Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
This book is very suspenseful and it comes down to the last minute. I would compare to Gillian Flynn novels. Great read.
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.
I started the clothes purge this past week. 15 bags already. I did break a rule a got rid of baby toys but they were in the way and I was going to Salvation Army and my husband insisted. So I did do that but it hasn't stopped the purging of clothes. I continued the next day with another ten bags of clothes. I have some baby clothes to do too. It is amazing what this does for someone. I pick up every item and say to myself does this bring me joy. Then I move on. I am so happy already. I can't wait to be done so I can fold! Truly magical. Life changing. Her voice is also great for reading. Soothing but direct and influential.
During his 29th year, spending just $19,420.68, less than it would have cost him to stay at home, Adam Shepard visited seventeen countries on four continents and lived some amazing adventures. "It's interesting to me," he says, "that in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, it's normal for people to pack a bag, buy a plane ticket, and get 'Out There'."
So I really wanted to like this book. The major problem was the author reading his own text. It was flat and he sounded a bit dumb. He reminded me of boys I dated and grew up with that thought they were awesome and funny but were awkward and not very intelligent. The book storyline is good and if I hadn't heard him read it I think I could've appreciated the humor more. The book isn't really about a trip around the world it is primarily about his volunteering in Central America and his meeting his girlfriend. The rest is rushed through. I did like when he gave little history blurbs of information. I wish he had told more about the trip and less about the girl. The writing flowed better and he read clearer during the historical and background references which I liked. I just really wish he had hired a professional reader. I won't read or listen to anymore of his books because now I know his voice and just can't get it out of my head.
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A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Loved this the whole way. Even got slightly frustrated at characters as it went along. Real emotion. Real good stuff.
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For readers or listeners of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham - the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO's Girls - as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.
First off, I had to go to Natures Classroom and play the Underground Railroad game too. So yea it's real. Anyway moving on, this book was not the comical crazy nakedness I expected from Lena. It was pure and conversational and elate able to myself in every way. I find her honesty fierce and brave and I want to be more like her although I feel now I am almost exactly like her. I want to have her confidence and pure honesty to just say this is my life and it's weird and awesome and raunchy in a real way that has happened to everyone. But it's mixed with the adventures only a NYC girl and wealthier group can afford. Same life just without the nanny or the Paris trips. We are really all the same sometimes it's just some details are left out.
Evelyn has been married to her husband for 40 years - 40 years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love - the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it’s over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife’s family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding - beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings - and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own.
I felt it was a bit hard to follow on the audio version it may be easier with defined chapters you can read into. I also didn't like that the author could not pronounce Dorchester ( a boston neighborhood) and that her Boston accent was not Boston at all and more like the Kennedy accent and Maine accent mixed together. It was strange and annoying a bit. I'm from Boston and don't have the accent but know it well from my mother, family, friends, neighbors, etc.
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Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is a great story and a great book. It was detailed enough that I was interested in sailing but not so detailed that I was bothered with things I didn't understand. It's a longer book but very much worth the read. I really enjoyed the storyline.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Islands, Oceans, and Dreams?
I loved his stories about people he met and fears he had but I didn't like how much time was spent on Australia and that almost none was spent on the transatlantic passage and Central America.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
The book was clearly audiotaped poorly. There are repeats in multiple places when the reader obviously stopped for a day and started up the next and rereads at least one whole sentence. It is pretty annoying and takes away from the book. It seems a little amateurish that they couldn't edit that out. I think at one point the reader clears his throat or coughs too.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Around the World in a Decade
Any additional comments?
Get a better audio version, title, and cover and a ton of people would want to read this. It's actually an awesome read.
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