I've been waiting for this book to come out, as Kate Morton is one of my faves. Although I must admit, even though I was waiting for this release, I refused to buy it in print or e-book format because I wanted Caroline Lee to tell me the story. She's one of my faves, too. I wasn't disappointed. I believe this is the best Kate Morton novel to date. I was enthralled every bit of the way through, listening with such fervor with the hopes that each mystery would be revealed. The ending was superb and caught me totally by surprise. I loved it!
The toughest part about this book is that it had to end. This beautiful and haunting story of romance, family secrets, war-time mysteries, genealogy, old trunks and houses and ephemera that tells snippets of a story that had unraveled in secrecy was so satisfying that I had to hop on right away to give my review. I love that this tale is over 19 hours long -- it made me really feel as if I was getting my credit's worth. Yet listening to Lee's easy and engaging reading style didn't make it a burden at all. Easily one of my best purchases of the year (and I purchase a lot). I definitely recommend!
The only caveat I would give to someone new to Kate Morton is to stick with it. The beginning can be a bit slow, and a few parts in between are a little draggy. There was so much cigarette smoking that I almost gave in and bought a pack myself to cave into the subliminal peer pressure (after many years of having quit). But it's worth it. Stay with it, and you won't be disappointed!
The idea and plot is a good one - the idea that the world is overpopulated, and a plot to release a deadly strain of influenza will help "bring it back into balance," so to speak. But the author isn't the best writer. First of all, I find it hard to believe young 20 something's who smoke pot are the brains behind the top level research at the CDC. Secondly, other than the fact that Stewart is in a wheelchair and is Asian, and that Jenna is African American, we have no idea what these people look like. Third, some of the story lines are just too implausible. Add in the word "quipped" about 8 million times and some rabbit trails where the author diatribes about his evolution vs. creationism beliefs (yes, we get it... you're anti-God) and the whole thing loses steam about 1/3 of the way through. I moved onto another book, but may pick it up to listen again and finish it if I get bored.
I'm one of those weird people who just likes reading health books. The story of Dr. Wahls and her reversal of MS symptoms was an interesting one. I found many parts of the book to be relevant, even though I don't have MS. It helped me to think that perhaps I could do my part to prevent disease. I do agree that she goes way overboard with her last name, calling everything "Wahls this" and "Wahls that." That undoubtedly got annoying, which accounts for the reduction in a star on my review. Other than that, it's a solid book.
This book was a great eye opener. Be sure to have a pen and some paper handy while reading. It really opened my eyes not just to the folly of our current health system, but also to my own sluggish systems that need rejuvenation. Excellent book. I'll be listening to it a second time to recapture anything I might have missed.
The story is a compelling one, and is extremely exciting. Anyone who loves "doomer fiction" will love this. Unfortunately, the audio narration is tough. The book is filled with the main character's thoughts. The narrator reads those thoughts low under his breath, at about half the volume of the rest of the narration, almost mumbling. I play my audiobooks on a speaker, not with earbuds. I started off replaying those parts and turning up the volume to hear it, and then turning it back down when the regular narration got loud again. But that got cumbersome and annoying, so I just left it at one volume and basically missed hearing half the book. I don't like the author's style for that reason, nor the narrator's. But the story is one that you have to listen to -- it's that gripping. I just recommend reading it, rather than listening to it, if you have a hard time hearing audio.
I have this in hardcover -- I bought it and read it when it first came out. I loved the story just as much as then, but wasn't thrilled with the narrator. I envisioned 30 year old Katie with a younger, perkier, more innocent sounding voice. While C.J. Critt does a great job, her voice just sounds far too old and too refined, like some glamorous movie star from the 40s or something. It just didn't fit the character. Therefore, I didn't like the audio as much.
The premise is super exciting -- Alpha Centauri goes super nova and creates an EMP, blowing up and leaving the earth in darkness as a result. The result? Dull, dull, dull. Not only is the storyline agonizing slow with very little action, but the narrator made it even worse. He reads the narration just fine, but whenever he gets to the dialog parts, every character sounds like a weird, disconnected robot (especially the women). And the accents were atrocious. I tried... really, I forced myself to make it past the half-way point, but I realized I'm just wasting precious time that I could be listening to something else. It's a shame. It's such an awesome premise, which is why I'm giving the story two stars instead of one. Maybe someone else will like it better.
I loved this! It was a fun story. Faith, a good-hearted former stripper inherits a hockey team from her late rich husband. Ty Savage, the team captain, isn't happy about it. The friction, tension and attraction between the two eventually leads to true love. This was an easy listen, and the humor and character profiles were great. I don't know why, but I could not stop picturing Cameron Diaz and Channing Tatum in these roles, which made it even that much more fun. It would make a great movie someday... (grin).
For fans of Jude Deveraux, this is a classic. It's one of the best time travel/romances out there. I read this many years ago, and was delighted to see it in audio. I just wasn't all that fond of the male narrator. He did a pretty good job, but there's just something about a male narrator trying to pull off a crying woman's voice that just makes it sound... well, whiny and cheesy.
But despite that, I listened to the story practically straight through. I had forgotten the awesome ending! I just loved it. Entertaining and endearing.
Now, hopefully Remembrance (my favorite Deveraux's time-travel romance novel) will come out in unabridged audio. I'd hope for that story, the publisher will chose a woman to narrate. It just makes it that much more believable. Justine Eyre would be great for that story!
I'll continue to wait for more vintage Deveraux...
I actually loved this book! It's my first Sylvia Day -- I wanted to avoid the whole "50 Shades" cliche and similar writers. But this was actually really good! I'm a huge fan of Justine Eyre, and think that she was magnificent as always. For listeners who don't typically purchase historical fiction based in England and who are used to more modern US-based characters, I could see how her voice would be a distraction. But I've listened to many titles that she's narrated, and she's one of the best out there. I chose this book because Justine was narrating. The performance and story did not disappoint!
I absolutely LOVED this book! Both storylines were captivating, and Justine Eyre did a magnificent job, as always. I almost listened to it all the way straight through (interrupted only by a necessary night's sleep). The ending was satisfying, and I'm recommending it to everyone. SO fun for any Jane Austen fan!
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