I had mixed emotions about this one. There was just so much going on. For an audiobook it almost seemed like there were too many characters to keep up with. In a paperback it would have been easier to keep up with them all, however, the characters really didn't have any depth and layers so other than keeping them straight it wouldn't have made too much of a difference. I had no emotional attachment to any of the characters and truly believed I didn't really care what happened to any of them. I believed that until the end when I realized YOU DON'T FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ALL THE CHARACTERS!!! The concept was really well thought out and very interesting and had there been one main character I think it would have come out a lot better. It is apparent what the author was trying to do and the idea was great but I just couldn't get that into it. I think others could though. It wasn't a bad book, it was well written, the topic was interesting, it just simply had too much going on.
This book was just amazing. It was so well done and such a wonderful listen. This was a book that I just couldn't quit telling my circle of girlfriends about. I love how history and fiction intertwined to truly tell a story. I was so happy at the end. I just cried. I love a thought provoking book that gives you chills and makes you feel so many emotions. This is an excellent novel for the right listener. I could see how someone who doesn't enjoy books like The Help and Orphan Train could not enjoy this book, but if those are some of your favorites, then come a long on this journey. Your only regret will be that it comes to a close before you are ready to let go of the characters.
I loved this book! I hated the last hour only because it came too quickly!!! This was so well done and seemed so real. Stephen King and Raul Esparza take you into this story and you just won't want to come out. It is horrific how well King can predict the ugly side of man in certain situations. You have no trouble believing that this is what happened and exactly how it happened. My only disappointment was when Big Jim finally gets his. It happened so quickly that I had to listen to it again to make sure that it really happened and he was really done. Usually, I don't care for books or movies that go in the direction of this conclusion, but I loved this one. It was so well done!
This was not a bad book, but it was not amazing either. I had sadly finished "The Dome" and really wanted more. That may have been a bad time to listen to this one. This is a good story, and an original concept, but I just didn't love it the way that I usually love a Stephen King novel. Usually, I start greedily checking to see how many minutes are left when I am getting close to the end of a book. King's novels tend to be so long that you get very engrossed in the world of the characters. I was not sad when this one came to an end. I was ready to leave this one behind me and move on to the next.
I enjoyed this book very much, although, it didn't have the same Stephen King feel as some of his other books. It almost didn't seem like a Stephen King novel at all except for the way that all of his books have tie-ins to one another. This was an easy and fun listen, and I recommend it very much, but it is not going to stay with you for a lifetime like some of King's other works. I can remember sitting down in seventh grade and reading Pet Cemetery and then writing a review for the school paper and believing I was brilliantly cool. I don't see anyone having that similar experience decades later with this one, but that is not to say it is not worth a listen.
These books are coming out so quickly that you would think it would be impossible to keep them this well written but it isn't. I am a big fan of the show but the seasons have such few episodes and the wait between seasons is so long. I think I have come to appreciate the books even more than the show.
I enjoyed the first book and was thrilled when I found out there were two more. By the third book a lot of series start to run out of steam, but not this one. Nora Roberts did a great job of telling a good ghost story without the book getting cheesy or over the top. It wasn't just a ghost story though. It was the story about three women finding their way in this world. It flowed very well and was fun to listen to.
This is a great little book. It is rather short and sweet. One of my closest friends is getting ready to foster three precious sisters and already has three boys of her own, and I couldn't wait to share this with her because there are so many great ideas for families and child raising. My other closest friend has five children and she learned a lot too. I think these gals have a great message and a great delivery. This will not be a book for everyone.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. My expectations weren't too high going into it. For me, with sci-fi there is always a fine line between awesome and awful. This book stayed on the awesome side. The characters were a lot of fun. One character in particular had me laughing out loud rather often. This is defiantly not a book to let pass you by if you are look for some frightening fun in your listening. I really hope this one becomes a movie!
I had just finished watching the Netflix series that is based on this book when I started the book. I found the book to be much more mundane than the show, but I wasn't disappointed, actually quite the contrary. I am glad that Piper didn't ruin her relationship with Larry. I am glad she constantly focused on that light at the end of the tunnel. However, I am disappointed with the ending. What happened to her after her release? Has she done anything to improve the prison system? How are the other ladies doing? Has she done anything to help the less fortunate women in their after prison journeys?The book just ended so suddenly. Obviously, it left me wanting more. Thank goodness the show has been picked up for season 2, but I also want more of the real story. I would highly recommend this book and the show. I thought this book would be dark, ugly, and scary but it truly wasn't. This book showed that women embrace one another, love one another, and carry one other no matter where life brings you. If HBOs Oz and a Delta Zeta Chapter had a baby it would be Orange Is The New Black. This is something you don't want to miss. This rarely happens to people like us so this is a great opportunity to pull on the sneakers of the one who drew the short straw and see life through her eyes. Every single one of us that ever drove drunk in college has had at least one thought of what prison would be like. Well, now you will know. Happy Listening!
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