I wonder what puts this book on lists... whether bestseller or book clubs. It was only ok. There are so many fabulous reads, pass this one up. It never got me wrapped up in the story, the characters did not move me; the plot held little interest for me. I enjoy the obscure but this was nearly mundane.
...but not me. I will make this a brief review. If you are an avid reader, please don't pick this book up. Maybe, possibly read the first one. And by read I mean READ. I positively adore Audible books but this narration combined with the most abhorrent prose (dare I even call it prose) is downright painful. I read the first two and listened to the last. I will never get that time back and so I beg you don't walk down the same road. The narrator (hopefully only reading 50 Shades) sounds like a constipated teenager trying to sound sexy in spite of her mouth guard. The book, in my opinion, really serves to belittle the complex sexuality and intelligence of the average American woman in her 30-40's. We are smarter! We are sexier! We don't "trip over our own feet" (who on earth does this anyway?) And I hope we know more about sex, intimacy and relationships than Ana does. She is the dumbest ivy league grad ever described. Let's all take a journey back to real literature and if we want to be stimulated let's read The Story of O.
I am NOT a Twilight fan. I grabbed this book not even realizing it was the same author (no, I wasn't living under a rock... but yes, very unaware at the time). I noticed this book is only now hitting the best seller lists so I thought I would weigh in. Weird? Yes. Quirky? Yes. Deep? No. Good... Very! I am still surprised to say that but indeed you will decide in the end that you thoroughly enjoyed this story and the characters will grow on you. I also found myself so vividly imagining their underground dwelling that I felt a little like a child daydreaming...
This was such an entertaining and unique read. I kept passing on excerpts to my husband as I listened. The story, character descriptions and messages have stuck me now for quite awhile. I highly recommend this little-known book. You will be glad you experienced it and I think you'll pass it along too. Special credit given to the narrator who made me like him as much as the story.
I love an opportunity to learn while becoming absorbed in the story and the characters. The Help is a sad, inspiring and enriching story. The narration will have you hearing the character's voices long after the book has ended, all the while, learning more about our nation's trying civil rights movement. I highly recommend The Help.
This was beautiful and brilliant. His life story, though short thus far is amazing. Listening to Barack narrate was a treat as well! I highly recommend this book for people who either want to learn more about our 44th president, people who still have doubts or people who already believe in Obama, a very insightful and profound man!
I tried and tried to find the hidden meaning, to discover my "aha" moment and realize what all the hype was over this book. When it ended I still hadn't found it. I was truly disappointed and at times, revolted by this book.
The movie (as most do) over-simplifies this complex tale. Nothing extraordinary as far as plot goes but the author does a great job weaving the characters and story through time. While not deep, moving or informative it is a fine tale and will hold your interest well.
We can never know enough about the holocaust. To be drawn in by both the story iteself and the narration... I felt as though I were sitting across from Mr. Weisel as he told his story for the first time. I was moved, interested, anxious. Hopefully you will get the version with the Pulitzer acceptance speech at the end. This is a book for your must-read list.
I cannot say enough about how gifted Khaled Hosseini is. We live in a world where most of us are satisfyingly sheltered from the poverty, injustice, inhumane treatment and devastation that others endure. It is a toss-up which book I liked better: Kite Runner or Suns... but if you have read Kite Runner I would say that A Thousand Splendid Suns is a must-read. If you haven't read Kite Runner, do so and then move on to Suns. The narrator does a fabulous job speaking in both languages and drawing you into the Afghanistan world. I love books that stimulate me, educate me and move me. I await Mr. Hosseini's next novel anxiously.
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