The author is angry about being overweight and ridiculed. She uses other people's stories/life experiences to cite facts and statistics and it is not interesting. Actually, it is depressing to some degree. Listen to the epilogue first and you will get exactly what the book will be about. If you like it, then you MAY like the book, although I doubt it. I am fat and still hated the book.
There is not a character to the book. The book is the author telling the brief, and not very detailed, stories of other's failed and possibly successful love lives.
Don't bother. I really had high hopes. This book could have been great, but oh well. My positive - I learned a lot of statistics.
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!
The analogy of the "hole in the heart" hit me in the heart. OF COURSE we all have a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. Amazing.
To this book, Neil Gaiman brings his own pacing, especially in the songs and rhymes. His accent adds that extra level of authenticity to the story that I would not have heard had I read it.
I would love to take Gran from the book out to dinner. I would take her to a common, everyday restaurant. Listening to her accent and the interesting things she would say, especially about the people we may come into contact with, would be the real meal.
The layers in this book are so deep that it is like swimming in an ocean. I will need to listen to it again from start to finish to sink a little deeper as I feel I only skimmed the surface.
If the friend wanted to read a historical reference book - yes. If they wanted a story about the fair and first serial killer - no.
Maybe - if the historical content was interesting to me.
No, not really. I kept getting confused by who was who as the voices did not change.
Only if they wrote more of a story line for the characters (other than the serial killer), yes. Just as a historical story - maybe a made-for-TV movie on the history channel.
This is basically a historical reference novel. The author did his historical research, but the characters did not come to life for me. There was not really any interpersonal relationships between the characters (even in the different sections). This would have been a better book to read than to listen to. That is a first for me!
It was filled with humor. Time well spent. The story line was original, although I am getting tired of vampires...a bit.
Most interesting was the humor. The humor was original. Least interesting was that it was another vampire story.
All of them were great.
No, probably not.
This is a fun little book.
Top 25 this year. I love humor, a good story, imagination, and a great narrator. This story has it all. I was in an audible book rut of boring books and this book pulled me out. LOVE IT! I stopped mid listen and bought the short story prequel..which I also recommend.
I am NOT giving that away. You know there is sexual tension...how that plays out is awesome and not the normal.
Everything. His voice is smooth, sexy, and interesting. He has a great normal pace. He lets the humor in the story through. You can see the story in your head from his voice.
Yes, but get your own. :)
Listen when you need a good book to take you away to....well a couple of really good places in the world that I now plan to visit.
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