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Marilyn McFadden

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I'm the outlier

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-19

Others rate this novel as over the moon; I just don't. Cassandra Campbell chose a sadly hopeless/helpless / breathless/whiney voice for Kya Clark that casts a weird juxtaposition to this Marsh Girl who manages to raise herself without significant adult assistance in a land where the lack of bug spray alone could prove fatal. Not to mention whatever nutritional deficiencies result from a diet of all seafood and rice. The story of Kya Clark is not unlike the story of Lorna the Jungle Girl - albeit come to puberty in a shack out in the marshes bordering a small village on the coast of North Carolina rather than a jungle in Africa. As Lorna developed mystical rapport with native animals, Marsh Girl Kya communicates with fish, the moon, crabs and birds. Ahh, the resilience of the female spirit and innate intelligence of the young but beautiful and beguiling) aboriginal left on her own who begins a start-up seafood business, educates herself (with a little help from a smitten local boy), loves, loses, exacts revenge and ends up writing seminal works on marsh life in North Carolina. The plot is excruciating, the story slow and predictable and the likelihood of this youngster ever reaching adulthood without being committed by social services is zed. Those who enter here, suspend all disbelief.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

Chivalry audiobook cover art

An English housewives, tea and scones with the neighbor and a knight of King Arthur's roundtable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-15

I simply don't know what more one could ask of a short story. This is brilliant. The narrator is exceptional. And Gaiman, as always, is the best.

All Odd, no plot

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-08

Dear Odd Thomas
Oh, Odd one. Can you please ask Koontz to give you a plot next time? I stayed with it, but only because I've grown fond of you, not because the book is a page turner.

I know it's so tempting to look for a plot on the homeland security themewagon. I'm guessing Koontz might move on to Odd Aliens next. If it matters Dean, I quit watching Chuck Norris when he made that move. Only Scully and Mulder do it right.

Frequently Koontz, actually a talented writer, gives his other characters books with plots. Demand your fair share.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

You're not from Jersry are you?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-08

Evanovich writes about a gal, Italian to her toes, Jersey born and bred, hot for her first grade boyfriend turned cop and about three other guys.

Wait, how come the reader lacks the accent that tells the reader what Plum is all about. She's good, this reader, she enunciates, keeps you awake and is coherent but there's no Jersey, no garlic, no Italian, no lust and spitfire.
Where's Stephanie?

Coben does Picoult

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-08

Listen to this book, then guess the author. Jodi Picoult, right? Oh wait, I'm not a Picoult fan, she just exhausts me. Coben is all cause ridden in this one, just when I wanted a good thriller. I'll keep reading Coben, just not recommending this one.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

Sleepytime Narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-07

I echo the opinion of "Pat from Salinas" et al. re:narration. I may at some point in the future try to read this book, if I can erase the narrator's influence from my memory. Perhaps if I turned up the speed option on my ipod? I'm trying to push through, but presently think that Mr. Hoye should convert to reading bedtime stories. That should work well. Hard to overlook the narrator's influence in rating the book isn't it?

5 of 5 people found this review helpful