This was a wonderful listening experience in all respects. Not only was Slumdog Millionaire a sensitive and ingenious novel, but the reading of this book was outstanding. I highly recommend it....listen to it with your whole family!
This book provides a good story with decent character development, an interesting plot, and a good amount of psychological depth. The narrator is also excellent. While I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, I found myself more and more drawn into it and ultimately found it to be a very worthwhile listening experience. Well worth the credit!
Like so many people who have listened to this book, I loved it too. I won't go into the myriad of reasons why, but I will say that it is well worth a listener's credit. Great narration too. Oh, and for people who are sensitive re. dogs, don't worry...won't say any more lest I spoil the ending for you!
I loved this book! The concept (a dog who keeps being reincarnated), the character of the dog, the story being told through the dog's voice and perspective, and the narration too. Both touching and hilarious, this is a book I would highly recommend to anyone, but especially to dog lovers. If you are a sensitive soul, you may want to keep a box of tissues handy...having said this, however, this is nowhere near a depressing book, and there are no passages that are highly disturbing for animal lovers (some aspects of the story are a bit heart wrenching though, so be warned...tissues people!). All in all, I am so glad that I picked this book! You will be too.
After thorougly enjoying "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" I am just starting to discover Barbara Kingsolver's books...and boy am I glad! She is an incredibly intelligent and talented writer. With 'Prodigal Summer' I found that, at first, I was not quite as taken as I had expected I'd be (based on the rave reviews). However, once I allowed the story to unfold, I found myself completely sucked into the magical, but very real world that Kingsolver has created through this story. It is a book that is richly textured and has so many themes intertwied and layered that it is sure to offer something for everyone....perhaps especially for those of us who love and wonder at the marvel of the natural world around us.
Thay say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder...so I hate to do this, but I must provide my opinion on the quality of this book which, to say the least, was very superficial in many ways. Not only was the author's reading of it quite monotonous, but the story otself was a mish-mash of travel memoir (for a ONE-week trip...wow!), parenting-struggle commentary, and spiritual journey. This in and of itself isn't a bad thing, but while the book had SO much potential, especially in terms of opening our eyes to the traditions of the shamanic healing practices of Central America...I kept waiting for the author to clamp on to one central theme and delve deeply into it, but she just kept skimming the surface of ALL of the themes and topics she tried to cover in the book. Parts of it were interesting, but when I compare the quality of the writing and depth of the introspection in this book to that in "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert (one of the absolute BEST books I have ever read), another travel memoir cum spiritual journey, it's like comparing apples and oranges. My advice would be to save your credit, or, better yet...use it on either of Gilbert's books. You won't regret that choice!
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook not just because the narration was excellent, but also because the characters in Ford's novel were so well developed. The story was interesting, though somewhat predicatable (I didn't find myself 'sitting on the edge of my seat')...but overall, this book had real soul and atmosphere, and that is what kept drawing me into it. It was also a great history lesson and made the reality of the internment of the Japanese Americans come to life. Well worth a listen.
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