The book was quite lovely. It was inspirational and reflective. Not a must read, but a "worth the read." However, the narration was awful. If she would have just stuck to one or two characters that would have been great, but the way she tried to do so many different characters was just too much. She failed miserably. Again, the book is a good "chick book" though. :-) I would recommend it. Just don't expect much from the narrator.
I would like to start out by saying I think what these innocent women were forced to endure is an abomination. My heart aches for them and their tribulations. I think it's equally abhorrent what their own families do to them as a result. I don't think it's prideful to be ashamed of your own daughter, sister, friend for being the victim of a horrendous, violent crime. I find it to be culturally and willfully ignorant and grotesque.
Having said all of that, I found it nearly impossible for me to be compassionate towards Jasmeena regarding anything other than her capture and rape. The ridicule that comes from her culture and family and HERSELF is no different from the arrogant way, I felt, that she treated people that aren't as thin, as pretty, as affluent as her or her family.
It was obvious to me that, by the way the author beat the dead horse again and again, that being rich, pretty and thin made her better than most in her own eyes. She simply saw this as fact. I get that she's small, but did we have to hear about it again and again and again? The materialistic nature of the descriptions of people and possessions made it difficult for me to be as sympathetic as I probably should be.
Although I'm incredibly empathetic and sickened by the kidnap, rape and torture these women had to endure, it was difficult for me to set aside Jasmeena's thoughtlessness and lack of humility towards anyone outside of her caste and feel as much compassion for her as I truly wanted to. As a whole, I feel a tremendous amount of compassion for these women, but so much so for the poor women that don't have all of the material things that the rich, privileged women like Jasmeena feel entitled to.
This is just my opinion and my "feelings" after reading this book. I'm enraged actually. I find what happened to these women and what continues to happen to them abhorrent.
You don't really need this book to tell you that Dr. Phil's new book is pretty good. This is a total waste of money and/or a credit. The narration is AWFUL!!! It's almost like he's trying to cause your ears pain. Don't waste your time.
This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read as a woman. Well, I haven't read any as a man.. but you get what I'm saying :-) This book is a must read for all women. It's also a must read for anyone that is close to someone that has been raped. It's incredibly insightful. It took my breath away.
Having said all of that... the book is 5 stars.. the narration, which I feel a little bit bad saying since it's the author that narrated the book, is just awful. She may as well have been reading out of the dictionary. She put zero emotion into this... well... that's what it sounded like.
I think it's a great idea for her to have read a prologue or epilogue, but not the whole book. I also understand why she wanted to narrate it... but the reason I listen to audiobooks is for the experience the narrator brings to it when I listen. The way the narrater brings a book to life is SO important. Someone should have let the author know she is a wonderful writer, but terrible narrator.
I would recommend READING this book... but I can't recommend the audio version. I will say the book itself is incredible!
I've read several books in the Zombie Fallout series and have enjoyed them very much. However, I didn't have anxiety about what was going to happen next when I wasn't able to listen. I have a rule and I only listen to audio books in the car or at the gym. I broke my own rules with this series for the first time ever. With A.U.D I couldn't stop. I mean.. I couldn't stop at all..... I listened in bed at night and set my timer... first for 8 minutes... than 15.. than 1/2 an hour... then another half hour.. I couldn't help myself. I had to know what happened next. I had to listen at work the next day. I couldn't stand not knowing. And kids... this book is not really approrpiate for "most" work scenario's.
Chris Philbrook has a way of making you care and feel the same way about the characters in the book that Adrian does. Including Adrian. I'm totally engrossed. I reallize this review doens't tell you about the actual book... but all you really need to know is that these books are worth the credit and then some.
This might be my favorite zombie book yet. I wasn't sure how it would play out with it being a journal entry... but it's awesome. It's like a zombie book if zombie's were real. No crazy fights where the guy shouldn't live, but does. It's almost like a manual for the apocolypse. I loved this book. My only complaint is that it was too short. I'm downloading the next book in the series now. I totally recommend this book whether you are a guy or a girl. Yay!
I feel a little bit bad not giving it 5 stars, but I think a book has to be earth shattering for that... definitely a GREAT read, though.
LOVED this book. I usually just listen to my books in the car or at the gym, but I took this book with me into work and listened at home. The humor was awesome and the narrator was incredible, but the story itself was funny, refreshing and very unexpected. I didn't think this book had it in it to take the dark place that it went at the end with all of the humor, but it did and it really worked. I feel like I actually learned a lesson and I can't stop thinking about the message, whether it was implied or not.
Super funny, very witty and the best book I have read (listened to) in a very long time. Fast paced and fun, but very thought provoking..... for me anyway.
This reminded me a lot of The Sookie Stackhouse Series. It's a light listen with the same narrator as the Sookie Stackhouse series. It's kind of fun, sort of silly, somewhat predictable, but I enjoyed it for the most part. I might listen to the second book in the series after listening to something heavy. It's worth the credit :-)
I really, really wanted to LOVE this book, but I didn't. It fell really flat for me. I know lots of people loved it and I wanted ot be one of them, but just wasn't. I never felt a connection to any of the character's. I never really cared if anything bad happened to them after Jamie grew up and after... well.. the pastor stopped preaching at his first preaching job. I think this book may have a lot of appeal and may very well touch many deeply, it just didn't "touch" me in in the way that I had hoped. That being said.. I finished the book yesterday and had a bad dream about a little door last night... so you be your own judge. ;-)
I saw the end coming on this one and it was a bit predicatble. If you enjoy the series it's worth the read, but it's not my favorite Harry Bosch book.
This was a really good read. I absolutely did not see the end coming. It kept me engrossed the whole time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you liked Gone Girl you'll love this!
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