This is a collection of survivor's stories read by Gloria Gaynor (and includes her own triumphs over the shiz storm we call life and the audio has herThis is a collection of survivor's stories read by Gloria Gaynor (and includes her own triumphs over the shiz storm we call life and the audio has her music too... which just sounded creepy because I listen to my audiobooks at 2x speed. ;) )
Some of the stories were touching, and some had me tearing up. But... they were very uneven because not everyone's story was well written. As they all linked to Gloria Gaynor's song, some of the author's went a bit overboard trying to work in the lyrics (like the woman who's son tricked her into signing over her house to him and then KICKING her out and selling the house, but she just moves on after reciting song lyrics to him... um, no, sweetheart, you tear rip him a new one and hire a lawyer because you have rights and your child is evil incarnate).
In the beginning I thought this was going to be more of a three star- I like stories of people overcoming life because it gives me hope. I know lots of very strong people, friends who have had to deal with some epic shiz, and are still standing. I know people who are in pain, physical and emotional, every damn day of their lives, who can still smile and ask how I'm doing (and actually mean it). Although I don't read a lot of Christian books, I don't avoid them either- I'm a Christian and I like that Gaynor got through some really tough times through her faith. In past years she has changed up some of her lyrics to "I Will Survive" to reflect her faith, and I think that's lovely.
But... it began to feel like a lot of the stories were written by people promoting themselves. A lot were told by writers, who make sure to mention that they wrote a book or articles. Often times though, they were just too abrupt. Like, this horrible thing happened in my life, but I went to Walmart and sang some Gloria Gaynor so I'm all good now.
That, by the way, actually happens to one of the women who submitted her story. Her son is convicted on child molestation charges and sentenced to 30 years, which she thinks is too severe, but then she goes to Walmart at 4am to shop and discovers that she'll survive. Out of all the stories, she's the only character I didn't feel that much sympathy for. She's awfully defensive about his culpability (yes, he did it, but it's not really his fault because he's childlike himself). So, while I sypathize with her- she's his mother no matter what, I just find the whole idea that she's so upset over how long his sentence is that she goes into this super deep, dark depression, prays about it, sings some Gloria Gaynor and finds peace while shopping at Walmart at 4am to be a bunch of bullshiz.
Some of the stories were truly inspirational- the women who found strength to leave abusive relationships- the woman who suffered physical abuse in childhood only to create a wonderful family that is torn apart when her bright teenage son is killed but finds peace in adoption, to the woman who's beloved son is killed by friend playing with a gun only to lose her father a week later in a bizarre accident- all these people are not only surviving, but many are thriving. Many are helping others, and these stories may well help others. There were also several stories involving 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing and Hurricane Katrina.
I picked this book up during an Audible sale, and it was worth my time to listen. I just wish some of the stories had been edited better.
Gloria Gaynor narrates and she does a lovely job reading all the stories- although I can't help thinking that they might have been more powerful read by each of the survivors. ...more
It felt like, dare I say it, that Stephanie Plum has matured a little bit. Yes, all the usual bits of exploding cars and unsuccessful attempts to brinIt felt like, dare I say it, that Stephanie Plum has matured a little bit. Yes, all the usual bits of exploding cars and unsuccessful attempts to bring people in for bounty, but to be honest, I read these books for the humor and the inside jokes.
HERE THERE BE SPOILERS
(view spoiler)[In the beginning of the book, Morelli breaks up with Stephanie. Something is going on with him, and he thinks the stress of his job and the stress of dating someone like Stephanie is not good for him. But even though they're broken up, it's obvious they still care about one another... because of course they do.
So even though Plum is legit single she doesn't immediately go off and have sex with Ranger!!! Now, I'm not saying there isn't flirting and some kissing (always initiated by Ranger, which is one of the reasons I am Team Joephanie). But as sexy and as good smelling as Ranger is, Stephanie knows that he's not good for her because he's not a relationship guy, and falling for someone like him would result in a crushed heart.
Does anyone else get the feeling that maybe when Evanovich is done with this series, or has Plum pick Morelli, that there will be a new series starring Ranger? Because I would read the shiz out of that series. I might prefer Morelli to him in regards to Stephanie, but that doesn't mean I don't love me some Ranger.
Also, in regards to maturity- Steph bakes a cake (albeit at her mom's house since she doesn't have all the equipment) and it doesn't blow up, and it tastes good. I was so RELIEVED. No, she's not suddenly Betty Crocker, but it's nice to see Plum adulting well.
My favorite part of the book is when Stephanie's mom finally gets involved in one of the cases, and sees what her daughter might find interesting about her job. (hide spoiler)]
I feel like Evanovich is either getting ready to end this series soonish, or at lease let Stephanie grow up some. I'm so glad I stuck around because several books ago I almost quit, despite my love for Lula and Grandma Mazur. But I feel like I'm part of the Burg, despite the fact that I wouldn't survive a day in the life of Stephanie Plum. ;) ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Fun and sexy. As much as I enjoyed Natalie and Paddy having to work out their issues, which were real ones, at times it dragged the pace of the book dFun and sexy. As much as I enjoyed Natalie and Paddy having to work out their issues, which were real ones, at times it dragged the pace of the book down. However, I'm looking forward to the other Hurley brothers!...more
Not going to lie, I totally teared up at the end of this book and the end of the Parasol Protectorate series. I really hope grown up Prudence will beNot going to lie, I totally teared up at the end of this book and the end of the Parasol Protectorate series. I really hope grown up Prudence will be as adorable as she is as a toddler. So pleased with how things turned out, especially for Biffy and Ivy!...more
I love the Kopp sisters! Funny and entertaining, especially since it was based on real incidents. I really hope Stewart continues the Kopp sisters' stI love the Kopp sisters! Funny and entertaining, especially since it was based on real incidents. I really hope Stewart continues the Kopp sisters' stories!...more
Another delightful tale, with one of the best endings of the series so far. Now I can finally listen to Timeless, which I accidentally bought before IAnother delightful tale, with one of the best endings of the series so far. Now I can finally listen to Timeless, which I accidentally bought before I had even read the first book....more