I bought this book as soon as it came out because I love Jodi Picoult and I have never been disappointed with one of her books. When I bought it, the book was unreviewed because it had just come out. I had no idea that her teenage daughter had written it. I guess this story would be delightful for a pre-teen girl...
I tried twice to read it because I hate to waste a credit and sometimes books do improve...
The first time I tried to read it was when I first bought it. I got to the beginning of chapter 2 and put it away... I had a ton of books that I would rather have been reading. I ran out of credits 2 days ago and I decided that before I would buy another pack, I would make a point to finish any unfinished books. One of the books turned out to be a delightful surprise. I thought that maybe this one would surprise me as well. I put aside all of my earlier reservations and delved in.
This one just kept getting worse.
This last time I got about halfway through the story before I quit in disgust.
Do not waste a credit on this story. Jodi Picoult.... shame on you for putting your name first. I was a loyal listener but I will never make that mistake again.
I wish I could get my credit back... not to mention the time I spent listening. So frustrating...
95 percent icky, poorly written romance novel and 5 percent murder mystery. There was little suspense and the "scary parts" were mere interludes between cringe worthy sex scenes and family drama. The narrator plays multiple characters with a whiny, sickly sweet voice --- even some of the so called masculine characters. I can't say enough negative about this book. This is one of the worst books that I have listened to and I am even more irritated because the cover claimed this book was "the scariest novel of the year". Hardly.
If you have ever struggled with you self confidence as a heavy wife... this book will speak to you beyond imagination. I so identify with everything about Mary Gooch. This was a great book. Do read it.... especially if you have been married for more than 10 years...
This book was not worth my time or credit. I would not buy it a second time around.
if you love apocolypse/zombie/vampire/what happens to the survivors of a disaster type books, this is a must read. The whole series is a must read. Awesome stories. Listen at 1.5 speed though to speed up the narrator... otherwise you might start to zone out.
I love Lisa Gardner but I cannot stand the narrator's inflection and voices.
The narrator just about put me to sleep.
It's still a Lisa Gardner book.
I have read many books by Dean Koontz and usually they are amazing.
The moments where Dean Koontz delves into the history of the street or even the future events are very interesting. The book jumps the shark in several key moments in the plot which only leaves the reader feeling disappointed at what could have been.
I enjoyed when the 1870 family would appear.
This book is disappointing. I would probably still waste a credit on it because I love Dean Koontz and the premise of this book is very interesting...so even if a reviewer was saying it was awful I would still take my chances but just be prepared that it won't be the best use of your credits.
The book was okay but the narration was so awful that I could barely make it through the book. Don't waste a credit on this book...it's a painful listen.
This book is well written. The author was pretty good at confusing the reader...you would think that you understood what was going on and then something would be revealed and it would confuse the story a bit. This book kept me on my toes. The narrator was good except for the two front teeth repition...I know it was part of the story line but it became a little overly melodramatic in parts. I could have done without that part.
The story is very well written and fairly shows both sides of the matter. Some people might be offended by the subject matter and if that is you then don't bother with this book. I am both a Christian and a staunch supporter of Gay Rights. That's right... you can be both. It is something I am very passionate about and for that reason I was a little weary of this book. I didn't want to hear a bunch of rhetoric. I wanted a real investigation that fairly represented concerns of both sides of the table. This book very close to achieving that purpose. I will say that the author is somewhat slanted towards the side of the gay couple but that is to be expected...after all...someone who wasn't slanted towards the gay couple wouldn't be writing this book from both points of views. It is a very compelling story just as all of Picoult's novels are and does carry you back and forth between the very different view points. This book makes a good case for humanity. For those who say that it makes all Christians look bad I say that you are very narrow in your idea of a Christian. The focus of this book is one very specific group of Christians...specifically centering on the westboro baptist folks and churches along that same vein that care more about politics than they do about loving like Jesus would have. Again, if that is the kind of Christian you are then you probably won't like this book.
With all of that said, I have one very loud complaint about the book. The music was hideous. The songs were silly and the singer was not the best choice. The music was completely grating. At first I would just quickly fastforward through the music but by the end I found that I was actually cringing at the end of a chapter. I wish audible would offer a version that just read the songs (if that has to be included) instead of trying to make them into music. It would be a perfect score without the music.
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