I read the first novel, Hopeless, and thought OK. Good narration, good story-line. The only reason I bought the second book was b/c of Kirby Heyborne being the narrator. He absolutely made me LOVE both these books now. The author writing both novels from the point of view of the girl and the guy was genius. We the reader got to be inside both parties' heads and it was obviously different in each book, yet the storyline remained constant. If you every read Gone Girl, (which BTW Kirby also narrated), its on the same lines as that. The story was realistic but sad. Worth the credit to my ears....
I don't know why I absolutely enjoyed this story so much - maybe b/c it brought me back to high-school days or maybe its b/c John Green did such an incredible job making his characters so real, the reader could relate to each and every one. The narrators were both fantastic and actually I searched for more books read by each. This book is a typical John Green novel and it was worth the credit and more. The storyline about a straight and a gay HS boy was genius - and quite honestly, esp today (I would know seeing how my daughter is in show choir and has many gay friends) coming out as a HS boy is tough and JG portrayed it perfectly in his novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson. My Favorite character other than the gay WG, was def. Tiny Cooper!
I looked for a book similar to The Sea of Tranquility and this one kept popping up. Thus I purchased it. While the other portion of this book read by Kirby Heyborne (Losing Hope) maybe better I am just not sure it can top TSOT! It had the same characters in a way so I am happy I did listen to it. If you are looking for a teen love story with a little twist, then this is it.
I think SK did a fabulous job showing how a little boy named Danny Torrence grew up after going thru the Overlook ordeal and working with whatever outcome he had to work with throughout his adult life. That part was realistic, esp AA. The other part of the story just added to SK's imagination and kept us readers interested in mind telepathy as well as ghosts even coming from the old story the Shinning, As SK even admits at the end of his novel, sometimes a sequel (most times) cannot compare to the original, this one came pretty darn close. Worth the credit and more....
This book absolutely stole my heart and my feelings....the author did a fabulous job with going between the main female and male characters. For a debut, Ms. Millay was a natural. While the book itself was nothing like Gone Girl, the set-up was. The reason I even picked this book was b/c of Kirby Heyborne. He is an excellent narrator / actor. Candace Thaxton complimented her role and played it with equal greatness. This book earned every star possible and then some.
I am currently watching the Netflix series of this show & while it does match some of the details from the book, I have found that I enjoyed the book more than the show. Don't get me wrong - I can't wait to watch every episode but its a little different & I'm sure it has to do with ratings. The book was well written & gave explicit details into the life of a women prisoner. Extremely interesting. & well narrated. Worth the credit & if you have Netflix I recommend watching the series as well.
I truly enjoyed listening to this book. Kirby H is one of my favorite narrators & he did not disappoint. The author developed both main characters to the point that in each case I felt an overwhelming need to sympathize with them. The details of their lives were so realistic - it made the book one of my favorites this year. There was no "mystery" or "thriller" - it was just believable regular people with problems one could relate to. Hopefully we see more of Liz Moore in the future.
I enjoyed this book seeing how I am quite familiar with Longboat Key and Ann Maria Island as well as Cortez Rd. I live in MA but my parents live on Longboat Key so it was fascinating listening to this book based on the location. The story itself was a little slow but in the end I was happy to listen to John Slattery (Mad Men actor) throughout the listen. Give the story a chance to get going. Its not a typical SK novel where someone is dead in the 1st chapter....
Overall very realistic, working single Mom who makes up her mind to do the right thing after she investigates the potential that her child may be the one on the missing child post-card. I like the twist at the end which I won't say so I don't give it away but it was worth the credit. Plus Mary Stuart Masterson did a great job with the acting.
The witness is a genius who at a young age witnesses something tragic but from there on in prevails above all - which is why I gave it 3 stars. There was no "wondering" if she would find trouble or be in any trouble....I always felt like she would overcome anything that got in her way which is how the author may have wanted it but I guess after listening to so many Stephen King novels where the characters are faced with adversity and don't live to talk about it I was expecting a little more.
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