I was a freshman at the Corcoran in 1978, Patti Smith was cool. Ten years later, I was a widow working as a lab technician in an AIDS lab, and a year later Robert Maplethorpe died. By that time, I was shell-shocked by death, homophobia and the terror of becoming single in a world of AIDS. It took me over a decade to pay off the enormous medical bills my husband left me and finding my way back to painting and writing.
At 2:30am this morning, New Year's Day 2012, in bed with my iPod, I downloaded this book and entered a time machine. Everything I assumed I knew about these two people via their mythology was wrong.
This book had a profound effect on me and yet, I wonder how it will be received by those outside the solar systems of art and AIDS in that timeframe, hopefully with an open mind. These two people whose lives in the rearview mirror are legendary. It may come as a surprise that most people in those days were so so naive and innocent. We were not drowning in the world wide web of data... growing up Catholic and confused by a world outside our limited view, all the while living on the edge...
I love this book and it will find a permanent home on my iPod. A reminder of a place and time that formed many who are now graying and even more confused.
A light-hearted murder, a unique character, refreshing family dynamics and an enjoyable listen!
Wendy Roberts has written a fun book, --even the heartbreaking reality of a mentally ill parent is written with true compassion and humor. I have a schizophrenic sibling --she is hopefully now past the 'episodes' but we keep our fingers crossed. She is on her own, she is an adult, we can do very little for her, but love her. She has given us alternating periods of humor, terror and grief but if you can't laugh at the insanity of it all (pun intended) -the grief will damage your soul. Wendy Roberts gets it and writes it very well.
Also, the complexities of contemporary relationships are written in a refreshing, smart-ass style. The heroine knows she can't save her father but she can give him a cup of hot coffee; she knows she can't change her boyfriend but she can still maintain a guarded friendship after he betrays her.
This book goes in my 'waiting room playlist' A book I can pick up and put down in the dentist's waiting room or at the evil in-laws... a wonderful, amusing diversion from life's sucky realities.
I haven't enjoyed a book so much in a long time. The main character, Elizabeth/Abigail, is delightful. I am a total geek and I often live like a hermit, although it is more difficult now that I'm married... But, I am familiar with the social dysfunction of this character. You really don't need a super high IQ, be a programmer or high tech to be someone with limited social skills, but it does seem to follow. Elizabeth was raised in a dysfunctional home, she suffers a traumatic experience and must survive alone without any support other than her own wits. Her inability to communicate is endearing, she is honest and sincere in her attempts to keep up her walls. When she falls in love, we are taken away with her like a leaf floating in a stream, the current is fast, slow, she hits a few edies and gets slammed into a rock or two.
I haven't read Nora Roberts for awhile, the reviews have been enough to keep me away. I admit I wasn't expecting a good read but the character resonated with me. I am very satisfied and hope Nora Roberts doesn't shy away from a trilogy or even a series, she has a real winner here. This community of characters contain endless possibilities for future books.
I already miss the characters and will listen again today. I often enjoy books by listening more than a few times, some are just a familiar listen while restless or gardening or yes, programming! But I rarely start listening, days after the first listen!
My husband and I listened to this all day, it was a frigid cold day and we just huddled on the couch and listened to the whole book. It was a good listen and a great way to spend a lazy Sunday. If you enjoy Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher and enjoy a bit of Druid, vampire, werewolf, witchy fun this book is for you.
I actually bought this one because I couldn't wait for my two monthly credits. I am enjoying these characters very much and I love the town, I want to live in Three Pines.
Cranky old Ruth had me laughing out loud and the other poet, oh my! the poor thing.
You should definitely read these in order as the subplots very subtle and elegant.
I'm going to have to order these in paper versions, as I have with a few other authors I discovered on Audible. I enjoy them that much!
I grew up in NH, where the state's welcome sign was in French. It was very hard being Canuck in NH back then, lots of prejudices. My mother's family never forgave her for marrying a french catholic. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that their families had come from French Canada over 100 yrs earlier. LOL I love my ancestry and love Quebec. Listening to these books makes me want to retire to Three Pines, if only to hear my maiden name pronounced correctly!
Other than my personal biases, I love these books, they are written very well in a nice, British-style cottage mystery plot. I love how she develops each character.
I strongly recommend reading the books in order, I only wish it were easier to determine order on Audible but Louise Penny has a nice web site and you can figure it out there.
I was leery about a new narrator but as others have said, Harry is in an altered state and it works. A few accents were confusing but overall, it is a Jim Butcher Book not the narrator's book. I enjoyed this new installment, we also have the heard cover but I couldn't wait for my husband to finish reading, so I started the audiobook, now we are both done and have switched. We love the story and are not overly concerned who has read it.
I saw the movie and was stunned, it really captures the rural meth reality gripping so much of our country. It's heartbreaking. The book is even better. The movie was 'everywhere america' but the book is totally Ozarks, clannish, primitive and fascinating, the characters give you a glimpse into a community that developed in isolation and defies hope. Well written, perfectly developed, wonderfully narrated.
The premise and plot showed promise but the main character was just silly. She is unrealistically naive and immature. She is too full of herself, when she tries to impress a 1500 year old vampire with her knowledge of tea and he seems impressed and unaware of tea after spending several hundred years in England, I just laughed. It is as though the author attempted to write a Harlequin Romance and replaced the romance with scholarly academics. There is absolutely no chemistry between the two. FInally, the ending was not an ending. One gets the impression that the book is twice as long and she cut it in half hoping for a sequel.
We have the print versions and took them to jamaica with us, they go very easy with rum. We have bought the audible books available but really want Books 5, 6 & 7! It leaves a big gap in the story line.
James Marsters is a very good narrator, he handles the characters very well. Jim Butcher has done a very good job with The Dresden Books! I am very cheap, so I really have to love a book to buy it in print and Audible!
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