I just loved this book. It made me laugh from beginning to end, and the plot is nothing if not original! Somehow I found all the supernatural goings ons more credible because the book is set in San Francisco, and picks up on the zaniness and tendency towards eccentrics and strong characters in that city. One flaw I do want to point out is the racism -- per this book Chinese Americans don't just eat pet dogs but any pet they can find. Aside from that, enjoy . . . I'm sorry this book ended.
This might be a good read for someone with serious misgivings about modern church reforms and more tolerance than I have for child molesters.
I thought this was a surprisingly weak entry. Dalgleish retains his fascination, and the story was intricately and interestingly plotted. I also liked that a love interest, Emma Lavenham, emerges in this book. Having said that, I never really got past James' focus on trashing reforms in the Church of England, and her insistence that it is wrong to punish priests who molest young boys. She even asserts, more than once, that priests who touch young boys don't harm them. Where has she been? Under a rock? Perhaps the problem was the religious setting -- it seems to have unearthed the most unreconstructed of James' views.
It is a bit as if Dalgleish himself were narrating his story, Keating brings a sense of intelligent if dispassionate perspective.
All discussion of the badness of modern church reform, and even more, all mention of James' views on the acceptability of child molestation by priests.
I hope the books in the series after this one display more modernized, enlightened views. I've been a PD James fan for a long time.
I'm not sure, as to Picoult. This one, The Tenth Circle, and Lone Wolf, all of which I have read recently, were all disappointing. I did like My Sister's Keeper and Nineteen Minutes very much. As to the narrators, yes indeed. Well done!
I think the Holocaust was bad enough that Picoult simply did not need to add additional gruesome inventions of her own. She seemed to feel that the mass starvation and extermination of 12 million people (including 6 million Jews) just wasn't over the top enough. Nor did her main character have to be the World's Most Awesome Baker, never mind the extremity of her personal story. And layering onto that endless exaggeration about how impossible it is to find and try Nazis, the inability of an ancient man to die without assistance, and the miraculous ability to spin an gripping horror story from memory alone . . . I don't know, my ability to suspend disbelief just collapsed. Please, Ms. Picoult, pick one serious story and tell it . . . seriously and quietly.
The characters sprang to life through the narrators, despite the overwrought plot devices.
Probably, with writers who dropped a lot of the less necessary drama. I'd want to give some greater thought to casting, though I think younger, less well known actors would be a better choice for the younger characters . . . maybe in a TV miniseries format for this lengthy tale.
Yes. So much. It is a book that the author seems to have written without any clear sense of direction, or even a consistent sense of her character, so it has an irritating lack of coherence.
Serious editing, so that a story that had a lot of appeal also could make more sense.
What a wonderful voice! He made Harold lovable throughout, and gave personality to a large cast of characters.
Not unless someone talented rewrites it for meaningful plot and consistent characterization.
This book had a gripping start, and it is impossible not to fall for Harold. But the book's revelations were, frankly, hardly a surprise when they finally arrived, and there was a sense of simply traveling in meaningless circles for a good deal of the book. I also disliked the way the author lost her sense of Harold, turning him into some sort of magical mystical nature guru for a lot of the book. And there was an obvious implausibility to so much of this book, too -- for example, Harold's mileage was ridiculously slow, his complete mastery of flora and fauna from checking one book over a short period of time was utterly unbelievable, and his deification for part of the book was inexplicable. In short, this book needed lots of editing.
It is among the bottom 50%.
This is a very early King novel, and it shows. I think it is important to anyone who wants to master the whole huge Gunslinger series, but it drags Quite a Lot.
Great job throughout. He voiced even the dullest characters well, and kept me listening even for the long stretches of nothingness that occupy a bit too much of this book.
Really, only the Gunslinger has dimension as a person, and he doesn't have much.
I think this is probably the best format to get the first book in the Dark Tower series under one's belt. I think King is a remarkable writer, and he has done a lot with this series, so I think someone who cares about mastering it is going to find this audible version the easiest way of getting through what is probably the least interesting of the books in it.
It is a loooong book, and I think I might have liked it more if I'd read it, as I generally read faster than narrators narrate. But it is an interesting look at the contrast between New and Old Hollywood, and specifically at the time period when Burton and Taylor were filming Cleopatra.
