Jennifer Holm is an excellent author of childrens literature and the characters and story in this book are charming and believable. I enjoyed the story and the narrator and know my elementary students (and teachers) will enjoy this as well.
Very enjoyable listen. It is a good story and the narration was well done.
Actually I enjoyed James the narrator the most. His insight and personal reflections about his family and their varied lives was realistic.
Overall a very well written. Not too detailed in the "gore" but enough to convey what an autopsy is really like. Dr. Melinek did a nice job describing her work and those she performed autopsies on in a respectful and interesting way. Glad I listened, despite the horrendous narration.
Eby may do well as a narrator for romance novels but for something as serious as this title her style is totally inappropriate. During very serious and dramatic passages she sounded like she was having fun time & not sober or even genuine. This was especially evident during the chapter concerning 9/11. If the story/writing had not been so good I would not have finished the book. Very disappointing. Also Eby's attempt at accents and male voices was truly ridiculous. All her male voices sounded like Simpson or cartoon characters - atrocious.
Yes, this was an interesting story with some well rounded characters. Some the events & characters were predictable but it was still entertaining,
Yes, as an easy read and as long as they are not looking for something deep or socially changing.
This was an enjoyable listen. It was not one of the best I've ever listened to but also not the worst. This is what, as a librarian, I call a gentle read. Yes, there was some sadness but nothing tragic, jarring or detrimental to the overall story. Nice progression of the story with a happy ending.
Bloom used the similar technique of introducing a character, using them for a while in the story & then giving us their life's story & final ending in a quick look forward. She creates the characters with a full life story but can't seem to fit their whole narrative into the novel so she hurriedly "wraps them up" in a quick couple of paragraphs. It makes it look like her editor tells her to cut down the book because it is too long.
It would probably be Gus. He led a very interesting life. Despite all the hardships & injustices he carried on and came out fairly well adjusted.
The narrators did a great job with their characters. I realize this was a radio play and so all the added sound effects made for a different listen from a reading of a book, but those sound effects made it difficult to understand the words. I would have enjoyed being able to understand the words better if some of the sound effects had been toned down.
Fun story to listen to. All the characters did a good job. Just wish the sound effects had been toned down.
Yes - this was a well written, well narrated story with plenty of drama and humor.
I enjoyed the realistic transition of Cora from a small town, uniformed mind to an understanding, worldly person. Her change in attitudes about love, sex, race and people were gradual and as I said realistic.
No, I haven't. I did like her interpretation of Cora (and Louise) and would enjoy hearing her again. Her accents and inflections were right on.
Obviously it was Cora but all the others were important to the story. I did like Mother Kaufman and her love for Cora.
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I did not read any reviews before I started this book; I selected it based on a high recommendation from a fellow librarian. I usually agree with her choices but NOT this one.
I made it through a little over half the book before I finally had to stop.
I am not a prude and really don't mind sex in a book if it is pertinent to the story but the sex in this story became gratuitous. It did nothing to move the story forward. I understand violence either sexual or not can also be necessary to a story but again in this book it really did nothing for the plot.
Also, I prefer books where the female character is intelligent and capable. Sorry but Claire may be a capable nurse but that is about as far as it goes. She continually makes stupid decisions that place her and others in danger. And her acceptance of the beating she receives from the man who proclaims to love her is ridiculous. It is spousal abuse, plain and simple. Not something I care to read about in a romanticized way.
I really tried to give this book a chance, 14 hours of listening, but I just can't waste any more of my time. I looked on Wikipedia to see what happens & really don't want to hear about torture and sexual abuse, in I'm sure very graphic details. After some thought, I'm not sure this book would be the success that it is with all the sexual passages deleted. There really wasn't much historical detail nor time travel to truly carry the story alone.
I did like the narrator and felt sorry that she had to read this book. I hope she was well paid.
Would have given it 4 stars if the ending had been more conclusive. All the trials and tribulations that Weldon & Rosita went through should have had a more decisive ending than just plane crash killing Roy. The epilogue was too vague and I needed more "closure" in events after listening to 13 hours.
It was a good story although it became somewhat tiresome towards the end. I realize it is necessary to tell the story of the Holocaust and that it shouldn't be glossed over but each tiny detail of each painting or sketch described in the story became tedious. I stayed with the book because I did care about what happened to the characters but it became a strain about the last fourth of the book.
I guess but with reservations.
Why is it that some narrators sound like they have just taken a drink of liquid and have not had a chance to swallow? Both narrators sounded slobbery. Plus Suzanne Toren over dramatized most of Lenka's words. Her narration was schmaltzy and got old. I have heard her on other books and didn't mind her in those - in this book I did not care for her interpretation.
Guidall narrated pretty much like he has all the other books I have heard him on. He is okay but not wonderful or insightful of his character.
It won't make my top 10 list or even my top 50 list but it wasn't a waste of time. I did finish it but would not listen to it again.
This book was mesmerizing. The author's use of perfect adjectives and unique metaphors made listening a joy. The 16 hours passed quickly. The narrator's reading of the author's words was excellent.
The story of Marie-Laure, a young blind girl, living in Paris with her father begins right before the Germans invade. It follows their exodus from Paris to the coastal city of Saint-Malo, its eventual siege and her escape. You meet her great-uncle, his housekeeper and other French citizens.
But that is not all of the story. Werner and his younger sister are growing up in an orphanage in a mining town in Germany. Werner's brilliance is rewarded by being sent to a Hitler Youth School.
As these two young people grow up, their lives grow together. And the journey that Doerr takes the reader on is filled with many amazing twists of phrases and words.
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