©2007 Charles Martin; (P)2008 Oasis Audio
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Can I just say this book is amazing. About a chapter into it, there is a "historical, background building" section that made me think the ratings were off and I had picked a loser. I listened much closer the second time through... realizing then how important this information would become. The characters are people I want to have in my life - Uncle Willie, oh my goodness his little one liners just cut right to the truth, his resilience and understanding of grief allows him to help others process. The story weaves four life stories, two parallel stories of abandoned children separated in time by a decade... cross woven with the story of Uncle Willie and his niece both emotionally injured by the same man. This cross weaving of stories does take a little concentration to follow... but it is beautifully done. Clean, positive, uplifting, but not preachy.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A great mystery wrapped in a wonderful story. What an excellent surprise, I was not prepared for such a special book; not what I expected. This is an endearing story with a truly amazing historic back story. The author made it so easy to have feelings for each character that ranged from love, anger, pity, sorrow, admiration, wonder, idolization and respect. Laughter and tears were just a few emotions this story evoked. The hysterical metaphors and colloquialisms used by "Unc" are priceless. Good narrator, I did not spend a credit but it is well worth one. Highly recommend.
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
One of the best I have read in a long long time. The writing is superb. The story draws you in. You feel for all the characters. What a gem!
Don't want to spoil but I loved the little boy and his fast pencil
Excellent narration with the correct emotions and nuances. Job well done.
Unc's wife. Would have loved to hear a bit more from her
This book will grab you and you will walk away with a deeper insight. Well worth a credit.
I really enjoyed this story and the narrator did a good job. You can tell that it is written by a man though because of the little bit of rambling about sports a couple of times. The great surprise ending made up for any long windedness though. The characters are lovable and I enjoy Charles Martin's prose. The only think that would have made this book better for me was if there had been a little romance or love connection, but that's just because I'm a sap. I would recommend it, in fact I just downloaded another of Martin's books The Mountain Between Us with hopes that it is just as good.
If you're looking for a good, southern author, Martin's your man. Martin's descriptions can be over-the-top; however, he skillfully created a character (Uncle Willy) whose bungled southern metaphors were endearing. We always enjoy Martin's ability to weave stories about everyday life.... he usually shows a human side to villains....which is important to his overall themes of mercy and justice. Our least favorite of Martin's books was, The Mountain Between Us.... so we were surprised to see it rated higher in popularity. Maybe we didn't enjoy it because it was set in the Rockies and we live in Southern Appalachia. :)... southerners love to read about their own beloved homes and schools. Go Dogs!
I ended up listening to this book from start to finish. The ending is quite a surprise!
I will be looking for more books by this author. I think he is also did the narration. If he ever stops writing I think he could have a great vocation as a narrator.
I'd say this is my second favorite audiobook. I've listened about 20 so far and the story is excellent and the narrator does a great job.
The most memorable moment for me was during the funeral of one of the main characters. The emotion that was conveyed in the writing and in how it was read was very moving. It also is a major turning point in the book.
I liked that his performance didn't get in the way of the book but rather enhanced it.
Probably the main character's grandfather. He doesn't have a huge role in the book but he is described as being a very decent man and one who built an empire out of nothing but his hard work and smarts.
Charles Martin definitely has his own style of writing. I really enjoyed The Mountain Between Us ... what a huge twist at the end! So, I decided to trying Chasing Fireflies. It started out very difficult to read due to the horrible child abuse. I loved the character of Sketch, but my heart broke for him. I almost stopped listening. But, I am so glad I continued. Again, the ending has a huge twist, but it was so worth it! This story is a great example of "life is not fair" but God is still on the throne and is always in control. I would give this book 4 1/2 stars if possible.
maybe. it is definitely one of my favorites but with so many possibilities out there, it might be a while before i got around to it
not sure that i can make a comparison
the character development of "unc" more than anything, but nothing lacked
"unc", READ/LISTEN TO the book
top of my list!
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