©2007 Charles Martin; (P)2008 Oasis Audio
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I found this book on the sale rack and even though I'm not familiar with the author, the positive reviews and story summary encouraged me to take a chance. Although the book summary suggested an intriguing plot, it is more character driven than I expected, and the author’s ability to make me care about the characters is what had me riveted. The key was Uncle Willie and his commitment to doing the right thing for the foster sons in his care, no matter the sacrifice. He was the moral center to his family in the manner of Hans, the foster father in “The Book Thief”. Although there are two mysteries to solve, this is not an action thriller, but a gentle yet urgent push for the truth about the wrongs done to two young boys 20 years apart. My heart ached for both boys.
The plot is good, the writing a little loose in places, but it matched the personalities of the main characters, so actually seemed appropriate. More sentimental than I usually enjoy, and there were some convenient coincidences that made the story somewhat predictable. But bottom line, I just had to keep reading because I really liked these people. Placed in south Georgia, a location I am familiar with, the southern sensibilities and language made me feel right at home. Andrew Peterson’s reading is adequate - does not distract from the story but doesn’t noticeably add to it either, although his voicing of Uncle Willie is spot on - brings him to life. And if you are not familiar with the correct pronunciations of some south Georgia locations or with the names of past Atlanta Braves baseball players, you probably won’t mind that he messes up several of them – it did make me cringe a few times however.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
With no published reviews of this book, I didn't really know what I was getting when I bought it on Audible. What I got was something wonderful. A good story, a good narrator and a tale that makes you think and consider the resilience of the human condition. In it, lost children are sheltered and nurtured by a once-lost man; long-ago mis-justices are researched and undone; and wisdom in the form of one-sentence phrases is delivered to all who listen.
I like this book because it WASN'T an edge of the seat tale. Perhaps I've grown tired of that genre for the time being. . . so this, a form of gentle, descriptive, poignant story-telling really caught my interest. Yes there were mysteries to solve and complex personal interactions to weave, but it was mostly just a nice, solid story that engages you from the very beginning.
If there are faults to be found, they come from two or three brief (and not critical) glitches in the recording quality. (In them, phrases are repeated, as if they were dubbed in.)
All in all, if you are ready for something different, this book just might be the ticket.
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!
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.
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