I would absolutely recommend this book. When I picked it up it was because I absolutely loved the movie. This book starts out telling the listener it is not a depiction of the movie, but it's better. The reader is drawn through the history of the event. You are shown how this one event was felt throughout the United States and the world. Your eyes are opened to what you knew, but forgot. One example was that the decision in favor of the African's of the Amistad was a landmark decision that would have been completely unexpected by the people of the time. We know it was a struggle, but through this narration we can feel it as well.
I don't think there is another book out there that I would compare to this book. It is an original work that brings a historical event to life for us.
My favorite is at the very end of the book. When the missionaries take the African's home and learn that the changes they see in the returning African's is not a rejection of what they learned, but that they could never really be expected to reject their own heritage.
That the writer of the "Star Spangled Banner" was pro-slavery and a prosecuting attorney. Somehow it seems that someone so completely pro-freedom should have understood the need to be free. The fact that he prosecuted individuals seeking that freedom and often sought the death penalty for these individuals was more than a little disappointing.
If history was presented this way to our children there would be less chance of them forgetting the lessons of the past.
I would try more books narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, but no to Robert McCammon. I seriously hope to avoid any more of his work.
There were rave reviews on this book, and I can see why. In the first half of the book we are introduced to well developed and exciting characters on a mission. There are mysteries to solve, a damsel in distress, bad guys galore, and common individuals that are like most real people, both good and bad.
On the other hand, McCammon seems to have a predilection for abnormal sexual practices. For example, the descriptions of Rachel's supposed sex scenes with Satan, or the guy who prefers to have sex with his mare (yes I do mean his horse). I don't know if this was his attempt to titillate his readers, but I've seen a lot of negative responses to the sexual preoccupation of this book. I can't say I was forced into indignation, but at the same time I was repulsed. We all know there are examples of such doings, but really, is that what we signed up for when we purchased this book?
This author does seem to have an obsession with the penis. There are many descriptions, inferences, and innuendoes that I doubt very seriously would have been in use in 1699. As a time piece the preoccupation with sex in the puritanical early America's seemed out of place and completely unnecessary.
Ballerini does a stellar job at differentiating characters with tone, accent, and pauses.
Maybe, but unlikely. Not just because I wasn't crazy about the book either. I almost never watch t.v. and I manage to make it to the movies less than once a year.
The mystery was interesting if convoluted. The main characters were well developed and interesting. The story line, well, I've already covered enough of that to justify my rating.
Would I recommend this book? No, not really.
This books drags so long and so much that it is exhausting to listen to it.
Possibly. Memory and Dreams was a bit of a dragger too, but the story line was interesting enough to keep me plodding through. Not so with Moonheart.
Yes. You can hear the different characters with change of pitch, tone, and appropriate pauses
None. I found it impossible to stay interested enough to even remember the names of the characters, let alone have a reaction to them.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It was completely engaging. The character's are relatable. The story line is interesting. The different perspectives are fun. I could go on and on.
M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense. I think this is a book based on the movie rather than the other way around, but it's still the book most like this one.
I have not heard any of the narrators' other performances. I would listen to them again though.
Yes. I loved when Jenna finally talks to her mother.
I read a lot of negative reviews of this book on Goodreads, and honestly, I just don't get it. I can't see how having multiple view points that all converge at a given place and event can't be pulled together enough for readers to follow the flow of the book. I guess to each his own, but I would encourage anyone who enjoyed other Picoult books to give this one a try.
Justice was served in the end. All the details aren't wrapped up with a bow, and the reader walks away knowing the road to recovery will be long for this family, but it was the best possible result.
I think the most memorable was Matt Baker when convicted and his mother shared a tight smile at the reception of the verdict. It was as if they were saying: "This isn't the end of this."
A tale this sad doesn't really promote a favorite scene. The best I can do for this one is say that the best was when Kari's parents gained custody of her daughters with the plan of doing everything possible to get them the help they will need to recover.
I did listen to this all in one sitting, driving, walking, working.
If it weren't for Kari's parents, she would have seen no justice. Kudo's to them for having the courage to keep pushing for an answer.
