Rarely do I rate books with 5 stars. I reserve the 5 for classics or books that WOW me and can't stop talking about them for weeks. Orphan Train isn't either but this book is beautifully well balanced and enjoyable. The heart wrenching parts are countered with sweet moments, there's suspense and predictability, past/present, and all nicely weaved together. The narrator also did a very good job overall.
I've read all of the complete works of Sherlock Holmes and this has to be the story that comes closest in style and formula. In that respect it's quite amazing. However, there's nothing like the real thing and therefore I enjoy when Sherlock Holmes is given new spins. It's a good book, one I would recommend to hard core fans but it falls flat. A part could be due to the narration. The narration could have made the characters more distinctive. Instead it sounded like only one (ok, may 2 with that bad America accent) was part of the book.
The idea seemed like a good one - different - but the bad writing, the whiplash changes of scenario, the stupid "bad guy," the annoying pet names for everything, and so much more destroy this book. It only gets one star because mercifully it ends after only 6 hours of torture.
This was a chance credit. I read the summary and was unimpressed, but then the reviews made me curious. Yes, the plot is totally unfathomable for today, but there's something in the personalities and range of characters that get you hooked. The circus theme and the whole Russian czar drama just fades to the background and you get a cute romance.
I've read many of Hiaasen's works and this, so far, is my favorite. I just identified too much (scary) with Honey. I understood how close we all are to that nervous breakdown. So, if you want to listen to a tale of crazy-inspired revenge, life altering decisions, and some warm and humorous romance spend the credit on this one!
This book captures a rainbow of human emotions - fear, worry, love, revenge, evil, regret - I could go on and still the story does not wear you down. The number of relationships, the psychology behind each of those relationships, the mounting drama, and most important the meaning of friendship, is each delicately explored at such a tempo that it is impossible to put this read down. If you ever wondered, as the author does, how our psychology can be pushed and mended you must read this book.
Congratulations to Graeme Malcom for another wonderful narration.
This is a cute and clever romance. The narrator was great too. The two drawbacks are: 1) the excessive use of the word "however" and 2) lack of XXX content. If you're looking for a contemporary romance with no smut but good dialogue pick this one up.
I can't believe I finished this book. I get that the plot is secondary but give us something of a story line. This reads like a sappy, boring diary. Even the sex parts get boring.
Would I recommend this book but there are several things I disliked. First, the unreliable narrative trick is getting old. Second, it feels as though this is part of a series because of references to the detective's past but it's not. Lastly, it became too repetitive and thus making some scenes drag.
Two things killed this story - 1) The narrator, not the worst ever, but just not a good performance. She sounded like she had a sinus cold. 2) Too many unbelievable circumstances. There are just some things that leave me thinking - where are the cops? do people really say stuff like that? I spend a good amount of time in a gym and can say - no, it is not realistic at all. Book 2 is much better.
I'm surprised I enjoyed this book. It's not a sport I have any interest in and the end was dragged out but it was a cute, funny and sexy read, especially if you enjoy friends hooking up.
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