A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.
I read this book because I wanted to read the sequel. Honestly I am not a huge fan of adolescent fiction in general. But this book was so slow with so many details that were not interesting, and even worse Ruth characters that were shallow and about whom I just did not care. The writing was pure narrative. There was no poetry, no aha moments, nothing that made you want to bookmark or highlight. Blah.
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But over the years, Lovell and Hannah's conversations have become charged with resentments and unspoken desires. She's become withdrawn and directionless. His work affords him a convenient distraction. The children can sense the tension, which they've learned to mostly ignore. Until, after one explosive argument, Hannah vanishes. And Lovell, for the first time, is forced to examine the trajectory of his marriage through the lens of memory - and the eyes of his children.
I rarely say I love a book, and rarely give five stars, but this book was beautiful. I don't know what is wrong with people who said it was not a suspense novel, because it most certainly was. If they thought it was just about a troubled marriage, they must not have finished the book! However, the troubled marriage is deeply stirring. Nuanced, subtle, beautiful and sad.
It is also about missing people -- primarily the wife, but another as well as the story goes on. I myself have a missing daughter, and again the author captured something here. I have waited to have DNA identification performed on human remains as well, and the description of what Lovell experienced was again right on in an understated and subtle way.
As for the narrator, I wasn't totally in love with her. She reads with a kind of a laid back northern drawl, which was okay for certain characters, but not all. Nevertheless it was less disturbing than many narrations I have had to listen to.
But overall, I highly recommend this book. Thank you, Heidi Sands!
What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.
Excellent storytelling, and best of all I could listen to the narrator all day. Love the Australian accent and get reading was perfect. The narrators all too often ruin audiobooks for me!
Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: In one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra's knee, his athletic career, and his social life. No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe.
Story was so so. I spent most of the book wondering when I was going to find out what was going on. Characters are endearing so I kept reading. Narrator was good for main part BUT his simpering characterization of female characters was extremely irritating.
How could a loving God send people to Hell? Will people have a chance after they die to believe in Jesus and go to heaven? With a humble respect for God’s Word, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle address the deepest questions you have about eternal destiny. They’ve asked the same questions. Like you, sometimes they just don’t want to believe in Hell. But, as they write, “We cannot afford to be wrong on this issue.” This is not a book about who is saying what. It’s a book about what God says.
Does not question the existence of God or the basis on which we understand his nature. God exists and his character is revealed in the Bible. If you accept that this book will challenge you to let God be God.
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In The Art of Asking, Palmer expands upon her popular TED talk to reveal how ordinary people, those of us without thousands of Twitter followers and adoring fans, can use her principles in our own lives to "let people help".
It was impossible to resist her openness and vulnerability. The second half of the book is especially rich. Love it.
You can reach your healthy weight goal - and grow closer to God in the process. This is not a how-to book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose.
I haven't finished this book, but I really like it so far, enough that I also purchased the kindle version for deeper study.
The narrator, however, is awful. She sounds as though she is a kindergarten teacher reading a fairy tale to a class of little kids. Fortunately I have listened to enough audiobooks with less than great narrators so I am still able to continue listening to it, but Jill Brennan, try reading like you are speaking to intelligent adults. Thanks.
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Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.
I bought this because of all the great reviews. Well, obviously I am not in sync with other audible listeners. This is one of the most mind numbingly boring books I have ever read, I got more than halfway through, into the second part, but could not keep reading. A waste of credits. The narrator has one of the most pleasant voices I have heard, though, and he doesn't make members of the opposite sex sound like caricatures, which is such a welcome change.
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Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
This book really held my attention, even though I have no knowledge of and minimal interest in either technology or business. And face it, that's what this book was about, which is where the disappointment comes in. This book is really a biography of Apple products, and Steve Jobs as he plays a role in them. It barely touches on family or feeling, and then only in the most superficial ways. Steve Jobs was a man who faced death, and he was a man who had pursued spiritual paths all his life. I would really like to have heard more about how he faced this final path -- the inner struggles -- not the fact that he whined when he was in pain.
But this brings us to the narrator. He did an okay job with most of the subject matter in the book. He sounded like a TV news anchorman, or like a sportscaster. The problem is that this was all he could do. In those few moments when the book began to touch on Jobs' heart or soul, the narrator was unable to switch to a matching tone. He just read it off like the scores from the day's baseball games, and it robbed the little bit of humanity right out of the book.
I did enjoy hearing about the creation of all the Apple products, and even their marketing. I did find myself cheering for Jobs, even when he was being a jerk. He was a man of vision, and a man or courage to be willing to take those extra steps to make his visions reality rather than going an easier, more cost effective route.
A story of romance, adventure, and humor, Between the Lines features high-schooler and social outsider Delilah, who discovers a charming fairy tale in the school library and can’t resist turning to it again and again. But one day she finds the book has hidden depths—and that the story’s handsome prince has somehow stepped from the page into her very own world.
I am about 75 percent of the way through this book and I don't know if I can stand to listen to the rest of it. I am far from a YA but as a mom I have read lots of YA novels my kids have brought home, and many of them have been really good. This one is not. It is a children's fairy tale. If you like children's fairy tales perhaps you will enjoy it, but it definitely doesn't have what I was hoping for from Jodi Picoult.
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