Wisconsin | Member Since 2013
I really enjoyed this novel. I am a psychologist so I am sure the whole concept of traveling in time after ECT treatments was particularly entertaining...but what a great idea! This author did a great job with character development and used the time travel concept in a unique way. It is hard to find a good book about time travel that is creative and innovative since there are so many variations on that theme already out there.
This novel portrayed the different time periods well and reflected how the culture of society impacted the lives of Greta Wells. It is like a historical fiction novel with a twist.
When I was sharing the storyline with my husband, who is a true science fiction lover, he thought this was analogous to a chick flick at the movies. There might be some truth to that.....I think being a female, there was more to connect to with the various lives of Greta Wells. I was actually surprised the author was male. A good book for personal reflection of your own relationships and inspired the listener to examine the simple aspects of relationships. I thought this book was a feel good book and left me with a smile and a chuckle!
Not sure how I decided on listening to this book as no one personally recommended it to me, but I am sure glad I listened! I bet it was a reader review that spoke to me as I made a final decision to download. This was a fantastic listen! Think the narrator made the story come alive.
To describe the book briefly...there is great character development to embrace so many phases of life for both men and women (a bit more for women though). Written with humor using stereotypes safely allowed me to laugh at the absurdities of daily events that we all have been sucked into or repelled from. Coupled with some hard realities like domestic violence, sexual abuse, and complicted relationships, the author manages to work through difficult life events without completely depressing the reader.
I really enjoyed this and have recommended it to many of my friends who are avid readers. In one sentence, this book allows for a deeper reflection of what is really important at the end of each day.....but the author did this with a smile, some tears and a sense of humor to survive the harsh realities!
Loved everything about this book ~ the story, the narration, and the resulting feeling I was left with. This novel is engaging and the character development is superb. This is one of the novels that I woke up in the morning thinking about how I would create time in the day to book my headphones on!
The reality of slavery was presented but also the richness of the lives of the main characters. The novel had a nice balance of the reality without overwhelming the reader. I thought a lot about the main characters after I listened to this novel and wanted to wait a bit before getting another book.
Also, this was the first book I read by this author. I understand there are others that are highly recommended and will certainly listen to those someday!
I was not sure about this book when I selected it. I was concerned that it would be depressing, but it surprisingly was reassuring and left me with positive, almost inspiring feelings. The book provides a glimmer of the true process of dealing with the final phases of life. It provides insight into why the little and simple human experiences are important.
I do not think I would have enjoyed or even understood this book had I read / listened to it in my 20's. I also think I walked away with a deeper reflection since I have children and often think about ways to make their lives meaningful.
This novel has a "centering" impact and I would encourage listeners to read it if they are looking for a good life story that through the simple aspects of human experience provides the depth of human experience. I think that there are pieces to this story that everyone could relate to.
I really wanted to enjoy this book as it sounded so interesting from the descriptions as well as other reviews. I first tried to read the actual hard copy of this book, that was not working. I found myself unmotivated to read the amount of text to get to the story! Then I tried the audio approach and found myself drifting often. I made it through about 30% of the book before I decided to take a break. Maybe I will finish it someday. The narration was fine; it was just the amount of words I had to process to understand the meaning!
The plot was moderately intriguing and I do want to know about the remainder of the story, but the style of writing was a bit cyclical for me. I do appreciate novels that the writing is part of the process and thought that this was going be the same with this book. Maybe if there was a more intriguing onset to the story, it would have kept my interest.
Also, this won the Man Booker award......not sure what that really means anymore. I might not be so interested in reading the next winner of that award next time.
I had no idea I was going to be laughing out loud when I choose this book to listen to. The author successfully intertwined some good science fiction concepts with humor! I have not seen that done in a while! I am not a fan of the fantasy type novels, which this title had the potential of implying. So I was pleasantly surprised that Andy Weir was able to incorporate humor into a story about mars without the typical expectations of such a novel.
I listen to audio books in the morning before my kids wake up while I work out and I was quite eager to get out of bed to see what Mark Watney was up to. Although the main characters, which there were only a few, were funny at times, there was also an underlying thread of intelligence, innovative survival, friendship, perseverance and human connection. There was a smattering of politics but that took a necessary back seat to the main storyline.
I have recommended this book to a lot of my friends with varying book interests, so it is a versatile novel!
This book was saved for months in my audio library and I kept avoiding it because I was not sure if I wanted to engage in listening to the Nazi Germany zeitgeist. I finally downloaded it due to the number of people who asked me if I had read this yet. Although the idea of the story line was interesting with the unique perspectives it took on, I found the writing to be less engaging than I had hoped. I did stick with it, because that is just my personality and I usually do complete novels I start. It did get better as it progressed but it lacked inspiration, spirt and courage to me. I suppose my ultimate conclusion was that it had such great potential and it fell short of my expectations.
On a positive note, I do think the novel was written with an interesting perspective of this young girl and how she experienced this era. So, maybe the true challenge comes in with writing about such a tragic time of mass devastation.
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