This book was pretty good and makes decent use of misdirection, however, because I wasn't surprised by the ending and figured it out before I even gotThis book was pretty good and makes decent use of misdirection, however, because I wasn't surprised by the ending and figured it out before I even got to the last disc, I could only give this 4 stars. I listened to the unabridged version of this book.
The first time I tried listening to this book, I had trouble getting into it, so I put it down for awhile. This book relies heavily on description rather than "action" as it is a mystery/thriller/crime novel. This chronicles the main character's search for answers...in other words, a whodunit.
After listening to a couple of fluff mysteries - Women's Murder Club series 3, 4, and 5 (yes, these are definitely just fluff) - and dealing with a continuous migraine, I was ready to sink my teeth into this kind of murder mystery.
I won't describe anything here because, anything I say about characters or storyline could give too much away and reveal the plot, and I feel this book is good enough to read/listen to for yourself rather than have me report about the book.
I will say this, if you want a mystery with characters and a plot you can sink your teeth into, this is definitely one that will fill the bill. ...more
I found this book thoroughly enjoyable. I listened to the audiobook (cassettes) version and I thought that it was well done performance!
Yes, it's abouI found this book thoroughly enjoyable. I listened to the audiobook (cassettes) version and I thought that it was well done performance!
Yes, it's about sports, but that's just one facet of the story. It's a great read because of the content it covers. The point about the sports is more about what it takes to be a good player, a great player, and learning to accept the type of player you'll be because of natural, innate limitations that are beyond our control. This story also does a great job of demonstrating that success in sports and school starts with the right attitude on and off the field (court, etc.).
Best Line: "I'm the best lousy golfer in the world"
It really gets to the meat of the story and I think it says a lot. A great read for anyone, but especially for someone playing sports and struggling to determine their own limits.
The audiobook was well done and the reader made it a wonderful performance to listen to!
Even though the possibility of this occurring is unlikely andThe audiobook was well done and the reader made it a wonderful performance to listen to!
Even though the possibility of this occurring is unlikely and not really possible (according to science, the moon's own magnetic field keeps it in it's current orbit), this is science fiction, key word on fiction!
That being said, this also falls under the category of speculative fiction. Basically a, "What would happen if?"
So, the question becomes, is this what would really happen? Would the government and society really crumble this way? I think the answer to that is yes because it seems to happen every time there are blizzard conditions here or severely cold weather situations - some of the smaller towns do get "sold out" of many items because people decide to stockpile in case something happens and they end up cut off from the community due to snow. We've also seen when people have run out and purchased their own generators after 9/11. That time really demonstrated that this scenario Pfeffer paints in this book isn't so out there, even if how it started is.
Very thought provoking and well done! Great job Susan!
This is a great book and I recommend it to anyone! ...more
This book is pretty good so far! A murder/crime story!
It's not that I can't appreciate a good romance story, but I do like other genres, and I reallyThis book is pretty good so far! A murder/crime story!
It's not that I can't appreciate a good romance story, but I do like other genres, and I really like when many elements can come together for a good story. That's what happened here. This is a nice blend of romance, crime, intrigue and suspense elements that combine for a gripping page-turner that is very humorous at times.
Garwood has a way with banter and character interaction that I can truly appreciate. But it isn't just the banter that kept the story going, it was the complexity of the characters and the plot. She managed to keep you guessing who did it until the end.
This is the abridged version of the book - the only version available at my local library. I checked this book out because it is about the first transThis is the abridged version of the book - the only version available at my local library. I checked this book out because it is about the first translation of The Divine Comedy, and one of the translators happens to be James Russell Lowell, the ancestor of fellow author and friend, Margay Leah Justice.
I've started this October 15, 2009.
Okay, this book is a prime reason why I dislike abridged audio versions - From the beginning, I feel like I am missing something important and feel confused. I'll have to read the book, so I can read the whole thing, especially since I can't borrow the unabridged version. ...more
I'm about half way through and I can honestly say that I am having difficulty wrapping my head aroundI'm actually listening to this, not reading it.
I'm about half way through and I can honestly say that I am having difficulty wrapping my head around how this whole story comes together. The cassette tape idea, so outdated that it just doesn't make sense for most of today's youth who were practically born texting. Digital or podcasts, now, that I could understand or see some teen doing. So I think that has a lot to do with trying to get into it. Even his main character, Clay, considers the tape idea outdated, which is another aspect that can make it difficult to connect with the story.
The girl, Hannah Baker, I'm not sure that there is anything that can be done to make me like this girl or truly understand her motives. Maybe that'll change by the end of the book.
That being said, the book does do a good job of showing people how their actions, or lack there of can effect someone else's life and feelings both good and bad, which is why it gets a three of five so far. Right now, I don't find myself really caring about either of the two characters and could put this down at any time, but out of respect for this author's obvious writing talent, I am going to finish the book and wait for the end before I give it a final grade.
I mention writing talent. I must say that Jay Asher does do an excellent job of showing Clay's curiosity and why he continues to listen and his thoughts as he listens to the tapes and how he figures out what he should do next. The writing itself is also well-done and flows terrifically.
So, just because I do not appear to like his book and haven't rated it as highly as some of the others, it doesn't mean that you won't like it and it might be worth a listen or a read. The only way to truly tell if you will like a book is to read it yourself, so please do not be discouraged from reading this book on what I have to say and make your own decision.
Final Review - it got better and I started to feel for her, but then, the ending happened. Her reaction just didn't seem right. If she really wanted help as she claims in the tapes, she would have been more clear and would have spoke up to someone. She was there, and she doesn't spill it to the counselor, who was ready to listen and ready to help. I was there, where Hannah Baker supposedly was, looking for help, and I took all the lifelines thrown to me. She had an agenda. I still can't feel sympathy, or much of anything for Hannah Baker.
