Norton Shores, MI, United States | Member Since 2013
The readers did an excellent job, loved the tandem style.
It would depend upon the book. Pro: author made characters that made me empathize with them. I found the characters to be realistic people that I loved, hated, felt sorry for etc. Con: Although, this is an excellent example of a literary tragedy, the author failed, in my opinion, to give a satisfactory resolution in the end.
The pace was good and they were each able to define male and female characters with voices that worked. The tandem telling was the best part of the audio, it really made the dual point of view style effective.
I would have scratched the entire ending after Amy speaks with police. I would have developed a stronger question on what will eventually become of the antagonist. Although I am not a sequel lover, in this case I think there could clearly be two segments: the gradual development of the sociopath's skills (Gone Girl) and the final undoing of the skilled/ practiced sociopath (sequel). Leaving the female police officer with strong doubts about the situation would have been more satisfactory that eventually things would be made right.
What is not to love about the compassion and love and commitment of Gregory Boyle's service as a parish priest making a real difference in the barrio? He is an amazing storyteller both as author and narrator; it takes skill to tell true anecdotal stories and find a common thread to connect them into a larger context.
It makes a connection to The Help, although it is a fictional book. Both books contain many small stories within a lager context. In these books we are offered a glimpse of human dignity, spirituality and raw truth.
Each story of an individual triumph was my favorite in the moment. I also liked the contrast of stories that ended less than fairy tale. Together they depicted the harsh reality of living in gangland which showed the successes of Delores Mission and Homeboy Industries as extraordinary accomplishments.
I found a depth of emotional poignancy in this book. It gave me a new perspective into a group of people who are easy to stereotype or marginalize in our society.
This book helped me see failings in myself and society. It is so easy to judge that which we do not understand, or that we have distanced ourselves from.
This book is for dried up old prunes who have no sex life and resent others who do. I would also think it would appeal to anyone with misogynistic attitudes. It might even have appeal for atheists with strong anti-religion leanings. Basically a book for people who like to hate others. I found the entire concept of the book obscene.
Time to Kill by Grisham. It would be pleasant to go from a plotless, shallow character book with no ending to a master storyteller like Grisham.
Claire Danes ought to be taken to the "colonies" as she proved no worth as a narrator. She read with a strange cadence that became monotonous. There was no emotion in her voice. There is no other way to describe it but lackluster and boring.
The prologue was very interesting. It was too bad the context was added at the end. The book would have been better if Atwood had created the entire text within the context of the researchers so the reader understood the story better.
The author craftily depicts the vulgar and obscene without actually stating the obvious. As a reader it made me feel in collusion with the vulgarity and that was offensive to me.
Top 25%. The narrator does a good job bringing identity to the different characters. The story is well written, but it is the narrator that sells the package. Grisham does a good job creating characters with depth; I found myself liking an action of an unlikeable character and disliking some choices of favorite characters. He does a good job revealing the complexities of good and bad traits in all characters.
It made me think of the Help. The narration in that book also helped bring a Deep South feel to the story making the setting and characters richer and more contextual.
I broke down and cried when the Roston dad (sp?) showed up at Jake's office to extend forgiveness to Letty and her family. It seemed so heartfelt and I was not expecting that to happen. Totally caught me off my guard emotionally.
The Sycamore's secrets are not hanging from the boughs, but buried in deep roots.
It was interesting because it depicted Dan very realistically. It also showed that avoiding pain, through any method, in this case alcohol, will not resolve problems. The listener is able to get into Dan's mind and understand that his demons will kill him eventually if he does not face them. This book was also interesting because it had a couple of unique twists, which I shall keep secret, that were not expected and which added to the plot.I think that this book could stand alone, but is much richer for anyone who has previously read the Shining.
Obviously The Shining because it is a continuation of Dan's story. Bits of history appear at intervals throughout the novel. Both novels use a gifted child as a protagonist, but neither child is capable of facing the problem alone. Both novels deal with loss of childhood innocence and coping with emotional and intellectual maturation. Dr. Sleep leaves the reader with Abra still needing to gain wisdom and some members of the True Knot at large, leaving an opening to continue Dan's story (or genetic line) similar to the open endedness of the Shining.
I really liked Momo. Even though she is a secondary character, she is fascinating and I found that I wanted to know more of her history, see her more in Abra's story.
Not really, the beginning seemed a little slow. I did find myself wanting to keep listening once the book picked up some steam.
Yes it was pleasantly Light listening. Was interesting to hear how others deal with annoying situations, people.
All the anecdotes dealing with cars, parking, meters etc seemed very relevant and creatively effective. I also liked the bit about cashiers asking for personal information; I had a good laugh. There were some annoyances that did not have as witty or creative solutions, I found those parts of the book annoying.
He only spoke as narrator. He did an excellent job relating a compilation of stories and anecdotes in an interesting and pleasant voice.
I could see a tv series that does a candid camera style show where we see the pranks as they are unfolding.
Short and sweet. An easy book to fit into small chunks of spare minutes without compromising the content.
Near the top, but short of best category.
I would only compare Stephen King to Stephen King. I find the extreme supernatural far less scary than mild supernatural or the twistings of the internal human mind that can be found in other novels. I liked the audio of 11/29/63 and Joyland much better than the Shining.
I personally struggled with his reading style, especially early on. As the hours rolled on, I adjusted. Scott also seemed better as Jack began to unwind.
Although I found myself wanting to keep listening, I did not have any extreme reactions. This was disappointing to me as the Shining has long been on a pedestal by devout King enthusiasts. Perhaps my expectations were too high.
Carla Norton had a fresh approach to her mystery, it would be interesting to see more of her novel approach to a heroine.
Christina Delaine was difficult for me to listen to. She made the men sound rather slow witted, I would have enjoyed a liittle more variation in voice tempo and inflection.
Change the speed of some of the characters voices, they sounded the same.
Probably not, the material in this book is easier to read than to take in as a graphic visual. When I read, I can adjust my imagination to a level that is comfortable for me opposed to a movie producer's standard.
The authentic voices for these characters.
The whole story is a compilation of memorable moments in relation to each woman's experience. it was especially touching when characters became the strength for another woman: Celia's miscarriage, Lavinia not getting fired, Minnie influencing the other maids to cooperate, etc.
Both Minnie and Skeeter because they risked the most for others. We also get to see them grow through their experiences.
The audio version has an advantage because the reader has a good British accent which adds a dimension to the story since it is set in London.
I think that the author does a good job in developing the minor personal wants and needs of individual characters, thus creating a dimensional world for the main character to negotiate. The other very refreshing aspect is that this book does not have gratuitous violence or sex, I could play this book out loud in my home and not worry about unexpected content being heard by my teens.
I was not driven to maniacally listen, but I did find myself wanting to reach out and press play as often as possible since the mystery was not an easy guess.
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