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Andrea

AGUANGA, CA, United States
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Great action! Too many "opened his eyes wide"

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

The plot was nonstop and very creative. The characterization was deep enough to keep my attention and make me care what happened. The editors need to rewrite all the "he opened his eyes wide" and "raised his eyebrow" and "eyebrows came together" and "lips curled up". How about using words like surprised, smiled, frowned, and the wide variety of synonyms for these words?

Enjoyed the characters more than the plot

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Lots of repetition. No way the reader could possibly confuse the storyline or relationships between the characters. The plot was not very believable or complex, but I am a sucker for a happy ending.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Not very believable

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I was repeatedly amazed at the inconsistent behavior on the part of the violent father. He hated his neighbor, yet he let his daughter go to a school where the neighbor's son was the only other student in her grade level. The father also constantly talked about protecting his family, then he would hurt them or jeopardize their safety by being drunk or leaving them alone. His character made no sense to me and I was so frustrated with him that I can not recommend this book. There was also lots of unnecessary repetition which should have been edited out. I am aware that perhaps the intention was to have the reader feel the tedium of frontier life, but it just increased my overall frustration. I did enjoy the description of the land and the severity of their daily life. Also the other characters were very eccentric and interesting to me and kept me plowing through the extended extremely wordy prose.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Trying too hard to be cool and sophisticated

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-12

I did enjoy this book, especially all the descriptions of travel to various countries in Africa. It just felt rather contrived or forced. The main character reminded me of Nikita on TV. She was overly tough one minute, and soft and caring the next. Every handsome man in the book fell in love with her. There was lots of action, but it seemed as if they were always approaching a dangerous checkpoint on a road in the middle of the jungle or back on the boat on the high seas. They, of course, left a trail of bodies behind them. The narrator's voice became very breathy at times and overly excited at other times. She was inconsistent, but some of the accents she did were impressive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Like a breath of fresh air

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-12

This book was unlike any other book I have read. The book cover and title are very misleading. You would guess this to be an old-fashioned British mystery. It was actually very current. It was reminiscent of Room in that a young boy who did not completely understand the "civilized" world told the story throughout the book. I liked the way the narrator had such an unusual, and at times rather crude, way of expressing himself. The puzzle of trying to determine what aspect of daily life the autistic boy was referring to was a challenge at times. This, on top of the mesmerizing storyline and the quirky character of the boy, made for a charming and poignant story. I found myself wishing the story continued a little longer. The ending felt rather abrupt, although all the loose ends were tied up. I did find the audio narrator's voice rather abrasive during some parts of the book, but bearable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Very original and unusual, but not engaging

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-12

I admired the imagination and creativity of the author, but found it hard to feel involved or even concerned with what happened. The characters were not appealing and the storyline felt rather absurd. I wish the author had tweaked both the characters and the plot slightly to help the reader feel like it was worth the effort to try to figure out what was going on. I found myself getting restless and switching to other books and then returning to this fanciful one before starting the next book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The narrator sounded ready for a rocking chair

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-12

I have always pictured Kinsey as a spirited and lively person, not as a slow moving old lady. I think the story was pretty good, but the narrator almost made me turn it off. She even pronounced some words in an old-fashioned way. I believe the Kinsey character to be stubborn and somewhat difficult to get along with, but not drab and lifeless, rather the opposite.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Intriging, but painfully slow and methodical

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-12

I enjoyed the attention to detail and the way King carefully followed through on every possible repercussion of changing the past. The first person narrator allowed the reader to be privy to Jake's every thought. It was fascinating as he tried to analyze how to best fix the future of the United States and the people he became attached to in the past. Although it was also excruciating to live through the mental and physical anguish with him as he repeatably tried to do the right thing. I was not enamored of the ending, but happily ever after would have been unrealistic after all that we as readers learned about the dangers of changing the past. I will say that there were only short pockets of action surrounded by large periods of agonizing that eventually became rather hard to plow through by the fourth part of this long book. I also began to tire of hearing about the innocent charms of the early 1960s lifestyle and the somewhat saccharin characters from that time period. All in all, it was a worthwhile read, and it was a big departure from Stephen Kings' trademark style, which made it fun.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Very contrived plot with a pleasant cast

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-11

Everything was wonderful, then all of a sudden there was a silly misunderstanding that caused the lovers to pull apart, then what do you know, a romantic final reconciliation at the end. It was a different story with unusual and appealing characters, and great description, but the plot was ridiculous, and formulaic. I would have loved to see a little mystery sprinkled in or maybe some more extreme action to spice it up. I just liked all the nice people in this pretty little story and wished them the best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Different from my normal fare

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-11

A person familiar with Manhattan, especially in the first half of the 20th century, will enjoy every page of this novel. The description of the city and the society is enchanting. I almost wanted to head out from California to visit New York again, just to find some of the places painted with the author's amazing prose. The book felt like an ode to Manhattan. I did find the characters rather superficial and the main character rather difficult to bond with as she seemed to be a chameleon. The best parts was the word choice and writing style. I wished I had a way to replay certain paragraphs as I listened in my car as you are able to do when you read a paper book. I did feel the story ended rather abruptly and not the way I would have liked, but most of the loose ends were addressed, although not with any depth..

2 of 2 people found this review helpful