This is a well written novel that has you thinking about many things. It is a cautionary tale about bullying, which too many kids don't take seriousy enough and the impact that goes beyond the kids affected. The analysis of the family dynamics gets you wondering what you would do if your child were accused of such a crime. The genetics lesson and the nurture vs. nature aspect add another dimension to the story. It is also a suspenseful courtroom drama with an ending that you never see coming.
My husband and I listened to this book together and we kept turning to it every chance we got so see what happened next. The only problem I had was that because we watched the King and Maxwell TV show, I kept picturing the actors from the show (whom I really like) and the voices I was hearing seemed wrong as a result. I've never been keen on Orlagh Cassidy as Maxwell and that made it worse.
Authors now have to offer two books in a sense. The audience that purchases an audio book is purchasing one that is different from the written version due to the added dimension of the readers/performers. For this reason, I'm glad that audible gives us the opportunity to rate the story apart from the performance.
I would like to see the audio recording companies omit the sound effects that are being added to so many action books. I don't think they enhance the authors' works.
I was somewhat leery about listening to this book because of the subject matter but I'm glad I went ahead and ordered it. The story of Hazel Grace, Augustus, and the other characters was moving, poignant, funny, inspiring, sad, and much more. The reader did a great job and brought the characters to life-no pun intended.
After eagerly waiting for this part to be published,I finished listening to this book last night and I was furious for the reasons mentioned by other reviewers-We don't know what secret Archer had a mind; I understood that this was a trilogy so the ending was a shock; I thought it would have more to do with Emma and Harry; it was just all over the place. I was glad I had lived in England because the whole political scene, which went on too long, would have been confusing. I may or may not purchase the next part. The narrators did a good job.
I saw that this was going to be a book for adults. I interpreted that as not being like the Harry Potter books, which adults enjoyed but were targeted to kids. This book is not what I expected.
I've lived in England and am familiar with many of the references. I would probalby have hung in there but the repetitive foul language and sexual comments were obnoxious enough to get me to stop reading after a few chapters. If Rowling hadn't proven that she could write prior to publishing this book, I would have chalked it up to inexperience. There is no excuse for this one.
The narrator, however, does an excellent job.
I think if this novel had been written in a more linear style, I would have enjoyed it more. I don't have a problem with flashbacks but this jumps around in time so much that it can be diffcult to follow, especially when you're listening to it. The author uses some French phrases and most of the time doesn't translate them. I don't think you lose a lot but why bother using the lines if they don't matter? The narrator did an excellent job.
This book was interesting and exciting but I hope if Brad Melzer is going to complete the story, it will be available soon. There are too many loose ends which left me very dissatisfied in the end.
This extraordinary story couldn't have held my attention more if it were fiction. The fact that it is true makes it amazing. It is a cautionary tale that is educational, inspiring, and thought provoking. The introduction and final interview with the author rounds it out. I've already started to re-read it and will recommended to my friends, especially those in book clubs. The performances by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin truly brought the "characters" to life. The emotions they express are raw and evoke deep compassion. This is one of those books that is better as a result of listening to it.
Rebecca Skloot's attempt to get researchers to think about the person behind the samples they work on is an important one. We don't like to be thought of as nothing but a number, much less a cell. When I first learned that genes could be patented and that research into the condition covered by that patent could be controlled as a result, it sounded like blackmail and I was shocked. That was nothing compared to the shock upon learning about HeLa through this story.Anyone involved in clinical trials should be thankful that steps have been taken to prevent a repetition of Henrietta's story.
Skloot makes it clear, however, that research into the many chronic and fatal conditions facing us is dependent on tissue donation and use. The manner in which they're obtained and used is what makes for ethical, not just medical, considerations.
I'm a Kinsey Millhone fan and enjoyed her again. However, it felt like it took a while to get to the main story because of the technique Sue Grafton used this time. There were so many characters and so much detail surrounding them that it was difficult sometimes to remember who was who. Once the pieces began to come together and there was more focus on Kinsey, I liked it better. Judy Kaye was terrific as always.
Although I've seen films based on John Irvings's novels, I had never read/listened to his books. This was amazing. It offered a wonderful story; lots to think about; the pleasure of a wonderful reader-who could ask for more. Anyone who doesn't listen to Joe Barrett's reading misses one of the best parts of getting to know this story. You have to be prepared to devote the hours required but if you hang in there, you'll find it's worth every minute of your time.
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