This books appears to be have written to be read out loud. While listening to it, you feel like someone is sitting across from you in your living room and telling you their story. More importantly, with the middle east in the news every day, it educates the readers about the rich culture of Iran. 400 years later, many things have remained the same in parts of Iran, and that region. If you liked the "twentieth wife," "the bed of roses," Amy Tan's first novels or Lisa See's novel, you will love this book. I highly recommend it.
I enjoyed the first book, Kushiel's Dart. I thought that I would like this book as well. The story itself is good; but there is too much repetition and whining by the heroine. She is just not likeable or sympathetic in this book. I had a hard time finishing the book and at times I found myself skipping through her whining (thank goodness for that feature on the IPOD!). I don't know if I'll listen to Kushiel's Avatar at this point. After this book, I need some rest from Phedre!
This story's plot-line was similar to his "Pillars of the Earth" novel but it was set in the late 19th century. The narrator is good and I enjoyed the story but I don't think that I will be listening to anymore of his books.
I've rarely read a book where I have had so little compassion for and understanding of the heroine. I listened to the entire book in an effort to like it. The narrator was the only reason I continued to listen to the book while I was stuck in traffic. I don't think that I would have been able to finish this book if I were just reading it. Boring!
By far, one of the best books I have listened to or read in a very long time. I ordered the sequel to this book from England because I couldn't wait for it to come to the U.S. market and I haven't been able to put it down. As a sidenote, I'm not even a big fan of this genre of books. There are some graphic violence scenes (rape to be specific) and vulgar language but they are an important part of the plot--not just gratuitous violence. However, if these things really bother you, don't listen to this book. Otherwise, you really shouldn't miss it. It's a must listen.
I am an A.M.S. fan. I loved his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. The key to reading his books is really following his characters from the first book--his character development is truly exceptional and while the books aren't fast- paced, they are interesting. However, when you read his books out of sequence, they are not as engaging and in fact are a bit slow. I ordered this book not realizing that it was the 4th book in this series. I think that I would have enjoyed it more, if I had already listened to the first 3 books--this is based on my knowledge of this author. The Narrator did a great job but I don't recommend listening to this book if you haven't listened to the 1st three books.
This book introduces you to the world of journalism for the past 50+ years. Barbara Walters' account is honest, engaging and inspiring at the same time. She gives you inside information about many of the people she has interviewed over the past 4 decades and you get to see them in a different light. Without realizing it, you also learn a great deal about recent history. Most importantly, she is a facinating figure and if like me, you've wondered about who she really is, she covers everything in this book. It reads like a good and thorough conversation--you feel as if she is seated on a sofa in your living room and, at your request, is telling you her life story. The Narrator does an incredible job in bringing her to life.
This book introduces you to Mary before she became the mother of Jesus Christ. However, if you are a devote Christian with set ideas on how the story goes, you won't like this book. Marek Halter's book requires imagination, and an open mind. This is historical "fiction" after all. I enjoy his books because they are mainly "an educated guess" about each of the biblical female biblical figures. The book is engaging as long as you don't examine it for religious content. I enjoyed it a great deal and often marveled at his imagination.
I think that I would have loved this book in my early 20s and before my introduction to Anne Rice. If you're an Anne Rice fan, you will be sourly disappointed. The story lacks complexity or even true suspense. I finished the book but am not going to listen to the rest of the series.
This book is written in the first person in the context of letters. It gives you the opportunity to meet each character and gradually draw your own conclusions about that character and what was happening. The author does a very good job of keeping your interest as well as moving the story along. If you enjoyed "Fair and Tender Ladies" by Lee Smith, you will love this book! You will love the characters. You will laugh with them, cry with them and learn a great deal about WWII in the process. I highly recommend it.
I believe the reader really brings this book to life. The book introduces you to the Heroine Ivy and the people in her life, thru the letters that Ivy has written throughout her life. This is the reason the reader is critical in the a book like this one and I am happy to say, this reader does a fantastic job. You feel as if you're privy to Ivy's thoughts as she writes each letter--and you hear her innocence, her incredulity, her sadness, her frustration, her anger and her happiness. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who is a lover of people and their individual stories.
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