I normally read the books before I listen to the books but in this case I simple didn't have time to read the book first, wish I had because I loved the audio book and I know when I make time for the written novel I will love it.
I think I loved Tess best. I loved her dignity even after she found out what her step-father had done to her. And I loved that she wanted to be the one to make her own decision in life bad or good. I liked how strong she was, and how deeply she could give her love. I liked how smart she was for a simple farm girl. I just liked her.
The bedroom sex scene between Tess and her lover (Who's name I can't remember, the lawyer with the company who came down to get the oil right to the area land-The girl from the lake) Anyway the sex scene as adults was hot and emotional and tender and I liked the fore-play too.
I tried my best wend ADL actives didn't get in the way like going to the bathroom or eating, feeding the cats, etc. But I listened to it in the shortest time period possible for me. And I loved every minute.
Radclyffe is a genius and if not this book, try one of her other on audio, or be like me and buy them all as they come out to listen to because you already know you will love them. She gets the best narrators and has the best books be they lesbian or just book on the market. She is brilliant. I have even gotten a couple of straight friends to try her out and they too loved her so I know I am not crazy. She rocks, this book rocks. And is just another in a long line that rocks.
YES!YES!YES!YES!, Sorry got carried away, This book rocked it was just so very awesome. It had to young lesbian girls trying to find there way in an friendly and unfriendly world, (There is some gay bashing which is dealt with great) There is also the world of living and expecting people with a handicap. (Man if you have one you know what a big deal that is) And it is dealt with beautifully. So there are two reasons to want to read this book right there, if you are a young gay person or an old gay person this book is awesome, If you are a handicapped person this book is awesome too, sometimes if you are handicapped you thing no one will ever see past you "defect" to see the real you. That they will just see the chair or walker or the speech impediment, whatever and will not see your heart. In this book Rain see past (Sorry I forgot her name) the Blind girls blindness, and sees the whole person, The blind chick see past Rain's out there Gayness and sees the girl underneath that she wants to date. ,
As I said above I like the way the story deals with the gay issue and the handicapped issues with taste and humor, I like the way each person is shown. It is told mostly through the blind girls POV (Sorry to keep calling her that but I have MS and no short term memory so it's hard for me to hang on to things like name from a story) Anyway it also goes through a year of what it's like to go through a year in a singing (Fame) type school and get to the end. Singing is all important. The center of the story, and there handicaps do not matter, (Being gay or blind) It has nothing to do with the final produce. I like the realize in the story too, even the gay bashing seem to hold some trues but I liked how when push came to shove she took them to court.
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I liked the part when she is in the hospital after Ricky (I think is his name) has done his worst and Rain brakes down and begs her to get back together and tells her she doesn't want to live without her. It is a touching scene. It took her breaking up and her almost losing her before Rain comes to that conclusion.
Yes both, When she is getting ready for school, it reminds me of what I go through to get ready for TARC3 (Handicapped public transit) and I have my eyes, But going through all the logic based steps runs through my head. Also when she bested Ricky at the Dance infront of his friends when he was being a complete jerk, I dream of moments like that.
The writing reminds of Erik Shubach who I love a great deal. His Music of the Soul series. Anyway I hope like Erik Alex Gryffon writes a lot of books. Because she is greatly talented. And I haven't enjoyed a book as much since I picked up my first Sandra Dryer or Clair McNab book years ago, (Yes I am that old) Or my first Gerri Hill or Radclyffe book. All above mentioned lesbian writers I drown in there books as went through my own youth into my now old old age. (Yes I know it's sad I am reading young adult fiction but its very well written and very good)
I wouldn't know I didn't read the book, thank God- I would of throw the book across the room in frustration in many parts. It wasn't one of my favorites. I was sadly disappointment in the book for several reasons.
The Dante Valentine books, (Sorry straight fiction) The Well of Loneliness by Radcliffe Hall in how reluctant the lead is in becoming a lesbian in the story. It was like the relationship was doomed from the start just by her attitude.
Her South Bell infection was perfect for a south bell, Not sure it was needed in this story. Her infection was perfect also, her dramatic pauses all came right on time. No her reading of the book was very good, If I were to flaw the book it would be the writing. (OK If you have guessed I didn't like the book) But it was an over OK book with over OK plot. and I had to give it 4 stars because just because I didn't like doesn't mean other will not love it.
