No Chance. I will read it again, but listen, no way. I purchased this book because it is written regarding the trial of Anthony, and I have never really understood how she was found not guilty. This is something I was truly looking forward to listening to in order to get answers. Unfortunately Eastman reads this book with no interest. In fact the way he reads this reminds me of how I read text books in high school. In other words, he reads with no inflection, no change in tone to indicate a change in speakers, and as quickly as possible to enunciate his words.
It is difficult to stay connected to the story because the reader invites you to let your attention wander. The next thing you know you have no idea who is speaking because there is absolutely no change in his voice between when he is explaining court procedure and when he is reading out the testimony of a witness.
I considered the idea that he was trying to keep from inferring any personal feelings. I considered he might have been trying to convey the dryness of a court room proceeding. No matter what excuses I make for the exceptionally poor narration of this book the bottom line is that I think the book might be great. Unfortunately I am finding it impossible to follow what's going on because the narrator gives no voice to the story.
Perhaps Helter Skelter would be a good comparison. Like this book it is focused primarily on the trial and the proceedings. Fortunately the narrator in that case was very good.
Having already described this at length above I will just say he reads as though he is not interested in the story.
How to Get Away With Murder for Dummies.
I've listened to 2/3 of the book. I still can't believe they didn't find her guilty. Perhaps there is a shocking surprise in the last 1/3 that will change my mind. Perhaps in the mind numbing narration I missed something that would have caused me to find her not guilty. At this point in the book the pathologist is explaining the duct tape around the babies mouth and nose region. I'm still wondering how in the world these people established reasonable doubt in their minds...
The characters were completely relatable. I was hooked in the first 20 minutes of the story, and stayed engaged all the way to the end, no internal secret desire to skip a few chapters. That I have to admit is how I sometimes do the equivalent of skimming an audio book that has gotten a little tedious. With "Unwind" I wanted to know everything that happened.
The concept for this book is completely unique, at least, I have never read anything quite like it. It combines a futuristic society with today's political issues regarding "the right to life." It shows how extreme opinions could force a compromise, and where science could take us in the future. It was exciting from beginning to end.
In the beginning I liked Risa best. She was tough, no-nonsense, logical, sensible, and sensitive. In the middle I liked Conner best. During the story he made the most personal growth. I like Lev somewhere after he recognized his betrayal of Conner and Risa, because he had the greatest growth in awareness.
Compromise is not always the answer.
This book was intense and exciting. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed "The Hunger Games." It is a good family read, safe to enjoy with your children in the room, but exciting enough to entertain you even if they are not.
The original BFFs
D'Artagnan is heartbroken when his lady love dies. The Musketeers, D'Artagnan, and the Count D'Winter go after the murderer of D'Artagnan's mistress. At that point Athos reveals the Countess D'Winter as his wife. D'Artagnan had already known, but the other Musketeers did not.
Persistence. A book of this length, despite how busy it is can be a bit daunting when you work for a living. By listening while driving my long daily commutes I managed to listen in 2 days. It was wonderful.
Many moments in this book made me chuckle. A few moments made me groan in sympathy or exasperation. I can't say it exactly moved me the way one classically think of being moved. This book is not really meant to draw out an emotional outpouring.
If you enjoyed the movies but have never taken time to read this book, I highly recommend this experience. The listen is every bit a good.... better than the movies. You see it all, because some of course you've seen before. The rest is easy to imagine, Dumas is an artist that way.
Maybe. I give most readers at least one "I didn't like it" story. After all, even my favorite authors have written at least one book I didn't love.
No. A single story cannot be held up as an example of an entire genre.
I can't think of one.
The books conclusion created the only reaction I had to this book. I do not wish to offer a spoiler, but I can say that the conclusion was not predictable. That scene made me feel sad.
This book has been on my "to read" list for 5-6 months. It is the story of Lily, a young woman in the United States in the late 19th century. She is poor, her parents passed away, and is a financial burden on her family. Her goal is to marry a man with some wealth to relieve her financial situation. There are several men that find their way into her story. There is Lawrence, he loves her, but is to poor to be an acceptable choice. Then there is Simon, a social climber that wants to trade his fortune for Lily's social status. In addition to the choice between love and money in this pair there is also Gus. Gus is a married man who finds himself in lust with Lily and has manipulated her into taking money from him so that he could later claim an obligation. Finally there is George, who appears to be a friend.
With the main characters laid before you I can say that none of these characters appealed to me. I could forge no connection with any of the characters. This would be why the highest rating I could give the book was "Okay."
Lovely, Sweet, Fun
I cannot think of a similar book to The Woodcutter. There may be other books like this one, but it is not a genre I read or listen to often enough to have a comparison.
I have no other Sara Coomes performances. I can say this about her performance: 1. You can hear the different voices of the characters. 2. She is engaged in the story and reads it as if she is telling a story. 3. She reads at a perfect pace for what is happening in the story. 4. I will definitely purchase books with her narration in the future.
Yes. It was a fun listen.
This is a story that weaves elements of all of the classic fairy tales together through the evolvement of the protagonist "The Woodcutter." Even a few classic nursery rhymes are included. So of course you see, Snow White, and Aurora, but you also see Jack from the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, and even the characters from "Three Billie Goats Gruff." It was wonderfully entertaining.
I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a relapse into childhood adventure from time to time.
I would further recommend this story to anyone who has a dark book list. Now and then, something a little uplifting is a good thing.
I have no idea. I'm sure there are people who would like it, I just don't know who they would be.
