I always have a problem rating a true story i mean, how can you not like a true story? Even if it is a sad or brutal one?
I have no such problems with this authors books. She writes in an every day conversational style with no thrills or fuss, no big drama it always covers the events she herself lived through. In this case it is herlife as an air force wife in the 70's.
Starting a family, starting a life together with a new job. Living a life. Now for me the most amazing thing about this authors books is what a legacy she is leaving for generations following her. Her children and grand children must be so impressed with having these books as a reference to what life is like for their parents.
The narrator, also an old favourite adds to the authenticity of the story as she relays the story as it is written, with little fuss and even less drama. Stunning.
I must say, I enjoyed this book far more than I expected too. Mara is a bit of a whiny little witch. She seems to wait to be saved by everybody until it becomes clear that she is not going to be saved if she does not save herself. But....she has a friend. Gus. I adore Gus. He is fun, flamboyant. And totally outrageously addictively gay.
The start of the book is very slow, the middle is well....the middle and the end goes at a break neck speed full of sex, hexing and ghosts and most of the time, especially at the start the book had me in stitches. Gus is truly a riot and I absolutely adore him.
I cannot really tell you guys why I enjoyed it as much as I did. It might have a lot to do with Marie Rose, the narrator who did a brilliant job with this book. It might be Gus. It might be that it was far better than I expected. Who knows.
In the end I cannot wait to listen to more in this series and more books narrated by Marie Rose
This is the second book I have listened to by this author.
Although I do not agree with her taken on love, life and misery case in point a contract of souls between murderer and victim I found that in this book in particular much of what she has to say makes sense.
No fluff no sex in the city although in my minds eye I did call up Carry Bradshaw in Manhatten while listening to this. Much of the musings of Carry and Valerie has one thing in common - how life influence us and we it.
I did not listen to this book all in one go. Certain sections like the chapter on tort reform was at first glance not a perfect fit in this compilation until near the end when the authors passion comes out loud and clear and you realize...oh heck. Naturally. Media influence all we do. This particular chapter was facinating.
Other chapters like where the author meets her ex-husband in a park after a few years and loves everything about him, not because he has turned into the perfect man or because she got high..rather because of what she learned from him, took from their time together was sweet and funny.
The narrator and author is one and the same and although this is a thing I would discourage most, this woman has classical training and the clarity and obvious vested interest she brings to the production is clear.
I would not hesitate to listen to more books narrated and or penned by this gifted author.
Lightning by Dean Koontz
I read this book when I was a teenager and it made a massive impression on my mind.
So when I got this on audio was in turn excited and nervous to revisit my old friend.
As a teenager this story had me glued to the page and as it turned out as an adult it again kept me glued.
The narrator in this book was amazing. The man is a pure genius. From the voice of an 8 year old girl to a Nazi spy to an 8 year old boy this narrator had an amazing range.
Now as an adult I loved this book for the authors singular talent to pace out a story with a bit of supernatural events and tons of normal human up and downs so that this time around I loved the human aspect. The true horror only humans can bring upon one another. The author created a cast of characters so nice, so lovable so evil....i loved the good guys. Abhorred the bad guys and this time around I got what Churchill was up to in the bunker. Ok so I am slow. I know that.
So if you love to read a brilliantly well written time thriller. This is for you.
If you love a well narrated audiobook about the human nature, then this book is for you. Whether your 14 or 41, this book is for you!
My favorite book by this author thus far.
I listened to this book on audio and I much prefer this narrator to the female narrator of previous books.
The story is a retelling of the hi- and low - lights of the authors experience in veterinarian offices due to her pets.
Some is funny some is sad. All is entertaining.
Amazingly simplistic but not simple I can see why this book is so popular.
The author did an amazing job in summing up his pov and to make his points clear.
I seriously think this is a book EVERYBODY should read.
The Junkie Quatrain. By Peter Clines narrated by Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer.
This is a short audible book narrated by Christian Rummel and Theresa Plummer depending on whether the main protagonist is male or female. The only thing negative I can say about Christian is that his range for female voices are all nasal and that confuses the listener. On the other hand he really shines when he does male voices ranging in tone, speed and accent for the various characters. Theresa does a brilliant job in making her characters pop.
4* for the narrators.
Now the book. It is not 14. The book that got me hooked on the author. It is far more like his ex-hero series which is not bad but it is not 14.
However, the twists, the irony and the basic probability of the happenings in these 4 loosely connected zombie stories sure is worth the read /listen.
I would recommend this book to all lovers of the genre
I am sorry. Listened to this on audio. I am now convinced I will not be watching the movie. The story is .....boring and the existential element is over done. Daydreaming? Maybe.
But do not take my word for it. Get your own copy.
I prefer this authors stories about her puppies and pocket pets. This book I think will have greater appeal to people interested in this particular families genealogy.
The one facet I really loved was the fact that the author gave the origins and meanings of some of the more popular family names. I found this really interesting.
A fast read and if this is within your area of interest then I am sure you will enjoy the way the narrator interprets the story.
A perfectly good entertaining little horror story. At times the author went a bit too far for me in his description - a bit crude. Though let me add that in this story it fit and did not really bother me as much as it would have in another story or in another genre.
The narrator did a smashing job of making this story come to life.
I listened to this book on audio.
Let me tell you I am now in two if I should rush out to buy more audio books narrated by Kafer or more books from the author. Since I have two credits I am thinking one of each.
As a haunted house thriller I expected to walk away going ahm....ok.
I was wrong the book popped. I found myself gripped by the story. Wondering at work what would happen next!
I kid you not.
I can tell you about plot, flow, secondary character formation, the brilliance of the narrator etc but I wont.
I am saying if your a haunted house fan. Love audio. Do not think twice.
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