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"Vivid and unforgettable...brimming with love and hope." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Richly inspired." (Time Out New York)
I really enjoyed this book. At first I almost gave up on it, but I'm glad I didn't. It made me laugh, cry, and sing. My eyes were opened to Tourette Syndrome and how diagnosed people suffer from the public's ignorance.
Living in Kentucky I can almost feel Icy's story more than just listen to it. It was so well written and excellently read. The story deserves 5 stars, but the narration only 3. Most of the songs used in this book are beloved hymns and she just made up tunes for them (or maybe made up one tune and used it over and over) and it truly took away from the feel of the scenes where the author used music to help impart the perfect atmosphere to tell her story. Her use of so many songs shows that they are integral to who Icy was. I hope the author does not listen to the narrator's rendition. I had to turn down the sound and sing like Icy would have done it.
Maybe this book would have been a better read than listen. I got very aggravated with the narrator singing all of the songs to the same melody, and there are alot of songs in this book. The author focused less on the main character's battling of Terett's Syndrome and more on everyone finding religeon. It bored me.
This was ok, I wasn't completely into it, but it was still good, it did keep me wondering what was going to happen. The narrator was very irritating, she could change her voice ok, but kept saying the 'I said', 'P.V. said'...after 5 times in a row it got irritating. I don't regret getting it, it was a good story, just narrator did it injustice.
The story was really good, but it is a shame the narrator didn't take the time to familiarize herself with the tunes to the simple hymns used. If she didn't know them, she should have just recited them, or skipped them altogether. For those of us who have heard and sung these songs, listening to her monotone, tuneless 'melodies' she used for them was like listening to fingernails raking over a chalk board. Thank goodness the good outweighed the bad about this book.
Icy without a doubt
Her characters were strong and identifiable. The sing song of the hymns was distracting if you expected to hear the familiar tunes
I have recommended this to my family and friends
The build up on her romantic feelings for the young man and the relief of her choice. The religous views were over the top but made sense in the end. I don't believe in god but a good author can keep my attention. This and The Shack are good reads even if you're not spiritual so to speak.
I really enjoyed the story. Not a big fan of the narrator. Her accent is nothing like a true Eastern Ky accent. She did not know the tune of many of the songs she sang also. A bit distracting.
Makes me wish I would have read the book instead.
and a penny for your thoughts
.. but the singing was unbearable. If the reader is tone deaf, she should have simply recited the words to the LONG and TOO MANY hymns. (as did Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady). If she simply didn't care enough to find out the melodys, get another reader. It was torturous. The first time I've had to fast forward a book.
The story started out all right but soon became difficult to care about, particularly when it got into a minute by minute account of what seemed like a 2 hour church service. He said, she said, he looked, she winked, .... none of it adding to the previous story told or taking it into a new direction. It seemed to be somewhere between a story of life in the coal mountains and one about a life experience with Terett's Syndrome - but telling neither story fully. In all fairness, I do blame the reader mostly. I suggest you try reading this one.
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