Beaverton, OR, United States
Ive read all of Picoults books. Some are better than others. This one is better than average. Sort of My Sisters Keeper meets Dances With Wolves.
I dislike reviews that are, really, a synopsis of the plot but as the first reviewer I feel obligated to give a Non Spoiler brief of the story. Man with family becomes engrossed with wolves. Leaves family to fend for itself and devotes his early adulthood to research.
Wife resents, divorces wolf man. Older gay son splits for 6 years and younger daughter resents this move, gets bratty, acts out. Dad has auto accident with daughter in car and has TBI. Son has authority to make life decisions about pulling dads plug. Daughter resents.
As is typical for Picoult, each chapter is written from a different point of view, and the narrators vary in their ability. The dad, Luke, tells a good story. I didn't care for mom, Georgie, particularly. Cara and Edward, the children are pretty good.
I wasn't bothered by the change in voice from chapter to chapter as I know that's Picoults style though others may find it difficult to deal with.
It wasn't wonderful, but it was a thoughtfully written book about family situations none of us ever want to be a part of. Worth the credit but may appeal to women more than men.
I've been so disappointed with the past few NR books that I was hesitant to buy another..however this book is Nora Roberts at her best.
No triplets with powers, no cool cop or haunted house her..just a good mystery/romance in classic Nora Roberts style.
I found the story arc excellently crafted and the protagonists believable. The plot was nicely contrived and the villain excellently bad. I really enjoyed this listen and recommend it to those who are NR readers as well as those who are new to her work-this would be a great place to start!
Buy it and ENJOY.
It's taken be 5 days (and nights) to finish this 44 hour book-and one might think that after 44 hours, I wouldn't need to say, at the end of the book, "NO..It can't be over YET!". But thats exactly what I did say!. then I rolled back to the first 6 hour 'episode' and started over again. With any of the 8 Diana Gabaldon novels in this series listening (or reading) over is the name of the game! Prior to my joining Audible, I'd start re-reading from book 1 about 2 months prior to a new book release so I can have the whole story, the many many characters remembered, the historical fiction bits looked up on Wikipedia (another great addition to life) and my 20+ year old flow chart out so I can connect all the strings once more.
I love accurate Historical Fiction and Gabaldon does her best to be as accurate as her novelists license allows her to be. Her research is immaculate and spot on and you aren't going to find a battle taking place at some strange site when it actually took place elsewhere..Yahoo for this kind of writing.
I know that the next book is the last one..or D.G. says it is at least... and I know it will be another 5+ years before it's out but honestly ***I Want It Now***. For every story arc that was cleared up, a new one was begun until the last and final paragraph when yet another exciting and unexpected incident occurs at Frazer's Ridge and my mind went crazy with "What??" I absolutely can't fill anyone in on what goes on, suspense is the name here, but it's a true thriller.
If you've followed Outlander's Jamie and Claire for 20+ years as I have, and as my daughter has-(she started reading them in High School and is as hooked as I am) then this is yet another novel you'll have to have. Now I've got to go get a hard copy so I can have it autographed when she comes to Portland next month.
And, Don't forget the Outlander Book 1 series on Starz coming up in a couple of months!
Many long series can be read in bits and pieces-you can pick up any of the 'Eve Dallas' or Jack Reacher" or Stephanie Plum books in any order you choose to grab them. Then there are the series like "Outlander" and this Jacky Faber series that NEED to be read from book 1 on down the line. Oh-I guess you can really read any book you want but there is so much back story and each book builds on the previous one that, as other reviewers, who started in the middle of the series, post about not understanding what was going on, getting lost in the vast number of Jackys friends and her chaotic adventures.
I enjoyed this as much as I did the first one and am glad that, as my daughters request, I purchased the first 5 in the series at one time. I figured it would take me a couple of months to get thru these-they looked pretty long but I've averaging book a week of intermittent listening. I just can't put the headphones down.
I still think that this episode can be listened to by the entire family especially if younger ones got some explaining during it. I wish I'd have had this series when I used to take road trips with my kids.
Kellgren brings so much wonderful excitement into the plot by her great performances of all the many characters. It's easy to know who is 'talking' as Kellgren keeps her dialog accents straight - theres no guessing on my part about which character is which.
I hope the series remains just as good as these first two. Some of the best I've heard on Audible.
Well worth your monthly credit-and even worth purchasing more credits so you cn buy it at the membership discount!
Katherine Kellgren seems to be everyones favorite narrator and listening to this charmer of a story it's easy to see why. She puts life and excitement into a girls version of swashbuckling sailors vs. pirate books and carries the listener along on the wild ocean adventures.
