I guess maybe I just didn't realize before this that I hate romance novels. It's not that I hated this book -- there were moments where I actually enjoyed it -- but it's that it falls kind of flat in the more romance-y sections.
Instead of diving into the character development throughout the book, it becomes more about the love connection. And yes, that love connection is necessary to the character development! But there is so much else going on, and I felt like their relationship was just flat.
Now I know: skip the romance novels and stick to the more character-centric Philip Roth, John Irving, etc.
Can I please give this book 6 stars?? Can I read it again for the first time? One of my favorite books now, no question -- not just within this genre but within all genres.
A small complaint that did not diminish my love of the book but is necessary to mention: for a book that has two heavily-accented major characters, you would think they'd get narrators who can do those accents. At times it was almost painful, but the amazingness of the book well made up for it. Don't let this scare you off! It's worth weathering the sometimes silly accents. I promise.
Ever wondered if plants feel empathy? Or why children seem to be plugged into something "beyond" but then lose it as they grow up? Or whether a rat would remember how to perform a trick even after almost all of its brain had been burned away by a curling iron?
Or maybe you know a tiny bit about this whole quantum physics business, but really not much more than the fact that somewhere out there is a cat in a box who is somehow both dead and alive and a bunch of scientists who think this is a really big deal.
Read this book. Either you know nothing about the world we live in, and your eyes will be opened, or it will scientifically confirm everything you've ever suspected. Either way, holy shit. Lynne McTaggart has done the human race a great service by compiling all this research into one very readable volume.
(My only complaint: the author actually does a wonderful job of reading her own book. But. I cannot stand her pronunciation of the word "nuclear," which comes up somewhat frequently. I don't get it!! NOO-klee-urr. What is so hard for people about the second syllable of that word?)
I wish I could give this story and the writing more stars than 5.
But oh my God. For a book with a lot of American characters, the narrator's imitation of American accents is terrible. I understand this is a book full of complex accents, and otherwise her performance did this book justice, but wow. No one supervising the recording of this told them that the second syllable of "library" should rhyme with "bear" and not "fur" (one tiny example) in Americanese?
Anyway. This in no way diminishes my enjoyment of this book. But it is a little distracting at times.
A well-woven narrative of the many people and stories that became intertwined on the day of Reggie Shaw's fateful accident. Not to be missed.
Yes to all of this book. Every time I thought I knew what kind of book this was, it totally changed -- in the best way possible. I can't wait to forget a lot of it so I get to re-read it.
Yeah! The characters are sticky -- they're still springing to mind weeks and books later after finishing this book -- and the plot is unique. It's a story worth reading.
I could relate so well to Piper: a loving family, all life's advantages, an excellent education... I really felt like if my life had been just a little different for me, I could have ended up in her shoes.
It's hard to say. She does such an amazing job of bringing each character -- with all the unique back stories, accents, and quirks -- to life.
It's a little slow at times, which is why I only give the story 4 stars. Maybe boring you to death is part of prison and therefore difficult to keep out of a narrative about time in prison, but there were moments where I lost interest.
These were few and far between, though, so it's still definitely worth reading.
I am not sure I have ever read a book that is told in such a way that each chapter follows a different character. The rotating voices and their respective excellent performances in this audiobook helped bring that to life.
Typical of Hosseini, the characters are engaging, and the plot is complex and fully fleshed out -- you just can't see the full picture until you're done.
Another wonderful book. I can't wait to see what he writes next!
Get over the apparent cheesiness and read this book with an open mind. Thankfully I didn't read any of the bitter, unenlightened reviews before buying this audiobook!
The only way to really know if you will like something new is to suspend your preconceived notions about it while you try it out. I can't believe I have to spell this out for adults here, but there you have it.
I found the theory expounded in this book to be well thought out, well elaborated, and well worth reading.
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