The author is just brilliant, amazing humor, great story telling, takes you inside the "dirty" side of Wall St but with an unpretentious tone that is so needed.
Archer's story is about survival after a horrendous fate when he was 7, that cost him his voice and left him under the care of a scatterbrained uncle. Archer was a loner, until the day Bree came into his life and changed everything. They started off with an awkward friendship that evolved into passion and later into love. The book invoked many emotions, from sympathy, to distress and joy. Props for the emotional aspect.
The story was a bit overdone however and difficult to believe into. Archer's transformation towards understanding Bree was very believable but then he takes off and comes back (spoiler alert!) in a suite and ready to run the whole town? Now that is a HEA. Well, it kept me turning the page, so there is that!
Norman's throaty wet voice completely ruined this for me. It was unbearable to listen to.
Comments for the book- excluding narration:
What a beautiful, understated prose style that was! The words brought every scene into focus, like a movie progressing right in front of my eyes. Many of the book's characters were extremely likable, like sweet Alma that is always right (!), the boy that loved Charlie so much, the old twin ladies and of course Charlie. So what give the book only 3.5 stars? Because of a couple of things. There were many pages of introspection from the narrator, who you dont know who it is until the very end. Those passages made no sense and would have been better off cut. The book left loose ends, like where did Charlie and his money came from? Why did he run away? We never find out. As for the climax of the story... I felt very unprepared for it. Surprise is one thing. But there were no indications that would have lead us to believe what Charlie did. Especially in front of Sam, traumatizing him for life. The one thing to take away is the beautiful prose that transported to you seamlessly into that era, that town, that life... even for a little while.
Don and Rosie are expecting a child. They moved to NYC and starting a new life there. However, everything starts to fall apart as the pregnancy is a surprise to Don and he takes time, in his own way, to process the event. His struggle to arouse an emotional response to the unborn child is pushing him and Rosie apart. Don takes extraordinary steps to become involved in the process. He learns everything about obstetrics, pregnancy prep, giving birth, breastfeeding, etc. He does however hide these from Rosie how becomes detached with his behavior (not wanting to touch the belly- Don doesn't see the point in his way of mind). It seems that the whole problem is lack of communication, rather than a real problem in my view. Yes is not emotional, but he does care. Rosie is distant and cruel. Sorry but I couldn't stand her. I think we just had too little information on what she was thinking and how she was reacting throughout this, to understand her POV.
It did feel over the top. Don did not need to solve 5 people's life-altering problems to make a point that he is a caring person.
You still love Don. A little more, perhaps. The stars go to him.
I am a big LK fan and was very surprised in how much I disliked this book.
The story is about a young Russian Aristocratic lady that gets sentenced to death for a crime she did not commit. She escapes to England where she ends up as a governess for a wealthy man's 14 year old child.
My main issue was with the male lead. The man, Lord Stokehurst, is widowed and has lost one arm, in a heroic attempt to save his late wife. That made his, of course, stronger and more detached, which I accepted. However, throughout the book, he was shown as heartless, unfair, manipulative and flat out constantly aroused. The worst thing of all, Anastasia's age, 18, (which you could tell she was this young from her actions), was too close for comfort to his daugther's age. I kept telling Anastasia to run as far away from him as possible. She didn't and he seduced her before they were even married. Sorry. I really didn't feel this one.
Lisa Kleypas' later work (e.g. The Hathaways) is far superior to this early book.
I would certainly try another audiobook from this duo. Molly Harper's witty sense of humor is too good to pass and Amanda delivers it seamlessly.
The book is about a group of young professionals who try to restore a haunted house. There were two interlinked stories about two couples-to-be, which I think detracted from what should have been a Nina & Deacon story. The story of the ghosts was somewhat convoluted too, which made this not as an easy read as typical for the author.
LOL moments, check. Romance without exaggerated feelings, Check. I will return to her vampire series.
If the author cut the last third of the book, this would have been a much better experience. The trial was just over-stretched, to the point that it really didn't matter what happened next, since the author showed an irreconcilable chasm between the heroines. Thus, the very last paragraph of the book did not make sense at all for me. It was not believable.
The constant whispering was making it difficult to hear the dialogue when outside.
I would really want to learn about Ian a bit more. I feel like there was so much more to his character that we didn't see. He almost acted as a secondary character.
Judith is a beautiful young English woman who has grown up with a verbally abusive uncle and indifferent mother. She stays loyal to her childhood friend who married in the Highlands and goes to her when she is about to give birth. She meets Ian McClean on the way, and throws him off with her sweet, tender manner yet strength to speak up and do the right thing, that he stands no chance :). The plot had many developments to keep you entertained until the very end. It was funny and sweet. My main issue with the story was that everything turned out too good to be true, in all respects, which took away the believability of the story.
I wanted to like this book because as soon as you start reading you see its beautiful prose and a plot that throws you into a murdered body and the male and female leads stranded in a cottage for the night. However, the story's pace decelerates and stays flat until the very end. I am also sorry to say but I KNEW who the murderer is from the time he first appeared in the book. The hints were so obvious that it completely ruined the suspense.
No. The narration was completely over the top.
This was another emotional roller coaster. Claire make another life-altering decision to leave her grown up daughter behind, albeit at the good hands of the Reverend's nephew and passes through the stones yet again to find Jamie, after discovering that he did not die at Culloden. The re-union is not what you would expect as Jamie's life in the past 20 years is slowly uncovered and their deepest fears and uncertainties are brought to life. Through their travels they get to know each other yet again and accept the consequences of their actions. This book has a great many new characters and transports you to places unknown.
Diana Gabaldon has easily landed on my top 3 authors of all time.
The very first chapter of the book was extremely emotional for me. Diana, as always, did a phenomenal job describing the pain, nostalgia, heart-ache and all these soul wrenching emotions Claire was going through, even after 20 years from their separation.
I found the structure of the book a bit unorthodox. The first part was very emotional but anchored you to the reality of the situation. Then the story continues with Claire and Jamie's adventure in Paris, trying to stop the rising from happening. Knowing the end, or thinking that you knew detracted part of the suspense. Having said that, the story telling was mesmerizing and their love stronger than the page before. Simply fantastic series.
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