I had such high hopes for this book after The Time Traveler's Wife. What a disappointment!! The entire book was, well, icky. At times I found it difficult to follow and at others I found it difficult to continue listening. It was just not a good read.
I've read reviews from several sources and this seems to be one of those books with no middle ground - you either adore or abhor it. I fell to the latter. Couldn't stand the main character nor nearly any other character in the book. I thought the narrator did a tremendous job with the material he had to work with. Jones came through to be the only character that I could stand to listen to by the end of the book.
This book made me take a closer look at my life and make some necessary changes. Have already loaned it out to several friends and family and have purchased copies for far away family. This is a must read.
I loved this book of four generations of women. It was so well written that it was difficult to believe that the characters - especially Elize Makepeace - were not real!
I liked the continuing story of Tommo & Hawk. It literally picked up right where The Potato Factory left off. What I didn't care for was the very, very graphic descriptions of sexual acts. There is something just creepy about having the narrator voice both the male and female voices right down to the moans. Ick.
Parts of this book were very good. Others were painful. I just couldn't get past the author. She went to great lengths to get a story, but it really wasn't much of a story. I'd pass on this one.
The storyline was OK, but the writing left a little to be desired. Used the same trite phrases over and over. I agree with the reviewer who said you would be rolling your eyes every few minutes. It was a decent listen, but nowhere near the top of my list.
I have trudged through this entire volume spending much of the time trying to figure out if I was in the present or the past. There was often no pause at all when changing from time to time and I often found myself hitting the rewind button.
All of the narrator's 'American' voices sounded the same which made this further difficult to understand - especially when a character who had died had his voice resurrected in a new character. The worst part is that the story wasn't worth the time I spent trying to understand what was happening and to whom. Wish I had that credit back.
This book delved deeply into some areas that were just not engaging while leaving other more interesting aspects of the story virtually untouched. It left me rather dissatisfied with the entire book and wondering if I want to chance another Courtney book. However, the narrator is the absolute BEST and I've listened to more than 100 audiobooks.
I rather liked Brother Odd. It was a great companion on my daily long drive.
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