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!
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!!
This is not a prize winning book - it's simply a good story. Flowers can do no wrong in my book so I'm probably a bit biased. There were some interesting twists and turns which made the book worth the time spent listening. Really like the ending!!
This is a good classic listen/read. Lots of good descriptions of the way westward and life during the early to mid-1800's. The characters were well developed and came to grow on me. Overall, I enjoyed the story but the ending was just that - an ending as if the author just stopped writing.
I can't say this is not a decent listen. It has good characters, a tight plot and good twists and turns. But Baldacci seems to be taking the route of James Patterson and others who just seem to pump out books. It's as if they use a central theme, change the characters and go for it. There are so many many many details in this book and they just go on an on and of course, they all come to a 'logical' perfect conclusion. Again, not saying this isn't a good story - I just feel like I knew the ending having read all of Baldacci's other books. Only 3 stars and truly, I think I'll give the next Baldacci a pass.
Not a terrible story, just very childish and predictable. More of a story for an older teen than for someone who enjoys a more complicated, intriguing read.
I would have preferred to read this book. The narrator, as noted by many others, was beyond awful. The story could have been shortened in half. I've read other Greg Illes books and they are beginning to all run together. This one has interesting twists and turns and the ending (when it finally comes) is well done. Only 3 stars......
So sorry to have to write a negative review for a John Grisham book but this one is really a dud. Had this been written in the early 80's when we were just finding out the evils of the coal industry it may have been more interesting. As it goes, this book has been told many times by many writers. The coal companies are scum bags who have and continue to ruin the mountains of VA, WV and KY along with other states. So what's new about that?? And the narrator doesn't do a very effective job. Just a bad read/listen.
And BTW, to the reviewer William Crovatt of Tokyo Japan......a 'chick book'.....one the 'ladies would like'.....Hey dude it's 2014. You need to find a real woman!!!!!
I keep hoping for another #1 Women's Detective Agency from McCall Smith. This one isn't anywhere close. It's a nice and sometimes funny story but I wouldn't recommend it nor would I get another in the series. The narrator does a most excellent job - great voice and accent. The ending was just that.....it ended!
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