I just finished listening to this and I am at a loss of words. If you follow my blog, you recall that I tried the whole audiobook thing on the drive t...moreI just finished listening to this and I am at a loss of words. If you follow my blog, you recall that I tried the whole audiobook thing on the drive to my parents last year and I just couldnt get into it. I decided to give it another shot when I got an email about getting a free audiobook from audible.com. I am so happy I did. I really enjoyed listening to this book, however I also feel like I want to read it for myself. I am afraid I might have missed something! Enzo is such a loveable and amazingly loyal dog. I am such a big dog fan that as soon as I realized that the book was narrated by a dog, I knew I would love it! I found myself listening to Enzo talk about how badly he wanted to communicate with his owner, Denny, and thought about my pup. Enzo describes that his only true means of communication with Denny is through subtle gestures. I kept looking at my dog and asking her "what are you thinking? what are you trying to tell me?" Honestly, I know dogs can sense our emotions, and listening to Enzo describe the horrific things that Denny had to go through after loosing his wife, Eve, to brain cancer, proved that even further. Dogs rock!
I highly reccomend this book to any animal lover, and especially those that have had to go through rough patches in their lives but had a loyal companion with them for the ride.(less)
Wow. Nicholas Sparks is a fantastic author that knows exactly how to tug on your heartstrings. He was also dead on when he said that at first you will...moreWow. Nicholas Sparks is a fantastic author that knows exactly how to tug on your heartstrings. He was also dead on when he said that at first you will smile and then you will cry. The first half of the book my heart was so warm and happy, and by the end I was balling like a baby. Landon is taught a lot from Jamie, in a short amount of time, and you can see him grow as a person. He started out being one of the many kids in school that made fun of Jamie (she was the minister's daughter, she volunteered at the orphanage, and was extremely nice to everyone), to someone who realized what a good person Jamie was, and how she could make him a better person. I saw the movie, years ago and thought I knew what I was getting into when I started this book. I was so wrong! The book and the movie are nothing alike -- while both are good and have their own redeeming qualities, they are completely different. Honestly, the only similarity is that the characters names are the same, and the situation they find themselves in is the same, but nothing else. I loved this book, and would recommend it to anyone for a quick, sappy, sweet, sad read.(less)
this has been one of my favorite books for ever and ever and ever. its one of those books i can pick up whenever and just open to any poem and read. i...morethis has been one of my favorite books for ever and ever and ever. its one of those books i can pick up whenever and just open to any poem and read. its amazing.(less)
I literally could not put this book down. Read it all in about three hours! Clay receives a set of cassette tapes that contain the thirteen reasons why...moreI literally could not put this book down. Read it all in about three hours! Clay receives a set of cassette tapes that contain the thirteen reasons why Hannah has committed suicide. Hannah created these tapes as a sort of explanation of why she felt like she had no escape other than death. There are seven tapes, and each side of the tape is deovted to one person, and their actions that led to Hannah's death. When Clay receives the tapes he has no idea what they are or who they are from, as there is no return label on the plain brown package. Once he starts listening to the tapes he cannot stop. He must figure out what part he played in driving his high school crush to death. This is an incredible story that had me hooked from the first line. I felt like the back and forth narration between Hannah and Clay was the perfect way to write this! Honestly, when I found out what the spark was that started the snowball effect leading to Hannah's death I thought it was so stupid! Who would be so upset about something so seemingly harmless? But that is exactly the point! I thought that Asher's choice in characters was fantastic. Hannah is a new kid in high school, which is every teens dream! You get a second chance to be whomever you want. People dont have to know about your past and you can start fresh! I know there were plenty of times in high school that I wished I could start over...but Asher just goes to show us that second chances aren't always what they seem. Clay was the perfect character to follow through the tapes with. He has a crush on Hannah but has never given himself the opportunity to get to know her because he was scared of being rejected. He had heard all the rumors about her, and figured he would never have a chance with her. He finally got to talk to her at a party one night, the night that everything came together and Hannah made up her mind. Clay is full of raw emotion, which left me feeling like I knew Hannah as well and I was listening to the tapes trying to figure out what I did wrong. I don't want to give anything away, but I will tell you that this is a book that will change you. When I read the last lines I just sat there, stunned and silenced. Suicide is such a sensitive topic to write about, but Asher has done so well in this book. I hope that not only do people enjoy reading this book, but also that they become more aware of how they make others feel. You never truly know how someone else is feeling.(less)
I love the Women's Murder Club. I think the idea is just awesome. I mean, really having those four women together solving crimes!! Obviously I am comp...moreI love the Women's Murder Club. I think the idea is just awesome. I mean, really having those four women together solving crimes!! Obviously I am completely in love with James Patterson, but what can I say? Pure Genius!(less)