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!
Had never heard of this author before and got the book on a daily deal or some kind of special offer. Am I glad I did!! What a delightful, profound, funny listen. I couldn't stop listening and when I did, found myself thinking about what the book had to say. Am looking forward to reading other things by this author. And the narrator......what a great job of various accents and getting just the right timing to things. Excellent all around.
The Clifton Chronicles just keep getting better!!! Just when I think there can't be any more twists or turns, they they are! Another interesting addition to a well-written series. If you liked the last ones, absolutely read this one.
I love Bryce Courtney and really enjoyed Books 1 and 2 of this trilogy. Book 3 was not so enjoyable but I stuck with it because well, it's Courtney! Way too much war during the second 1/2 and too many questions at the end.
This was on the best sellers lists for so long I figured I'd give it a go. I finished, thank goodness, and wished I hadn't bothered. Yes the story was well written and there were many thoughtful passages. Yet overall, this was a very grim story of an abused and neglected young man. There is no happy ending here. You just listen and listen and listen and wonder why the main character didn't just jump off a bridge.
The narrator does a fine job and I thought initially this would be an interesting listen. It's just too hard to follow. Maybe I haven't paid close enough attention. Still, I felt lost as I went from chapter to chapter. Just not enough substance to hold my interest.
I didn't know what to expect with this book and am so glad I decided to give it a listen. This will be one of those books that I will think back on. The characters were so beautifully described both in what they said and did. And the author didn't lay it all out in order. The book switched back and forth which added sweet mystery to the lives of the characters. This is a really good book and I do hope the author keeps up his good work. The narrator also did an excellent job.
I tried, really, to get into this book. Felt I hadn't been paying attention so rewound to beginning after an hour in. Many reviewers suggested things perk up in the middle. Maybe so but I have more to do with my time. This was just too slow and tedious.
By the time I made it to the end of this book, I realized there was a very important message. But getting to that point was, at times, torturous. I've generally made it a point in my life to avoid the types of women characterized in this book......mostly stay at home moms who are obsessed with themselves and their children and who are quick to pass judgment on any women who are not of their ilk. I nearly didn't finish the book. While the narrator did an excellent job, she was too excellent!!! She brought these complaining women to life! However, this is a very clever book and I ended up listening for the conclusion. The book redeemed itself. Not sure I'd recommend it. Again, these women, save for Jane, were just too full of themselves.
Such a wonderfully written book. I tend to listen to mysteries or high drama and was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed this story. The descriptions of both the characters and the land made the story come alive. In a time when most things are so 'in your face' the time spent listening to My Antonia was like a mini vacation. So glad for the opportunity to hear a sweet American classic. And the reader was excellent.
I love Jack Reacher!! I don't care how corny the plot may be or how predictable the outcome, I am totally entertained by the Reacher books! Dick Hill is his usual excellent self. Go for it!!
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