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This is a long book. Because it takes so many hours to complete, there are certainly areas that go slower then others. But overall, this is a very interesting, fast paced look into the Indian culture. Humphrey Bower is absolutely amazing! He brings each character to life in a unique way. I would highly recommend this listen. It's easily in my top 5.
I absolutely love Francine Rivers. She is my favorite author. Redeeming Love was such an amazing story of redemption, forgiveness, and love. Because I love Francine Rivers as much as I do, I was so excited to see that her new book was out. I rushed to add it to my queue and I started listening right away. I have to say, this is the first book that I was really disappointed with. The writing seemed sloppy, not her usual style or ability displayed. I was amazed at all the general catch phrases she used. I was actually waiting for this one to end so that I could pick something else. I was very disappointed in the quality of this book and the narrator. It felt like a quota book instead of a book written out of passion. This was certainly a miss for me.
This author does an absolutely amazing job of weaving the stories of his ancestors together. It is a truly remarkable accomplishment. He selected a great narrator who was able to bring the story to life. His rich, deep voice was mesmerizing. I would gladly listen to another book narrated by Avery Brooks. This story allowed me to experience such a wide range of emotions - from tears, to laughter, and heartbreak. I absolutely would recommend this amazing piece of literature. It's easily in my top 5 audiobooks. Spend your credit on this book and you won't regret it!
This book was enjoyable enough. It wasn't unique like "The Stand" and it wasn't his typical creepy like, "It". It was just a pretty average scary'ish story, It was worth the credit but it's not one I'll listen to a second time.
First of all, I love Grover Gardner. He is an excellent narrator and makes the characters come to life. This is also my first John Jakes book and I was pleasantly surprised and hooked. I'm looking forward to checking out his other books. His ability to weave characters together, create drama, and bring in historical accuracy was wonderful.
George Martin does a great job of weaving this book together. The character development is great, the plot line is intricate and fascinating, and the world he has created is unique and believable. The authors imagination is remarkable and his ability to put his vision into words is amazing. Five stars and certainly worth your listen.
I really enjoyed this book! Bryce Courtenay does such an amazing job at character development and he came through once again with this book. I felt like I knew the characters, sympathized with some and hated others. I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn't currently listening - wondering about the plot and characters. Then I found myself feeling disappointed because I was nearing the end and the story would end. It's been awhile since I've enjoyed a book that much. I would say that this is my favorite Courtenay book, and I've listened to the following books: The Power of One, Tandia, Tommo & Hawk, The Potato Factory, & Four Fires. Go ahead and listen!
I thought that Tandia was a really good sequel to The Power of One. I enjoyed reading more about Peekay’s life, boxing, and relationships. I thought it was interesting that the summary makes the book emphasis seem to be about the struggle of a black/white relationship in South Africa when that only occurs in the last few chapters of the book. I’d say this book really isn’t about the relationship between Tandia and Peekay. It’s more of a story about the survival, strength, & victory of Tandia – an abused but victorious black woman. THEN it’s about Peekay’s story and lastly it covers and his relationship to Tandia. I didn’t like the ending. The ending was so disappointing and that is the only reason I rated this book 4/5 stars instead of 5/5.
Let me elaborate as to why I really hated the ending of this book. Bryce Courtney killed off a couple beloved characters (Dee & Dum) with only a few words and not much response/remorse from Peekay. First he killed off Dee with a single shot fired by the antagonist. Then he has Dum jump off a cliff in an effort to protect Peekay from death. But then that proves to have been for nothing because Peekay chose to jump to his own death anyway. And right after Dum sacrifices her life for Peekay the next phrase completely dismisses the extent of her loss by this phrase:
“Peekay lay still for a long time. The moon came up, full and glorious. A bright light in the African night. He always liked the full moon. He was back in the night country…”
Where is the remorse for the loss of someone he grew up with? Seemed a very strange ending for those two characters that were part of both books and supposedly loved like family by Peekay. It also seemed that Peekay gave up on his own life quickly too. I absolutely did not like this ending.
This is probably my favorite Steven King book. Such an interesting read/listen! The character development is amazing. Loved this book!
I really like how Ken Follett develops his character. By the end of the book I really felt as though I knew his characters and I was interested in all that happened to them. Very interesting and fun read.
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