Wilmington, NC, United States | Member Since 2012
No for Karen - The story was interesting, but took too long to get through. I am not sure what kept me listening, as I was ready to quit about 1/4 through. The story line was truly predictable. The characters were good, but the conflict took too long and after a while I was listening just to be sure that what I knew would be the ending was truly going to be the ending - and it was.
Yes for Phil Gigante - I do not recommend it except for the man reading it - he was awesome and his accents and pace were probably why I kept reading.
How long the story took to tell and the fact that the conflict between the main characters went on much longer than it would in real life, or any other kind of fairy tale. It was predictable.
His accents were marvelous and I really enjoyed his pacing and tones for the characters. I think I kept listening just because of his telling the story.
I enjoyed Kate Rudd's narration, so yes. As for Holly Black, she writes with vivid pictures and has some great ideas. However, it took so long to get to the story and by the time I did, I was a bit bored with the book. I hung with it and I wonder about the next book, so maybe.
The ending was unsuspected. Holly Black has some great ideas, but getting to the next concept or story moment is sometimes disjointed and harsh. I wish she would take more time and make it a more fluid story line. You end up not liking the characters until the end and not really understanding their decisions or who they are all that much in this book. Maybe the second one helps with those issues?
Kate Rudd really gave the book's imagery a vivid photo. The book has wonderful images that are tangible and create ideas that are new to me. It is the characters that I wanted more of at the end of the book. Who are they really? I wanted to like them more, but found myself simply watching them as an observer versus cheering for them.
Yes, as the characters have more to say and there is clearly a sequel left to be written/read.
I read Holly Black's book because she is seen on the internet with Cassandra Clare often. I had hoped for that magical quality of Cassandra Clare's character development with new and interesting plot lines. That did not happen for me, but I may have been asking too much of Ms. Black and came with different expectations. Holly Black's book is insightful, creative, and has great imagery.
I felt the cold of winter in Wyoming and loved each of the characters. I wanted to go and work in the office of Sheriff Walt. Great characters are ones you love and dislike at the same time (like the rest of your family ~ wink, wink). This is true about The Cold Dish. Great character development and a suspenseful story that I did not even know the ending of until it hit me between the eyes!
Also, this book deals wonderfully with race/cultural stereotypes and is not politically correct. Using honesty and wit to detail relationships and stereotypes is such a novel idea and it takes a wonderful writer to make it happen.
Oh yes - on the edge of my seat and I fell off when the ending occurred! You won't see it coming. Not only did the author make me think my smug assumptions were right up until the very end, the truth was enough to shock me and tied ALL of the loose ends I had questions about. I could not have guessed the ending if I had tried. I love that!
I think George is really Sheriff Walt in real life. I don't believe he is just a narrator. I think Craig Johnson is really just writing a biography of the real life of George Guidall aka Sheriff Walt.
Basically George's voice, intonation, and sense of timing is priceless. The story would have fallen flat without George telling it. Sheriff Walt's voice, if I had read the book in print, would have been the same as George's voice. Great casting!
Read/Listen to this book. Suspense, surprise, comedy, wit, and even some life lessons. You will not leave wanting....well, now I want to read the next book in the series, but you get what I mean.
The story starts slow, but hold on because before you know it you are locked in. You absolutely must know the answers which you feel coming at any minute. By the end of the book, you simply must know even more and you are compelled by your very own psyche to get the next book (which I have already started before writing this review). The anticipation in the book is palpable, tangible, breathing, and real. You feel it, literally.
Finn is my favorite, but who does not love the hard-bodied protective man who just wants to love you, but can't because of an evil parent?!?!?
While I think this book misses helping me to understand all of Wendy's decisions (both good and just plain stupid in my humble opinion), you still don't know where this road will take you from start to finish. Nevertheless, that is what we want great writing to be right? An unknown, daring adventure into the wild of someone else's imagination. I wanted to yell at the characters and did sometimes, interrupting others at work in the office - funny in and of itself. So, I say to you ...... Listen to the book!
It is not that I did not like the book, but I think I am spoiled by a number of other authors with original and diverse story lines. The friendships and one-liners are fantastic. It was a cute, southern book with strong female relationships that left me missing my friends.
It was predictable, but not disappointing. As I said, my bar is a little high. The story line was predictable, but pretty good.
There was a lot of swallowing and weird pauses. If you get past that, which was hard for me, she has great accents and voices for each character.
The characters were all developed well and were people, other than Lester, that I would like to meet and become one of their circle of friends. Short answer - no one - all the characters were necessary.
Listen to the book if you need a short, cute, Texas break from your day or if you like horses and chivalry. Don't listen if you are looking for something new - as the story is very predictable.
Stunning, Emotional, Genius
I cannot have a favorite. The writing is so complex. I loved and hated them all at different moments, with love winning the day.
His timing is impeccable.
I would have, and did, waste hours listening to this book. I put off important tasks and ignored my own needs to finish this book.