I can't say there is much in the way of historical information that should classify this as historical fiction. There seem to be some explicit sex scenes, but I don't think that really lets this book really be a romance novel. It's not sci-fi, or thriller, or mystery.
Well, I don't think there is a book that could turn me off of historical fiction. This book is also listed under romance, and there are few romance novels I do enjoy.
The narrators are the only part of the novel I like.
None. That's the problem. I have no investment other than 6 hours of my time.
I seem to remember this book being a big deal at some point. It was a deal of the day either with Audible or Amazon, I'm not sure which and I recognized the title. I'm about half way through and have yet to find anything about this book that would have deserved the publicity it received. The story seems to be the recollections of a retired man, not unlike "The Green Mile." He is retelling the story of his life. All I want to know now is, what was the point? It seems as if it is the rambling memoirs of an average person who happened to work for the circus. The sexually explicit portions of the book are more explicit than the story warrants and add nothing to the value of the story. I rarely opt out of a book. Once I start a story I like to see where it will end. But I don't think I can do it this time.
In the top 25.
This story moves through more than one story. There is the main story of David which is intensely interesting. Then there is the story of his son Stewart's quest to know more about his father. Both stories keep the reader involved in the story.
Hermann is engaged in the story he is reading. A narrator that is interested in the book conveys feeling behind the reading.
Yes, I would have gladly listened all in one sitting. It was not possible for me to do, but I would have liked to do so.
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who likes mystery, legal thriller, historical fiction, or just a good story.
Heartache, Courage, Inspiration.
The most memorable moment in this story for me was the prosecuting attorney Kelly breaks up when he sees the extent of damage done to Sanford at the chicken ranch. As the narrator chokes out the words, portraying the emotion of Mr. Kelly it is impossible not to feel the level of hurt emotionally and physically of young Sanford. It is equally impossible not to feel the incredible compassion of Mr. Kelly. I am grateful for the narrator recognizing the need to relay this to the listener.
Mr. Flacco is of course the author of this book. As a result he understands how to convey the feelings of the individuals involved.
I did listen all in one sitting. Yes. The book is engaging, moving, horrifying and uplifting.
This is not simply a true crime novel written in a "just the facts ma'am" style. Although I find many of those interesting as well. This book is written with the focus on the victim more than a focus on the criminal. This book is not one for the squeamish. I would recommend this book but advise readers that the emotions exposed are raw.
Enjoyable may not be the right word. This book was educational. It was moving. It was tragic. It was excitement. It was joy. It was hope.
What was enjoyable was the conclusion of the book as the story wraps up with a knowledge of survival not just of body but mind and spirit.
I have never read anything like this. It creates a sense of anxiety and suspense like "The Da Vinci Code." It does not have the same sense of intrigue, and unfortunately you can not put it down thinking, it's just a story.
There is the same sense of intensity from "Defending Jacob." This story does not have the whiplash ending, but then, it wouldn't have been a heartwarming story if it did.
There is a sense of relief like you might have at the end of a fairy tale. Sadly, we know this is not a fairy tale. Though the bad witch (Hitler) is dead, the psychological damage to the survivors of Auschwitz could never have been wiped away with a kiss.
So again I say, there is nothing I've ever read that was really like this. I highly recommend the experience.
***Spoiler*** My favorite scene is of course the ending when we find our main character Jacob married to the woman he fell in love with in the midst of such tragedy.
This book made me laugh sometimes. It made me cry more often. It is impossible for anyone with empathy not to respond to this book.
The reality of Auschwitz is beginning to be denied. People are forgetting the past. Children are not being taught about these travesties against humanity. We as global citizens are conformists. We must also remember to be vigilant and develop the fortitude to stand against moral wrongs.
I hope this book becomes a best seller. I hope this book is read by millions of young adults. I hope that this book reminds us of where we never want to be again.
Yes, but it would be the kindle version. The story is incredibly interesting. The narration is so bad I would never tell anyone to purchase it.
None of the characters are really developed well enough for me to relate to them except maybe CJ, so I would go with her.
No Way! She reads in a voice that sounds a great deal like a bad Humphrey Boggart impression. Her sentences almost always throw the emphasis on the last word making the book read like riding a horse with a choppy gait.
Yes. But I never can. I always have to go to bed before it is finished.
Despite the horrible narration I couldn't turn the story off. It draws you in early and keeps you there.
I will listen to this book again. I read this book for the first time when I was 12. I read it again with my son when he was 12, and again with my daughter last year when she turned 12. I was delighted when it became available as an audiobook. It is a classic whose meaning never loses value.
There are many very memorable moments.
1. We will remember Scout's first day of school.
2. We will remember Dill's appearance at the fence.
3. We will remember the rumors about "Boo Radley."
4. We will remember the trial of Tom Robinson.
5. We will remember the painful verdict.
6. We will remember the attack on the Jim and Scout.
7. We will remember Atticus's belief that Jim killed Mr. Ewell.
8. We will remember Scout's dawning recognition of the beauty in her childhood boogie man.
It is a truly amazing story.
One of my favorite moments was when Scout and Jim find the carved figures of themselves. Another favorite scene was the introduction of Dill. He bursts into the story with the energy of a jumping bean. He leads Jim and Scout where they otherwise might not have gone, and remind us of the bonds of friendship that only really exist in childhood.
Yes... But unfortunately I had to get to sleep. So it had to be done in 2 parts.
This is probably my favorite required read from my childhood. It's unfortunate that this book is no longer taught in English classes across this country. It speaks directly to the issue of racism and the deep injustice of it. It reminds us that our children are not born with this hatred, it is learned.
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