I couldn't wait for this book to become available, but unfortunately I was disappointed by it. Very predictable. I will admit that I actually fell asleep several times listening to this book and missed hearing several chapters, but got to the end of the book without feeling like I needed to go back and listen to the chapters I slept through.
I got this book because I was anxious to see the movie and am waiting for it to be released on DVD.
I have to agree with the other reviews that express a disappointment with the title and the publisher's summary. Perhaps it would have been better titled "Michael, Fifty Years of Looking for Closure".
Yes, it was a shocking and moving story at points, but I would of liked to hear less about Michael or at least more about what Philomena was experiencing.
I fast forwarded through many chapters about Michael's political career, because I just didn't find his personal life or working career of interest, and I was growing tired of the author injecting his thinly disguised political views.
I so wanted to hear more about Philomena and what was going on in her life, what she was thinking but that was thrown in at the end.
I don't think I will be seeing the movie now.
It's hard for me to give this book a rating. I finished it, so at least it delivered on some level. However, Elin Hilderbrand seems to have a knack for creating characters that I do not like. I didn't like any of the 3 women main characters in this book, but I stuck with the book to see what happened, and because a friend of mine recommended the book. I started another book written by the same author, and about 1/3 of the way through, again, I decided I didn't like any of the characters, didn't care what happened to them, and didn't finish the book.
I don't think I will be spending any more money on Elin Hilderbrand books.
The story kept me interested. The narrator was excellent. I would of liked an epilogue to know how Jake and his family were impacted by the results of the trial, but maybe that is being held for another book.
I loved the Shopaholic series and enjoyed a few of Sophie Kinsella's other books, but even as fiction I have to say this book was shallow, pointless and painful to listen to, a real stinker. I couldn't stand any of the characters.
At one point while I was listening, I just blurted out loud, "For pity sakes, just go to a cheap motel and put me out of my misery". Luckily I was alone at home at the time.
The female characters were just whiny and dysfunctional. I even listened to the book at double speed just hoping to get it over with.
I have vowed not to pay for another Sophie Kinsella book.
Although I knew what the family secret would be before I even started reading the book, I did enjoy the book. I grew to like the characters and was anxious to get to the end of the book to see how the story ended for them.
Tedious, tortuous listen about a spoiled, incredibly crude, amazingly self-absorbed individual. I couldn't wait for it to be over. I have been over weight all my life, but I guess I can give this book credit for keeping me from ever thinking about having gastric bypass surgery.
Predictable - but a fun listen
A pleasant little story, nothing exciting, but it kept me entertained. I like the way the author develops each character, and they each become a little story of their own within the overall story. I enjoyed this book enough to get another book by the author. I am currently listening to The Tea House On Mulberry Street.
I started and then dropped this book twice. The third time I finally finished it. It was not till the very end of the book that I really cared what happened to the main character. I think the book could have been half the length. There was too much time spent describing Sidney’s job, and the people that she worked with. Those parts, for me, were just mind numbingly boring.
I think the book had too many characters for me, or maybe they just weren’t developed well enough to make them memorable. For example, when they mentioned the character Miles, I had to quickly ask myself if Miles was Sidney’s brother or her brother-in-law. No, lets see, Michael was her brother-in-law, Miles was her brother.
This book was just okay, nothing memorable for me.
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