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Having Stephanie read it herself. It felt like I was listening to a fellow,knitter and friend.
Haven't listened to or read any other books by her. Only her blog.
I laughed a bit and smirked a lot, thinking, "yep, I get that," or " oh yeah, I've done that!"
It was a short, fun listen, especially since I was knitting a particularly simple sock and could stop to laugh and chuckle to myself.
Burr was my favorite character, but Lena, with all her flaws, was right up there. Actually, the character development throughout the book was quite remarkable and not something seen that often in "chick lit." I especially liked the final insights into Aunt Flo, with all her fears of losing those she loves.
The ending. But I can't say more without a spoiler.
I like her rendition of southern accents and how they were slightly different for different characters. Too often Southern accents are exaggerated and obnoxious.
This is the third or fourth book by Joshilyn Jackson that I've listened to, and I continue to be grateful that I discovered the first one in audio form. For me, I think that if I'd read the first book instead of listening to it, I would not have enjoyed it as much or gone on to listen to more. Some books are better to hear than to read.
I would only recommend this or any James Lee Burke book to a friend if I knew they enjoyed compelling, darkly moving undertones to a somewhat formulaic good guys/bad guys living in a world of shadowy gray. Friends who like neatly told crime stories with clearly identifiable good guys may not like Burke. I know it took e several earlier novels to reach the point where I can be fully engaged.
The plot was somewhat predictable and a little slow at times. I wanted to speed it up to get to the next action, but really didn't mind the time spent in descriptive and analytic musing by Dave, especially.
Will makes the characters all come alive in a way that would be devastatingly missing if I had read the book. He made Clint and Gretchen, in particular, very vividly alive.
Absolutely since it was written by James Watson himself and I imagined it was his voice narrating. It made the history that was happening while I was in high school come alive again in 2014! I've always been fascinated by genetics and especially the discovery of DNA and the double helix. I majored in English and majored in biology because of this discovery. Finding this book so many years later was a gift.
Many moments, but I especially enjoyed the thinking process facilitated by the walks around the campus and cities. As important as the research itself.
The voices resonated and I imagined I was listening to James Watson himself telling the story.
It did elicit a few smiles, as well as a few groans at the blatant sexism expressed. But I appreciated the honesty of the telling of the way it really was in the world of scientific research then. I was glad to hear Watson sort of apologize for his comments about Rosie in the epilogue.
Great listen and well worth my time and money. I usually listen to fiction, but am very glad I decided to step outside that comfort zone.
I almost always finish a book, no matter how much I may dislike it, but this one simply became intolerably repulsive. And I like Karin Slaughter! Was she in a deep depression when she wrote these stories? The first story was interesting and had a nice twisted ending and I was telling a friend I sort of liked the book...but then I had to take that back. The second story was twisted and unpleasant and the thIrd was positively gruesome. And the main character in the fourth was a selfish, totally unlikeable you-know-what. I started to listen to the last story and after five minutes tossed in the towel.
I'm now listening to Julian Barnes "A Sense of an Ending." Not my usual type of book, but it might be a welcome change. I'm also reading the third book in the Divergent trilogy. I am a rather eclectic reader... My next listen after Barnes will be Creole Belle or Still Foolin' Em.
Yes, the narration was fine. Not her fault the plots and character were so awful.
All of them!
I will stick to Karin Slaughter's mainstream novels, and will read reviews carefully before buying!!
I love John Grisham, but this book just didn't feel like he wrote it. Maybe it was just too too different. Of corse I will read other books by Grisham.
It was ok as written, just not what I was expecting from Grisham.
I can't say I didn't enjoy this book, just that I wouldn't rush out to buy another one like it by Grisham. I'll stick to his legal thrillers.
This was my first vampire novel -- I started "The Vampire Lestat" but never finished it -- and I was quite surprised to find I was looking forward to listening to it each day. It was engaging, not compelling.
I thought I'd find the vampire deaths ghoulish, but they just seemed peripheral, probably because the whole idea of vampires is so unreal. I guess what I liked best was the playful tone of the book, and the strong, irreverent Sookie. She was a hoot!
The narration fit well with the overall comic tone of the book.
Not really. I spaced it over a few days. It wasn't compelling, just a bit of comic, fun relief to enjoy while cooking or knitting in front of the fire on a wintry evening.
I'm probably not going to become an ardent fan of vampire novels, but I might try another sometime, especially if it's offered as a daily deal. I think the "fun" vampire novels could grow on me.
The narration was superb. The voice of Belle was particularly realistic. Thee characters of Mama, Papa, and Belle were also quite solid and well developed. I had a harder time with Lavinia, whose naive and unrealistic view of life was difficult to believe.
Belle and ben's deep, continuing relationship and Belle's growing fondness for and friendship with Lucy. They made the best of the life they had despite the horrid environment.
Some of the childhood scenes with Lavinia, Beattie, and Fanny.
No! I had to take breaks after difficult scenes, especially when I knew something I wouldn't like was going to happen.
This was a love-hate book. I would listen for an hour and l live it, and then then I'd cringe when I listened to the next few chapters.
Yes, absolutely. It is important to hear the nuances of voice when dealing with dogs.
Maggie, of course, but Scott was very well developed. I have a rescued, emotionally damaged dog who has strange reactions and actions, so I really appreciated Maggie's viewpoint.
Excellent narration and voice distinction.
This book was an unexpected pleasure, a gift to myself during the Christmas season.
Probably in a few years. It's an enduring book, but not one I return to year after year.
This is hard to narrow down since I've read the book so many times before. The narration made them all memorable...
This is a classic and I can't say much of anything that hasn't already been said over and over again!
Nothing and everything! Jake Gyllenhaal is a superb narrator who completely "got" Gatsby. Can't think of a narrator who could have been more right for this.
Thank you, Audible, for making this classic available at a reasonable cost. Since I've read it several times before, I could not justify paying full price since there are so many other books to listen to that are new to me. As a daily deal, it was a "must buy" and I'm very grateful to have it in my audiobook collection as well as my dwindling "real" book collection -- since I'm only buying and keeping audiobooks and books as I downsize my life...
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