Yes but with reservation. It makes for an ok summer read. Therese Plummer is excellent and I will definitely be checking out other books she has narrated.
But the story grew tiresome at times. I found Margo's whining and pining for Edge to be more than a little annoying. This is a successful woman. She should have snapped out it and found someone who actually cared for her instead that man who treated her like crap. I felt like the author was trying to make some sort of statement by mentioning the gay black boyfriend. Too many minor characters bringing suitcases full of baggage to the story.
Possibly if they were looking for some escapist reading.
If I were reading the book, I would have bailed on it before I finished. Her narration was the main reason I finished the book.
Do yourself a favor and read the book instead of listening to the audio. Had the book been narrated by professionals it might have been easier to listen to. The content is good, but I found myself struggling to listen to the authors. As a result it took much longer to get through the book.
There are few authors that can do their work justice. The narration was the equivalent of listening to paint dry. With the right narrator this book would have been a much better listen.
Most people don't distinguish the different types of feedback. The book will make you rethink the way you approach feedback at work and with family. It is a must read for anyone who is in a supervisor position.
It is hard to say much about the book without spoiling it. I thought the book started out slow. I was growing frustrated. Then the big reveal happened and I felt like I saw it coming. It didn't shock me. It made me mad.
I picked up the book because it was listed on all these must read lists. I should have waited until someone I knew read the book. It was a letdown for me.
I guess I differ from many of the others who hated the narration. I actually enjoyed it. I thought Andrews did a fantastic job and added to the experience of reading the book. Yes, it was a bit slow but I liked that. It felt right for a book about a small town. Things just happen a little slower in small towns they don't feel as rushed. I would also rate his ability to do different voices higher than some other narrators. The characters all had a distinct sound and I appreciated that. (Especially his narration of Murphy and the boys.)
I liked Andrews' narration, particularly the differences between the brothers and the children. I could picture adorable little Murphy.
I don't know that I would consider the audio version better - but I would say that it enhanced my experience of it. I often found myself sitting longer in my car listening to what was going to happen next.
I don't think it possible to have a favorite character in this book. Much easier to pick the least favorite character... Amy. Nick's sister was probably my favorite. I felt for her. She clearly loved her brother and was very loyal to him.
It's one of those where I HATE the characters so much but yet I still find the book a satisfying read. And I really hated Amy.
Word to the wise: If you have issues with profanity... this isn't a book for you. It didn't bother me so much except that I listened to the audiobook while driving and there were quite a few times when I received horrified looks from the car next to me like "What the heck are you reading?!".
Absolutely Not. I mean no disrespect to the narrator, but I found her narration to be awful. It felt like I was listening to someone read the entire time with a fake smile. It seemed completely phony. In addition, there were no pauses in what appeared to be section breaks within the chapters.
The book was very well written covering different aspects of the influence of friends in our lives. I found myself relating to certain sections.
Her narration sounded fake. It was like listening to someone patronizing me. There were no pauses in between what sounded like a new section in the chapter.
Do yourself a favor and buy the hardback or ebook. Save your ears from listening to this.
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