Yes. This book is a cautionary tale of how easy self-righteousness can go awry. The scars of hypocracy and double-standards can last a lifetime for society's innocent victims
I just finished Banished, by Lauren Drain, which parallels this book in many ways. Abuse of children, religious fervor, double standards (in Scheeres' case black children get beaten, white got spared). While both Drain and Scheeres have asked important questions about the rigid religious upbringing they endured, their paths have diverged in many ways. Scheeres, in subsequent interviews, has said she has no need for religion.
I have never heard this narrator's performances before, but she was a perfect choice to narrate from the point of view of a teenage Julia Scheeres. I will definitely check out her other performances in future.
Many portions made me angry. While the parents' intentions may not have been wrong, Scheeres father is cruel and her mother is cold and indifferent to her family. As someone who personally holds some of the same beliefs as Scheeres' parents' ascribe to, their cruelty, indifference, and hypocracy makes many Christians look bad.
This book will make you sad and angry... the only caution I will give is this: please remember that not all Christians are like the hellish parents in this biography
Not really. The narrators were good, but did not elevate this audiobook to epic status
I enjoyed the growth of the characters. The things that bound them together ultimately tore them apart. But they grew over the course of the book, growing and stretching and expanding their horizons and their ideas about each other and about Daniel's death.
I liked this book a lot! Books where characters grow and change make me happy to be a reader. I didn't see the end coming!
I think I prefer DeBoard's other novel, "The Morning Hours", but this book is a great literary work.
I loved this look into the lives of several Latin American immigrants to the United States. It is primarily about two families, with stories of friends and neighbors adding depth and complexity to their tale. Someone described it as "teen lit", but I disagree; it addresses universal themes of identity, belonging, finding home, and expectations. It can appeal to teenagers, as two of the main characters are 15-16 years old, but it is by no means strictly targeted at teenagers.
I would take Alma out to dinner. She obviously loves Maribel so much, but her love can sometimes be viewed as stifling. I would give her a big hug and tell her that Maribel may not be able to process things "normally", but she is a woman, with dreams and hopes, who just may not be able to articulate them.
This book is beautiful, with threads of hope, despair, love, and belonging. the narration is wonderful, with some narrators stronger than others.
A well worthwhile read!
I found this book was not compulsively readable, contrary to the previous reviews. Perhaps because this was related directly to the American financial system, or the author's constant bragging how smart he is and how we, his readers, shouldn't bother trying to understand complex concepts, but I got about 1.5 hours through it and just couldn't finish. I wish I could say this book is as awesome as other reviewers hve stated it is... unfortunately, I cannot.
Definitely! I have always been fascinated by the Great Depression, what people did to survive, the hope in the hopeless shanty towns, picking up and starting again. But I was never made aware of Australia's own history at that time. Throw in a terrific performance, a beautiful complex love story, and the urgency it all evokes... this is a fantastic novel.
Both narrators embodied their characters - Harvy depicted Eoghan's desperation, his hope, his love; Ellerton-Ashley was whimsical and somewhat flighty and over-dramatic, which were all required by Olivia's character. I want more from both these narrators; unfortunately, at this time, Audible does not have further offerings from either of them.
No distance too Far
Using the bridge as a symbol to cross the distance in class, social standing, religion between Olivia and Eoghan... beautiful depiction! From the opening scene where Eoghan is fired from his job and goes home drunk, hoping that his father won't be there to tan him for getting sacked... to the completion of the bridge's construction and the resulting joblessness and hopelessness... this is a beautiful, emotional snapshot of a time and place unknown to me.
Perhaps it ends a bit too neatly, but no other time period could have made it all work. The ending might have made me give the book 4 stars, but I loved the book too much for that. I plan on reading Kim Kelly's other novels soon!
