I have spent endless happy hours listening to the stories of this wonderful author. He is a gifted story teller, and every other book has been a great adventure. But this story dragged...on and on, filled with political, history and environmental lessons when all I wanted was to be entertained. Let this one go.
Garrison is my hero. I live in Lake Wobegone. I understand this wonderful man. Or at least I did until this book. It is just....well, even with an English degree, I can't think of a better word than gross. Second choice would be stupid. There was something about eating tapeworms as a diet aid that just shut me down within the first few pages. Sorry Garrison. Please try again soon.
William Kent Krueger has nestled his way into my Northern Minnesota heart. He understands the geography, climate, history...but most of all the people. While it is very possible to love these books just because they are a darn good story, I think the conflicts are most real to those of us who know what's north of Duluth.
I love bookstores and shiny glass and old family stories. This book was entertaining with people who tended to be one-dimensional but quite interesting. Many times a book captivates me so I have to sit down and listen carefully. I enjoyed this book while gardening, with nothing at all lost.
If you only listen to one book this whole year, this might be one to consider. The people are so real, the scenes described so carefully I felt like I could feel the air and smell the reality. Like most prolific readers "of a certain age," I have read many war stories, maybe too many. This one was different, seeing through the eyes of very special children gave a unique and very emotional perspective. They became so real to me I wanted to reach into the story and help them. This book is one that will stay with you for a long time.
After an hour's listening, I could have outlined the rest of the book. There were no surprises, B followed A until thankfully they got to Z. It certainly wasn't a bad story, but it didn't leave me anything to hang on to...the depth just was not there.
Wally Lamb must have a whole head full of very interesting characters. All his books have many dimensional people that bump into each other in the most interesting ways. This book is no exception. What made this one different for me was the depth of so many personalities, living and dead, that didn't seem to belong together at all. There is a touch of the supernatural, and a touch of the unnatural, and lots of reasons people do what they do, but none of them are good.
I could not stop listening even if I wanted to. It was like finding out way too much information about the people who lived next door. They all haunted me long after the book was finished.
This was my first-and last-Jack Reacher book. I love good mysteries and spy stories, and I know folks get killed in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons in any "who done it". But the endless blood and guts of this book was way too much for me.
Having said that, I have to admit I listened to every word, because Lee Child did such a great job getting the cat up the tree I just had to find out how he was going to get it down. Great plot, great suspense, great performance. If only a few less people had died in a few less imaginative ways.
It is a painfully real story of the inhumanity of slavery, but more than that it is the story of sisters, women that bond against all odds. The people are realistic, like all of us good and bad in a confusing whole. While interesting on an historic level, it is the striving, emotional level that keeps you listening. As good as good gets.
It is a world few of us have to experience first hand, so many things were new. It was a love story, but even more, it was a story about the quality of life, and choosing not to accept what fate has created of your life. Interesting...
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