Their lives and actions are very simple, with none of the richness that makes a story interesting. There is a good mystery with a number of possible choices and a twist or two. However, never once was I disappointed to stop listening temporarily.
To make it all worse, as most others have noted, the narration was absolutely awful. It sounded like the efforts of character differentiation were too extreme. Her normal voice would have been fine. But many of the voices were fake sounding and certainly overly dramatic, and that should have been noted (and changed) during production.
Many other reviewers have commented on the poor quality of this narration. What a shame because this story deserved better than that. I was fascinated by the uniqueness of this dilemma and couldn't wait to hear more. But that was contrasted with the frustration of not being able to understand what was being said. I am all for authenticity of accents, but that doesn't mean quality should be lost: poor enunciation and dropping volume at the end of the sentence being the most significant deficits.
But for all the richness and detail that went into character development and setting the stage for this drama, the author really blew it at the end. The climax that should have been never quite made it. I don't want to spoil it but there was a significant turnabout at the end that was told briefly with no significant detail or explanation. And then that end went on for two groaning segments that did not bring it together. What a disappointment. I want to scream "Let's have a do-over!"
Having been around the block a few times, I have been exposed to much that has been published both about Kennedy's life as well as his death. This book did not deliver much of anything different. That being said, O'Reilly does a great job narrating and it is a good story bringing a number of points together. So if you haven't read or heard a lot about this time of life, this is a good place to start.
This book didn't quite hold my interest. I found my mind wandering frequently while listening. It might have been my issue but regardless, I was not thoroughly impressed with this story and found myself wishing it was over.
What I loved about this installment in the Outlander series is the variety of story lines. We are following Brianna and Roger back in modern times, Lord John and his son and family, Ian and his trials along with some new friends, and of course Claire and Jamie. What I did not like is that going back and forth, the time line did not stay consistent. It truly got difficult keeping track of what happened, especially when names from the past are brought back up.
Davinia Porter as always does such a stupendous job narrating!!
And lots of cliff hangers are left to start up the next book.
This was my second "course." As much as I absolutely loved the first one, this course was a huge disappointment. I expected more of a literature appreciation type discussion of great titles. This, however, was the instructor just telling the story of his favorite books. Yeah, every so often he brings up his list of characteristics of why a book is great, but there is not the literary discussion I craved. His narration was animated, for sure telling a good story. But when bringing up the discussion points was awful.
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