Slice of life
The prose and the simplicity with which Haruf paints such a rich picture of his characters.
Favorite is not really a good word, as Haruf shows us the main characters' flaws, which make them somewhat unlikeable, but he balances that with good, solid supporting characters to make them multidimensional, as people truly are.
There's just not enough action or historical information to move the story along. I found myself tuning out while listening and then not bothering to rewind to catch up. Regardless, I didn't miss much. I attempted to read this book years ago, and it didn't grab me, so I should have known better than to buy the audio format. It was the rave reviews that drew me in. Next time, I'll know better. Nicely narrated.
Fewer references to the doctor's observations of her attraction to Vorkosian.
Average reader with average voice.
I didn't get that far to figure that out.
This book is not particularly well written. I can force myself through it, so I'm returning it.
The book turned from a strong character- and relationship-driven story to a diatribe on religion, abolitionism, and women's suffrage. I wasn't expecting that and felt hammered over the head by the message, so much so that I quit reading about 3/4 of the way through.
No. I actually raved about it when I first started reading it, but I had to rescind my praise half way through.
I loved the first half.
Yes, it was well written, and the first half really had me drawn in.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel, as the synopsis didn't really appeal to me. But it is beuatifully read, and I really liked the people, the characters. Their lives are difficult in many ways, but the protagonists' narratives are delivered without whining, without self-pity, and with beautiful simplicity and honesty. Highly recommend you give this book a try.
I don't know if I can finish this book. While I could tell right from the start that this book was geared to a less mature audience, the story had some charm and some intrigue, so I kept listening. I'm about 2/3 or more through now and it's all I can do to keep going. Does this author work for Google? Sure sounds like it, because the praise for Google never ends. And all the references to Harry Potter.... Enough already! I guess if you're a young gamer, wannabe computer-nerd you'll appreciate this book. But I say skip it and head straight to "Ready Player One," the book "Mr. Penumbra's" wishes it were. I call it fluff.
I loved "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" and was searching for a book of the same ilk. This book just wasn't it. Firstly, it's really difficult to like the characters, Harold Fry especially. He's just so infuriating! The book does have some nice moments and some interesting insights, and, at the end, as the backstory FINALLY reveals itself, the reader better understands how Harold and his wife became the miserable, annoying people they are... and they redeem themselves,thank goodness. Secondly, I feel like much of Harold's pilgrimage could have been left on the cutting room floor. So overall: meh. I can't really recommend it.
What wonderful narration! Both readers' voices draw you in to this complex, suspenseful and harrowing tale and make you want to keep listening to find out all the secrets you know are waiting to be discovered. Listened for hours at a time and fell asleep to it each night. The narrative that is set at the turn of the century is reminiscent of some of my favorite 19th Century British classics. Such a treat. Thanks Audible for suggesting it.
There are parts, many parts, of this book that are brilliant: extremely well told, beautifully written, and interesting; but there was something about this book that felt trite and obvious and made me want it to hurry up and be done with. That being said, I did stick it out until the end, which I don't do if I don't like a book. I don't know if I can recommend it. I hate to be wishy-washy that way, but it was an odd story and I imagine the audience for it is limited. Regardless, the protagonists are likeable, the story well developed and the ending satisfying enough. Must say it was a great jumping off book for The Odyssey, as it leaves your brain full of gods and folklore. Beautifully read.
Couldn't finish it. Couldn't sympathize with the protagonist and her incessant psychological self-flagellation. Her internal struggle about killing the Nazi? What nonsense! And the silly vampire story woven in? What was up with that? Go watch "The Apt Pupil" if you want to see a powerful tale of hidden Nazi war criminals. Pulp.
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