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5.0 out of 5 starsOutstanding.
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2014
Be prepared to enjoy a journey along side Lisa, as Dr. Weighill takes this life story on twist and turns of emotional and thought provoking opportunities. I literally could not put this book down, as I moved through stages of an inspired process of emotional connections with many parts of this life adventure. I started to feel annoyance at Lisa for her moments of narcissism, which in turn turned into empathy for her situation, to gratitude that I was able to read of everyone safe return. The book was extremely well written, guiding you through different life scenarios whilst maintaining the eye on the true story of the shipwreck, The book brought me close to tears in several areas as I connected with the words that painted a raw picture that could be seen and lived with as word after word followed unveiling this life event. Simply outstanding. A must read.
I purchased All Roads Lead Home on my Kindle ap for my phone before Christmas. With the bustle of the holidays, I didn't get a chance to read it until two weeks into January. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. It was even difficult to take a dinner break to go out with a friend! Once home, I immediately settled in to reading it again. I stayed up until 1:30 a.m. to finish it.
Lisa was very honest in her portrayal of herself, her life, her strengths and her shortcomings. You get a very good idea of who she is as a person. One has to admire her for admitting her weaknesses to the world and showing how diligently she has worked to overcome them. I appreciated the spiritual message in her book, and am grateful she shared such personal things.
The descriptions of wildlife and icebergs were incredible. It terrified me to think of the ship sinking in that cold, cold water, and how quickly one could freeze to death.
I highly recommend this book as an excellent true story to inspire and entertain.
It was a good story of a difficult journey. She filled in a lot of background information which was not really essential to the main story but interesting none the less making it more of an autobiography-ish story.
1.0 out of 5 starsOverwritten, overwrought, and grandiose. Don't waste your time.
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2014
An exciting adventure story gets lost in bad writing. The book is annoyingly verbose, with no sense of timing. In many places there were jarring, completely wrong, but definitely fancy, words. "Superfluous" waves, "eminent" danger, sounds that were "eerie, ghoulish conspirators"...it got to be way too much.
The narrator is a completely unlikeable bully. She berates a high school classmate because he "just" works in a video store, which means he is far beneath her and deserves it. She bosses around a porter on a train so much he tells her partner to shoot her. She flies first class and holds a grudge against a traveling companion for having visa troubles. She gives herself hero status because she handed out a few survival trinkets ("vast treasures") stored in a poncho. Did she save lives? Who knows...but she did endanger lives by disobeying orders during the ship abandonment, and insisting on hauling along her package of personal belongings in the very crowded lifeboat. She may have given away a few pairs of mittens and socks, but her overall concern for others was so lacking that she was the first off the ship, claimed the best spot in the lifeboat, and was so absorbed in video taping and her contraband that she did nothing to assist the lifeboat crews that were fighting for their survival. Others did put life and limb at risk to help out, but she did not. I was surprised at the hero status afforded her just for sharing a few of her things.
I lost interest fast in this spoiled, entitled woman living out her dreams at the expense of others that she used. The haughty tone, the Ugly American lifestyle, the distracting writing quickly overcame any interest I had in reading about this compelling ordeal. I wish the author had ditched the adjectives and simply told a story. All Roads Lead Home could have been a great adventure story but it becomes a boring, narcissistic monologue that tries to turn a self-centered 'rhymes with witch' into a hero. There are so many books about real heroes, and most are much better told. Don't waste your time with this one.
A must read! I couldn't put it down. I love reading other peoples true life stories within an event that actually happened. Its like a story within a story. Thank you for being willing to share this one. I recommend All Roads Lead Home to everyone!
5.0 out of 5 starsSpiritual Journey Meets Breathtaking Adventure Story!
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2014
The market is full of spiritual and self-help books, as well as memoirs of incredible experiences. What sets Weighill's work apart is her innate ability to combine the two into a riveting story that takes you on a journey not just of adventure and triumph over circumstance, but of inspiration and the human spirit as well. The author's ability to retell the story as if she had experienced it herself is wonderfully uncanny, and her writing style moves along the action nicely, punctuated with golden nuggets of wisdom and inspiration that will leave you the better for reading it!
1.0 out of 5 starsBrag Book by Spoiled Ritch Woman
Reviewed in Canada on November 9, 2015
The only good thing about this book was her preparation for the adventure and her description of the event itself. The historical content was way out of character for her story line. All i got out of it was that it was a brag book written by an extremely spoiled ritch woman. I had to scip over a lot of the "gag me with a spoon" stuff and pick out the parts that actually matched the title. Very poorly wtitten.
This book caught my eye first with the picture, promising a heart-pounding adventure. From the start I was pulled in to the story. It taught me that I too can conquer and overcome my own obstacles in life! Thank you for this insight and entertainment.