This one's not for the kids. I gave it 3 stars simply because the material was so black, it was hard to enjoy at times. Prison rapes, sadistic and mean killings, and a universe of emotionally warped people (both the good and the bad guys). This is one twisted world this book is set in. All that said, I enjoyed the story and the way it was told.
People have commented on the narrator. I agree, he's a poor choice for a book about Southerners, but I was able to get beyond that. My issues with this book were content-related.
This was my first title by WIlliam Landay, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. the story got a bit predictable at times, but that's okay because it's true theme (how far should blind love and support go? What is "reasonable doubt"?) comes through loud and clear. I recommend this to anyone.
I loved William Landay's later book, "Defending Jacob", so was excited to get this one. I've gotten about 2 hours into it, and frankly I can't get up any excitement to listen to it anymore. For starters, it's a period piece set sometime in the 40's or 50's, and those usually don't do it for me. For seconds, it's about a bunch of brothers that I find completely unsavory, in a family that I don't like very much. The mystery is about a strangler of women that I've never met and have no connection to. At this point, I just don't care who killed them or what happens to this family, so I'm setting the book down. Sorry Mr. Landay.
The more I think about it... the more I like this book. I grew up in the South in the 60's and 70's, and find these scenarios spot-on with what my parents described to me from ten years prior. I was riveted throughout. Expertly narrated and completely absorbing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I"m actually trying to decide for myself just why I'm not giving it 5 stars... maybe because the "letter" format really did drive me crazy at times-- particularly at the beginning. About 1/4 of the way in, however, I was so engaged that the format did not matter as much. In fact, the format reminds the reader how much communication has changed in the past 70 years. The narrators of this book were fantastic.
I listened to this book with some trepidation; I am a former physician who left medicine to return to high school teaching, so Dr. Sax's book really rings important to me. The book addresses what I think is a very important topic, and often does so quite nicely. Dr. Sax makes very good points about ADD/ADHD drugs, both stimulant and non stimulant. He also raises excellent points about neurological development in boys and why the typical American school system may not be best for them. But he shifts later from supporting his ideas with scientific evidence to more of a "I know a kid who..." type case studies that he then generalizes far too much. I think as long as one goes into this book recognizing Dr. Sax's agenda (a push for same-sex education) and assesses the evidence for him/her self, this is a very worthwhile book. Just don't take every conclusion as gospel.
Fantastic trilogy! Larsson's books are filled with characters that one doesn't get to meet every day, particularly in the U.S. The interpersonal relationships are fascinating, the personalities complex. the society refreshingly different. Prude Alert: this book includes sexual details that some might have a hard time with ( I wouldn't want my 12 year old reading this book!).
Read this book while preparing students for a trip to Turtle Island, Eustace Conway's preserve in NC. I totally enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's writing style, and gained tremendously from this understanding of Eustace. I have read reviews that discredit Ms. Gilbert's over-involvement with her subject; my take on this is that authors have been writing about people they know "too well" for years. It's a legitimate way to write, and it's the reader's job to decide just what bias this may give the author's story. this story is very well worth telling!
I am a forty-something science teacher who listened to this book on advice of some of my students. Enjoyed the plot, and enjoyed even more seeing what my brighter students are reading and how it relates to science. Many of the ideas have been said before, but not directly to this generation in this way. The story is a great distraction from everyday life, though the ending is fairly abrupt and too 'pat' for the intense plot that precedes it.
Wow. I had forgotten what a great writer Stephen King is! You think of 'horror', 'suspense', and 'supernatural thriller' with his name... but 'great writer' belongs in there too. I loved listening to the use of language in this book! It hooked me and drew me into the story, so that when things got a bit wierd, I had to slow down and listen in spurts so I wouldn't get too scared. A great choice!
This is a very good (but not great) book by RN Patterson. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though if you're a realist, some of the coincidences may be a problem for you. It definitely gives the listener a lot to reflect on regarding life purposes, worthwhile goals, and the nature of friendship.
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