I did learn something and for that I'm grateful - BUT I just really didn't care for this JP book. There was too much of it that just didn't work for me - and yes, the ending was almost ridiculous. I'm not at all sure what she was trying to get across.... but it left me with a very bad feeling for this book.
This writer does something that I find lacking in most books, movies, shows. . . she lets good people die. She is able to keep a secret regarding "who done it" all the way to the end and weave the plot together in a way that looking at the whole "makes sense". Granted - there are a few places that were somewhat implausible for me - I'll not point any of it out and you can judge for yourself; I do recommend this book as an intriguing read all the way to the end.
The reader leaves MUCH to be desired... and as some have pointed out some of the material is extremely disturbing, in this case I feel having had the narration so droll it made it a little less disgusting to "hear" not less disgusting as context. you may feel it's jumping all over the place and really it is... it SOMEWHAT comes together in the end. I don't recommend on any level.
This author has a good premise for a great book, unfortunatly I'm afraid too much was left unsaid. The finished story left entirely too much undone, too many unanswered questions. Also, trying to cram so much in left me too confused on some of the who's who whole listening; I'm a seasoned listener for years now and can usually follow along, not so much on this one.
This is a phenomenal book, an unflinching reminiscence of life for newly freed slaves, starting with President Lincoln being killed. I say "hard" because it's just so hard for me to believe some/so many "humans" can be so heartless, so disillusioned to the point of feeling entitled and no remorse while taking part in the absolutely unspeakable atrocities set upon these people. I say "scared" because I'm not sure that we couldn't easily turn back to this sort of behavior given the right circumstances, i.e. war, phammon, etc. The narrator is very good and does a fine job with the book - adds rather than distracts from the book. Great job.
I'm sure there are quite a few of you out there that saw that "Title" to this review and thought "oh my god, I can't believe she just used that here." Well.... MADE YA LOOK :)
My first experience with anything by Mr. Kevin O'Brien and I'm seriously still shaken. Wow, does this man know how to keep you on the edge of your seat. He does not hold back in this book, well... maybe a little in a few places but for those I was very thankful. I was very easily sucked right into the story, cared very much about the characters, cringed as some got killed off (no spoilers here - you already know people die just not who...)
The narration is superb - I highly recommend this book if you can stand the suspense. My one and only caveat - there are a few moments I felt like I was sitting at one of those "Friday the 13th or Freddie Kruger" type movies - thinking to myself "NO! DON'T go IN THERE! Are you CRAZY!!" A few implausible moments like that but I was able to still enjoy the book very much - now going to get another and get ready for some more anxious moments!
p.s. You may or may not notice how much I love my Audible, been listening for over 12 years and go through two or three books a week... I can't possibly write reviews on all of them but those that really stand out - I like to share.
p.s.s. I don't watch those types of movies mentioned above - I can read suspense and thrillers and scary - just can't watch it! But I know from the commercials they crazy for going into some of those scary places :)
There are not many books that have affected me to the point of actually talking out loud to them - encouraging them, warning them, cheering them..... but this one did and all of the above.... You already get that it's about her loss of control regarding her alcohol intake - what you don't get is how she gets to that point and how easily it can be any one of us or anyone of the people we know/love. I've already recommended this book to some of my friends that are sponsors in AA - I feel it really can send a positive message for some folks that may not be able to catch on to the AA philosophy right away. This is NOT a preachy book, this is not a hidden agenda book... it's a well researched book about a tough subject. I highly recommend and will most likely read it again.
I was in need of something less daunting with some fun added in to lighten my drives - this book was perfect. I love good books about or with dogs/animals, however it also needs to be a good story to keep my attention. This is all of the above - I'm very much hoping Mr. Trout continues this series and I hope he gets # 3 out quickly! As soon as I finished this book I immediately went and used my very last credit to get #2 - sadly I just finished it and there is no # 3 at this point. So.... if you'd like a good book with some mystery, some romance, a lot of humor and some old town charm - along with dogs/animals - you'll like this book - go ahead,, enjoy.
If like me you start listening to this book and all the while you are getting extremely aggravated at how the reader sounds like she's either drunk or some hard core downers.... just click up the speed to 1.25 and it's SO MUCH BETTER.....
This book really caught me off guard.... so much so I kept thinking, did I miss something? Wait????... How could that be?? .... but in the end it all comes together perfectly.
I highly recommend and I also encourage you to go check out the site for the Elephant Sanctuary in TN! Which reminds me.... Ms. Picoult, I didn't hear that you were donating any proceeds to the Sanctuary from the sales of this book ??? I'm hoping after being allowed to spend time on the refuge for the purpose of research for this book it would spur you on to "give back" ?
The story is good if somewhat tedious at times; honestly there were moments when I wondered "is this almost over?" That being said, I very much enjoyed the book - it just dragged a few parts out that I felt could have been shortened to keep the interest and flow moving. It did make me cry in the end and I'm always appreciative of any book that evokes real emotion from me (meaning, I'm really ""feeling"" the story/character(s) I have to say... I'm not sure if I missed it???? but I don't think so . . . Tully never does do one thing that I kept waiting for - kind of surprised by this. and "P.S. , you get a really worthwhile health pointer from the book - worth spreading the info to all....
It's been a very long time - maybe since I read (listened to) The Help - that a book has moved me in so many ways. Having said that, yes the book is based on the era and many of the atrocities as in The Help but in my opinion that's the only correlation (other than they're both fantastic books!)
This book made me cringe, made me hold my breath, made me smile, made me cry, made me physically sick to my stomach - yes, literally. It brought up the hurt and shame I feel towards the white (or any other race) men/women of this mindset - not just back then but in my day and time as well. I'm a middle aged white woman in the South and I will admit that even to this day I run into people that think nothing of using the "N" word to refer to a black person?? I can not comprehend it and I do not condone it for one second.
I highly recommend this book to one and all - but be prepared for the ugly truth of the matter; no it's not graphic at all - it's just the ugly truth of our not so distance past.....
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