This was a pretty good story, but I think I expected more darkness and being frightened. Actually, I wasn't frightened for Piper and I think she met some nice people. Funny being in prison, she actually met friends for life. They cooked, they had parties, they cried and laughed. This makes prison seem friendly.
One part of this story that angered me about this story is she committed a crime that was minor in the world of crime. Ten years later she accepted a plea bargain to avoid a long prison term. That is one of the problems of our court system; the prosecutors are determined to convict people and would do anything including threats of 20 years for trial or 18 months for a plea.
I originally picked this book because my son if afraid of bees; to the point of serious laughter when he avoids one. He is a very big man and a Marine!
This book gives you a fantasy look into a hive. The bees talk and have moral thoughts. It is both cruel and curious. The bees deal with enemies, changing weather, rules, and how to work your way to the top.
It is different, but also fun and interesting.
It wasn't hard to get involved in this family. They are all slightly dysfunctional.I don't know what the payout was in the end; other than knowing each other better. If the exercise could be done for a lot of families with adult children having problems with the different personalities involved, maybe life would be better. I liked the idea of the story and most of the characters. maybe I am old school, but when family is gathered to mourn a passed family member, I don't think there would be as much sex going on. It wasn't overdone, maybe disrespectful in their dead father's home.
I read A Thousand Splendid Suns and expected another excellent story like that one. It is pretty good, but I wouldn't have read A Thousand Splendid Suns if I'd read this one first. There were too many people in this story that they just seemed to be all over the place. Even when the connection was made, I still felt something had been lost in the telling of what should have been a good generational story.
This isn't a book of stories although in any book like this there are "stories" There are many soldiers that are in the book and as tough as it was, many of them come home to the yearly gathering. Even when the worst of the descriptions were being read, I followed with interest rather than the pain I have felt in other books like this. The only thing that sort of bothered me was that there was a single narrator and two men that were telling the story. Even though they were from the same town in PA, I wished the narrator would have changed his voice enough to distinguish the two men a little more. I know that many times I wasn't sure of who was speaking. The two men would recount a single event and I would wonder if I'd somehow jumped back in the recording.
All in all, I did like the book and thought it would be good for anyone looking for another book to follow Band of Brothers.
I'd known about this story for years and have even been told I should read it. So when this was on the sale list, I finally did. It wasn't bad, in fact I did enjoy it. It wasn't as good as I expected and I have read books that answer questions about life's lessons that are more meaningful to me.
I did like Morrie and loved how he remained positive even to the end.
If it hadn't been for the performance of the narrator, I wouldn't have finished this book. I like relationships over time, but not those that deal with spirits and ghosts. It wasn't what I expected.
I enjoyed listening to this story even though I didn't like what was happening in it. It starts with a perfect couple in a perfect relationship of 20 years. Then a mid-life crisis with a pregnant girlfriend more than 20 years younger. The style of the story is back and forth between the original couple; how she deals with the situation - maybe it will all go away with time. Then how the man sees the situation - lust doesn't make for a perfect relationship.
There are parts of the story that skip around and you wonder what is happening. I even came to the end of the story and wondered exactly what happened. Even though the story is typical, the method of telling it is very interesting although choppy. It is worth the time, though.
I downloaded this book thinking I would like it. When I started to listen I almost quit but something kept me listening. I tend to stay away from young adult books and I am not a romance novel person and that is what this book starts out to be. If you stick to it, after a while, maybe a couple of hours, the story changes dramatically. It moves from a light teen love story to an absorbing story. It includes the detail that will make you flinch, cry, throw things, and finally at peace. There is no fairytale ending but it does bring everything together in a very realistic way.
I so wanted this to be a fun listen. I kept hoping, through all three sections. It wasn't a good story, I didn't enjoy the characters, and I so wanted to call a counselor for the woman. From the signature on the napkin to the hospitalization, I knew it would never be good. I kept listening, though, and wondered if I would want to download the next two in the series. By the end of the book I didn't even have the desire to listen to the samples for the next two. The main character was gullible, tricked, drugged, kidnapped, beaten, restrained, secluded, starved, intimidated, enslaved, and broken. The story did not make me feel sorry for her, it did not make me want to save her, it did not make me feel anything other than anger. I have known women that have been abused and this story seems to describe that situation as something that is acceptable because she wants to love him and she wants him.
Don't read this to enjoy the story, you can't because it is not even enjoyable if you leave out the absurd.
The girl next door and her lifetime love! After a tragic teen love and pregnancy, this couple separate, grow up, find other loves, then come back together only to be torn apart again. The story was never gloomy, although it was sad and tough, there is a sparkle that kept me interested and involved. I loved the characters, the situations, how everything was described. The timing was perfect, the story kept me involved, and in the end, I left with a smile. That is what I want in a story even if it is uncomfortable.
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