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.
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.....
I'm not digging this one and should have paid better attention to some of the other revues that compared it to Dr. Sleep - I didn't like that one either :( This one is sounding much more like a James Lee Burke or a "wanna be" James Lee Burke, I actually like his stories more than this one - it's nothing like a thriller at all. Don't waste your time on it if you're looking for a good thriller - keep looking.
After reading the other book by this author that was new to me I immediatly looked for more here on Audible and found this book. I loved it as much as the other - I like that this auther chooses not to make things easy for her characters and just in life - things don't always end happy. Again, it has some hard subject matter and anyone adverse to drugs, violence, and just plain harsh living might not like it all that much - I however LOVED IT as much as the first one - sad Audible doesn't have all her books on here.
This book has some very hard to hear subject matter and I must say some of it was a bit too over the top. For me, the girls having the caring families that they did but then coming home with a multitude of some pretty serious injuries just doesn't jive for me. However, that being said I can see where predatory and self righteous thugs could and would inflict such pains. For me the writing and story line were enough to keep me constantly engrossed, enough so that I've now gone and gotten her other book that Audible has to offer and I'm just as excited to listen to it - hoping it keeps my interest just as much as this one did. I can't help but be sad for one of the characters in this book - you'll know who by the end. Highly recommended if you can handle the context.
One of the best mysteries I've listened to in a very, very long time. I'm now excited to listen to others by this author.
I just finished book 2 and wrote a longer review - but for those that are considering this series but may hesitate given the length of each book - do yourself a favor, get this one and try it out.... if you hate it you can return it. I'm betting a good 98% of you will go on to be chomping at the bit for the next one and the next one and on and on. Having just finished 2 and sitting waiting for 3 to download to my Android - I'm having withdrawals already.
I can't say enough good things about this series - I'm completely enthralled in the history, the story and the absolutely amazing writing - all from a person that didn't start until mid-fifties! I don't want to put the book(s) down and so far - as soon as I've finished one I'm ready to jump into the next, well... more than ready, which for me, after listening to such a long book using the same narrator I'm usually a little burnt out and ready to have a different voice in my head :) - Not this time, it's all so perfectly done and I'm loving it. Also, I find it interesting how the author has woven in some hints on characters from other's work from this time period in history - it's been fun and I'm ready for 3 to finish downloading to my Android. NOW!!! Hurry up please and thank you.
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