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.
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.
What a nice change of pace for both historical fiction and spy stories. Although the story gets a little convoluted and confusing introducing all the characters, I am sure this was laying ground for the remainder of the series.
What was not good was the narration. She was too English. Her American accent was non-existent, making it slightly confusing to distinguish some of the conversations. Other accents were equally poor.
But that was a minor flaw compared to the simplicity of this delightful tale. It was not quite believable at the end, but it was fiction after all.
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.
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