Beaverton, OR, United States
If shoot 'em up thrillers are your idea of a 5 star story, if you LOVE Dick Hill and Scott Bricks narration than I'd suggest you avoid this book.
For my taste, the subtle flavors of the story arc, though very much in the YA plane, were wonderful. I liked the slow phrasing of the female narrator and the young mans voice of the male. These are kids, here, folks-not grown up yet they are thrown into feudal Japan amongst terrible wars, political intrigue and religious intolerance. The way they slowly evolve as 15 and 16 year olds, from simple lives to young adulthood is very nicely detailed in Lian Hearn's first book in the Otori series: Across the Nightingale Floor.
I very much appreciated the quiet feeling of the narrators-the book didn't deserve dramatic and overblown story telling. I enjoyed the details of the protagonists young lives, the way they were raised and, when their world was torn apart, the way they learned to cope.
I don't think every book is for every reader, but some of the very negative reviews aren't at all deserved. To each their own, though. I personally recommend the book for a time when you might be in an introspective place in your life. A time when Jack Reacher or Mitch Rapp or Eve Dallas isn't quite what you want. Give this little, short story a try on for size.
I thought it was similar in feeling to The Goldfinch-though much much shorter!
BTW-there is a prequel, but on the recommendation of a reviewer I follow, I decided to not listen to the backstory first-she suggested that the mysteries revealed in the prequel were a big plot point in the first book..thanks for that...and I thought I'd pass it along-in case anyone gets to my review.
I'd read "The Girl..." when it came out pre-audible, in 1999. It was a very exciting read, and as a hiker and camper I lived the descriptive scenes in my mind as the story unfolded.
The young heroine lives thru the terrors of being lost combined with her imagination as she becomes dehydrated and starving-who knows if what she hears following her is real or not..is a scary spirit or wild animal. We don't discover until the end how things wind up-King is superior when it comes to leading his readers on.
While, not particularly a King Classic like "It", "The Stand" or my favorite "Christine", Tom Gordon delivers a big strong story about a little but strong heroine, baseball and being scarily lost.
Worth your credit, even if you've read it already. Anne Heche is a superior narrator for kings work. Her understated voice as she voices King's words works.
When I read the papers about children being taken by the non-custodial parent I usually find myself on the custodial parents side.
This story gives the opposite side-that of the parent who has had her child taken from her by the courts.
The dad in this story is painted very typically bad guy..one has to wonder why any woman would be attracted to this lying guy.!
OTOH the mom is nothing but a wonderful woman and of course everyone says what a great mom she is.
Not one of Chamberlains best, I felt this novel could have been written much more interestingly than she was.
The plot line in this sob story is interesting, however Hatvany's writing is uninspired and unoriginal.
Narration average-which is fair for an average story.
if you're looking for something to put you to sleep, heres the ticket!
If you have a mentally ill family member, this novel will get to you..my mother in law was Bi-Polar. The effect of her disease impacted my husband his entire life-I totally understood Edens need to make her father better, to guide her father, to find the dad she wanted to have but didn't.
Spectacular writing, it made my heart hurt as I listened. Narration effective but Thaxton isn't a great narrator..still I couldn't stop listening.
A good war for someone who isn't familiar with the impact of mental illness on a family to discover its reality..
Well worth the credit.
I liked the whole idea of this plot but don't think Mason does a really effective job in the details of her characters or the flow of the story arc.
The ending was abrupt..made me wonder if there is a Book 2 coming..and if not, than the ending needs to be revised IMO.
Wanted to like it much more than I did.
I've listened to several of Chamberlains novels in the past few weeks and really enjoy them..so far I haven't hit a lemon amongst them!
This book continues in the Kiss River Lighthouse stories with characters first introduced in the beginning book-and several new characters are introduced.
Chamberlain writes a good plot twist that comes along unexpectedly and makes you go "Hummmmm...I didn't expect that!" I really enjoy that sort of stye of writing.
Read the first book first (Duh) and the final book after this one (also Duh). It's an effective trilogy but does need to be read in sequence.
This isn't close to the excellent writing I've come to expect from Diane Chamberlain..it's mediocre at its best actually.
The story arc is convoluted and listens like a radio play of the old style. I usually enjoy listening to novels with a variety of narrators-jodi Picoult style-but using 5 female narrators wasn't a good idea. The book is quite long and as it proceeded I became more and more confused about who was who.
And, as other reviewers have written, the narrator for Noelle has a rather grating voice that got on my nerves after a while.
I sure am glad I didn't start with this book-I wouldn't have listened to another one. Happily most of her work is much better.
Don't waste your credit on this one
I've been on a real Diane Chamberlain kick this rainy spring (when I'd rather be working in the yard). Most of her novels are good-above average all the way. This one is great!.
I had figured out the punch line about 1/3 of the way thru but was totally wrong about who the bad guy was. Love novels that trick me in the story line.
The characters are nicely drawn-I felt I knew Danny, Jade and Lisa, and the primary protagonist. Each is flawed in some way, they seem very human and fallible. Though some of the women are real drama queens, still we get to now their good sides also.
If you enjoy Jodi Picoult, this is a great back up listen-as are many of the other Diane Chamberlain novels.
Narration is excellent-I'll look for this reader in the future.
An off track idea that could have been developed much more fully, this is a real soft read.
The story arc is lacking in cohesiveness to a large extent. I made a huge error by listening to the 3 Prequel short stories after I'd listened to the main story and they added absolutely nothing..
I didn't hate it and it's better than MEH-Average, but not spectacular.
Maybe worth the couple of bucks it cost, this 40 minute prequel is fairly blah. I purchased all 3 prequels after I'd heard the story and frankly, it is a waste of money by them. Listen to them first if you plan on listening to The Returned.
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