Where the said this has been an Auidiobile production and I knew it was finally over with and I could move on to the next book. Again sorry I really didn't like this book. OK if I had to pick a moment it would be at the beginning where she first uses her fire magic for the first time in a fight again a demon and she is really fighting for her life, and she has to use all her tricks, and she cam;t think of a real good reason why she shouldn't use her fire magic to save her own life but you the reader already know it's a bad idea. Its a cool action packed scene where she is fighting for her life.
Parts of this book where good, the paranormal parts where good, the action scenes where awesome, it's just that I got tired of I straight but I not, thing in the book. I don't care if you are straight or gay, bi, whatever, it doesn't matter to me, but when you play the maybe I am this maybe I am not, Maybe I don't care to read you. I have come to far out of the closet to play stupid childish games with the books I read to bother. I can understand when a character first discovers and then slowly comes out, and it is a slow process. I understand it. But that wasn't how this book it was presented in this book. Maybe I just took it the wrong way. Maybe it was just me. There were enough good things I still gave it 4 stars though I hated it.
Yes, my MS damaged brain could not retain all the neat fun fill facts told to me in on sitting so I will have to listen this several time to be able to retain any of it, but you may be able to get away with just one listen, you out there smart people, not me. So I will enjoy listening to this many times over just to retain a fact or two, so I can impress someone once in a great blue moon.
How I Know books, or The book of Weird and Unusual Trivia which is part of a set of Arm Chair Reader of Unusual History and Trivia, or Event collected in large Arm Chair books, (I have a set of 4 out 6 or 7) that I just love to flip through and find unusual trivia to read about or unusual history. They are lot of fun to keep by my bedside chair. I just flipped to a page that start out "The World's Most Expensive Foods" and goes on to give a list. Uncle John's is also full of unusual facts like that but of a little more history based and a lot more interesting.
I like that they keep changing readers so there wasn't a monotone problem like with the How I Know Audio Book. Which has a real problem with all the fact being read to you in a monotone and it just come of boring, No this book keeps it interesting by changing readers and keeps it exciting, I really enjoyed this book.
AMAZING FACTS to ROCK YOUR SOCKS, There is no plot just the fact nothing but the facts.
I know i only gave this 4 stars, but I truly enjoyed this audio book it was full of interesting trivia, history and and well just stuff to make you laugh. It was well presented with different readers reading different sections and I enjoyed completely.
Thought Provoking! (Only needed two) The book is full of obscure facts and thought provoking facts nicely presented. If you are a trivia hound this the book for you.
There were not any characters in the books just list after list of thought provoking facts and of coarse I can't think of a single example to give you right now, (MS BRAIN no short term memory) But I liked all the facts and figures.
A nice voice if a little montoned in parts, But it was nice to sleep to.
There were so many it;s hard to pick just one, (Or in short my MS Brain can't remember one right now but as soon as I walk away and stop doing this I will remember a dozen.) There really were dozens of facts that were all cool.
Very good book that I really enjoyed. Wish I had a better memory to give you more facts. But it was very good and informative. I did find the narrator a little monotoned somewhat, but the book itself was a lot of fun. I truly enjoyed it. .
That it was fun, but more geared to kids, I still enjoyed it, they read some good poetry, and stuff. It just missed being a 5 star thing by a little but it just lack that little spark for me the adult listener. (Why I was listening to kids was the problem but it said it had a lot of poetry I liked to hear and also like Andrews.)
It was a few people reading poems, it had to find a favorite character, My favorite poem was by Langston Hughes.
I have a Julie Andrews book Home waiting for me to listen too, I enjoyed the book completely and it was on sale so I bought it but have not had time to listen yet.
I smiled a bit at some of the poems, I really enjoyed listening to them.
For a mostly kids book, its not too bad for adults too.
That Bob Newhart stammered through the whole book. That he read it himself, Telling some of his best jokes, from all his albums.
That Bob Newhart told some of his best jokes dating back to Button Down Mind to the Present, I would not have bought if I did not enjoy Newhart's humor and I got it in a large book size release.
The old stuff like Driver Instructor and some of the phone call routines he did in the book that were also on his old albums. I loved those old albums and got a few on CD, I love listening to them. Mostly the best of kind thing but some of the older ones. My parent still had Button Down Mind and I would listen to it all the time in college. Brings back good memories.
