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Overall, I felt that the perplexity and the fantastic chrarters are definitely the best part of 'The Story Teller. I was very hard to put down. I got lost in the points of view of the Holocaust, and then I found the point of view from a guard at Auschwitz. Picoult devles into th social history of the Holocaust, and tells the story from an officer who was there, and a woman who was there to take him abuses. She adds a certain 'human' element to each character, and displays their weaknesses, flaws, and strong points.
There are so many wonderful moments in The Story Teller, however the most memorable moment was when the grandmother is speaking, and tells of her best friend being murdered in front of her eyes even though she's not done anything wrong. The entire story was really very memorable and well done. It will stick with me forever.
I really loved the German accents, and the way the few lines in German sounded. I loved the different voices for each character.
I was especially moved when Sage, the granddaughter of the Holocaust survivor, learned of everything that had happened to her grandmother. The comparing of 'What if that would happen now?' is simply terrifying. Also, I cried a one point where a lady had to suffocate her baby to keep it quiet. (Won't say who)
I think this is the most intimate book Picoult has ever written and I could not put it down. It was a fantastic read.
We have what seems to be a normal every day Joe. He works a normal job, he has normal (well, different, but still normal) friendships. It doesn't seem as though he'd have any reason to want to hurt a fly.
But the thing is, he loves to drive his car into crowds of people and kill as many as he can- just for fun.
Then, he likes to taunt the retired Detective who never could solve the crime, but certainly obsesses over it every day. And our killer knows just how to press the Detective's buttons- but our hero copy starts to learn, quickly, how to press those buttons right back.
King has been showing off his ability to write suspenseful crime dramas with some 'King-esque' twists. They aren't his usual horrifying things that go bump in the night/ghosts/scary clowns/gunslingers. This is a very good crime drama/mystery with a fantastic set of characters and true suspense. I loved it, and I look forward to the second part.
My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni is a fairly good crime/drama/thriller.
There are some seriously odd circumstances surrounding the death of Tracy's sister. Tracy decided to dedicate her life to being a detective so that she can solve cases like those of her sister. What she starts to find out leads her on a, for lack of a better phrase, wild goose chase that takes her to a place that she would have never dreamed she'd be.
There are many plot twists and turns in 'My Sister's Grave' and the book is very well put together. The ending will keep you guessing and I honestly looked forward to my nightly listen to see what would happen next. I will definitely listen to another Dugoni book.
4 solid stars- remarkable effort and very well put together.
Several people may already be familiar with this beautifully written book by Zoe Heller. The film 'Notes on a Scandal' was critically acclaimed and well received by audiences all over the world. The performances were impeccable, and the story of teacher and younger lover was somehow beautifully told- a subject which is difficult at best to even grasp.
The novel the movie was based on does not disappoint us. Impeccably read- so much so that one may imagine the love, the bitterness, the jealousy and the anger if it' were happening in front of you- as if you were a fly on the wall so to speak. Heller has created a tale that should garnish hatred and dismay from the reader, instead, we draw empathy and almost love for the beautiful woman who fell into the trap of seduction by a boy, a student in fact. Her older friend and fellow educator had ulterior motives when she made sure Sheba's indiscretions were found for all the world to see. Quick to the rescue Barbara was, all the while secretly proud that she had set off what she wanted to accomplish, which was Sheba's reliance upon her. It was her way of expressing her romantic love for Sheba, who grows more confused with her actions and feelings as things progress.
Heller manages to take into her hands the very imperfections of human kind, and make them beautiful in a different light. We are not inherently bad, but sometimes our feelings are overwhelming and we simply make poor choices along the way.
This book is mesmerizing. The narration is as close to perfection as any I've heard. The story, although in so many ways inappropriate, is somehow beautiful and put together perfectly. This is definitely one of my favourite listens. 5 big stars all the way around, highly recommended.
