©2004 Jamie Langston Turner; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
"The always-thoughtful Turner turns in another solid performance with No Dark Valley.�" (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
Jamie has a certain style of writing; and you either like it or you don't. This is not my favorite book by her; but it was nice. Jamie is very "wordy" and not a lot of action. I enjoy her a lot, because I like the various twists and turns the character's thought processes take. It has quite a cute "fairy tale" ending. Of course, it's considered an "inspirational novel" in that it is guided by the teachings of Jesus and how they can shape your life. If you're ok with that, and enjoy wordy thought processes; give it a listen.
Overall enjoyable but I am a born again Christian and understand where all of this was coming from. I don't think many non-Christians would be able to get past all of the mini-sermons within the so-called conversations or thought lives of the characters. I felt as if I was being preached to almost the entire book. Sort of like having to listen to 50 verses of Just As I Am until someone finally goes to the alter just to get it to stop. I did like how it emphasized God's grace and the fact that ALL have sinnned , and that no sin is too great for God's grace and forgiveness.
It was a mind numbing listen with the most uninteresting, extraneous minutiae. The characters were boring and unlikable. As hard as I tried, I could not drum up any feeling but faint distaste for the main character. This writer throws any and everything into the story. Never mind that most of the details add nothing to the storyline. It was a waste of a credit and believe me I am not an overly picky reader - I like lots of different genres. Although it felt like torture, I listened to the entire book. I'm like that - I can't waste money. But please skip over this book and go for something like "Redeeming Love "by Francine Rivers. That's a story with depth, emotion and spirituality.
This book is also an incredible book. Jamie Langston Turner has a wonderful way of capturing your interest almost immediately and even though you can hardly wait to find out what is going to happen, you hate for the book to end. You won't be disappointed in this book.
I really tried. This went on and on. I just can't listen to 20 minutes of discovering bugs in the pantry. The narrator did well. But this author is in love with DETAIL. Doesn't go anywhere chapter after chapter. A total waste of time. I couldn't finish this one.
This was a great story with complex characters who deal with their past, and change with the help of God and people who love them. I connected so much with this novel that it was scary. I only wish their was a part two!
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