Chris moves to solitary NC with his recently divorced alcoholic mother in the beginning of his junior year of High school. He quickly realizes all is not kosher in the backwoods town. The town is ruled and manipulated by and overbearing thug type character who in turn is ultimately ruled by a creepy old man being kept alive by evil supernatural circumstances.
Through the series Chris begins to see that it is no accident he and his mom, who grew up in solitary , Moved back to town. There is a battle over Chris soul and to continue solitary's place as a gateway for evil to enter the world. Chris is an unlikely hero, the best kind...He never knows where to turn and who to trust. People around him betray him, others are threatened and even killed. In this series he goes through a spiritual transformation that helps in his battle against evil forces.
I went through all four books in a row. At first I was not sure about the narration but by the end of the first book I thought Heyborne was perfect for the voice of Chris.
. I am an adult an this is a series based on the last two years of high school for a teenage boy. However there is enough meat for adults and Chris goes through some very adult struggles during his journey.
I very much appreciated the sarcasm in times of trouble that went through Chris' mind. And some of the just funny scenes...Chris getting his license for one.
This series is creepy, spooky and intensely scary all while being funny, a little sappy and spiritual.
The religious theme is throughout the series but in my opinion is never hokey. I thought the author did a great job in using secular themes such as songs and song lyrics and also spiritual themes, especially verses from the Bible that were completely appropriate to the circumstances. Psalms for comfort in times of fear and trouble and Words from Paul about putting on the full armor of God to face an epic spiritual battle.
There are great characters in this book: the creepy pastor, the geeky friend, all the girls Chris gets involved with some more likable than others, the high school bully, the ever smoking unlikely friend "Brick" who shows up when needed most, the strange and troubled Aunt, The Jittery Alcoholic Uncle, The old lady who may be an angel, The hound from hell and the wolves...to name a few.
The only criticisms I have, The author basically made every Girl and woman in the series "hot" and made many weight comments that I done think teenagers need to dwell on anymore than they already do. Also as an adult the many loves of Chris and how quickly he fell "in love" was a pill hard to swallow...sometimes I was like come on enough already.
But all in all I would recommend this series to anyone 15 to 100, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will now explore other Thrasher novels.
This one builds slowly but is just as good as all the other 3 pines books. I will miss the characters while waiting for the next one !
This may be my favorite Gamache book yet, maybe because the secondary mystery thread that has been weaved since the beginning finally unravels to a satisfying conclusion. Also the characters are like old friends now, and in this one we see how Gamache and Beauvoir are really a part of the three pines community.
A good story,a decent mystery, interestingly flawed characters. Though one of those stories where everything/ everyone is too conveniently intertwined . But still a solid non- annoying listen.
This is a good mystery, there were a few moments of implausibility but over all there was a good building of the back story, This is a back & forth in time story from when the main character is young ( late high school/early college) to when he is an adult and life has hit him pretty hard. A mystery from his youth resurfaces and now he is determined to solve the mystery that has effected his life for so long. There is a neat side story through his job as a prosecutor that was almost better then the main plot.
I liked the premise of the story & the side court room story ; the journey did get a little far fetched at times and the ending was a little implausible. I did not like "the girl" sideline, she could have just stayed in the past and the story would have been better.
Scott Brick, who I have liked in the past, was completely over dramatic, it was annoying at times and too melodramatic.
I did enjoy the story enough to look for more Coben books to read, hoping Scott Brick does not narrate them all.
I don't know why I am surprised when I listen to a classic and its good, A Light in August does not disappoint. While the story is really good its the writing that's amazing...The phrases were simply but beautifully written. I did have re-listen a few times to keep the premise but I was working while listening and tend to lose track.
Will Patton is amazing! I listened to him narrate Alas! Babylon and now this. I believe his is my new favorite narrator.
I will be reading to more of William Faulkner now.
It took me a while to get into this book but its worth sticking with! It is a very descriptive story of the south that spans generations of the Howland family. Long story short... a wealthy white land owner secretly marries a black woman in ( I believe in the 60's) but they publically have children together. Until the marriage was found out no one had a problem with the relationship but after the marriage is discovered it has unfortunate ramifications for the family both black and white. But that is not the whole story, the most important theme is women who will sacrifice there own hearts desire to protect and better their children and their home. This story combines a sweet blind love story with a contrasting story of marriage of convenience. It is lovely and heart-breaking but also satisfying at the end.
This book may be good to YA's but for me, not so much. I like fantasies... Game of thrones, WoT, Neil Gaiman etc... The characters were just not built up enough. The main character had a life long vendetta against the bad ass epic that killed his father but got sidetracked by things like cool guns, motorcycles and a pretty girl. I really did not care about the main characters and therefore did not really care if any died. In fact I may kill a few characters off myself in my mind tonight.
The " world" of newcago was not built up enough to imagine it. There are made up curse words that are annoying such as " slontz" and " calamity" . . Perhaps the most annoying thing in this book is the use of metaphors that don't work but are supposed to be cute/funny. I can assure you they are neither cute or funny . Also there are little annoyances such as in this dystopian world of darkness and steel there is little attention paid to daily life, what things cost, what is the currency etc...at a loss for why this book is getting such good ratings.
I really enjoyed this book, there is a lot of time spent on character development so when something happens to the character you are invested in that person. I think of this story like stand by me with sci-fi/ horror. It is not very fast paced, but that is due to the character development in the story which adds the richness to the book. An interesting story, a great narrator and a good ending combine to make this book very credit worthy!
This book is the worst narrated audiobook I have ever listened to. The narrator used very bizarre voices for many of the characters , I almost could not listen to her.
The premise of the story is good and its nice that sixteen year olds are not the main characters in this dystopian story...for once. I am curious to see what happens next but I fear that the story is heading in a hopeless direction. I hope I am proven wrong in that assumption. I am very glad the next installment is read by someone else!
First of all George Guidall could read the dictionary and have me entranced for hours! But I also enjoyed this story more than I thought I would... it contains a bit of fantasy, with a little history of New York's lower east side with a splash of the middle east. It is a story that shows supernatural creatures in very real life human dilemmas as well as fantastical dilemmas and at the same time weaves in the human characters every day struggles and interactions. All the while dealing with the subjects of morality and religion.
I had never heard of a Golem but it is a creature of Jewish folklore. Of course we all have expectations of what a Jinni is but they are not realized in this story. This story makes you believe that it is indeed possible that we are living along side mythical creatures in our everyday lives! It is sort of a fairy tale for adults a little along the lines of Neil Gaiman's Stardust if not a bit more melancholy but If you enjoyed that I believe you will also enjoy this story.
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