Jacob McNeely realizes his lot in life. He understands while he's growing up that he's Southern White Trash offspring. It's nothing for him to share a joint with his junkie mother. He's dropped out of high school, and he is targeted by police who are one the one hand, disgusted by him, and on the other, afraid to upset his father who happens to be a big meth distributor in his town and county.
Jacob dreams of being able to leave small trash loserville with his high school sweetie Maggie.
Things start to spiral out of control when his father begins to make some even worse decisions which involve Jacob. Will Jacob get revenge, will he fall in his father's footsteps, or will his dream of getting out of town with Maggie come true?
This story is solid. It kept me wanting to listen on mainly because of the narrator's performance. He sounds like Matt Mcconaughey, with a deep sexy Southern Drawl. David Joy really makes Jacob come to life. His character is rich, complex and pure. The reader/listener will like him immediately, but become frustrated with his poor environment and his family ties.
Where Are The Light Tends To Go moves a little slow for a short book. I did enjoy the book and the narration, but it was missing something- which was character development beyond the our main character (which was very deep).
Overall I would give it 4 stars. Depressing book, but beautifully read and great main character.
'Wreckage' is a good attempt at a novel by Emily Bleeker. The story is about David and Lillian and Kent- who are stranded on an island after a plane wreck. There are inevitable deaths from the plane crash and then the shock of it all. There are burials and then the 'Cast Away' cliches- fish spearing, weight loss, muscle gain, tooth aches. The three survivors get along well until Kent starts to be a major jerk and decides he wants to rape Lily. The dynamic of the surviving trio changes rapidly, and when David and Lily are rescued, they have to stick to a story that they must tell again and again. The first thing in the book is Lily telling the reader that she is a liar- so this sets the tone nicely.
The narrators do well- the book goes back and forth between a woman and man narrator, and it also skips to the time on the island and present day. It seems as though 'Gone Girl' has taken the lead on this formula and it's the going thing in new fiction- I personally like it and find it more exciting.
'Wreckage' fails simply because the story is altogether too basic. It's predictable and cliche, and it's all been done before. I could have guessed what each character was going to say or do. I found myself not liking the characters much- they had no depth and no real personalities.
Overall, the book is an easy read and I would classify it as a chick-lit beach read. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't fantastic either.
3 stars all around
I've never read a Quindlen book that didn't sneak up on me with a resounding shock wave- I know they are coming, yet I read them anyway. It's like watching a movie that you know isn't going to end well more than one time- and hoping to see the same movie, yet wanting the ending to change..just once.. Like why did Jack have to die in Titanic- why couldn't Rose have moved over to let him on the floating piece of wood?
Anyway, One True Thing is a beautiful novel about human compassion, and important subjects that seem taboo to discuss at dinner parties. When our loved ones get cancer and hospice comes to help in their dying days, more often than not a morphine overdose speeds along their death, decreases their horrible pain, and enables them to peacefully fall asleep.. forever.
Our main character in One True Thing puts her life on hold and takes care of her dying mother. During the horrific process, she learns so much about her mother and father, and family- she is overwhelmed by the close feelings she develops and she is devastated when her mother passes from this world to the next. She is more surprised however, when she is arrested and put in jail for killing her mother- with a morphine overdose. She did not commit this crime- but she thinks she knows who did- and yet she finds the 'crime' an act of bravery as she recalls how her mother begged her to help her die, to help her ease her pain.
This novel is beautiful and literature at it's very best. I would keep a box of kleenex nearby to go on this journey, which will most definitely hit far too close to home for many readers.
4 stars across the board, I love Quindlen.
I love Grisham's books. Heck, I even really liked 'A Painted House' for it's beautiful simplicity. When I started reading about Samantha, a laid off New York law intern, I thought I was in for a treat. Her father is a disbarred lawyer who had a spectacular reputation at suing Airlines for gross negligence. Her mother is a lobbyist, very involved in politics. Samantha is lost after 100 work weeks. She's a spoiled rich kid who decides to go to Appalachia and work as an intern for a free legal advice office.
