I downloaded the book before our summer vacation to one of the parks, so it was timely. A collection of National Park "slices of life" from a Ranger's perspective. Gives the reader a good look at not only "a day in the life" of a ranger, but also a broader insight into the career of a ranger. I liked it.
As I watched my six year old granddaughter listen and laugh to Junie B's antics for the first time, I realized how timeless this character is, and how she grabs the attention of children and adults alike.
This little hyperactive kindergartener has entertained our family for two generations. Junie B. is an original, and always will be.
It's hard to review a book when the reviewer knows he is not of the same opinion as the majority.
This novel has almost everything...a talented author, great narration, and a solid story line that is true to the era that has inspired the story. It is a love story that has been praised by the vast majority of readers who experienced it.
This book wore me out. The darkness was overbearing and outweighed the novel itself. The few glimpses of happiness and joy we feel with the protagonist are not often enough or deep enough to make up for the persistent pain and the emptiness that the characters experience on a daily basis. For that reason, the novel lost a star.
I have always been sensitive to the horror of those times, and finished this selection out of respect for that decade(s). Would have liked to experience a little more of the light they couldn't see.
Ole is 59, and is a grump and hopeless cynic. He hates Volvos and loves his SAAB. He is thrilled by road signs that spell out rules, and doesn't hesitate to point them out to anyone who is even thinking about breaking them. His outer shell like ice... until a pregnant "foreigner" and a half-frozen cat become his neighbors.
This guy is hilarious. From page one, you will either be laughing or shaking your head throughout the novel. I read this book first and liked it, but using a credit to listen to it was a good move. The narration of Newbern truly brings Ole to life, and the book went from good to great for me. Much of the humor is lost without narration.
It is an excellent listen.. the kind that makes you wish you were in a book club so you could discuss the novel and laugh with other readers about Ole'a outlook on life and people, and his un-neighborly neighborhood antics.
Don't miss out on this one!
As with 11-22-63, Stephen King continues to prove he is the indisputable master of more than just horror.
Stephen King has that magical talent of connecting with the reader in every short story and every novel he writes, whether it is through fear, fantasy, nostalgia, or character development. This novel is no different. Is it bloody monster horror? No. But the novel owns a significant amount of horror in it's own right.
"Revival" is an epic novel in the sense that we grow with our protagonist from childhood to old age, and know him well. It is certainly a horror novel in many respects, and the reader is definitely immersed in the supernatural as well as the scientific.
The publisher's summary is poor, and doesn't prepare the reader for either the story line or the massive dose of good vs. evil that they will encounter. It is best to just count on Stephen King's track record, and read the book.
I think this is one of King's very best, and as I have admitted before, I am an extremely picky reader. The narration and tone are authentic and true for the many decades the story covers. I didn't want to put the book down, and really, isn't that the true determination of a 5-Star selection?
I read an Alice Hoffman years ago, and wasn't interested in continuing our brief reader/writer relationship. I read another Hoffman novel 10 years later, and saw a little bit of light shining from underneath her door. In " The Museum Of Extroidinary Things," Alice Hoffman emerges further out of the chic-lit basement and writes an intersting storyline that kept my attention, and with a decidedly more sophisticated plot. Any drama the reader experiences in this novel is written purposefully, and with no over-the-top emotion. Good for Alice Hoffman.
Sadly, however, it serems it is difficult for Chic-Lit authors to break out of their genre. Ms. Hoffman doesn't abandon Chic-Lit readers in this novel, but she does venture out here. If this novel had been her first published, I am not certain it would have been classified as Chic-Lit.
It's odd that a reader is allowed to widen their scope of interests and broaden their experiences with different genres, but readers don't allow Chic-Lit authors to do the same.
I think you will enjoy this selection if you like mysteries, the field of magic or bizarre, and historical perspectives. Give it a try.
This is a short novel about a woman whose significant other commits suicide, and the seclusion, depression, and slow healing that occurs afterward.
But just as you are beginning to feel such empathy for this woman, along come her wild relatives who totally invade her space. These people have spent a lot of time riding the crazy train. They are so socially inappropriate, they are hilarious. They have no respect for death or anyone suffering from loss.
Yet, somehow, these quirky people help begin the healing process for this broken woman who is so lost and in such pain.
The narration could have been better.
Sad, funny, and socially inappropriate. I liked it.
"By The Light Of The Moon" is one of Dean Koontz's best, and is a example of what he can deliver when he is on top of his game.
Mr. Koontz provides the reader with his usual edge-of-your seat suspense. But in this novel, he takes you on a mysterious scientific adventure, and a little less of a supernatural one.
You will meet and come to know each character well, and will be right there with them on this adventure.
Stephen Lang has become one of my favorite narrators, and was a great choice for this novel.
This is a great novel if you want to experience Dean Koontz at his best.
There is no doubt that Nicholas Sparks has a huge reader fan base, and has maintained it throughout his literary career. I have not been one of those fans.
In "True Believer," Sparks clearly steps out of his normal style that produces "awws" and tears, and writes a strong novel. The love story is still there, but the female protagonist is strong and independent, and has not had a life that could be a soap opera.
True Believer has a supernatural focus, and based on the audible reviews, I thought maybe it would work for me. I was surprised that it kept my attention..I didn't do much except sit on my butt and listen until I heard the "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program."
"True Believer" gave me a glimpse of what those fans of Sparks already have seen, and I was glad for the experience.
"Blue Heaven" was my first Audible listen in 2011. Fortunately, it was a great experience for me, and I have read almost all of CJ Box's novels since that time.
I came back to write this review now, because of all of his novels, this one was my favorite. Box is a fantastic writer, and I have liked all of his books. But this one is the most down to earth, and I believe the one that best captures that natural surroundings of the American West.
John Bedford Lloyd, who is in my top 3 narrator list, deserves a large part of the credit. His narration nails the "cowboy" and "rancher" roles.
If you passsed this one by, go back and listen. It will be worth your time.
"Where There's Smoke" is an situational expansion in the life of Serenity, a proferssional psychic that you meet in the novel "Leaving Time" by Jodi Picoult.
You can read it before or after the novel.. there are no spoilers, and this story can stand alone. Reading it after might be the best choice, only because the character Serenity is very strong in the novel, and you will enjoy knowing her in entirety prior to reading this short story.
Whether you read it before or after, don't cheat yourself by missing the novel. It would be my nomination for Audible's book of the year in fiction. Until reading "Leaving Time," if anyone had ever told me that I would have said that about one of Jodi Picoult's novels, I would have said they were crazy.
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