©2005 Laura Whitcomb; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Company
"The author's poetic prose, capturing the spirit and sorrow of the two unearthly protagonists, will likely have a mesmerizing effect." (Publishers Weekly)
"Whitcomb writes with a grace that befits Helen's more modulated world while depicting contemporary society with sharp insight." (School Library Journal)
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A Certain Slant of Light is a different slant on a ghost story, and I really enjoyed watching the way it progressed. The two main characters are ghosts looking in on the living world, at first experiencing it without being noticed and later going unnoticed for what they really are. The prose is lovely and elegant, the story emotional, and once I got into this it was hard to stop listening. The story felt fully fleshed out, and yet I was left wanting a bit more at the end. That's probably a mark of a great book but for myself I would have prefered just a little bit more info in a couple areas, but overall this was a great listen!
This is very much a love story, so be warned to expect a bit of mush. I found that part of the plot a bit rushed, not in terms of pacing but for the characters, and there were several times I found myself aghast at the lack of foresight shown by the main characters in some ways. Let's just say that not all ghosts haunt Girl Scout meetings, where we were taught to tread through the forest so as to leave as little damage as possible! That's a thought that was with me pretty much throughout the whole book!
This is listed as a young adult novel, but it's one of the most adult ones I've come across and I wouldn't think of limiting this to a teenage audience. This is not at all a kiddie story. There's a good bit of sexual content, which, although never crude, might be something for which parents might want to prescreen for younger teens.
The narrator is just right for the part. She perfectly captures the hushed urgency of the gentle-souled Helen, a ghost desperate to communicate yet terrified of notice.
I cannot brag enough about this book. It got me by surprise actually. Read the synopsis and thought...looks like a good story. Little did I know I would be soooo caught up and mesmerized with this book. Totally obsessed with it. Went thru it in a day. AMAZING!!! You wont be disappointed at all. Great love story. Lots of suspense. LOVED IT!!!!!! Want more like this one. :)
Fantasy & Sci-Fi lover who mostly refuses to read books without their audiobook counterparts. How else can a girl get any housework done?
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to! Once I started, I went straight through, not stopping until I was done. No joke! Laura Whitcomb did a superb job with this story. I thought the narrator was spot on; her sweet and harmless demenor was a perfect portrayal of Helen. I didn't expect this story to tug at my heart strings, but it sure did. It is such a beautiful story and I would definitely recommend it. It was 100% worth the credit point. =)
This book had depth I did not expect. It is a fantastic love story about death, living, and forgiveness. It seems a bit too mature for teenagers, to me. The sex in the book is not overly explicit or in bad taste, though. It reminded me a little of the Twilight books. The charecters were emotionaly very mature and noble, with some old fashioned type vaules.
The narrators voice and style were perfect. All around an awesome book. I sure wish there were more like this. I wonder if this author has any other treasures in her future.
I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.
I love a good ghost story! This book tells the tale of a ghost who, as she haunts a school teacher, discovers another ghost inhabiting one of the students. She hasn't seen this before...a ghost that could reside in the body of a live human. She has only followed her teacher and is very intrigued by this other spirit. The two spirits are drawn to each other and over time find a way to live out their love stories by inhabiting bodies of the living. The humans they inhabit are not living good lives, so the story makes you think about the morality of possessing a living person, taking life from them.
The story has a dark side and is edgier than I expected. A good YA read with some sexual and drug-related incidences...not for younger kids...
This was not the most intriguing story I have ever read, it did drag slowly for me in a few areas but wading through was worth it in the end. An experience from the view of the ghost is a different outlook and interesting.
The two souls do find each other and is sweet and heartwarming in their relationship.
The ending wrapped this story up in a wonderful way and reading this book to get to the finale was well worth it. Joyful relief and long awaited answers for our ghost heroine are her rewards. It left me with a happy heart.
Lauren Malina's delivery of this novel is gracefully given with the spirit of the muse who possessed Laura Whitcomb inspiring her to write a novel with such mastery of literary technique that both consumes the reader's senses and invoke breathless anticipation for each proceeding word.
The subject matter is intriguing, giving a fresh and original glance at the possibilities of the spirit world, the possibilities of life and relationships, and that of belief in the ever after.
This novel is a treasure.
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
This is a well written, unusual take on a "paranormal" love story. I found it engrossing and entertaining while I listened, throughout the course of the story. The narrator uses the softer range of her voice, which suits the ghotsly aspect of the main character and the story, ..though some listeners may find it a little too relaxing if they usually listen while working out or other more active activities. As other reviewers have noted, it may seem (depending on your taste or perspective) that the two main characters engage in a physical relationship quite quickly, but you have to remember that the people they actually are/(were) are not underage. Parents may want to preview and/or at least have a conversation with preteens or younger teens before enjoying this story. Overall, a very good story with fitting narration.
Yes I would recommend this book. It wouldn't be one of the first I'd think of to recommend but if someone asked me about it I would say that it's a great rainy day book to curl up with. It's well written and it is a unusual tale to tell. I enjoyed it a lot, but it's not a book that "sticks to your ribs" so to speak. It was fun to read.
I found it similar to "The Lovely Bones" as both are stories told from the perception of the ghost.
I have not listened to anything else by Lauren Molina, so I have nothing to compare it to. I do think she was absolutely perfect for this book. Her voice was soft and haunting and very easy to listen to.
Yes- I really enjoyed spending the time one lazy Saturday listening to this story. I stayed up late into the night to finish it.
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