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.
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.
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’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.
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.
Love the view of Anne Boleyn from her own diary. It gave me a whole new perspective of her. Yes, this is historical fiction but I had never thought that she did not have a choice in her involvement with Henry. I always thought that she must have deserved what she got. Historical fiction at it's best!
Obviously several people liked it from the reviews. I love historical fiction but was not impressed with this one. I bought it because of the favorable reviews. Guess my taste is different from most of the other reviewers.
No. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres.
Loved the magistrate. Such a sad character. Did not like what happened to him.
I just did not like the resolution to the plot. I had to make myself finish the book. Once the magistrate was out of the picture, I didn't really care what happened.
No one I can think of. Very depressing. Glad I don't know any of these characters.
Providing well developed characters, a plot that moves a lot faster and language that actually helps develop character and plot.
Did't really have one.
Just using f--- does not make an adult novel. I understand that Ms. Rowling is trying to shake off the Harry Potter image but this book practically thumbs its nose at Harry. The characters were not well developed. They were horrible people with horrible lives. I know there are horrible people with horrible lives but not everyone in an entire town. When interviewed about the book, Rowling asked the interviewer if she cried. The only emotion I felt was disgust. Being a school librarian, I personally saw how Rowling's good writing, multi-demential characters, and a well developed plot can change people. I certainly hope these characters don't have too much influence on anyone. Ms. Rowling, you can write better than this. Please don't try so hard to be adult!
The plot. It was ridiculous. Chimpanzees, dogs, squirrels and rats in a pack hunting humans. Really?
Not much. I love James Patterson but my guess is Micharl Ledwidge must have written most of this book.
Good narration. The narration was probably the only thing that kept me listening.
Not cut but add. The chimpanzee kills the former girlfriend and then all of a sudden it's five years later. I needed to hear a little emotion.
I automatically purchase any James Patterson book. From now on I will pay more attention to the co-author.
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