It seems a simple story. It is not. The events spin about, clarifying and confusing all at once. I could relate to all the well developed, solid and realistic characters. It's the girl that I can't get out of my head or heart that haunts me. A gentle, dynamic book that can't really be explained....you just have to read it. Enjoy.
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.
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.
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...
This book grabs you from the first moment. It was unlike an story I ever heard; I couldn't figure out where it was going. And then I did. And then it stopped going anywhere. The ending especially was endlessly painful.
For me, the test of a good book is how long it stays on my mind, how often I talk about it with friends. This one floats around in my head, I still can't figure out if I am empathetic or judgemental. The book presents a different world, I'm glad I visited. But I certainly won't want to stay.
The sex is all there. The story is not. Bared to You lacks depth, plot line, and character development; everyone seemed kind of one dimensional. I did listen to the entire book, kind of waiting for something new to develop other than sex and temper tantrums. No character seemed realistic to me, I felt no emphathy for any of them. On the plus side, I will never look at a tinted window limousine in the quite the same way.
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