It is easy to forget how talented Stephen King is based on (most) of the movies made of his books. IT is layer upon layer of an expertly woven story. Each of the characters is fully fleshed out with back story that weaves back and forth with current day. An excellent audiobook not only has a compelling story, but also a good reader. Steven Webber's style feels effortless. I was really impressed with his different voices and energy level.
I like Alan Cumming well enough but wasn't too sure I wanted to delve into a book about his horrific childhood. When the book went on sale I took a leap of faith and bought it. I am so glad I did! Yes, his childhood was horrific in many ways but the book is not depressing or sad. It is filled with gladness, tenderness and hope. I laughed out loud and teared up several times but came away feeling a sense of joy. Alan's narration was perfect as well. Not all authors should read but he is talented enough to do both perfectly.
When my daughter was young and still into all things "princess", she had this title on her shelf. We never read it at the time and I think it was probably because I was so burnt out on princess stories. Many years later, this book showed up on one of the girl empowerment feeds I read so I decided to give it a go and I am so glad I did!
The story is one of family love, tradition, the power of education, friendship, and making life affirming changes within that framework. I truly enjoyed the story and loved the full cast performances.
You will read lots of reviews slamming the music between chapters. It was odd at first but very quickly became part of the story.
I have now read the second book and am getting ready to read the third. So far, the series has moved along and kept my attention even though at at 51 I am not the target audience. The stories are clever and feel timely.
As a huge fan of THE PROGRAM, I was so excited when this short book was announced. It is set after the 2nd book, THE TREATMENT and picks up right where that book left off.
One of my favorite things about this series is that the characters are well rounded. They are typical teens/young adults with flaws and missteps. The story was very satisfying and well worth the listen. It made me want to go back and revisit the series.
Kirby Heyborne does a good job with the narration after the first 10 minutes or so which is how long it takes for him to find his pacing. He also mispronounces the name Asa as Ah-za which bugged me, but for the most part he was good.
Sadly, the waiting begins again for the "prequel" of sorts THE REMEDY.
I remember when Corey Feldman was the hottest ticket in town. Then he disappeared, or so I thought. In this book he tells his many interesting stories of being famous and being infamous. What I didn't expect was how thoughtful he seemed and how much he has been misjudged all these years. There are stories of his relationship with Michael Jackson, his abuse at the hands of his mother and his downward spiral. Well worth the credit.
The true story is simple: a girl goes missing in Japan. Then it gets strange. If it were a novel, no one would believe the twists and turns. I learned so much about Japan and why young girls are drawn there. One of the best true crime books I have ever read.
When I was a kid I saw ROCKY and was surprised that I liked it so much even though it was about boxing. But it turns out it wasn't really about boxing. The same can be said about this book which is about racing but not really. It was so interesting to read a book from the dog's point of view but it made me think so much. I did make good use of my hanky on this one.
I don't remember why I chose this book, but I am glad I did. The story is a bit weird at first but weird becomes normal very fast. It is a little unbelievable, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
I don't know why I resisted this book for so long, but once I got it I couldn't stop listening. Kate Rudd does a beautiful job reading this surprisingly upbeat story. I laughed and cried and then cried some more. As soon as I finished listening I started at the beginning and listened again. It was that good.
I had heard one of the stories on This American Life which I enjoyed enough to get the book. Some of the stories are stronger than others but after I got used to the style I really enjoyed the book. Worth the credit.
Yes, I will admit that I am a closet Tori Spelling fan--she is so funny and insightful. I've listened to her other books and always loved the way she relates her stories even if they don't paint her in the best light. This book was especially interesting in light of her current woes.
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