The book was clear and well-written, but if she was writing for education experts, it was not scholarly enough - not enough number crunching or tangible outcomes. If she was writing for the lay person, say, with a couple of kids in public school, there was not enough interest and too few entertaining anecdotes. If she was writing for rich people, who can pay for the very best education for their kids and had spaces saved in preppy daycare from the moment their home-pregnancy stick turned colors (which seems to be the group she aimed the closest to), there was not nearly enough specificity. She does suggest visiting the classrooms and watching the children rather than reading the bulletin boards, but that seems a pretty vague outcome for all the studies she was quoting.
There is no real ending. The disappointment was that the "answer" to educating your children (or "our" children) well, is sort of a shot in the dark - pay some attention, but not too much attention; some things work in some societies but not in others. It comes down to choosing a lesser of evils. That's sad.
I have rarely understood the complaints people have about readers but this one was truly awful. Every character had a whining plaintive tone no matter what was going on.
I am a HUGE Blackstock fan, but in this series she is mystifying me a bit. Usually Blackstock has us all cheering for the "good guys." In this case, there are sort of set up, inherently evil characters, and the main good guy is a kid who is continuously sefl-centered, disobedient (not as in didn't-do-the-dishes, but as in gets-off-the-plane-his-mom-puts-him-on) and obstinate to the point that by this second book the reader knows that the very minute his mother says that it's really important that he does something, we can count on the fact that he will do something completely different. BUT he is not the one on drugs, so we're supposed to say "hurray for him."
Therefore I have to say, well written and keeps moving in Blackstock style, but a sort of different moral backdrop than I usually expect from her.
Since I'm certain that Rushdie is an amazing author, I will suppose that my taste is what is at fault here. It was tedious, random, had many difficult to remember names of characters and places, and was not unlike listening to a friend's demented grandfather ramble on (and on and on) about places and events you've never heard of.
I wish I'd read more of the comments about whining before I ordered this book. The pleading, grating, wheedling whine is incessant. If I didn't already love Terri Blackstock I might never listen to another one of her books. Ms. de Cuir interprets every emotion as a whine - fear, questioning, prayer, demands. And everyone whines - children, sisters, police officers, doctors, nurses. I actually think I like the story just fine. It has a good balance of suspense and plot turns, but keeps Blackstock's emphasis on faith and the power of people changing and choosing well. I still have half an hour to go and I'm not sure I can stand another 30 minutes of high pitched whines. I can't believe someone editing didn't stop Ms. de Cuir and ask her to dredge up ANY other voice.
The story moved along at a pace which is about my cup of tea. I thought more of the mysteries were going to tie together than they did, but...if I want that I guess I should write a book. It was easy to follow and distracting enough for the commute to work and back. The reader was very unusual. Ms Gilbert has perfect diction, I mean, when she read the line, "I liked to go there," you could clearly hear both the 'd' in 'liked' and the 't' in 'to' separately. She doesn't seemed strained at the level of perfection. But one character was read as continuously anxious. Every line of the character was worried and fearful and nervous. I supposed there was a slight difference between scared and terrified, but it got very old for me - like listening to a whiny child - because it was a main character. I suppose that if Sandra Bullock hyperventilating for 2 straight hours in the movie Gravity didn't bother you, then this won't either. It just diminished my enjoyment of the book a bit.
This is a great book for commuting. The story moves forward quickly. There are few characters to keep track of and the voicing is very clear for each one. It is not great literature, but it's sort of what I like when I'm decompressing from work on a busy drive home.
I love Terri Blackstock books in general. Every time I start a new one, I think "Well, you know she always gets you hooked in the first chapter," so I immediately begin to try to guess what she will use this time. Once again, I thought I had it all figured out, at least down to a "one or the other" sort of guess, but she did something I never thought of. I think is particularly challenging when she writes as an openly Christian author. You sort of know you're not going to have evil win, or soft porn love scenes, or gruesome death throes - and yet I was captivated by how she kept the characters moving as real, believable human beings. One of my favorite Audibles so far.
MIddle of the road. Distracting enough for the commute, but too depressing and too anxious to prove to us how awful life is for me to recommend to anyone else.
I almost never listen to a book again, so that's not a fair way to assess the book's qualities
The details that the author retained of his time on the boat and as a POW are stark and brilliant.
Getting the full circle of what happened to the main prison guard was gratifying.
Cry. I work at the V.A. hospital as an RN and the guys so rarely speak very much of their time other than in vary vague generalities. It took a patient and generous spirit for the author to believe it would make a difference if he shared himself.
Hmm, no I would not listen again because the story drove the listening and now, well, I know the story. But I loved the dog angle. Just because it's a "fun" read, and not a great literary work, doesn't mean it wasn't a great distraction for long commutes.
It's perfectly "enjoyable." Just not deep, but I knew that going in.
The performances were actually really great - even to the mimicking of one another's sub-characters. So, if Tatiana sounded one way as interpreted by Cassandra, she sounded similar as interpreted by Dan. Good trick. There are actually several places where editing failed and the same line was read over again. Not the readers' faults though.
Well, I kind of loved that it was not a TV show about outlandish lesbian sex fiends. The sex on the show is pretty over the top, both in its desperation and in its execution. (And I'm a lesbian with a perfectly normal sex drive.) The book was much clearer about the longing for human contact - both emotional and physical, but not necessarily or primarily sexual. The very realism of the book drew me in.
Her insights into the needs and fulfillment that most of us, at least most of us reading this book in our mainstream society, take for granted every day. Her descriptions of the loss of power she felt were sometimes overwhelming in their simplicity.
The reader was great. She had just the right touch of upper class accent in her voice to be absolutely believable reading in the first person. A touch of "ah" sound in any short "a" words and so on. Fluent, clear. Good reader.
I'm not good at avoiding spoilers, so I would have a hard time answering that. But I love Larry.
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