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Brings to light a horrible early 20th century scam

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

There are two stories: present day and 1930's. The plot that takes place in the 1930's was interesting to me and kept me listening. I had a hard time getting through the present day plot because I found the characters boring and annoying. The main present day character is a self-important, self-centered privileged young white southern woman whom we watch struggle to raise her consciousness a tiny notch. The story of the "river gypsy" kids is fascinating and, importantly, helps to expose a great historical wrong.

Which character – as performed by Emily Rankin and Catherine Taber – was your favorite?

Rill.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe.

22 of 26 people found this review helpful

Good of its kind

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

What did you love best about The Girl with All the Gifts?

The performance and production were top notch.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Very interesting twist that ties it all together in an unexpected way. Didn't see it coming.

Any additional comments?

I didn't realize this is a sci fi thriller, which I don't usually enjoy. The writing is smooth and the science interesting, for what it is. To be honest, once I started reading it, I got hooked. I gave the story three stars because some of the characters are flat and most of the story line follows the usual pattern of a thriller. I do think it would probably make an engaging movie, although not terribly different from its kind. Can't tell you more without spoiling. The reader is excellent. I want to listen to more books that she reads.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

How come I never heard about this book before?

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

Reviewed: 01-01-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! It's a wonderful, engrossing story that has it all: mystery, intrigue, and suspense!

What did you like best about this story?

The beautifully crafted plot, which has many exciting twists and turns, and which all comes together so nicely at the end.

What does Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They bring the story to life. I felt like I was watching a wonderful movie.

Any additional comments?

The characters are a bit stereotyped and flat, but I didn't really mind it, since the story line was so engaging. Think Dickens.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Delightful, entertaining book

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

Reviewed: 01-01-13

If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

entertaining, insightful, smart

Which character – as performed by Kathleen Wilhoite – was your favorite?

"Bee"--the daughter

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Bee's awakening to how music can transport a person

Any additional comments?

The characters are vividly drawn and interesting. There is a wonderful sense of absurdity in the story. There was one scene that was such brilliantly crafted farce, it should be on stage. There was another hilarious scene in which a a women in an emotional frenzy, is trying to type a letter on a poorly functioning computer. I literally laughed out loud. The mother's description of Seattle reminds me of the satirical TV show "Portlandia". I am particularly impressed by the depth of understanding with which the author creates Bee, an eighth grade girl. The story handles painful human issues sensitivity but without sentimentality; it's sophisticated without being snobby. I was sorry when the story ended.And kudos to the superb reader!

Terrific narration, but story only so-so

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Listening to Colin Firth's narration of the story was well worth while. He did a superb job. I did not enjoy the story. I found the main character to be unlikable and self-indulgent, and I didn't care about him. The story is about the main character's obsession with his ex-girlfriend, a married woman. She -- the "object" of the story, was flat and unbelievable. Her husband was a cliche. The other characters are only sketchy, at best. The story is apparently a character study of the main character, so there is essentially no plot.

Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

Maybe.

Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favorite?

None.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Too gruesome

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-10

This was a really disturbing book. I know the author intended it to be that way, but it was way over the top for me. It totally creeped me out, and still does, months later.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Hard to follow

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-08

What's good about this book is that it gives a great history of quantum physics, with interesting biographies of key figures in the field. I can see that the history of how thought evolved around quantum physics is important to understand how it lead up to the idea of entanglement, but I expected more explanation of entanglement itself. I don't have a strong background in math or physics, but I expected to grasp more of this book, since I do have a strong background in the biomedical sciences. I have enjoyed books on the subject "dumbed down" for lay people, like the Stephen Hawking books, which I was more or less able to follow--at least enough so to get a reasonable grasp of what he was talking about. In the case of this book, I was able to get some grasp of what the author of this book was talking about, but I would have liked a bit more explanation with less hard-core math and physics. I someone with an undergraduate degree in physics or better might find this book would be readily accessible, and probably very enjoyable, too.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Great reader, good characters, slow moving

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-08

This book is talky and slow moving, but the spectacular narration and well-crafted characters help make up for it. Nicely written and a great portrait of the period, and it takes on interesting social and political issues. The writing style is unobtrusive, which makes for smooth reading. I wouldn't have minded a bit more intrigue, and I found the end a bit weak.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Couldn't put it down

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-08

This was beautifully written and beautifully read--a wonderful, juicy, gothic-style story I just couldn't put down. The characters were engrossing, and the twists totally unexpected. One of my favorite reads in a long time.