I tried to read this more than 40 years ago but I was an incredibly naive teen; I hid the book under my mattress instead. Now, it has a huge impact on me. Written in the late 1920s, the language is very delicate in referring to homosexuality but the psychological impact is so painful. The descriptions are rich and compelling.
I have a friend who has always been a homophobe. This book is something I can recommend because of the beautiful language and no in-your-face sexual descriptions.
The narrator uses British English so there may be an initial disconnect. For example, she pronounces "ate" as "et."
I really like Nathan Fillion; he's the reason that I watch Castle and the reason that I bought Heat Wave. His easy humor and self-deprecating grin are nowhere evident in the book. That lack turns this book into sub-par formulaic cops-and-robbers. I wasn't expecting a good deal from this made-forTV book but I got even less.
Not for me.
Forgive the pun ... but I feel so good after this, I couldn't help myself.
Dan Rather is 80 but he has the passionate conviction of someone much younger. His love for journalism is evident in his words but it's also in his voice. I rarely like author narration but this one works.
Such a small book to hold so much emotional truth: fear, horror, despair, hope. The language is simple and straightforward as the story of a 13 year old Nepali girl, sold into sexual slavery unfolds. The world described is ugly, but it is the nascent hope that I carry with me.
Definitely recommended for readers of all ages.
I like celeb bio/memoirs so I thought I knew what I was getting.
What I actually got was several hours of not very interesting, not very funny, free association. Maybe she was kidding about this being a book.
Mare Winningham's narration is simple, straightforward, without hystrionics; It's perfect for the book.The book deals with loss, fear, pain, love -- all the important emotions. Lisey initially appears to be the boring, unobtrusive widow of an important writer. The picture changes and she becomes faceted as her husband's unpublished work helps him reach to her from beyond the grave.
This was my first audiobook - I'm slow writing the review.
The automobile accident that took place in Garp's driveway is utterly unforgettable. As I think back, I realize there are so many memorable moments; Irving has arranged the story like a string of beautifully iridescent pearls, each piece beautiful on its own but amazing in a whole.
Garp, his mother, his wife ... and all the others. Irving writes such wonderfully delineated characters.
I don't know a print version, but it's not as good as the film. Jimmy Stewart is in the radio broadcast. However, the angel, 2nd class, Clarence, is played by someone with a lisp, and he does not have the lovely sweetness of the filmed character.
Jimmy Stewart is such an "everyman" and his voice, separated from his physicality, may be even more effective than in the film. The scene where he asks Mary to be his wife is very touching and his recognition that he loves her comes through even more clearly than in the movie.
Absolutely! Especially to people who have roleplayed Steampunk or V:tM. Howevet, it's also a star-crossed love story, which makes it terrific for those who don't require "Shades of Gray' in romance.
The book is NOT comparable to thle "Twilight" franchise; the Griffiths can write,
The heroine is brought before the vanpire king -- and most of the vampires in England.
, When the lovers have been separated, ostensibly forever, he manages to send her meaningful gift. The only thing protecting her is the word of a vampire prince.
The book is told with cinematic delight, almost gleeful. I appreciate vampire stories that are high on action, low on angst.
The book is read by James Marsters/ He is, by far, my favorite narrator. He manages to differentiate among the characters and to read the entire book with clarity and his melliflous voice.
I can't wait for the sequel.
I have owned a hard copy of this book for ages, but it had been gatherng dust forever. My TBD (to be one) list is only consulted if I don't have something exciting, Sooooo Anita finally came to the top of the list.
I loved it!.
Anita Blake is both cynical and moral. Told in first person, Anita's sense of humor keeps the horror under control. The romance is light in the first book but it becomes more physical in later books. Kmberly Alexis, the narrator,is clear and consistent.
Fast paced action, well defined characters and intriguing definitions of the preternatural world combned to set me to reading, How much, you ask? I just fnished the first 11 n 13 days. Only 10 more to go!
My mother loved this book when she read it as a young girl in the early 40s. I loved it when I read it in the early 60s. I've been recommending the book ever snce to young girls. And I just finished it again, only to enjoy it all over again.
The story describes poverty in early 20th century in Brooklyn but the reality of Francie Nolan's youth could be almost any time, any place. I recommend it highly for everyone. I hope it will bring the joy, it has brought to me.
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