I love these stories (If I Stay and even more so, Where She Went) and I am so glad Ms Forman wrote this sequel; I only wish it was longer...
I cannot wait for Audible to get more of Gayle Forman's books.
I am heartened that the next book in this series has a different narrator...
This narrator has real pronunciation issues, e.g., the word "school" which is used A LOT in this book, is pronounced "sk-oooo-uuul" instead of just "skool" and "towel" is "tow-uuul" and "while" is "why-uuul"...
Even worse is that the main character is from Texas and, accordingly, says "y'all" frequently. This narrator sound like she is from somewhere like Baltimore - which doesn't really fit. All the "y'all"s seem forced and out of place.
This book is not for everyone. Do not read this book because you love Steve Martin. He's not in the book. His comedy is not in the book. No character in the book is based on him. The characters are compelling and the story is a fascinating, nicely-paced tribute to NYC folklore, with just enough truth to make it believable. If you are a genuine Art snob, you may find the name dropping and background information tedious -- but if you are a curious person who has either lived in New York or likes (maybe not loves) Art, you will enjoy this book. I put off reading this book for a long time - somewhat deterred by the reviews - but I am sorry I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and am continually impressed by the wide range of Steve Martin's talents.
This was my first Chuck Palahniuk book. Because I love Fight Club (the movie), I assumed I'd love Chuck's writing -- but I don't. It's overtly graphic, unnecessarily disgusting and so flipping repetitive. The story line is pointlessly meandering and almost impossible to follow. I found this book boring and tedious, seemingly written for shock value alone and not for entertainment. Admittedly, the book has moments of genius but they are so few and far between that it's not worth the slog to get to them.
If it were not for the amazing cast of narrators, I would have given up on it.
I hate to slag a narrator. It's a lot of work to read an entire book, make the characters have personality and make it appeal to the masses - but this narrator is just not right for this book. Her gasping for air every few seconds and heavy smoker's raspy voice do not suit the vivaciousness of spunky Stephanie Plum.
This is my first Janet Evanovich book - she's a good, quirky writer but I could not stand to listen to another read by this narrator.
If it weren't for the music between chapters, I might give this book 5 stars overall. The music, which is at the end of every chapter and then repeated again at the beginning of every chapter is by far the most annoying music I have encountered in an audio book. It has nothing to do with the story and is entirely unnecessary. I generally don't like music between chapters but have never hated it so much....
The book, however, is great - it follows several fairly stereotypical characters in L.A. and has both extremely harsh and tender moments. Frey writes in an almost stream of consciousness manner which serves to portray each character's thoughts intimately.
It's not as dark as A Million Little Pieces but it's not a cheery piece of fiction (Frey is careful to point out that this work is FICTION, to avoid flack from the critics).
It's read by Ben Foster, the actor in 3:10 to Yuma and the Messenger and he does an amazing job of capturing Frey's characters.
I really wanted to love this book but the repeated cruelty to the animals and women made it impossible for me to do so. The story is sad, despite the "happy" ending - the characters are lost and forlorn, with no real hope for a better life. I am not deterred by a tragic story but for some reason, I thought this book was going to be uplifting, and it's not. That being said, it is extremely well written, with incredible imagery. I will look forward to reading others of Sara Gruen's books - she has a magical grasp of language.
I'm relatively new to audio books but I'm finding they're a good way to pass the time during my commute into work. This book is very well read and such an engrossing story. I am so glad I am listening instead of reading - I'm only on chapter 9 of The Help and I've become so absorbed that I've missed my bus stop twice already!
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