I broke down and bought this book on a whim, despite my hatred of fan fiction. But, despite the cult-like hype surrounding these books, I have to say I really enjoyed listening to it. Sookie is silly and endearing and intelligent all at the same time, and though she's often flighty and scattered, I found myself being drawn to her. I tend to steer clear of anything about vampires for the obvious reasons, but I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a nice break from my usual literary fiction, and I kind of want to listen to the whole series now. Good thing I can access most of the audio books from the library! If you're looking for something fun and catchy, you may just want to try this one.
I kept waiting for this book to take off and move at a more rapid pace. It never did. The characters have all the makings of being enjoyable, but they can't overcome the slow-moving plot. In addition, the author does everything in her power to denegrate the main character, and though we are able to see her through the hero's eyes, even he looks down on her for most of the book. Obviously it's somewhat refreshing to encounter a more "normal" heroine than what we often see in romance novels, but the way the author berates the heroine by belaboring the fact that she is plain and somewhat ugly is a bit overdone.
This book is one of my favorites and I have probably read it six or seven times. I loved the experience of listening this time around, and I think I picked up on some of the plot and character nuances that I may have missed while reading it. Percy Blakeney is one of my favorite male characters of all time because he is a character within a character, and I am drawn to him so much more so because of this. He comes alive in the audible version, and I feel the pain of his predicament in a more tangible way when I listen. I'm sure I'll listen to this book again, and have recommended it to all of my friends. I highly recommend!
I have been a fan of Jennifer Egan's work since graduate school, and have made sure to read everything she has written. I was so excited for this book to come out, and decided to listen rather than read this time around. I enjoyed the audio experience, and liked the book overall, although Invisible Circus and Look at Me are still my favorites. The characters are complex, and the narrator is able to capture this. If the characters weren't complex and ever changing and growing, it wouldn't be an Egan novel. I wanted to hug and throttle Benny at the same time, and I found myself switching between loathing of and admiration for him throughout the entirety of the book. I definitely recommend this one.
This book was the very first book I ever listened to through Audible.com, and I absolutely loved it. I am so glad that I listened to the book before watching the series on Netflix, because the book is so much more complex and intricate than the Netflix series. Cassandra Campbell is fantastic, and she really captures the complexity of the characters, and the emotional roller coaster that the main character experiences throughout the story. I love creative nonfiction, and I was highly impressed with this book, especially considering that it is Ms. Kerman's first book. If you're looking for an interesting read that is both challenging and entertaining, don't miss this one.
I will generally read (or listen to in this case) anything Amy Tan has written. Her stories always have a depth to them that is often missing in contemporary fiction. I think I would have preferred to read this one rather than listen. Maybe it's because I was trying to work and listen at the same time, but I found that it was easy to miss some of the nuances in the plot, as well as some aspects of the characters. I followed the story well enough, but felt something was missing. I enjoyed the main story line, but got lost in the zillions of sub plots. Still, I wasn't disappointed, I just prefer her other work, such as Saving Fish from Drowning.
I enjoyed Bianca Amato as narrator so much that I immediately started searching for other books she has narrated. Her voice is perfect for regency romances, and I'm sure she's wonderful in every other genre as well. I generally don't read or listen to romance novels, but I was intrigued when book 2 was offered as a daily deal a few months ago. I bought it on a whim and immediately got hooked on the series. Perhaps the fact that it was a regency piece made it a more compelling listen than I would imagine other romances to be. I enjoyed the characters, and even though the plot was very predictable in many instances, I was still hooked throughout the book's entirety. If you're like me and mostly stick to literary fiction and creative nonfiction, you may want to give this series as try. I found it to be a refreshing change of pace, and a great listen!
I really enjoyed this book. I had been meaning to listen to it for a while now, but of course waited until after the Thanksgiving holiday to do so. I am convinced that the wheat that we consume today is very different from the wheat consumed by our ancestors, and this is evidenced in part by the obesity epidemic our world faces today. The author offers practical and helpful scientific background and tips for going wheat-free and embarking on a healthier, more "whole"-istic lifestyle. I have followed the book's principles for over a month now, and I feel great. The narrator was a bit monotone, but I'm assuming that this is often the case for books like this one. I would recommend listening in chunks, and maybe going back and forth with a fiction novel or memoir.
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