I normally like Jodi Picoult, and was excited to have another of her books to listen to, but this one was disappointing. It started out fairly interesting, and as always, Picoult has well developed characters. But as connections begin to be made, it just becomes too convenient and tiresome.
This is an important subject, so you can tell Picoult took a lot of care in it, but I also don't think it was edited well - drags quite a bit for no great reason other than to continue to make you understand how horrible the war was for the Jewish people. I don't mean to sound callous by saying that, it is just that the point is very well made over, and over, and over.
I like hearing the voices - brings it to life a bit more.
Overall, worth a listen, but really could have been abridged.
Would not recommend this over other Picoult books.
It was the most challenging to follow - a lot of characters and story lines going on. This is not a book to do housework to - better for a car ride or somewhere where you can really listen and follow.
Not sure. It's different than The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns in terms of structure and flow, but Hosseini's gift for painting a beautiful, rich detailed character and picture remains.
You get different voices with this one - different narrators. Obviously brings it to life a little more. Not sure I loved all the voices.
That actually is a perfect name - wouldn't change it.
Beautiful book. Some unresolved areas for me because so many characters were introduced.
Sort of. I am hooked on the Clifton Chronicles, so I had to listen. Overall, it was worth a listen, but I was disappointed.
The last book left us at a cliff hanger and now this one does. In my opinion, a good series includes books that can stand alone and have merit, not require you to read the next to get the rest of the story. I would definitely change the ending. I also would have picked fewer characters and really did them justice rather than get so scattered.
When the Rodin sculpture is opened up.
This question is redundant with the first.... If you are a Clifton Chronicles fan, you get more of the story. It just wasn't as good as the first, and if you were frustrated with how Book 2 ended, you will be super frustrated with the end of this one.
I hope we don't have to wait as long for Book 4, but I also hope Mr. Archer doesn't get sloppy with this series.
Unsatisfying sweeping epic
This is a follow up to Follett's last book, Fall of Giants, and I was excited to keep following the characters through the end of WWI and through WWII. As always the story is engaging, the characters rich and narration excellent. Least interesting was that there was more sex in this book, which really didn't add anything, in my opinion. Not a prude or anything, I just felt like it sometimes kept the story dragging.
John Lee is excellent and does well in this novel.
Hard to pick just one, but I liked when the nurse of a Nazi hospital dares to put her life at risk to right a terrible wrong.
Loved this book until the end, which was so abrupt it was ridiculous. I know the story will continue in his next book, but Fall of Giants ended much better than this one - it just drops off and leaves you unsatisfied after such a time commitment.
The narrator is trying to show that Eve is a tough, no-nonsense woman, but she comes off as grating and annoying. I don't like to waste my money so I stuck it out and eventually got used to it, and the story was ok. Really far-fetched, and by the end you're just waiting for it to be over; but I did make it to the end.
I only got through all of this because I paid for it and am stubborn. As a female listener, I just couldn't get into the "masculine pain" of the characters that made them act like idiots. Many of the descriptions of scenery and emotions were also overwrought. Finally, the narrator annoyed me. Definitely listen to the sample before you commit.
This may even be better than The Kite Runner. The author pays attention to details that add richly to the story and help you feel like you've walked in the characters' lives. In many stories written by men, women's characters are flat or ingenuine. If I didn't know who the author was, I would have sworn it was an Afghani woman. Wonderful, tragic story told by a great narrator. One of the best downloads ever!
I like Dean Koontz, but this really disappointed me. It seems like he had some interesting ideas about an alternate universe in a mirror world and how our perception can be shaped. Then he tried to build a story around that. But the story is pretty weak, and I had utterly no feeling for the main characters - good or bad. The story needlessly drags on with dialogue and details that don't flesh out the story or the characters at all. The end was really sappy, and I felt like the book overall was a waste of time.
The story is decent, but the narrator detracts so much from it, it is hard to focus. His Carpathia voice sounds like Count Chocula and it is annoying to constantly hear his mispronunciation of Zion. I think I'll read The Desecration because it looks like it's the same narrator!
I recently finished Trading Up and decided to get Lipstick Jungle on audiobook. Some of the characters overlap and the tone is very similar. More characters lives are explored in this book and the storyline is engaging. I gave it 3 stars, however, for two reasons. Cynthia Nixon was great as Miranda on Sex and the City, but she is not a great narrator. The women are strong characters and her voice doesn't reflect that, nor does it change tone much. The second reason for 3 stars was the end. It may be that this is an abridged version, but the end seem rushed and I was hoping for something a little more substantial at the end - not sure what, but I felt disappointed. Still worth a listen.
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