How do you compliment genius? This book stole my breath, made me weep, made me laugh, and is still touching my soul. Thank you Cassandra Clare...for the whole series. Listen and be moved.
The concept of the book turned my idea of superheros and more specifically superpowers upside down. It was filled with cute metaphors and great characters. The plot twists were great too, although when you read as much as I do you can see some coming, but not all.
David was my favorite character, followed closely by the "Scottish" fellow. They were very thoughtful, yet filled with a wonderful sense of humor that I need and want in all the books I read.
Everything. The voices for each character were separate and unique and his pace was great. I fell deep into this book and the narrator does that completely with his voice.
A world filled with gloom can no longer afford its heroes.
Read (ie. listen) to this book. It is well worth your time and will make you think in new and interesting ways while having a ton of enjoyment.
When you look at your own self through the colored filter of any book, you wonder how you could gain the winning traits of the main character or lose a trait you have that is similar to the most heinous of the villains. Listening to this book made me start to see myself more as others must see me. It helped me to lay my own self bare. Therefore, my three (3) words are:
Heartsick (not because it is the title, but it is one of the best fitting titles I have seen in years)
I would have to relate this review to watching Silence of the Lambs. We all want to be able to have the power to create criminal profiles and to some degree, as a society, we have tied criminal profiles to the criminals they examine. I correlate the ability to climb into the head of a serial killer to having some maniacal traits of their own, no matter how utterly unfounded this is. Nevertheless, the desire to talk to a serial killer and come out on the smarter end is part of our collective narcissism and why we love murder mysteries to some degree.
Heartsick really meets the need of profiling by sitting you down with the serial killer, just like in Silence of the Lamb. Does she help? Will she eat your liver with beans? You'll just have to put your lotion on your skin, listen to the book, and see.
Unfortunately I did not have an extreme reaction, although I did enjoy the book thoroughly and wanted to listen to reach the end. However, when I finished the book and realized there was a sequel, I could not bring myself to buy it and continue with the character(s) in some of their sick relationships.
The psychological nature of this book is great. You will listen and not know the twists and turns you will take.
Either you are a person destroying your life moment by moment, or you are a person that you knows someone destroying their life one decision at a time. You see the bad decisions and know the outcome already, but cannot make it stop. That is the story of this book. It gives credence to psychosis in a way that I want to believe also. I don't generally enjoy horror or science fiction that much. That said, if my friend likes that genre, then YES this book is for them. The book is well written, the characters so well developed that you find them friend or foe. The heroine is amazingly real and heart-wrenching. Her family is real and you live the story as you hear it. I could not stop listening as I wanted to be there with them, even when I was scared and in the dark at home!
There is nothing to change. The story is creative, scary, well-written, and creative.
At first, her voice is abrasive and rough, but as you listen you completely understand why her voice and her pace work so well. I became completely enthralled in her voice. The scratch adds character details and made me really love the main heroine and live in the story at the moment.
Sugar, Accents, and Plot
The wit of Biddi is an amazing thing I personally want to emulate. Putting someone down without them evening knowing it, or at least watching them catch on and wonder if you really meant what you said...now that is a true southern belle talent. Don't hate me because I want to hone my skill even more after reading about Biddi's talents.
The narrator made the story completely. When I think of all the times I have said "Bless Her Heart" and "Hissy Fit" along with any other strictly southern slang, let's just say that I am an amateur compared to these Belles.
Karen Commin's accents and pace were perfect. If you don't have a southern accent by nature, it is not something that you can usually mimic in a believable manner (ie. take Julia Roberts in a number of her movies). That said, I am a believer and if Karen is not from the south, well we might as well say "Welcome Home Damn Yankee" and we'll grant her citizenship below the Mason Dixon line.
Read/listen to the book. Although you may get lost in the characters from time to time (as there are quite a few) the main characters are easy to distinguish because the narrator keeps their accents clearly differentiated. You will love it right down to its rotten potatoes.
This book rates in the top 25% of my all time favorites. I loved the character creation. You automatically like and dislike the main characters. You understand their dilemmas and continue to rally for them despite their imperfections.
The plot was quick and I was able to keep up with each individual character and suspect. The book was perfectly paced, as well as the narrator. Each time a new character was introduced, I saw them in my head from the descriptions and the voice narration. I could not for the life of me figure out where we were going. I did not know the ending, but when we got there together like a big party tour I hit my palm on my forehead and said "of course" this was where we were heading.
I have not heard any other performances by Robert Glenister, but I will. I don't know about you, but not only do I find new authors and books that I love by following great narrators, but then I also find other great narrators. Robert Glenister is one of my top 5 favorites and that was after only 1 book! You will love him.
The title of the book is totally misleading and to be honest, not a strong title to compare with the book. Of course, I am currently only a listener and to ask me to make a tag line is like asking a 5 year old to make a Mona Lisa. Nevertheless, I am always up for a challenge so here goes.... "Missing Parts leads to Psychopathic Hearts"I know "don't quit your day job" right?
Listen. You will love this book!
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