You've either been Charlie, or you knew him. This does take you back to the awkward teen years. Not only is Charlie awkward, he is mentally and emotionally fragile. The story has redeeming qualities, although it's not what I'd run out and recommend to everyone.
The narrator makes every second worth a listen. The scenes come alive under Noah's stellar performance. You never even realize that he is reading...he's just talking to you.
I believe the book might have been "over-hyped", and whenever that happens, my expectations are high. Dealing with my own teenager's angst, emotional health, substance use and the like, I related to the character a little too much. Therefore, the emotional rollercoaster of high school are relived and some of us would just rather not revisit that. It's up to you. It is a short listen and like some movies, you can get lost in the performance even if the movie is just so-so.
I listened to this long before all the hype from the movie (which I haven't seen), This is a wonderful story that is both sad and triumphant. While portions of the story definitely smack of the YA genre that Green is known for, it can appeal to all readers in my opinion. Young people dealing with real life, grown up problems, even facing death, may seem like a downer but the story is sprinkled with so much more than that. Another winner from John Green as he tackled heavy subject matter and had me crazy about these kids to the last page.
This is one of those books that I'm so glad I listened to instead of read. I know that there were times that science would've gotten too much and I may have abandoned it. SO GLAD I listened to this book! It's incredible and fascinating. The contribution given unknowingly by one woman has changed research, science and the world. It is both sad and victorious, and yet she will never know of her contributions.
I loved the author's weaving of the scientific side of things with the family and personal side of the story. I am so glad it was highly recommended to me as "one book i should read this summer". I did and I'm glad.
This book has been one of my favorites for years. It's been a long time since I read it and I was thrilled when it finally became available at Audible. While the content is indicative of the times, it may be uncomfortable for many. All in all the lessons learned and love-ability of the characters make this a classic story that you will never forget. How fortunate that we all know and love Atticus Finch, who gently taught his children what it meant to see beyond outward appearances, society's standards and racial tensions. An absolute MUST READ.
PS. I have yet another reason to love Sissy Spacek. She was perfection.
While I love Stephen King, this wasn't my favorite. BUT, it was a good book and I definitely don't regret the listen. I actually listened to the whole thing in just a few days because it kept my interest all the way through. Not your run of the mill bad guy, but certainly the usual retired detective that just can't stay away....made for a story that could have been written by most detective novelists. However, King always has a way of giving you the creeps, making characters and scenarios stick with you, long after the book is finished. As always, my "bucket list" author I'd love to have dinner with.
What an interesting story written in such a lovely way. This book is different and the unusual cast of characters (voices) keeps the story moving (although you are kept wondering about the connections sometimes--but it's supposed to be like that, right?). To define love in such beautiful terms is refreshing and not the usual "sappy" romance. Both genders would like this book and I thoroughly enjoyed her lovely writing. Worth a listen!
Well first of all BRAVO to narrator Julia Whelan. I enjoyed and got lost in the distinct nature of the voices,even forgetting that all were done by one person. I cannot imagine reading this book in print and getting the same effect as hearing the voice of Liz. Superbly done. Such a great story and although a little predictable here and there,you just didn't mind! I would say around mid-way, I was thinking "get on with it" and no sooner than I thought that, the story picked up again. Great to the last page. I didn't expect to like this so much but it was worth a credit for sure.
Worth the listen just for her wonderful writing! But....A little homage to Stephen King? Why? I'm not sure if references to Green Mile were a necessary part of the story and felt incomplete to me. It wasn't really expounded on as much and I wondered why it was even in there. However, I did enjoy this book and was drawn into the story. I love her writing and the performances were not at all distracting. I am able to listen while working and needed something I didn't need to pay close attention to in order to get the story. Somewhat predictable, this still fit the bill and I'm anxious to check out her other books.
I just love his books. This was one that I zoomed through and absolutely loved Michael Beck's narration. It is nice to revisit characters from "A Time To Kill" and watch a new story unfold there. I really liked this book although to some, it may a lighter "read" than some of his other books. Don't try to keep up with all the lawyers. You'll eventually know the important ones. Bravo to Beck for keeping them straight.
This book really grabs you and can easily be devoured in one sitting. It will keep you interested and at the end, still wondering what other revelations might be forthcoming. If you are one that takes the book of Revelation as literal, this book parallels much of that thinking. This is an awesome little book and a great addition to those seeking answers about Heaven. However, the book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn is the most biblically based book about Heaven that I've read. Check it out as well.
If you've seen the television series based on this book, you will know the premise is quite interesting, gritty and an eye opening view of poverty. Vivid descriptions and heartbreaking circumstances keep you involved and caring about the characters. These fascincating stories were taken from her own memoirs and she takes us into the era beautifully. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next season on PBS!!
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