I went through this whole series, one after another. The third book, while good, was not anywhere near as interesting as the first two. The description of the fight with the Indians with Custer was so vivid, it almost made you sick. I really like the depth of Charles Main's character. On the other end, I felt that few other characters were as developed in this book, as in the others. At times, it felt more like a mish mash of historical facts. Aston was fascinating to watch sink as a result of her own choices. Bent proved to be an interesting character weaving through the books.
All and all, I am glad I read the last book as I would have always wanted to know what happened with each of the characters. But the fact that this book was not to the level of the quality of story telling as the first two was clear. Still an enjoyable read and a must if you have done the first two books.
These books are LONG, but I love that as I have a long commute. The stories wrap you in, and Davina Porter is an excellent narrator. I have learned a great deal of history while following an intriquing story. In this one, the listener will get to know Briana and Roger to a greater depth. I feel like the story of Jamie falls into the background and at times, the story can get a bit longwinded. However, I felt this book was almost setting the stage for the upcoming books. It keeps my attention to the point that I am carrying my phone in my pocket as I do housework with the story on full blast so I can hear it. Thank you for the entertainment! I will be sorry when I finally finish the series.
It is hard to find someone who has not seen the movie, but you don't know Gone with the Wind, until you read the book. There were points where I could see the actors from the movie, and it worked line by line. But more often, I got the story behind the story, more on the thought processes of the characters, and as many have said, so much more on the history of the Civil War, particularly from the southern perspective. What I love is that none of the characters are painted with broad brush strokes as being good or bad; they are all so multi-faceted. Scarlett is a woman way ahead of her time, and could write her own book nowadays on business! This is my favorite of ALL the books I have listened to, and I know I will be listening again. A classic for very good reason. If you have not 'read' this, you are really missing something.
I wanted to like this book, but none of the characters were ever really developed to a level that I could feel for them. I got the book because I really enjoy Scott Brick as a narrator and I have enjoyed some more futuristic novels. However, this one didn't hold my interest well. I found the characters cold and the author did not really make them into three dimensional characters. The best job done on that was with the alcoholic mother. Too bad; interesting theory and interesting possibilities.
First I have to say that I am not a big fan of ghost stories, but I thought I would try this one out. I'm not sure I will again. The story was interesting but just didn't impress me a great deal. We have a ghost chaser who I really did not find as very likeable. Characters are not well-developed. In fact, I felt the ghosts were more developed as characters than the living and in particular, Cree.
But my biggest complaint was Anna Fields as a narrator. She had a fine voice for Cree, the main character (a female), but her voice for the men drove me nuts. It was absolutely terrible and made me want to speed past this part. She does the typical female just lowering her voice to sound like a man, which just took away from the story and your ability to see the male characters as anything real, or feel anything about them. I will not get another book read by this narrator. I did give her two stars because she narrated for the female characters and in particular for the female characters from New Orleans well. She did an exceptional job of picking up the New Orleans twang.
This book started out talking about the abuse a child survived through the foster care system, but I felt was really about a man finding his history and figuring out who he was. There is no arguing that what the author went through was horrific. I am impressed with his resiliency and ability to survive and flourish, based on his background. He can be very proud of that indeed. But at times I felt this book was choppy and that it was really written more as a personal renewal and search for the author. It felt voyeuristic at times. I really didn't like the author's voice as a narrator.
What I will say that I really liked about this book was that it helped me to better understand my foster son's need to find his history. With foster and adopted children, they need their families to honor their past, and help them seek it out. This book is wonderful in helping parents see that this is vital to a child feeling whole, and means nothing about their feelings about their relationship with them.
I love listening to Scott Brick; excellant narrator. This was also a very good book. I figured out why the lead character was being chased long before the end of the book, but I did not figure out all the twists and turns. Lots of character development and details. I really enjoyed this book. I have to say that at the end of it all, Shep was my favorite character.
I have to say that in the first book the narrator really bothered me. in this book, I found her style to be more comfortable. I really liked the fact that the book does go back and forth between then and now. However, it was difficult to see how the two were really tied together. It was almost like reading two different stories. Much faster paced than the first book.
What I really loved about this book was that it didn't try to make someone into a hero or heroine. We read about real people, making decisions for themselves, their families, their pets. One decision different can mean life and death; and it sometimes is just a toss of the coin. At one point a person within the Donner party is the savior and at other times, they make decisions for their personal survival. This story is reality and I really enjoyed it because it was not dressed up as something it wasn't. The people were real with all their frailties. Narration was excellent and held my interest. There were times I drove around the block a few times because I didn't want to shut the story down. Good read and good reader!
I'm an introvert. When I finished the book, I wanted one on extroversion so I can better understand those I work with and how I can work better with them. Sure this book gives me a lot of that, but I want to understand the extrovert more.
After feeling devalued at work, this book was so affirming. It helped me to see what I bring to the workplace, and will help me rebuild my confidence.
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