Although I've just listened to this first novel, there was so much background on Mary 'Jacky' s' life, prior to her life at sea, that I get the feeling it's important to read these books in order.
Enjoyable, full of adventure and a bit of romance, harsh scenes of Mary's younger life as an orphan in London might make this too hard for a younger-than-10 child but I think it would be ok for 13 and above girls. And their moms. Good for the family car trips this summer.
I'm on to the next episode in this already long series!
Well worth your credit
Luke Daniels saved what little could be saved of this mish mash of a novel. It was confusing and made little sense much of the time. No real plot or character development.
I bought it because it was narrated by Daniels and I usually enjoy everything he does. I think this one is going back however.
For me it was mediocre though others seem to like it.
And, as the mom of 2 band geeks and a rock drummer husband I appreciated hearing this atypical teen angst & romance book. Band geeks LOVE the marching band and transitioning from the field to a stage and a set up drum kit is different for our protagonist, a spunky sharp and talented young woman.
Haus expressed the need to play very nicely and with empathy and I have to admit a bit of disappointment with the end where choices were made. I wanted her to choose the band but she chose the guy. Sigh. Up until that point it was full of tough decisions and excitement, the story arc was well done and especially entertaining was Luke Daniels (who can do no wrong) version of the audition scene.
Primary narrator Kate Rudd did an nice job, expressing the different characters voices quite well..but she's not Luke Daniels.
Worth a credit, a good listen for teens 13 and up, especially for a young girl who might be having problems fitting in.
and you'll be rewarded with a heartbreaking story of compassion and tenderness. The last couple of hours were so much better than the first 5. Too bad it took the narrator that long to warm up!.
I was Oh So Done with is novel by the 3rd hour and was complaining about it to a friend-who had recommended the book-she read the paper book. She couldn't understand I disliked it so. The narration was cardboard, stiff and toneless. I didn't give a $hit about any of these people- the boy was a total brat, the old guy was dull and his wife was Suzy Homemaker with passive aggressive issues. The girlfriend was so meek and quite you couldn't hear what the narrator said..in a book you could read the words.
On her recommendations, I finished the whole book and ended up being taken into the world of these people, Plus the narrator gets so much better
Only for patient people I guess.
Well,*I* listened to the whole thing...yeah all night, yeah re-listening when I fell asleep and during those times I wasn't totally alert.
The story arc is fast moving and kept me awake and listening until 4:30am when I finally had to get some sleep. The plot continued to develop with enough twists and truss to keep me on the edge of my seat-tight writing from King here, great characters that I did get connected with, surprises in a "How could that happen!!!" mood..and a tense gotta get 'em ending.
King developed a truly EVIL new bad guy and a way cool older man good guy, who retired from the PD.. it took me a while to get "retdet"..retired detective..that the evil guy sued..just to make one thing easy for you. NO more spoilers here.
It's truly a great King novel with suspense, drama, romance and love, and a different type of horror.
I've read complaints that this isn't a horror novel, but if you don't invision horror when a young and evil man talks so nonchalantly about his mothers killing of his little brother or of her sexual abuse of him as a young child, then your idea of horror is different then mine.
King has a great book here and it's well worth the credit for those of you who wait for a review or 20 prior to purchasing.
I've enjoyed "fire fighter as hero" many times and when this was offered as an Audible Daily
Deal I snapped it up. Wanted to like it-and did...just...Liked It. Not love, or couldn't stop listening to it but......liked it.
The family has family problems..no biggies but mediocre problems. The primary characters have divorce issues, loss issues, and Stupid Strong Women issues. This was a real annoyance to me thru out the book.
Yeah the bitch is the bitch wife of course, the victim wife is typical and the strong sister is totally a wack job. She does not the ++++ what she wants from the man!
The publisher touts this as a well researched (like riding in the fire truck) novel. But, sigh, it's really a bunch of sob stories, winey wives strong men and dumb teens.
For a rainy day when you want to paint your toenails, text and fix english muffins, this is a good background murmur. You won't miss anything and if you do, you won't care.
Don't spend more than $5.00 on it. it's one of the2-3 star books that end up on sale. But..why bother?
A lot has been written about JFK's relationship with Marilyn Monroe and this is simply another one.
I lived in Los Angeles and left high school in 1969 when much of this took place and clearly remember the newspapers, both ethical and trashy, take on her death and relationship with a beloved President.
I don't think the writing was outstanding, however Erin Mallon's narration was slightly better than average..she did get a good take on the Blond's lisp.
Is it true? Most likely but then, we'll never know will we? If you like historical fiction you might enjoy this book. It was an average listen-I like but didn't love it.
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