Clay, on the other hand, I can identify with having lost someone important to suicide.
Update - 10/06/2012 My view on this book hasn't gotten better with age, in fact, it's gotten worse. I went from giving it 4 stars down to 2. Yes, it succeeded in telling a story and getting me to read it until the end. It did flow well, and I do remember connecting with Clay.
However, three years later and I still have not found a way to feel any sympathy for Hannah, and that gave me real pause. I kept asking myself what could possibly be so wrong that this would still sit with me so negatively?
Why am I changing my review? 1. Hannah was painted as a not really likeable character. While some people ended up considering people they may have wronged, etc. - which can be useful - what point does this serve if people dislike Hannah so much that they don't really care that she's not alive anymore? What message does that really send? How is that supposed to make someone re-evaluate their actions? Honestly, I just don't see it. It's easier for people to re-evaluate their actions toward someone if they can feel for a person, or identify someone in their own lives with the character that commits suicide. It didn't make me feel warm and fuzzy for anyone. It sort of had the opposite effect.
2. Something that I touched on earlier seems to be more and more important with me when I review books - what really motivated Hannah? Why did she think the way she did? Why did she really do the things she did? I think that was the major character flaw. Yes, we're given "13" reasons, but (and I am echoing other posters here) why do these things bother her so much? Why haven't we been put into her head? There had to be some underlying reason that skewed her thought patterns. I'm sorry, I can't say, "Oh, we don't really know what her home life was really like so we can't judge her reasons as legit or not." - Hello, she's a character in a novel that we're supposed to feel realistic about, so yeah, I can say, "Where's the background? Why aren't we shown Hannah through any other means other than her own words? Why aren't we given more about who she is, and the life she had?" Honestly, the best way to prevent suicide is to truly understand why someone wants to take their own life and find out why they really feel it's the best option. This book doesn't offer those views.
3. The Jessica situation. When I really considered the implication of that, and how Hannah completely victimizes Jessica all over again, it paints Hannah as such a terrible person. People say that Asher didn't make Hannah a victim. Oh, I beg to differ. She might not have been a "real" victim, she sure does a good job at painting herself as one.
4. This brings me back to Number 2. We're given all these reasons why she supposedly wanted to kill herself, but in all of that, I could not understand how she made the leap from X to Y because, in all her efforts to blame everyone else, she never really explained why she felt these acts were so grievous to her...and that's where the story really unravels for me.
5. I've lost someone to suicide, and I've been on the doorstep myself. I wanted help. I didn't give up and pushed until I got it. That's why I struggled with Hannah so much. On the tapes, as she recounts all these incidents and blames everyone, she seemed so strong, so convicted about her choices because she plans it. I just don't see how she could be so weak with every other action in her life, yet finds the "strength" to first make the tapes, then arrange for the tapes to sent somewhere..blah, blah, blah.
6. Here's a major thing I asked myself when I first read the story but decided to ignore it: Why the hell didn't the ",friend," - who gave her the recording device and was in cahoots with her about the whole, "tape thing," - ever tell her not to? Why aren't we told that he did, or didn't? Seriously, why didn't the guy who helped her orchestrate this whole thing convince her to get help, or report her or something? Why didn't she blast him for not saying anything? From what I recall, he was never mentioned on the tapes. He seriously had to know what she was up to and what would happen. Why is his roll in this so minimized? He's just as culpable. ...more
I'm listening to the abridged version. I'm not a big fan of abridged versions because I always feel like I'm missing something from the story, but it'I'm listening to the abridged version. I'm not a big fan of abridged versions because I always feel like I'm missing something from the story, but it's still a good way to enjoy more books. If I'm not reading a book, I'm listening to one!
I've finished this audio version and I must say, I didn't like it at all. It wasn't because the story was bad, it's that the abridged version was too choppy and you could easily tell that dialogue was missing in spots and that you didn't have all the info when it came to certain situations. I'll give the unabridged version a shot because I did think the story in itself held promise, it was just hard to tell from this particular version. ...more
This book was okay to listen to, but the "pitch" of the voice of the person reading this would irritate me. The voice was just a tad too high and whinThis book was okay to listen to, but the "pitch" of the voice of the person reading this would irritate me. The voice was just a tad too high and whiny for me to really get into the character, so I sort of stayed on the outside as I read the story.
On the whole, the story idea was pretty good. Carly Phillips is a great story teller. The relationship between Lacy and Ty is the focus of this book. They met during her foster care stay with Ty's mom and forged a very strong friendship that lasted through all the years they didn't see each other. When they re-met years later, they could practically pick up right where they left off, which scares them both, and wreaks havoc in their social lives, especially when you consider the fact that Lacy was engaged when she arrived into town.
However, I kept thinking that Molly and Hunter seemed to be the more interesting characters, so I do want to read Hunter's story. ...more
I'm listening to this (the In Death series) for probably the fourth time right now. It's one of my favorites. The audio versions do more than just reaI'm listening to this (the In Death series) for probably the fourth time right now. It's one of my favorites. The audio versions do more than just read a book to you. It performs a story, which is why I enjoy this series so much.
Not only do you get to listen to a great story while freeing your hands up to do things like laundry, dishes or other kinds of cleaning, the complex characters and imagery combine to help your mind show you the story. It's like watching a story without having to be glued to the TV or computer.
Note: it's best to start listening to the series here, so you won't ever feel like you've missed something. :) ...more
This book dragged on until about disc 07. Of course, I'm not sure if it had something to do with the monotone reader or the abundance of unnecessary dThis book dragged on until about disc 07. Of course, I'm not sure if it had something to do with the monotone reader or the abundance of unnecessary details.
The end, well, the end just felt like a great big let down. ...more