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I will say that this book took me longer to get through than the previous ones, not that it didn't interest me as much but perhaps there was less 'page-turning' action and more character/plot development. But the fact that this is the 5th book I've gotten through in the series (all of which are 50+ hours long) and still want more, is a testament to how wonderful and beautifully written this story is. On to the next!
I enjoyed listening to this book and its take on early to mid 1900's England.
I think we all wonder what life would be like if we had a chance to live it over again and this book really captured those possible slight differences between lives without making it too unrealistic.
Overall I did feel it was a bit sad, granted 1910-1945 England had its fair share of hardships so I suppose I can't expect anything different...
Good listen, not great but good.
After having watched the first season of Orange Is The New Black on Netflix, this book was VERY tame in comparison. But I guess I had to expect that ;)
I really enjoyed Kerman's honesty throughout the story and her perspective on what it means to "do time". But I most of all appreciated that the memoir was riddled with stats about prison life in America - you could really tell she did her research when writing this book. She tells her own story but we also get an idea of what it was like for other prisoners in her same camp, and what it must be like for prisoners in various facilities across the nation.
Overall I enjoyed the book, it was different from what I expected it to be, but it gave me some perspective and I love when a book does that!
This book, while not quite as good as the first, was still very interesting and kept me listening. The characters fall into some interesting situations and the ending chapter was very eventful. But, aside from a last minute turn in the story, I almost think this book could have concluded the series, as story sort of culminates to a nice place so I'm not sure there's a lot of room to grow...
But I guess because of that I'm interested to see what the last book has in store!
This book has your typical post-disaster dystopian society with a totalitarian regime keeping people down and weeding out the weak. What I appreciated most about this book is that it was well written and thought out. There weren't any blaring holes in the story or ridiculous jumps to conclusions that I've experienced with other YA dystopian novels.
The characters maybe aren't as developed as I'd like them to be but the dual protagonists might be the cause of that. I liked how the narration split between the two, and the story kept me listening all day with its unexpected turns and surprises.
Overall really liked it!
This book was well written and had a pretty interesting story but all in all I had to push through to get to the end. I like my books to be page turners and this one wasn't quite that for me.
The performance wasn't my favorite either, I think Kate Reading did a fine job, but her voice just didn't click with me so it distracted from the story a bit.
I feel this would be a good series when I want to take a break from other novels, but not a 'go to' series for sure.
This book sat in my Audible library for over a year - I can't even remember what made me download it but seeing previews for the movie coming out this year made me check it out. And I'm so glad I did.
This is not my typical read, I like dystopian novels, adventure, sci fi you name it, but tragic love story? Not really my thing. Probably because there hasn't been a tragic love story written quite as honestly, poignantly, and beautifully harsh.
This book will make you laugh and cry - not in that Disney movie kind of way, but in that "Life isn't fair and I underestimate it's ability to strike without cause, but there are people out there who experience it and somehow make it beautiful" kind of way.
And I have this sinking feeling that the movie will somehow make this earnest contemplation into a sappy love story so please read it first just in case I'm right :)
I love this series a lot so this review is in no way an indication of not having liked this 3rd book, just perhaps not as much as I enjoyed the others. While I really liked the message that came across in this last story, I felt that there was so much uncovered but not explored. Maybe it's just me pining after a 4th book, but with so many new revelations I almost felt this book a bit rushed considering the vast amount of unknowns it revealed.
If I ignore that, however, the story was great and the ending just wonderful. A recommended read...or listen :)
Had I listened to this book when it first came out in 2009 I would have been DEVASTATED with the ending. Not that this book was in any way a disappointment, there was just so much going on and then BAM, I heard "The End" and my heart literally sank.
This series is SO wonderful and this last book promises just as much adventure as the previous. Perhaps there was a tad bit more military background than I was expecting but Gabaldon has a way of blending that right amount of historical fiction in her books to make you love them even more.
Here's to the 8th book and many many more!
I think I formed a really high standard for this series based off the first two books and this third book just didn't live up to that standard.
The story was still incredibly exciting and well performed. The author writes beautifully and shared some really interesting thoughts through this last book. I think I was just let down a little by how everything ended; with the story and with the characters.
I'll stop there so as to not give anything away but I still highly recommend this series, just wanted a tiny bit more from this book.
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