I finished this book pretty quickly, and enjoyed the listen. I predicted the "surprise" ending fairly early, but it didn't take away from the fact that I liked the characters and the story quite nicely held my interest. Mr. Sparks must be quite a gentle and sincere man, and I loved how he dedicated the book to his wife, who lost both her parents recently. I recommend this book.
The World According to Garp was one of my favorite books back in the 80's. I loved the characters and Irving's sense of humor when dealing with serious issues. I had not read A Prayer for Owen Meany, so I decided to buy it. What a treat! The characters are amazingly crazy, and Owen Meany is a special guy in more than one way. The descriptions of childhood memories, such as a Christmas play, had me laughing out loud and chuckling later. I think Irving's indulgence in railing against the Reagan administration unfortunately made the book more dated in its outlook and a bit annoying, but it did not take away from my overall love for the total book. He tied things together well at the end, and actually ended up more balanced than I feared earlier in the book. Also, Joe Barrett did an absolutely amazing job on the reading, authentically portraying a New England accent. I am amazed that he could make his voice move around to do the different characters, particularly Owen Meany. Now I think I will revisit T.S. Garp!
This book was fantastic. I loved the narrator, who did an amazing job with the words. Addiction hits so many of our families, and David Sheff spoke well to the pain and the way it can envelope your life.
This was nicely written and narrated. I needed a good escape for some real life stress, and this one hit the spot.
I listened to this book before I heard Mr. Robison speak at a conference. He speaks as he writes--very authentic, sometimes with humor, and committed to explaining the disorder from his own viewpoint. I enjoyed the stories he recounted in the book, even though some of them were filled with troubling experiences. He does not feel sorry for himself, but we can use some of his experiences to understand people who may view the world in a similar way.
I don't recall reading the book before, but the movie was always a favorite. I enjoyed so much more detail and some of the differences with the movie. It is very racist, which made me sad, but is realistic to the time, and all of the characters had many facets. The narrator has a very pleasant voice and a realistic accent.
I loved this book. I have been a dog lover my whole life, and IMHO the author has done a wonderful job of guessing what a dog might be thinking. There were sad parts, but it was wonderfully counter balanced with joyful parts. For some reason I avoided listening to this for a while, but I am so happy I did!
I enjoy Jodi Picoult's writing, and The Pact was another one that held my interest well. The name of the book is very misleading as to what it is about, but that was fine, and it was more interesting how it all evolved than being about some "pact" as we have read about in the news. I also like that she uses Jordan McAfee as the attorney in her books, although I have read books with him not in order. Regardless, I like to see his character come back. The premise of this young couple's relationship over the years is disturbing in a number of ways, but is interesting to ponder how the positives and negatives might happen.
This book has stood the test of time, and it was well read by Scott Brick. I read it many years ago, but was well worth listening to it again. Capote did a great job evaluating this horrible crime from a number of viewpoints and aspects.
I used to read a lot of Stephen King back in my college days in the '70's, and I forget how raw and depressing it was. I realize that he wrote this under his pen name, but it still seemed pretty much like the old King novels. This novel is a bit dated at this point, but I am glad I gave it a listen through a special promotion on Audible. I found the movie on my computer through Xfinity, so I will probably watch that. I may have seen it years ago--Joe Mantegna is in the film.
I didn't mind the ending of the book. It fit with the mood of the novel.
I noticed this book on the Audible site for a while (it was one recommended for me due to my past purchases), and decided to try it. I am so glad I did, because I very much enjoyed it. It is, as others have stated, sad. I think the reality of that era is that life was hard, there was minimal health care and little attention to child welfare of rich or poor. I liked the way the story was told from the perspective of two different women--very different from one another in some ways, but tied to each other emotionally. I have not read much on the indentured servitude of those days, and that was quite interesting, I also liked the examination of what it means to belong to a family.
I recommend you give this book a try!
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