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The way it started is not the way it ended...

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

If I found out that two different people wrote this book, I would not be surprised. The first part was written with such love and care, the second part was detached. Touchless. There was (I felt) no care for Anna or the Swallow man. I don't know if this was the intent, or maybe just like a previous reviewer said - perhaps I'm just not smart enough to understand all of the highly praised fluff at the end. The swallow man would have been very disappointed I think.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

unforgettable

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Such a lovely little story! Read it to your kids, heck read it for yourself! Just keep swimming and believe!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Cherished Holiday Memories

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

A quick delightful listen featuring the holiday memories of some of Audible's best narrators. It was so interesting to listen to these stories of people from all over...with nothing much more in common than a date that many of us pause to acknowledge. Stories of traditions both wacky and sacred. As different as we all are, we are still human beings. It is a shared experience. It is us taking a moment, to pay tribute to a time that in some cases does not exist anymore. Listening to these stories caused me to visit some of my own memories. It really was a treat. Thanks audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Enjoyable Agatha

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

I always turn to Aggie for a light and airy read - even when the topic is heavy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One of the Best I have heard this year!!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

This year has been tough for me trying to find books to snuggle up with, and become a part of for a few days. This book heard my knock , opened the door and welcomed me with open arms - That was perhaps more Sonia than Ove, but he grew on me. I absolutely love the sense of community this book provides, I love that even though Ove struggles so hard with life, he doesn't stop trying, and when he has decided he has had enough, he couldn't even do that correctly. I wouldn't be surprised if Ove and his neighbor were Aspies, you know if they weren't characters in a book of course, but as frustrating as hearing all about the different makes of Saabs was, I plan to listen to this book again one day. I enjoyed it so much. If you need a book that's just a soft place to land - give this a listen.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

Cute Christmas Story

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

Classic Hamish and the town celebrate Christmas. Lots of Cheer to go around. Very light and feel good - no murders.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

I Feel Duped and Disappointed...

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

I read the raving reviews and couldn't wait to start this book - I finished it today, and I wish I could have my time back. You know what bothered me the most - the character development in this book is not bad. In fact, I would say that at least for the protagonist it was so good, the entire last hour of this book was a ridiculous joke. It was not terribly unpredictable, and it amazes me that I think these women were supposed to somehow have been redeemed completely from their poor behavior and decision making by one final act of bravery...
SPOILER ALERT
You cant tell me that someone who was not even a functional alcoholic, solved a crime, got the killer to make a full confession, came up with a plan, bonded with her arch nemesis and carried out the plan - all in the course of one afternoon. Maybe the woman she was supposed to be 4 years before all of this took place, but not the woman who rides the train drinking gin and tonic, making up stories in her head about people. The satisfied audience member that this author took me for - I was absolutely not. This book was grossly over worded. This story could have been told in 5 hours. Duped and Disappointed - I will be returning this book if I can.

192 of 255 people found this review helpful

Enjoyable Listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

Quick Listen, was impressed by how closely the movie followed. The Chatty wife and her silent husband. Having the book to follow along is a great activity.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Can you say CONVOLUTED?

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

Reviewed: 09-24-14

At the time I thought this book should have ended or at least should have been wrapping up, there were 4 more hours left to go! The book then went on a rollercoaster that proved much more frustrating than fun. There is a difference between clever plot twists and things just thrown into the story to make it longer, more cluttered and cloudy! I guess this one was just not for me.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

A Good First Effort

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-14

I purchased this book because they compared the writer to Jhumpa Lahiri - my favorite writer. Besides the fact that they both explore the lives of Indians in America torn between two worlds, and the intricacies of a family - the similarities end there. Although Thomas' story was touching, I didn’t find myself thinking about it once I'd finished the book. And although Akhil's story seemingly came out of left field, I suspect many of us expected it. We can be amused by the "time travel" aspect as we get to hear the thoughts of the character's in their time and we know what eventually happens (garbage bags with handles, phones you can use in your car). But I often found myself wondering how old Amina was at times - like Im 30, and have had my share of "auntys" but none of them are going to twist my ear in reprimand...I'm 30 not 10!
This is book is long - very long and endlessly meandering, by the end of the book, you would have juggled as many as 7 storylines. Feels like the author couldn’t make up her mind as to which of her character's wants to cater to, so we got a little of everything. This is clear even with the title of the book. They may have compared Mira Jacob's familial exploration to that of Jhumpa Lahiri, but Lahiri's silences scream. Jacob is not quite there yet, but I think she's well on her way. She can tell a story, and that is what makes this book worth the listen.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful