Where to begin? This book sounds like it was written in 1954. We have Kate, a heroine who is so fixated on her mother that she's never had a boyfriend and Ava, a dead girl who is slut shamed because one boyfriend kills another over her (even though they're both dead) and somehow it's all her fault. No wait! It's our heroine Kate's fault because she should have somehow known about it in advance and should have stopped it. But this is the same heroine who feels guilty because jealous Ava tricks her into going to a non-existent party and then breaks her neck jumping into a river while leaving Kate alone in the big woods. Of course this is all Kate's fault. I frankly get really tired of her continual pity-party. Then there is the control freak James. It just goes on and on. The characters occasionally talk about individual freedom and such, but actions speak much louder than words. I would hate a young girl to take in the lesson that female sexuality must be controlled, that they are responsible for others' mistakes, that having a boyfriend is so so important, and I'm not even finished with the book.
Tough book to read without sounding like a airhead.
Maybe if I were a lot younger I would have a different view but I hope not.
Was it the drunk Australian teacher or maybe it was the Vagina Room?
I laughed all the way through.
I loved this book. The author was very engaging and very very funny.
I really like the Maisy Dobbs series. Each one not only engages you on a realistic mystery, but takes you back to a particular time and place...England after the Great War. I plan to eventually read or listen to all of the books.
I love the Great Courses for driving. I do a lot of 10 and 15 minute trips and it chops up fiction too much to really enjoy it, but these courses are best taken in small doses. I would never have the time and will to read all these lectures but I enjoy them a lot in spoken teaspoons.
This book was better than I thought it would be. I started it once and soon stopped because I thought it was just going to be about a guy running from the mob. Much later I tried it again and stuck with it long enough to discover that it was full of surprises. It really got me thinking about the high cost of something for nothing. I wound up really liking the book which was a nice surprise.
Every once in a while I want a romance. This is a good romance. I liked the characters, the story, the setup with the dead brother and materialistic grandparents. You knew from the beginning what was going to happen, and it did, and all's right with the world. It's not a book you would sit down and just listen to, but it is great for waiting in line, or painting, or cleaning the kitchen. I found it quite satisfying for that.
This book had so many things going for it but somehow just didn't connect. I found the main characters rather annoying. The world created was quite interesting...the creatures were fascinating, but the people were just oblivious. The book didn't work for me.
I am such a sucker for time travel. This was not a great book but it was enjoyable and very relaxing. I listen to books when I paint or clean the house or drive and this book is good for that.
Some authors works are good for reading and some are not. Stephen King's writing reads very well...I call it transparent writing. He is easy to listen to and you become part of the book.
The narrator did a good job and the story flowed along. This wasn't King's finest but it was good and he is always good audibly.
The raid to rescue the girl was very well done.
I got a tear at the very end.
I don't usually listen to action stories. If I had known this was one I wouldn't have gotten it. BUT, that said, I found I really enjoyed the book. I liked the information on kendo and I loved the ending.
I probably wouldn't but if there is a sequel I would definitely listen to that.
This was a sweet book. I found the main character's interactions and his love for his dead mother quite touching. I like that he succeeded on his own terms and resisted being forced into a mold.
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