Middletown, NY, United States | Member Since 2011
I think this could very well be the Great American Novel! A fantastic story that you become absorbed in, become part of, have a stake in...you feel the pain and the joy of Theo and Boris and those who are part of their lives. It is somehow easy to accept their choices even though you know they are wrong because you so deeply understand who they are. All I can say is "Wow!"
This is such a good book. It is engaging and thoroughly enjoyable. It is heart wrenching at times but, also full of hope. At first I was wary - I wasn't sure I liked the narrator, but give him a chance. He brings it together very nicely. When I finished the book, I watched the movie. The movie leaves so much out that is crucial to really connecting with the characters. It is definitely one of those books that leave you feeling like you lost your best friends when it ends.
I am a huge fan of spiritual books, especially ones that deal with subjects such as this one, however, I just didn't buy a lot of what this author was saying. The messages in the book are good ones, but with all the amazing psychically sensitive people in the world, never have I heard one say, nor have a read a book, that claims a relative who crossed over actually spoke to them so clearly that they gave day to day experiences on the Otherside for such a long period of time. Sure, people write about communicating with those who have crossed over, but not as easily as listening to someone standing next to you speak. It made me wonder why she was so special that she was able to continue her relationship with her brother in a way that no one else can. I realize that some people are more sensitive than others, but I just don't believe her story. However, the book was not a total waste, as I said, there are very positive messages and metaphors - which you have probably seen all over Facebook by now.
I had a very hard time getting into this book. I think at first, it was because the Narrator was not as simple to listen to as others. He has an accent and he is not a trained narrator like the ones most other books use. After a while though, I got used to his voice and the accent and it became easier to listen to. For instance, it took me a long time to realize that when he was saying what sounds like "aphons" that he was saying Afghans. Once I got into it, there were a couple of times that his story was so disturbing, I really wasn't sure I wanted to hear it. It is real and these horrors happen in this world, so I suppose I just wanted to continue burying my head in the sand. Ultimately, I am glad I read the book. I certainly have much more understanding of Afghanistan, which in my small mind, didn't even exist before 9/11. I think the book also showed me a different side to the Afghan people, who, although they have a very different culture than people in the West, they were just people living and surviving before the Taliban took over their country.
I purchased this book because I remember people talking about it, but I really didn't know exactly what it was about. I was very surprised that it turned out to be such a wonderful story...I think I expected more of a diary-type story, but it was so much more. Also, knowing so little about pre-WWII Japan, I learned a lot about Japanese culture. It was facsinating to me. I always thought that Geisha's were prostitutes, and although some may still define them as so, they really were artists. After reading the book, I rented the movie to see how they visualized it. It was a little different, but it did help paint pictures for me in the areas that I could not imagine. It is a lovely book!
The book was fun and if you love the Cobbled Court Series, you will love this book as well. It is always fun to visit New Bern with my old friends!
This is a lovely story and I really enjoyed listening to it. Jenna Lamia is one of my favorite narrators and, of course, she did a fantastic job with this book. It is the story of a woman coming of age during times of change. The story is pleasant - very little in the way of violence - which is a refreshing break. Walking through Velva Jean's life with her, in a tiny town off the Blue Ridge Parkway during the Depression was fascinating!
I don't know why I avoided reading this book for so long - it was such a wonderful story! Jenna Lamia is a great narrator and made this read near perfect. It is a heartwarming book that focuses on the relationships between women, with a few men sprinkled in here and there. It is set in South Carolina in the 1960s, and portrays how we all belong to one race - the human race.
This book is two stories in one. It is truly heartwarming, and if you are a history buff like I am, you will enjoy the setting of the two stories - one during the Great Depression/Dust Bowl days and one during World War I in small town Kansas. Read by one of my favorite narrators, I very much enjoyed listening to this story and I highly recommend the book.
What a great book! It took a bit of time to really get into it - there is some confusion as to why the main character is so unhappy, but it all comes together. The best part of the book is the part told by her mother - it is truly fascinating!
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