Frederick Douglass takes you through his life. You experience his thoughts, his feelings, his ache, his need, his trials, his dejection, his fear, and his jubilant success. You cheer when he stands his ground, you sorrow when he sorrows. This book moves the reader.
The most memorable moment for me was in a scene where Douglass stands up to one of the master's refusing to be whipped. The courage that took must have been exceptional.
As could be predicted my favorite scene is Douglass's success in escaping to freedom and sending for his fiancé. Shortly there after they were married in a traditional Christian ceremony, which was not allowed for African American's in the South.
The whole book is moving. If there is one moment that is most striking it is when Douglass is rebuking the cruelty of the Southern view and interpretation of Christianity.
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.
If I knew anyone who liked true crime books I would definitely recommend this book.
Why? I really have always liked books written in the first person. This is rare in true crime books. There are a few, "My Story" by Elizabeth Smart, and "Waiting to Be Heard" by Amanda Knox are a couple examples, but they are almost always written by a third party. This book is written by the step son of one of the two murder victims. He tells the story from the point of view of the family rather than as an impartial bystander. At the same time Keehner is very thorough in his research of the entire story and not just the part that his family was involved in.
I don't think there is another book that would be a fair comparison.
Ahl does a great job portraying the voices in the book. He does a great job in pace, pauses, and breathing. His tone is appropriate and comfortable.
The murderer, Phil Hillman appeared to have beaten the system for the third time and the judge made sure that he would never be a danger to society again by giving him a sentence appropriate to his crimes. I was moved by the relief of the family who feared he may be able to get out and kill again.
There are many reviews of this book praising the writing and style of the author. There are many more that praise the book. I can only say I whole-heartedly agree with them all.
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