It's good to hear stories not riddled with profanities. Recommended for
This is a compilation of short essays and anecdotes by a variety of women. About half were amusing, others were interesting and pleasant, and some were just one-liners. Think: Chicken Soup stories without the tears. The performance was okay. The different segments could have been more clearly defined - they were captioned immediately after the preceding segment with the author's name stated with out of place enthusiasm - but then again, that's when you knew there was a change. It wasn't bad, just not up to the hype/anticipation.
I have read other Iris Johansen stories and really liked them. I was very disappointed with this one though - the story was silly (the ghost element) and contrived. None of the characters were likable, even the ones I was supposed to like.
The reader did not impress me. The one person with an accent was lovely. The children were okay. The male voices sounded grimaced and anquished.
Unlike some other reviewers, I didn't quit, but I frequently wondered; "Is it over yet?" I don't often review, but this book cannot be recommended.
I have to agree with the review titled "bait & switch" - the book was mostly about Jane Foster with the Childs a footnote to the story. After the first chapter, which tells of Mr. Child's summons to the HUAC inquest, the other references to the Childs seem to be in the "Gee I better mention them since their name is in the title" realm of thought. There was a little on their courtship, and inclusion of the Childs marriage was an afterthought. "Oh yeah, they got married a few years before.." The rest was pretty much Jane Jane Jane, which didn't seem necessary, since apparently Jane wrote her own darn book before she died. Egad!
Ms. Maxwell's performance was okay and pleasant to listen to, so I did stick with it - all the while hoping the story would come back around to fulfill the promise of the title.
I've had other books that I've not liked, but this is the first audible book that I've felt cheated with. For that reason, I would say "Buyer Beware!" before recommending it. Anyway... there are plenty of books that I have loved and will love, so I'm moving on.
Amazing characterizations. Too many to choose from. I gave Mr, Pariseau a standing ovation at the end.. okay.. I just applauded as I was driving in my car.. but the performance is ovation-worthy.
I 've read this book and its predecessor, Winds of War, several times. Listening brought new life to the characters and made them even more endearing than ever. Recent experiences, including a trip to Washington's Holocaust museum and learning about a relative's Naval service in the Pacific, brought the story even closer to my heart. A very good read...
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