Ok. So I've started listening to this and I'm not sure I'll even finish it. It's not the reader, who seems adequate, it's the story. Before the end of...moreOk. So I've started listening to this and I'm not sure I'll even finish it. It's not the reader, who seems adequate, it's the story. Before the end of the first CD I just wanted to gag.
Really. Would someone tell me how on earth anyone can like Ethan and consider him the romantic interest in this........romance. Why on earth would anyone want him. And his mother! All self-righteous. Why didn't she knock him upside the head and tell him off for his behavior. And what was with the main character (can't remember her name right now)? She KNOWS that Ethan is to blame for most of what happened, but by the end of the first disc she's willing to shoulder most of the blame.
So. She's a teen and he's in college when he seduces her, then publicly humiliates her. She leaves town, finds out she's pregnant, and goes back to tell him, finds him in bed with someone else (which, according to him doesn't matter because he was young, doesn't really remember anymore, is she really going to hold something that happened so long ago against him....) so she leaves without telling him. 5 or so years later she is back in town to tell him again. But he isn't in town. His wife (who you soon find out he married because--yes, he got her pregnant) doesn't tell him, but apparently writes a letter as if it is from him. But that's not suppose to matter either. Instead you get to listen to him constantly excusing himself and blaming her. And she seems to spend a lot of time pretty much buying into accepting the blame.
UUGGGG. And she's suppose to end up wanting the jerk?!? Really?(less)
I suppose there are those who will feel this book is trite, easy or "feel-good". And it is a couple of those things. It is an easy book to read--a nic...moreI suppose there are those who will feel this book is trite, easy or "feel-good". And it is a couple of those things. It is an easy book to read--a nice and fairly short story. And it is somewhat feel good, although I'm sure many readers felt a few pangs here and there as they recognized themselves on the page.
However, as with most books that are about who we are, individually and fundamentally, the challenge is the practice.
My recommendation is read the book and decide if it has value for you. And if it does read it again more slowly and actually take the journey along with Joe. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.(less)
**spoiler alert** If Emma was in the room with me I'd throw her out the window. "The big fight" was so, so, so, so stupid, stupid, stupid. I can't bel...more**spoiler alert** If Emma was in the room with me I'd throw her out the window. "The big fight" was so, so, so, so stupid, stupid, stupid. I can't believe Nora Roberts wrote such twaddle. And it wasn't even just Emma. Her friends were just as bad.
So a man has a horrible, stressful day. Comes home to his own house, with a splitting headache, with his own expectations and runs smack into her--in his house, uninvited, with HER EXPECTATIONS.......and of course, it's all his fault. And her friends, who are supposedly his friends as well, wrap the blubbering idiot in the bosom of there affections, and leave Jack out in the cold without even being able to get a word said. He was willing to admit that he had blown it (even though I think that she should be the one saying those words) and they won't even listen to ONE WORD. Friends like that.....who needs them.
I've been listening to this on a digital download---mindless stuff to listen to while working in the kitchen. And I want to throw my computer out the window. And I'm down to the last 10 minutes. And I don't even know if I can listen to them.
She's finally deigned to forgive him for all his sins against her, and he's going to do the big grovel. And I'm going to puke. I wish someone could tell me if somewhere in the last ten minutes she actually has a brain transplant or learns how to allow for him what she expects for herself. I just don't want to listen to this last ten minutes if somehow she isn't going to redeem herself.
If it was a book, I'd have skipped to the very last page a long time ago, just to read the "happily ever after".(less)
First off, I would recommend this book even though I am only giving it 3 stars. And I may change that rating by the time I finish the book.
However, I...moreFirst off, I would recommend this book even though I am only giving it 3 stars. And I may change that rating by the time I finish the book.
However, I do have one BIG problem with this book. The author obviously writes with a huge vegetarian bias, and doesn't seem to have a problem interpreting scripture in a way that supports that agenda. Along with his very interesting interpretation of the creation, he goes on to represent the ancient Hebrew diet as being vegetarian, which it was not. There were restrictions on which types of animals that could be eaten, but animals were eaten. Not only were they eaten but they were also eaten as part of the law of sacrifice. So I wonder, if he is willing to misrepresent that (IMO), what else is he willing to misrepresent?
Really though, so far I find most of what he says intriguing, and probably most of his diet advice (efficacy of water) sound. (less)
I have to chuckle when I read reviews (which I was just scanning through) either condemning or praising a book for how much like or unlike an author's...moreI have to chuckle when I read reviews (which I was just scanning through) either condemning or praising a book for how much like or unlike an author's other books it is. I guess not being very familiar with AF gave me a chance to come to this book fresh.
