I remember Annie Dillard from Pilgrim at Tinker's Creek and hoped this book with give me as much joy as as that one did. I lasted till 1/2 way through the second download and couldn't bear another minute of it. There are too many characters, too many odd names, too many generations and too many stories to tackle in one book. Although the years sped by in this book, the story did not. Nothing ever seemed to be resolved and there was not much to keep my interested. I am obviously among the few who did not enjoy this book. I gave it a go and figure my time is more valuable than being able to say I finished this!
There was a cloud over the entire book. It was depressing in most aspects and seemed to go from one tragedy to the next. The narration was excellent and the story had relevance - especially with the recent news but still, a downer.
If you're looking for edge of your seat, action packed suspense, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for a beautifully told story, check out this book. The characters hold their own and each adds to the tale of a man and his son during the 50's in Montana. The ending is perfect - you get just enough information to satisfy any questions yet enough leeway to wonder. The reader does an excellent job. Wow! I loved this book!
Why I listened as long as I did is my fault!! I should have thrown in the towel on the first download and saved myself a lot of aggravation. There are so many characters in this book and such a long span of time that it became nearly impossible to keep track of the details. And the details I did retain we meaningless. There little of any emotion in this book - a little misery, a little self-satisfaction but very little else. None of the characters stood out from the others. This is a long, dreary, dull book.
I'm not a weepy person yet I shed tears at the end of this sweet book. No action here, no who dun it - simply a great story with characters I will think about for time to come. The author did a great job as did the readers. Very thought provoking and well worth the credit.
I tend to listen to anything by Baldacci. This one is definitely not one of his best. Very predictable and sophomoric. If you are a Baldacci fan, give this one a miss. Not worth the credit. I gave it 3 stars only because it is Baldacci and hope he does better on his next book.
Grisham does it again!! I had no clue what to expect from this book yet the more I listened, the more I was pulled into the story. This is not a book with a lot of action and cliff hangers - no espionage, gun fights or love scenes. Rather it is the story of a court battle that is extremely well written. It left me wondering right up to the final chapter. An excellent read/listen.
How nice to be able to listen to the wonderful narration of Lisette Lecat telling the tale of another phase of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency! Always a pleasure to slow down a bit and continue the story of Precious, Grace and their families. If you've read others in this series, you certainly won't be disappointed with this one.
I've read other things by this author and was so looking forward to this one. I couldn't seem to get into it. About mid-way through the second download, I called it quits - which I rarely do. I had a difficult time following the names, the background and the story in general. Too bad....I had wanted to like it.
Another Reacher hit. I can see a follow-up here with two of the characters, hope so anyway! My only complaint (shared by someone else who listened to this) was that mid-way during the second download there were several characters introduced. We kept getting them mixed up and confused mainly due to there rather difficult names. Glad I stuck with it (I almost didn't) because things wrapped up nicely.
I could probably pick this book apart but am such a Lee Child/Dick Hill/Jack Reacher fan that I have a sort of unconditional love of the series. Give this one a go.
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