I loved the honesty and lack of pretense. The characters were alive, their problems real. Very well done.
The only other book I could think to compare Heft to is Wuthering Heights... Disfunctional characters trying to survive.
The narrators did an excellent job. They were very good with the New York accents of Charlene and the Spanish-New York of Yolanda. They sounded like gum snapping, diner waitresses and I was fascinated that Arthur gave them the time of day. The contrast between them seemed too wide a gap to bridge.
I loved the book and was deeply engrossed in the drama. The ending was a bit confounding, but the story never let's you go. It haunts your thoughts even after you put it down.
I definitely would listen again... Great story but really loved the narrator. Excellent reading!
There were many memorable moments but I think my favorite was Nate's proposal.I The more she protested the more fixed on her he became... Until she was putty in his hands.
The scene where Meg's dogs were being attacked by a bear was a favorite. She loved those dogs and the uncertainty of whether her or the dogs would survive was a real nail biter.
I seriously wish I had the time to listen in one sitting. It was so hard to turn it off since there was always something lurking right around the bend.
This narrator was terrific. I'm not always keen on the reader, but this was probably an all-time favorite. Very easy to listen to... His voice just enveloped me and I was instantly in the scene right alongside the action. I could literally feel the frost bite and tension.
I might listen again in a few years because it was fun and motivational. I really liked how she picked herself up by the boot straps and took control. I also enjoyed the narration.
I liked so much in this book... The New York book industry setting, Emily taking up running, the swank New York apartment ... But mostly I loved the dog...her arrogant dead husband locked in a dog's body. And he just never gets over himself... Arrogant even with paws!
My favorite scene is when she runs the marathon, hits "the wall", collapses... Then at her very lowest she has a revelation and her life turns around!
This is a no-brainer... EINSTEIN! Einstein is her deceased husband stuck in a dog's body... Heaven's way of giving him a second chance to redeem himself. But being the arrogant man he was, it takes nothing short of a miracle to help him see the light. It was also fun to see the "man" transform mentally into a dog. Very clever!
The narration was great... And I really loved the male/female duo... I don't like when male narrators have to create women's voices... Too weird. And vice versa with women. This book lent itself perfectly to the male/female narrators.
The backdrop of jumping out of planes into forest fires was a new venue for me; coupled with murder, mayhem, lust and love you've got a winning formula. This was one of those books you simply cannot put down. Highly recommended to anyone that likes a good story with lots of intrigue.
Wow...if I had to pinpoint something in particular, I'd have to say the drama of fighting forest fires with an emphasis on those that jump from planes into the fires. That backdrop really added a unique element to an already fabulous story.
Rebecca did a great job of differentiating the characters. Also, her voice appealed to me and never got in the way of the story.
I definitely would have if I'd had the luxury of doing so.
I was totally consumed by the drama of the fire jumpers. Fascinating reading. Nora did an amazing job weaving the entire story around this original backdrop.
The mystery of why so many people had suddenly turned bad was fascinating.
The most memorable moment for me was when their little boy told them he "knows" who they are and why it's all happening.
Have never heard the narrator that I'm aware.
In the square near the end when all seems hopeless and husband and wife are reunited.
I really enjoyed the career of the lead character, Timmie, as a fashion designer running a fashion industry empire. The pressure, the models, the cities, etc.
There were many memorable moments it's hard to pick one, but I think I'll go with her illness that leads her to meeting Jean Charles.
Did not like
The name is good...nothing else that comes to mind is better.
I wish I hadn't bought the book or listened to it. For me it was a total waste of time.
I have In Cold Blood already, but after that I am so through with Truman Capote.
No favorite, hated everyone and everything about the book. And I generally am not hard on books at all; I usually love every book I read, but this is an exception.
It was made into a movie and I remember liking it...but now I wonder why. I will rewatch the movie again to see how much they changed the script to make it palatable. Audrey Hepburn is such a class act and the girl in the book is a drug pedaling slut...no comparison!
I would definitely recommend, but not to just everyone. I would recommend to those that enjoy "classics" and don't need to be in the present in order to relate. I've always felt that human emotions are the same across the ages...we love, hate, cry, get angry, have passion...only the surroundings change, the heart is the same. This is a bit on the heavy side, but for those that like a closer look at humanity, I would definitely recommend.
The most memorable moment was the ending...I didn't expect it, but it was absolutely PERFECT! (No spoilers here!!!)
The ending was my favorite...so fitting.
Again, the ending was the moment that moved me. The whole book leads to this one great climax! Brilliant book!
There was no other location regarding the narrator, but I have to give Kate Winslet her credit here. She was fabulous. The only reason I read this book in the first place was because she was the narrator, but I'm glad I discovered it. A fabulous book read by a gifted actress. Loved the combination.
I love technology and the thought of life without the Internet really intrigues me.
I haven't read any other Apocalypse-type books, so I can't really compare. I know most of those are really grim and serious, while this one was light and fun! You never guess what's coming.
I believe this is the first book I've listened to by Paul Michael Garcia. To be honest, I don't pay much attention to the narrator unless it's bad...and I have heard at least one or two that really put me off, but most are really well done. This was no exception...fantastic narration.
The only "extreme" reaction I had was the ending. Not sure it made me cry, but it was an absolutely unexpected and rather tender ending.
Short, fun read. Highly recommended for those of you that love the Internet...imagine life without technology. I wouldn't know how to get up in the morning. Food for thought, but you'll never see the ending coming (no peeking!!!).
Hard question but I'd say in the top five.
There are many, but I believe the first "shock" at witnessing a murder is the moment that stands out.
She was great at creating the different character voices. Seldom was I not sure which person was speaking. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
I would have enjoyed listening in one sitting, but it was just a bit too long. I did finish in about four days while weeding the garden and commuting. It was hard to turn off when I had to.
Great story by Nora Roberts. While I have many Nora Roberts' books, this is the first one I've listed to/read. I love her style. I would definitely say it's "Chick Lit", but some guys might like the murder aspects; there was a lot of suspense. Fun summer read!
A story perhaps? BOR-RING!
There is NO STORY. It is simply saying "good-night" to everything in the room. Amazon recommended this as one of a hundred books one should read in their lifetime, so I did. What were they thinking???
The performance was as good as you can get with such boring material.
Anger, disappointment, frustration...I can't even imagine reading this to a baby. Ugh!
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