Like I need another thing in my life to worry about!
Don't get me wrong, I liked this book a lot. It's a gripping, well detailed and credible story. The reader is also excellent. It's just the subject matter that's a little distressing; the end of civilization. Still, if the world as we know it has gotta end, I'd much prefer death by deprivation of technology to death by pain, dismemberment, burning or plague.
I listened to The Gold Coast first and even though the author recounts details of the first in the sequel, I'd still recommend reading Gold Coast first. They're both good.
I took off one star for 'Story' for a minor detail (pertaining to Ethel's letter), which I thought lacked credibility and was a little too trite in its last minute rush to save the day and that the villains were just a wee bit too unjustifiably nasty.
I read this in paperback nearly 20 years ago and have always remembered it as being really good, but after so long a time had forgotten many details. When I saw there was now a sequel, I purchased this audio along with The Gate House sequel. It was every bit a good as I'd remembered it, made even better with the reader's incredible performance.
If you liked The Great Gatsby, you'll love The Gold Coast. DeMille gives his Gatsby-ish characters more depth and the story lines more details. There is a comedic element to The Gold Coast that softens the drama that made Fitzgerald's Gatsby a little more refined and classical (no one farts in The Gatsby), but for me, the humor better reflects real life and I love to laugh.
If you can suspend credibility for awhile (I think that's the whole point of science fiction), you'll enjoy this book. While not one of Koontz's best, it still ranks high with me - but then I'm happy to accept concepts and not dig to deep for realistic and credible explanations of how time travel might affect past and future events.
Since history has long vilified Nazis, it was a little odd that one of the protagonists was a repentant Nazi acting out of an impetuous infatuation. It would make a little more sense had this character used his abilities to save millions of lives instead of one, but then the romance of this story would have lost it's point.
Just a good, light, entertaining listen. The characters are well developed, not superficial but typical for a romance novel. The reader did a great job. The good are very good, the bad are very bad. The romance is perfect fairy tale, almost typical harlequin formula. Boy meets girl, instant attraction, misunderstanding occurs, lack of trust ensues, boy and girl thrown together by events beyond their control, bad guys cause trouble, boy and girl resolve misunderstandings and prevail over bad guys, and then happily ever after.
I listened to this book during a stressful time in my life (elderly parent terminally ill in hospital) where I welcomed the fluffy, feel good, light minded entertainment of a romance novel. This book filled that order.
Another slave story, but focuses on one particular family which makes it easier to follow the story line and individual characters. It presents both sides of the slavery issue, nicely. It predates the Civil War and for me, having never been a big history reader, it made the cause of the war more personal and understandable.
What really made this book for me was Sue Monk Kidd's own afterword explaining how the book came about. I hadn't realized the book was based upon mostly true characters and events. I came away with even greater respect and admiration for those who stood for the abolition of slavery.
Like Forrest, outrageous and catastrophic events seem to swirl about Alan Carlson wherever he goes, while he remains practical, steady, true and oblivious to the chaos in his wake. The events are incredulous yet somewhat plausible, the actions of the various characters even make sense with one minor exception being the invention of the atomic bomb, which was just plain silly, however not enough to detract from the story. The reader did an excellent job of defining the characters.
Warning: If you're like me and listen to audio books on discreet headsets, while at the gym, shopping, and doing various things in public - there are passages where you'll laugh out loud and draw concerned and annoyed stares from people around you.
I loved everything about this book! I listened from start to finish, the entire 6 hours, uninterrupted.
I know people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. The character of Christopher was so much like them that I felt I was actually able to peek in their minds and now everything about them makes sense to me.
It's unimaginable that this brilliant young woman could take a life altering event that would destroy the lives of most and present it in such informative detail. Her book is an incredible inspiration for survival and success in overcoming tragedy. Her actual performance makes this even more amazing. Kudos to Elizabeth! No one could have done this any better.
The only thing that could add to or compliment this book is the story of Ed and Lois Smart and how they conduced themselves, their family and their lives during and after Elizabeth's ordeal. Perhaps another book? I'd buy it.
I almost didn't want to bother with a review on this one. I bought it based on the reviews of other readers and while I don't entirely disagree with the others, I just could not suspend my reality long enough to accept such a preposterous tale.
Things just didn't click for me in this story. If I and my entire community were snatched up and dropped in another world, I felt that I and the people I know would have had entirely different reactions. And it was difficult to accept without more detailed explanation (that was never sufficiently provided) that modern life could suffer so few technological disruptions. These people still had functional phones and computers?! Did I miss something? I must have. But frankly, the book didn't hold my attention well enough to go back and find out.
I do recognize ability, skill and effort, hence the 3 stars, but I won't buy the sequels.
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