Unlikely. It took a long while to absorb what essentially boiled down to a snarky depiction of almost everyone and every event in the book. I didn't think there was enough to this book to justify its length and detail. After awhile, I longed for an editor's pen.
Pasquale, who retained his humility, humanity, and innocence while everyone around him displayed greed, vanity, egotism, self-absorption, or a heartbreaking level of ignorance.
It was worth about 3/4 of the listening time. It is a good book. It is also too long.
There is a lot to like in this book -- a really fascinating look backward at Hollywood history, what appears to be a well informed rip of modern Hollywood, and flawed but interesting characters, plus a truly savagely funny depiction of a Hollywood producer. But it's not about anything truly important, so after awhile I really, really wished it were shorter.
Yes, assuming the friend is also hooked on the Dallas series.
Eve, of course. But Roark is always a close second.
She really is THE narrator for the Eve Dallas series, in my humble opinion. I much prefer listening to her to reading the books, she is that good.
See my review title -- Eve and Roark and All the Irish Clan do Thanksgiving. Or -- Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth.
This is one of the more upsetting books in the series -- more than one extremely likable victim dies, and not well. But that underlines Robbs/Roberts' point -- Eve does an important job, and she does it as fast and well as anyone could. I thought this story made a great point dealing with the difference between a truly thankful and truly thankless attitude, and how each shapes everything else about the way someone lives their life.
It is definitely in the top quarter.
I can't think of anything quite like it. It hits some of the same themes -- illness and death - as other books I've liked, from The Fault in Our Stars to The Magic Mountain.
The principal narrator, who handles Lou's sections, brings her and her milieu to life in a way that I could not have experienced if I read the book. For one thing, the differences in accents said volumes about social standing that cannot be conveyed as well on the page.
Lou. But Will Traynor - and his name is most definitely a meaningful, multilayered pun -- is likewise very hard to forget.
This book taught me a lot about quadriplegia, and it put me inside that experience in a way I found enlightening and saddening. It's also a lovely story of how people who really care about each other can best express their love with relinquishment.
I enjoyed Shubaly's metaphors -- they were overblown at times, but nonetheless both fresh and descriptive.
There is no one to like in this story!
It's a creepy story. It definitely gave me some goose bumps.
This is a fast "listen" and worth the time. There is nothing likable about any of these untruthful, shallow, and self-absorbed characters, but nonetheless the writing and the story stay with me. I enjoyed Shubaly's narration, too. My favorite passage was toward the end, when he described videos of cuckoo behavior.
This is an intelligently written book. The issues it raises are as serious as death (pun intended) and Green treats them thoughtfully.
Hazel, of course. She is truly a marvelous teen.
Hazel, again. This story is written from her viewpoint.
I smiled a lot, because the humor is well done, including the teenage snark, and despite my jaded, hard hearted ways, it brought me close to tears more than once.
This really is one of the best books I've read in quite awhile. It is grown up YA -- written for well read, thoughtful adolescents, but aimed at the fundamental questions which preoccupy every thinking adult, such as whether life has meaning, whether human beings really have any importance in the universe, what illness is, whether any of the popular stereotypes about illness have content, and, most of all, how to confront our own deaths and those of the people we love. In addition, the principal characters are funny, thoughtful, loving, and passionate, and I genuinely liked and cared about them. I am too hardhearted, I suppose, to cry as often as some readers understandably do, but I also found the book exceptionally touching and poignant. I'd add that this is a book worth "reading" in audio form as I did, because the audible.com narrator, Kate Rudd, is exceptional, and because the audio book includes a very interesting section of thanks/acknowledgments by Green, as well as a short interview of Green about the book.
Disclaimer: I am a total sucker for dogs and stories about them. I can maintain my composure in a movie when a person dies, but never when a dog does. Unless you share this mindset, this book may not be for you. But if you love dogs, you'll love this story. I highly recommend the narrator, George K. Wilson, who somehow sounds exactly as a dog should. The book got me 1) even more tuned in than before to my dog's point of view and 2) panting (ok, bad pun) to read the second book in the series, A Dog's Journey. I will admit that the story is a little bit Disney-esque, in that almost everything turns out fairly well, and some people are a bit too good to be true, but hey, I like my dog books happy. Enjoy, fellow dog fans
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