I listened to this book with dread in my gut. I knew the outcome; I knew of the tremendous bigottry in the old south; I knew things would get ugly, but I just couldn't put it down. I kept hoping something would be different, that the ending would change. It didn't. But, there was hope in the ending words of Abraham Cross.
Even living in the 21st Century, we still have ignorance and bigottry in our lives, but it has changed in the last 50 years and continues to slowly change with every little step. My kids can't believe that things like this happened in their country, in their parent's lifetime. Having Grandparents from the deep south, I know it was not that long ago when such hatred and violence was considered justified.
The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is that I would have liked a little more insight into the back-stories and motivations of the surrounding characters especially LJ and Elizabeth. Also, I would have liked more closure on certain main characters at the ending: LJ, Elizabeth, Ben's father, Moody, and Luis- the lawyer from Jackson.
I really enjoyed the wit and the characters in this book but I had a hard time listening to this narrators renditions of the characters. They sounded contrived and unrealistic. I really had to make myself keep listening.
The dialogue and wit of the main character is hilarious. With a better narrator it would be even better.
She made the characters sound fake and contrived. Voice did not match emotion or intent of the dialogue and story.
I couldn't get past the endless time in the desert! Ughh. Everyone keeps telling me that it gets better from there, but I couldn't do it.
For anyone who loves running or wonders how so many people from one country can dominate in the world of running, this is a must read.
I did not read the book, but I enjoyed the audible version as read by the author
I love the relationship between Tom Ryan and Atticus - the love, trust and interdependence that allowed Tom Ryan to grow. My favorite scene is when Atticus gets his winter gear - priceless!
His inflections gave the story a true feeling and added to the meaning of the story.
I did listen to it in all one sitting... and have since listened to it again and again! It makes me feel hopeful about man's connection to other animals and the world around him; as well as our ability to accomplish amazing things in the face of tremendous challenges. But most of all, I fell in love with Atticus.
I kept thinking of the saying,
I started listening to Unbroken for my book club, but was captivated by the story. I was afraid it was going to be gruesome and emotionally draining due to the topic, but Linda Hillenbrand makes this an amazing story, that although horrific in many of the events, is told in a way that makes it mesmerizing and hard to put down. Anyone who has an interest in history, world war II or even sports will find this an inspirational story.
Good story - started listening to see if the movie might be interesting and found myself drawn into the characters. I really like it and want to see the movie now.
Can't wait for the next part to come out. Loved the characters being built and the plots. Thought it actually was ok for my middle school kids to listen to/ read also.
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