In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.
I could hardly put this.story down.
It was heartbreaking yet heartwarming.. I highly recommend it.
A debut novel already praised as "unbearably poignant and beautifully told" (Eimear McBride), this captivating story follows - over the course of four seasons - a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog. It is springtime, and two outcasts - a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life - find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small seaside town suddenly takes note of them.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I would change the ending for sure. I cannot see the reason to read this book or write it because it has no redeeming features,
What could Sara Baume have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I would not know where to start.
What does John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He makes it very real and he did a wonderful job of reading it.
Did Spill Simmer Falter Wither inspire you to do anything?
Be far more careful what I put in my head...It is not easy to have such sadness there.
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Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.
Would you try another book from Gail Carriger and/or Emily Gray?
What was most disappointing about Gail Carriger’s story?
The sound is terrible, the story line is scattered.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator sounds like a silly schoolgirl.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
I was totally disappointed that I spent money on this silly book
Any additional comments?
Do not waste your money, buy something from a decent author.
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.
If you could sum up Quiet in three words, what would they be?
Intelluctual, thought provoking.
What did you like best about this story?
The new approach and the gripping information.
Which scene was your favorite?
I liked the review of the famous people who are introverts.
If you could give Quiet a new subtitle, what would it be?
Extrovert versus introvert.
Any additional comments?
Well written and unbiased, it is particularly gripping for people who are curious about social skills.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.
This book is repetitve, tries to deliver a message that way. The trouble is there is no solutipn and no redeeming feature about reading it. I found it very depressing and am sorry I ever read it.
7 of 12 people found this review helpful
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.
This book is gripping and well written..it is uplifting and that makes it a rewarding read. Would have given it five stars but for the abrupt ending.
Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.
Don't bother with this disjointed book...what a waste of time.
1 of 25 people found this review helpful
For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.
This is the most boring book I ever read. The dark nature of it and the repetitious verbage just drove me crazy. Very poorly written.
10 of 26 people found this review helpful
In a dusty trailer park on the far edge of the California dream, Michelina wants to change the direction of her troubled life but can't find her way. When a new family settles into the rental trailer next door, Micky meets the young girl who will change her forever.
This book was so interesting I had trouble putting it down, then I didn't want it to end. Skillfully told, bringing many separate factions together, it is magically woven.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
This is one of the best books I have listened to from Audible. The facts that are woven into the story are fascinating as is the story itself.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful