I loved this book about a polygamist sect in a desert US state. The author did a great job of getting into the characters and show a strong sense of love of family, teen anxt and righteous indignation. It is one of the most disturbing YA books I have read recently. The reader was perfect--strong emotion in all the right places. At the end of the last disk, the author gives a great interview. Highly recommended.
This book was just the book I needed to teach me about the harmful effects of eating so much sugar. It has helped me look at what I am eating and evaluate the efficacy of my choices. Because of it, I have made many life-time changes to benefit my health. If I could I would have rated it 3.5. There was some rambling and could have been a few hours shorter. The reader did a fine job. It was worth the read.
I have listened to this book over the last few days as I was planning and executing my 60th birthday party. My daughter said at this age I don't need inspirational books. So wrong! We all do at all ages. It reminded me that I am unique and precious, that I can reach life-long goals I've procrastinated and that I AM a badass! Read it!
If you are familiar with Carr's work, this fits in. It is a sweet love story with likable characters. It is the only book of Carr's that was a love story, only, with no plot. It is still worth the purchase just to see the town and characters progress.
I loved this book! I listened to it every possible second over the Christmas holiday, and as soon as I finished, I started again. Within the first 30 minutes of the exposition, the story unfolds a murder. The rest of the story has you chasing the trail to the murderer. Great, plus a good plot kick in the last 30 minutes. Sometimes Nora gets a little graphic in her love scenes, this time it was just teasing references. She does talk a lot about drinking--a celebration, new friend, tiring day, party... Either way, one of the best!
Loved this book with the different handicapped characters on the farm and their love and devotion to people who care for them. Laugh-out-loud-funny and sweet!
Painfully real and detailed look at living with a disturbed kidnapper.. A surprise and shocking ending. Great book that lingers in the mind days after the last page is turned.
I loved this book from the beginning to the end. It spoke to me; I don't know why. I loved roaming around the African savanna and picturing the wild elephants and other creatures and learning about the many issues of a conservationist. The story was told with love and sensitivity and many small tales of the people and the animals woven in.
The reader was perfect. I could picture him as the conservationist, himself, in khakis and a white savanna hat. HIs accents and tone where perfect.
It was a touching tale that brought me to tears when it was completed--a unique experience for me. Highly recommended!
I am surprised about some of the low reviews. I read this many years ago, recommended it to my book club and it flew amongst its members. We LOVED it! Listening was even better. As usually Picoult does an excellent job of exploring a subject from many angles. I felt this was a more enjoyable read that some of her other heart-renching explorations.
Both narrators were good, but I didn't see a reason for 2 narrators. It didn't seem necessary or bring anything special to the book. Katie's voice was high pitched and innocent. Appropriate I felt.
I highly recommend this book!
I listened to the whole series back to back, and enjoyed Rhode's homey stories filled with action plus the details of cowboy life. There are some slow parts, but the story jumps from one action scene to another--often with realistic brutality. Gory scenes are short but to the point. No sex, no swearing. Magically, the characters have money and can pay their staff a healthy wage without balancing a budget, like the rest of us. The books are idealistic without the details of quarrels with staff, nit picky daily irritations and marriage quibbles, but I liked them all. I love the financial details of how much things cost in the 1860's and how a business and town grew. The characters all have difficult life problems that they work through. They show kindness to each other and strangers. The crooks and thieves of the era are dealt with quick cowboy justice.
When I first heard the reader, I hated his slow pace. On the second try, I got used to it and was impressed by the range of characters he played. The women weren't perfect, but the men and dumb crooks were great.
All in all, I enjoyed the series and miss my friends. I'd like to check out Cody's house, and sit on the porch and rock while I listen to their stories, watch the mining town process gold and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall.
They don't have a climax--even after 3 books--no climax. Yet, I've read them 2xs and yearned for them again. I love the adventure, characters, the story. Truly gifted writer--just want an ending!! Perfect narrator.
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