Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors--beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and nine-year-old Grace and her former addict mother, Eileen. But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building's front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy's patio.
Best book I’ve read in over a year! Loved the characters (well, maybe not Eileen). There might be some issues with believability surrounding Billy’s progress but that is so minor. I want these people to be my neighbors. Ms Ryan combined several events (addiction, parenting, foster care, mental health, relationships to name a few) into such a positive upbeat story. I didn’t want to ever stop listening or to have the story end. I definitely want to read more by this author!
Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does - humans are a musical species.
Stories are interesting, but these just went on and on. I couldn't finish the book. I am not sure what audience would enjoy this book. I am not sure what I expected from it, but I was not impressed.
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Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.
Interesting story. It definitely kept my interest and had many amusing portions. The "spy" role was a minor portion; I kept waiting for more but the main focus revolved around the dead body in the bathtub. Narration was well done. Characters were introduced that I sure will be developed even further in future installments. A light, easy, humorous book worth the credit.
Until now, Kathryn Lyons's life has been peaceful if unextraordinary: a satisfying job teaching high school in the New England mill town of her childhood; a picture-perfect home by the ocean; a precocious, independent-minded fifteen-year-old daughter; and a happy marriage whose occasional dull passages she attributes to the unavoidable deadening of time.
From he start I found this book without excitement. I didn't really care for the characters. I didn't relate to them as they did not react as I would react and can't imagine others doing as they did. The musings of this woman seemed totally unrelated to the story being told. Their reactions and interactions between the characters were odd. Was Kathryn going to fall in love with Robert? No spoiler alert here: she didn't. Yet she invited him into the bathroom to gaze over her naked body? What was that about? Kathryn's relationship with her daughter was typical on so many levels, and not on others. The daughter reveals she became sexually active at 14 and it's almost a yawner for Kathryn. I couldn't tell when Kathryn was angry, sad, or happy. There was no passion. From the news of her husband's death to the story of how it happened there is little evidence of emotion in the story.
The narration was well done in differentiating between characters. But there was little to work with here.
I have read other books by Shreve. Some I liked, others not so much. I don't think I will try any others. I don't get her style.
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Richard Kilmer is head over heels in love with Jennifer Ryan, who takes him home to meet her parents, where she accepts his marriage proposal. While visiting, they set out on a nostalgic drive up to Kendrick Falls. On their way, a freak storm rolls in, Richard loses control of his car, and it rolls. When the storm clears in a matter of seconds, Jen is gone. Richard can't find her, and neither can the police who respond to the scene.
I will continue to be a Rosenfelt fan, but this departure from the Andy Carpenter series did not really thrill me. It was okay. Just ok. To start with the whole "event" was too preposterous. So nothing was really believable. Narration was okay. By the end I got so bored I couldn't keep track of the twists and turns.
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Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared....
I cannot deny that this is a good story. Well written and well narrated. But some of the details go beyond what is needed for a good story. They do not add much to the amazing feat of Zamperini's survival. But it is still worth spending the credit and time to listen.
In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life - from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.
I have always loved the story of the Marshmallow experiments and what they demonstrated. But this book/explanation went so much further ...and it should. It really made me wonder why it took so long for this book to be written? Mischel was masterful in weaving other relevant research to his own, illustrating not only what delayed gratification could do for a person, but how that ability (or lack) can be developed or enhanced. The narration was superb. I would even forget it was "Hawkeye" talking.
Shipwrecked, a young Saxon princess and her family - including the outlawed Edgar of England - ask sanctuary of the warrior-king Malcolm Canmore, who shrewdly sees the political advantage. He promises to aid Edgar and the Saxon cause in return for the hand of Edgar's sister, Margaret, in marriage. A foreign queen in a strange land, Margaret adapts to life among the barbarian Scots, bears princes, and shapes the fierce warrior Malcolm into a sophisticated ruler. Yet even as the king and queen build a passionate and tempestuous partnership, the Scots distrust her.
Although I did finish listening to this selection, it did not "wow" me in anyway. The characters were predictable. The sister whined, the mother demanded, the husband/king went off to wage battles, the queen prayed... Several characters came in and then were dropped (like the brother/king-to-be) and then came back. There was no rhythm to the events at all. The narration was barely tolerable. I have listened to worse, but sometimes the voices sounded oriental rather than Scottish or British.
Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city's most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family. But she can't stop herself from digging deeper into Jake's death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation - and her life - to find the truth.
This was a good tale, but was uneven. Clark introduces the various characters well. From the start there is a division between the case assigned that was supposed to be worked and the case she was forbidden to work. It goes back and forth at first. But then it seems Knight spends WAY too much time on the forbidden case and goes WAY out of line that she should have been caught. But at that point, the assigned case takes over. Good story but uneven.
The narration is as well. It bothers me when female narrators cannot do male voices well. It seems there is an overcompensation. Just use your regular voice.
For a debut novel, it was good enough that I will continue to read her other books.
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When best-selling mystery writer David Rosenfelt and his family moved from Southern California to Maine, he thought he had prepared for everything. They had mapped the route, brought three GPSs for backup, as well as refrigerators full of food, and stoves and microwaves on which to cook them. But traveling with 25 dogs turned out to be a bigger ordeal than he anticipated, despite RVs, the extra kibble, volunteers (including a few readers), and camping equipment.
Mt Rosenfelt needs to stick to fiction. Although this was interesting, there were more stories (entertaining, well written) on their lives in dog rescue. That was fine. The trip itself did create challenges, but they were not the main focus of this book. As much as it was all enjoyable, I kind of felt misled.