Evidently I am familiar with a different South. While Kentucky is not technically south in the minds of some, we do have many southern traditions. I am so glad that the characters in this book don’t resemble any of the southerners I know. I can find little redeeming value in any of these characters. I had to finish this book because it is a book club selection. Otherwise, I would not have gotten past the UNC segment. The publisher’s review said, “hilarious narrative of a family coming apart.” I find nothing remotely funny about this totally dysfunctional family. The narrator was very good.
I found “Heart In The Right Place” offensive. Even though Carolyn Jourdan does learn that the people from her hometown are good people with fulfilling lives, she does so in a condescending way. The book takes place over the course of a year. I doubt very seriously if so many “stranger than fiction” situations would have been seen by one doctor in the course of a single year. What father/doctor, in his right mind, would take his preteen daughter to witness him end life support for a patient? What high powered Washington lawyer could have so poorly misread the situation in which her mother had a heart attack and expect her to be back at work in 2 days? Truly would not want Ms. Jourdan to represent me in any legal situation. I know many people who live in very rural settings that have lived wonderful lives without having any semblance of these situations happen to them. Memoirs are supposed to factual. Sorry Ms. Jourdan, I just don’t think your father saw all these cases in just one year.
Love Stephanie Plum but really like the new characters too. Kate and Nicholas are an unlikely pair but no more unusual than Stephanie and Ranger. Great escapism fiction!
Love Scott Brick. He does a wonderful job with any narration.
I purchased this book because of the reviews. Wish I had not. All the characters are either stereotypical or stupid, some are both. McKenna is hiding from powerful people in New York but agrees to go to the Kentucky Derby with Will, whose horse picked to win. Not exactly in hiding.
Brooks portrays Kentuckians as idiots who have no class except for Will who is a retired from a NFL career and running a multimillion dollar horse farm that breeds Kentucky Derby winners. And there’s the man who thinks he couldn’t possibly father a child because he has been circumcised. Really? Then there’s Paige, an insta-best-friend who loves all of Kenna’s designer clothes that are described in painful detail.
I did kind of like Mo, a middle-eastern Sheik who just so happens to become instantaneous friends with Kenna.
The dialog includes every artificial idiom ever attributed to southerners.
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Good story. I have heard that an implant similar to this is already in the works for diabetics. Kinda scary. Interesting references to Obamacare. Love the way Robin Cook takes a current topic and writes a novel about it. I really do need to know what happens to George. When will "Cell 2" be released? Also, love George Guidall's narration.
Like so many others, I am very disappointed in the conclusion to this series. Roth surely did not have this ending planned from the beginning. “Divergent” is one of my favorite YA books. “Insurgent” was typical for the middle book in a trilogy. “Allegiant” left me cold from beginning to end.
I’m probably the only person in the world that is not a Hosseini fan. I have read all three of his books. Same theme. Life is so difficult and not fair. Yeah, it is and life in the Middle East is so much worse than I can imagine. I just don't care for Hosseini's style. When I read or listen to a Hosseini book I feel like I’m following an ADHD child who can’t figure out where he’s really going or which story he’s going to tell next. I would just like to know if Hosseini has a different story in him.
Love southern literature. I especially like that this novel is partially based in Kentucky (my home state). Loved Beth Hoffman’s “Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt.” This is a great second novel. Sometimes an author’s sophomore novel does not measure up the first. This one does. The characters are likable, especially Teddi. Teddi’s relationships are believable and real. She is a woman who has a dream and is passionate about that dream. Depicts Red River Gorge realistically. My favorite listen this summer.
Other reviews were good but I just couldn't get into it. I have tried for 2 days to find something interesting about this book but just can't. I know and respect people who love this book. Just goes to show that not all books are for all people. I am an avid listener and am always looking for a new author but I couldn't find anything to like about this book.
I love historical fiction. Moving between the two time periods was a great way to weave the plot. I felt the book was overly long. So much time was spent developing the first part of the story and then at the end it was "slam, bam, thank you mam." All in all, a great story but better editing would have helped a great deal.
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