While she's there she becomes involved in petitions and law suits against big coal companies who are literally destroying the Appalachian mountains just for their greed. There don't seem to be many laws protecting the simple folk in the lands, and people are dying from cancer at unheard of rates due to the mess 'Big Coal' leaves behind in the water and the environment.
The story gets dull immediately after Samantha moves to Virginia. Some of it is interesting and fresh, but most of it comes off as an environmentalist's petition. It's preachy and it's not typical Grisham. I was expecting more.
That being said, if someone else had written it aside from John, I probably would have given it another star- but I just simply expect more from him.
I thought the narrator did a fine job- she was just the right voice for Samantha and the Southern characters. The book isn't a total waste- it's worth reading. It's just, sadly, underwhelming.
3 stars across the board.
I bought Ten Tiny Breaths because I was compelled with the story and because it had such great reviews. I was so totally disappointed.
It all starts okay. A horrible accident which kills Kacey's whole family except for she and her younger sister spawns the first foster father who immediate tries to take advantage of Kacey's only living relative. Kacey packs up and moves her sister to Miami to start fresh- to forget, and to forge a life for them.
While they are there they meet a nice neighbour who happens to be a stripper. Kacey takes a job at the strip bar which has a pretty 'good guy' owner. Kacey's little sister babysits for the stripper- and all seems well. Until of course, they start getting involved in tumultuous relationships and people who live a much more wild lifestyle than Kacey is used to. And of course, she meets a guy that she really wants to open up to- but just can't after all that's happened.
The story is cliche, the characters are predictable, and it's hard to listen to without falling asleep or getting bored. Too much sex and detail made me feel like I was reading another '50 Shades.' And I don't think that honouring women who have made very poor choices in life makes for a good story line.
I know this review won't be popular, but I just didn't like Ten Tiny Breaths. I think it's an over-hyped smut book and I didn't enjoy it at all.
2 stars- the narrator is good.
I pre-ordered 'My Sunshine Away' by M.O Walsh because of the description of the book, and the recommendations by some of my favourite authors. I think that Kirby Heybourne did a decent job narrating the novel, although his voice lulled me to sleep a few times.
The story centers around a young boy who's coming of age, and he's in love with the girl next store. In fact, obsessed is probably a better word. The story draws you in, because the girl of the story tellers dreams gets raped- and our boy is a suspect. The book then narrates the story of the time the boy experience before the rape and after, with his crush Lindy.
Other things that happen are extremely depressing. We have divorce, arguments, abused children and fatal car accidents- it's really not an uplifting story in the least.
The prose are beautiful and the novel has a soul- the soul is tragic, however it is also touching, loving and remarkable. This audiobook tore me from wanting to be angry with the story to feeling so much empathy for the boy narrating the book. His raw honesty is refreshing and very touching.
This wasn't my favourite listen and I was somewhat disappointed by the depression factor, but it's definitely worth the time.
3 stars across the board
First off- I love Kristin Hannah. I have enjoyed her books thoroughly over the years. In fact, I have loved every single one I've read- with no exaggeration. The story of the Nightingale is probably no different- about two girls in Paris growing up during the war, and their struggles. Hannah has a knack for addictive characters and drawing empathy from her readers- which is why we all love her and her novels.
That being said, I am going to have to return this book and buy the novel instead.
This is the most annoying narrator I have ever listened to. I have probably listened to over 300 audible books or more- and I have listened to some pretty bad narrators- but this by far is the worst.
She pronounces the letter S like a snake. Ssssssssssssssssssssssstop doing thisssssssssssssss to me! I always fall asleep lissssstening but I actually had to download another book. It was horrible! She also sounds ridiculous when she does a French accent- I literally wanted to cry I was so disappointed.
I don't know who produced this, but Hannah will lose money on this audible book unless they change the author and fix it. It's absolutely dreadful and I am so disappointed. I had pre-ordered this book and was so looking forward to it!
As I said, the story is probably very good but the narrator ruins it and makes it absolutely unbearable- like nails on a chalkboard.
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