Tartt's writing is, as usual, gripping. There were so many things I couldn't predict and kept wondering where this story could possibly go after X or Y happened. She sure knows how to keep a girl hooked!
I haven't but think he is a most excellent narrator. Really spot on with nuance and tone and loved how he could make the various voices sound so different from one another.
This really was a fanatastic book. It just went on too long in parts and I'm not sure I like the ending. It felt far too preachy and out of sync with the rest of the book.
I work in the magazine industry and there were so many things he touched on that applies to my environment. Creativity is creativity. I loved the advice and how he outlines the successes and the failures. This book inspired me in so many ways and I would recommend it to anyone who a) wants to be a better leader and manager (there is a difference) and (b) who works with creative people. This is one of my best reads in a while.
It made me change some of the ways I work and I'm filing some of the nuggets for when I can use it.
Yes, but not the ones about to have a baby. It's for fans of books like Gone Girl.
I saw it coming early on and unfortunately think it would have been better to read because the voices gave away the twist before you're meant to know what's going on. I think this is the first time ever a thriller twist hasn't worked in audio.
I love how her voice rose and fell to indicate tension, confusion, etc.
It's a great holiday read but if you've read other books in this genre you'll figure out the twist early on. Still, I wanted to see how it played out and that was enjoyable enough.
Yes but only people interested in books that tell the story between the lines instead of straightfoward storytelling. If you're expecting what-you-see-is-what-you-get this is not the book for you.
The end. Devastating.
I loved the tones -- those kinds of nuances may not have been so visible in just reading the book.
Yes although it's not a book I would re-read even though it would probably yield more mysteries/stories if I did.
Entertaining, gripping, fun
I liked both leads.
No. His narration was perfect.
Yes! I kept finding all sorts of excuses to start listening (I have never cleaned and ironed so much!). Haven't had so much fun reading a book in a long time.
I'm so glad JK wrote this after her bad one, The Casual Vacancy (couldn't get past chapter 3). This is a modern mystery with characters I could totally believe are real. I hope there's another in the works.
Yes, if the story sounds good.
Only to friends who are fans of Downton Abbey.
I was a bit disappointed in the end but still thought it a lovely book.
Yes. I loved how the book shows that even the smallest action can have great consequences and that rash actions can change lives forever. It also made me wonder what I would do -- I don't have kids so my world is fairly black and white on certain subjects. This book showed me the greys.
Cecelia. Her responses and reactions were the most genuine out of the three women.
I could get a real sense of each woman's personality, I think. More so than if I had tried to imagine them when reading the book.
Well, there is that bit that makes you raise an eyebrow... and I was pretty sad in one of the key scenes.
Rachel started to annoy me fairly early and in the end I really disliked her. Tess too but not to the same extent. I think her story wasn't as credible as the other two and wondered why the author wanted her in the book.
The story was so different to anything I've read (the only other book related to an autistic character was Mark Haddon's The curious incident of the dog in the night-time). I loved how he saw the world -- it really made me think about how I see the world and how others might see it.
There were many moments that made me smile. When he tried to think like a 'normal' person and in the end insulted Rosie. So bittersweet! And the DNA collections were just hilarious.
No. Loved his narration.
This is one of those books that I started listening to with no expectations and in the end loved it.
No, it's great for the target audience. I think I'm perhaps a bit too mature in my tastes, which is why I found it a bit melodramatic in parts. Also a bit unbelievable in parts.
I think toning down the drama in certain sections, especially when there's heightened tension, would help. I also think some of the reactions are just too "neat"-- I doubt things would unfold in real life that way.
The female lead was really great. Josh was a bit annoying. He spoke to slowly/dragged out.
I liked the book and could see that it would be great for young adults. But I think older readers would not find the emotional depth you need for a story like this. The issues are so weighty but are typically handled in a teenage fashion, which sometimes diminishes the credibility of the reactions. Still, would recommend it to my teenage cousins.
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