Made me laugh really hard, I love his slow build up humor, it is just plan funny and with out a lot of cussing or swearing.
Newhart was always one of a kind in the world of comedy, I wish there were more like him.
That Carol read the book herself. You get to hear the highs and lows in her owe words, I would not of bought the book if I did love the actress, now I got to hear her as a human being with some funny moments and some sad moments too.
Spoilers************************************************************************************Kissing Julie Andrews to crack up either Julie Husband or Carol's I can't remember but the scene is so very funny waiting out side the elevator just kissing as it opens up and it keeps being the wrong people and how. And it's so very funny. I couldn't stop laughing. I was coughing and turning red from laughing so very hard.
Just her TV show. never a book on tape, I will have to look for others, she was great.
Boy did it make me laugh, or sometimes just smile, I enjoyed this whole book even the sad parts where my heart was breaking for her. It must be hard to loose a daughter, I know it was hard for me to loose my father I can't image loosing a daughter.
Buy this,then- Listen, Laugh Repeat.
AWESOME LESBIAN MYSTERY! The book is a very good mystery, with a lot of information about the 4 corners area, along with a lot of information on the Mormon's Polygamy groups and how they operate just outside the law and get by with it. And you get all this information from the POV of a lesbian woman, And there are other people to Identify with, June's deputy who had a need to prove himself but was always out of step with the other cops, There is the young ex-Mormon woman desperate to get her little sister out of the hands of the Polygamist. It is a full rich novel full of characters, including Jude's love interest, Dr. Westmorland The renowned ME from Grand Junction. Keeping Jude on a tight rope. As I said the novel is very rich and full and well written by MS. Beecham,
Jude who was full of secrets, I could go on and on about them, but they would need spoilers. She is just so cool. And the Mystery so well written.
Is this the same Kim Baldwin the writer? When does she have time to read other peoples work unless Rose Beechum is Kim Baldwin because Rose Beechum is a pen name, I know she wrote under several names, Still Kim Baldwin is like a hugely successful writer. I love her work, Unless this is a different Kim Baldwin at any rate she is a very good reader. She brings Jude alive. Makes you love Jude.
I wish I had that kind of time, as it was I almost listen to most of it in one night, but I didn't get much sleep. I normally listen to books at night to sleep, Which means backing them up and listening to them over and over,
This a great book!!! And I hope they record the other two Jude Devine Novels. The Trilogy is a great set, I always wished Beechum would of written more books but I guess commercially they didn't sale well, Lesbian books don't sale six million copies.
Erik Schubach writing, his/her writing is so very good that it keeps you on the each of your sit even if this stuff is tacky. The writing is sound.
Cara - I love that it starts with her death the re-tells the story in a new way starting 72 hours earlier. It's great.
She does the voices perfect, and the funny little expressions. She is just cool.
The end of the story when Cara is storming through and it looks like she will die, only Spoiler**********
Erik Schubach body of work is amazing whether it's his music of the soul, Valkyrie tales, Bridge Troll or whatever, He/She is just amazing in his out put of lesbian young adult fiction that even older adults like me can love (I know what the hell is this old enough to be my grandmother dyke doing listening to this, well she loves it, and wishes she could of read this stuff when she was growing up and was like 13 or 14 and could dream about someday meeting Ms Right. ) Nancy Drew and Trixie Dixon was as close as I could get.
Right dead first. I love Briggs world, but her Alpha and Omega series, In this story you get to meet one of Charles few friends, who of coarse has a grandchild in trouble! The Fay are the war path and you never know which direct they will strike. But the Fay favorite target are children which every one seems to forget. And the children are the target which Charles and Anna will never stand for so you have the mix for a dynamic book.
Anna, Anna has been my favorite since I began reading the Alpha and Omega series, I like the way she can calm Charles down, and other people, I like the way she can seemly walk in front of raging people and calm them down and think about what they are doing. She is peace while Charles is War. War is fine when you need him, but peace is so much more cool.
He reads Charles like a pro which he is, No he brings the whole would to live.
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When Charles and his friend are fighting the Fay and all seems lost and Anna, jumps in, and she beheads its. Thought that was cool that Anna saved Charles and not the other way around.
Briggs is brilliant! I love both her Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega books. But it seems she has a lot more room to tell stories left in her Alpha and Omega world, She done married Mercy off and while they are most entertaining they are slowing down. While Alpha and Omega are heating up.
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