I loved seeing what was going to happen to Conner, Lev, and Risa. After finishing the first book I had to wait for a book credit to get this second installment of this series. It was completely worth it.
I like Luke Daniels. He is a good narrator. He portrays the material in a way that seems as though he is interested. There is nothing worse than a narrator who is bored with the book. He has appropriate reactions that allow the listener to hear the voices, punctuation, emotion, and spirit of the story.
This book is part young adult, part thriller, part dystology, part romance, part drama, with a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure. I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed, "Hunger Games," "Rogue," "Angelfall," or "Divergent."
I love all of the H. G. Wells stories. I have always liked his work. I hated the narration. I read some mixed reviews and wanted to give it a try.
You could hear the different characters by the change of pitch and appropriate pauses.
No. They are perfect stand alone editions.
Witty, Exciting, Interesting
I can't think of any other stories like this one. It is written from the point of view of a victim that escaped her abductor. But when I was listening to it I did sometimes think of "My Story" by Elizabeth Smart. The only similarities are that the creeps that abducted them raped them repeatedly and meant to keep them as life partners.
I'm not sure I can say it's exactly a favorite scene, that's the wrong word. But the scene that had the most impact **** spoiler alert **** was when Annie defends herself against her abductor and saves herself.
Lost is Not Forgotten
This book had a lot of bends in the current. It's exciting. I completely recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, thrillers, or drama.
Great Suspense Listen
Okay, call me predictable, but I like Detective Broom. He is relentless, a characteristic I admire. He is intelligent, a quality I require in anyone I'm going to spend time with. He makes mistakes, but plods on without letting the mistakes take away from his core being. I like that too.
I LOVE Scott Brick performances. He is my ideal reader for a suspense novel. Brick brings characters to life, he reads individual voices, he stays interested in the book, and he knows how to read punctuation. He's a fantastic narrator.
This is a book I did listen to all in one sitting with breaks only for a couple of phone calls, and reading time with my daughter where I am the narrator.
I am up and down on Harlan Coben. I have really loved this story which has well developed characters and an intense, moving plot. It has encouraged me to try more from Coben.
I listened to this story with my daughter and drew parallels between this book and the Harry Potter series.
Abby begins to feel her own self worth
The end of the book when Abby is able to ignore the slights by a girl in school who had tried her best to make Abby feel she is not good enough to be at Cragbridge Hall
We did listen all in one sitting.
I mentioned parallels to the Harry Potter series. The stories are not much alike, but there are some similarities. There are three main child characters. The children are sent away to a school to develop their abilities. They solve a mystery and save the day through investigating and resolving to resolve the problems. Finally it becomes a situation that jeopardizes not just these children but the world as we know it and the kids are responsible for saving our world.
Maybe. Elissa Wall tells her story, and it is moving and powerful. The reader/listener is bound to feel empathy for her. Unfortunately, I do not think that the book paints a fair picture of some of the other victims in this book., It is because of the one sidedness that I do not know that I would recommend this book. Elissa Walls was a child, deserved to be protected, she was a victim, but she is not the only victim in this story. The two main perpetrators of these crimes were Warren Jeffs and her step father Frank. For Jeffs, justice is served. I don't think the step father got his justice.
Clarrissa Jeffs! She found her strength, escaped, and made a life for herself.
She reads at a good pace, good breathing and pausing where appropriate. She conveys voices.
I didn't really learn anything new from this book. I've listened to two other autobiography/memoir stories from this same group and from the same time period. Each person is depicting the same stories from different points of view.
I would like to hear Allan Steel's side of this story. Elissa portrays him as a child rapist, but he was a 19 year old boy trying to adhere to the guidance of his religion the same way Elissa was. I realize by our laws he was the adult and she was the child, but because of their isolation, is that really true? I don't think so. I think he was as much coerced as she was, does that make him equally guilty to the men who forced the marriage on them both? What young man wants to marry a girl who insists she hates him? Well, that's just me wanting to know what is unknown in the telling of this story.
I wish Elissa good luck now that she has the option to make her own life the way the rest of us can. I wish her hope, happiness, and most of all healing from the harm done.
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