I enjoyed this book for many of the same reasons as Corban Addison's previous book, "A Walk Across the Sun": a global issue, a foreign country, the underdog crusading for justice, flawed but not hopeless characters, descriptive writing. The same things I disliked about AWATS are present here: a few too many coincidences, the crusaders seem to be wealthy people saving the world. Overall, I did enjoy this book.
Robin Miles is generally a strong narrator. This is a good performance, but not her best offering.
Corban Addison has a way of putting human faces onto global issues - trafficking, corruption, AIDS, rape. If the story did not rely on affluence and coincidence, it would be a 5-star listen. As it stands, it is a gritty, real, yet not hopeless look at life in Africa.
Probably. I enjoyed Janet Song's performance in this book. I am not familiar with many of her performances, but as a biography she narrated it terrifically!
When Suki left the school to go back the the United States, the bittersweet non-farewell amongst the hope that her students would see her and her other teachers off.
Both, in places. Since such a culture as North Korea involves duplicity on many levels, and Suki's position in particular adds another layer, it made me angry that one's life or livelihood or family is at stake for even one slip-up... It was difficult to read.
I read Barbara Demick's "Nothing to Envy" several years ago, and have been captivated by North Korea ever since. Both of these books capture different aspects of North Korean life, almost acting as continuations of each other. Both are worthwhile reads in their own right; Demick's journalistic eye and Kim's autobiography, before or after deaths of leaders, lives of peasants and schooling of the elite. You almost can't read one without the other, but they both stand on their own.
Beth Gulbrandsen, yes; Anne Pepperidge, no. Pepperidge's delivery is flat and emotionless, and I almost gave up on this book due to it. Thankfully, Beth Gulbrandsen's narration of the historical portions carried this book through.
This book sheds light on a topic that, during Victorian times, was shut away and hidden. Developmental delays were considered a curse, a family's sin. A contemporary woman is dealing with a generic disorder that causes developmental and physical challenges, and discovers a journal written by a distant relative whose family line contains many boys who have these delays.
By far, the historical portions, the journal, those characters were much more fleshed out than the contemporary one. perhaps this is due to Anne Pepperidge's flat delivery, but I found myself skipping through Talie's struggle to get to Cosema's story.
I wouldn't call reading this book "enjoyable" in the sense of a happy book, or even a good sad fictionalized account; these are real people dealing with real poverty. But it was written in such a way that you could see the huts and taste the dust and feel like you knew the people who lived in these pages.
His narration is understated and well-suited to the book's subject matter.
This is a well-written narrative about 5 people living in one of India's slums - their hopes, dreams, successes, and failures. A comment was made that no one in the book asked if they were happy; survival took on too much time for them to worry about happiness.
The author's epilogue added an extra personal adendum to these pages. Well done!
I like some aspects of this book, and disliked others. But at the end of the day it just moved along with emotions, not plot...
I enjoyed Cadence's growth as a character, as she slowly let others into her world. But it really just wound up going back and forth and back and forth with her feelings and emotions, and those of other characters, without really moving along with a continuous plot.
She did very well, overall. Her dialogue was OK, her emotions were great... perhaps because there were passages spoken by a child, she used a high-pitched whiny voice that I didn't like much..
I picked up and put down this book several times, and ultimately couldn't finish it.... I probably won't read more from this author.
Hard to say. Roger Wayne didn't take anything away from Pritchard's fantastic narrative, but he did not add to it, either. For the most part, the narration was terrific, though there are a few odd places where the emphasis was misplaced, or the tone was off. I would recommend it to audiobook readers, or those who choose to read the print book... but the performance doesn't make me scream out, "You HAVE to listen to this in audio!"
Forrest and his family. Forrest for his grim determination, for falling and getting back up... again and again and again.
I enjoyed this book! As someone who receives their beef, chickens and pork raised in this manner, it was an illuminating expose into the life of a farmer, particularly one who is attempting to reinvent the wheel. Forrest is up-front about his mistakes along the way, and presents a compelling - though not preachy - look at "old-school" farming.
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