I'll start off with the caveat that I listened to this book, and the reader, James Wilby, is excellent.
I don't want to get into any spoiler territory so I will just say that I found this book entertaining and a bit thought provoking. I don't think this book was meant to be all that religious. I mean, yes, it is a heaven/hell story, but not meant to be in anyway theologically sound. I didn't get to the end wondering if I was on the blue side or the red side. In fact, I think the story was more an exploration of the choices we make that lead us to certain places in our lives. And also....I don't know how to put this smoothly...the effect of being unforgiving of others on ourselves. At least that's what I got out of it. I'm not privy to what Eoin Colfer intended.
For CS Lewis fans, I did find this book a little reminiscent of The Screwtape Letters.
So 4 stars. A fun book, well worth the time to read or listen. I highly recommend listening. (less)
I didn't mean to read this book so quickly, but I kept coming back to it. So it's gets a 4 from me. I wasn't even tempted to skip to the end and cut i...moreI didn't mean to read this book so quickly, but I kept coming back to it. So it's gets a 4 from me. I wasn't even tempted to skip to the end and cut it short.
Haunted is part of a loosely connected series of books, all involving the Harrison Investigations series--"Ghostbuster". I've listened to several. All have had suspense, romance, ghosts, and real flesh and blood killers.
The suspense in Haunted was good, although I had a pretty good outline of the rest of the book in my head by the middle. Still, the author did a good job of getting where she was going.
The romance does include sex if that is a deal maker or breaker for you.
I can picture the villain being played in a movie by one of those really terrific actors that can look totally normal until the moment when they aren't, and then the do a really great creepy.
My one little beef is that there was a little side issue that was never addressed, but that could be sloppy reading on my part. I did skim here and there.(less)
First, though I gave it a 5 star rating, this isn't a perfect book. This is why it earned this rating from me. Wonderfully believable, complex charact...moreFirst, though I gave it a 5 star rating, this isn't a perfect book. This is why it earned this rating from me. Wonderfully believable, complex characters. I listened to the book and never once wanted to just be done with it. I thought the reader did a fab job. The story explores many of the ups and downs of life without ever getting preachy about it. Yes, it talks about 3 world countries and the appalling conditions, but never with the hit-you-over-the-head "you evil American with all your stuff. You should be ashamed of yourself and.....so on and so forth." And it still had a happy ending without everything being tied up into a neat little bow. I dearly love some hope and joy at the end of a book.
If you are not a fan of some cuss words (including an f-bomb here and there) then this is not the book for you. If it doesn't bother you that much (and the book really doesn't hit you over the head with a bunch of gratuitous usage), then give it a try. If you avoid sex at all costs, then this is not the book for you. While the sex is not detailed and hot and heavy, it is there. And my friends, if you read it, drop me a line and let me know what you think. I love it when my peeps love a book as much as I do. (less)
I really don't understand the negative reviews of this book. It's been a few years since I've read it, and the main thing I remember is--I couldn't pu...moreI really don't understand the negative reviews of this book. It's been a few years since I've read it, and the main thing I remember is--I couldn't put it down. And that is rare. And I finished the book caring enough about Greg Mortenson's work to look further into it. I loved the feel I got for life in that country through the eyes of an American, although not a typical one. I would recommend that you at least give this book a try. (less)
I read this book some years ago, as an adult studying YA books. It's dark. And I don't remember much of the over all story--though I probably could if...moreI read this book some years ago, as an adult studying YA books. It's dark. And I don't remember much of the over all story--though I probably could if I tried to. But there is one part that comes to mind over and over again. In fact it came up in a conversation with a friend just the other day. One of those comments that starts out, "I remember reading in a book years ago........." And I really think this should be a must read book for teenage girls.(less)
I've read several of Mark Rashid's books, and will write a general review..... Of all the horse related books I've read, and there have been many, the...moreI've read several of Mark Rashid's books, and will write a general review..... Of all the horse related books I've read, and there have been many, these are the ones that I have been able to learn from and implement the most. And they are fun reads even for those who do not own or train horses. Lots of stories and antidotes. And I like his band's cd also.(less)
As I've been making my way through Christmas books, I came across The Christmas Letters. The digital edition I read had only 15 pages, so I was surpri...moreAs I've been making my way through Christmas books, I came across The Christmas Letters. The digital edition I read had only 15 pages, so I was surprised to see that it is listed as an 80 page hardback book.
To me this isn't really a story at all. There isn't really a plot. The story of the grandfather is really more of a device to make a point about Christmas. And yet it escapes being preachy or pendantic. It also, however, also escapes being heart-warming. There is not enough development of the story and characters for it to be very emotionally engaging.
Still, it is a book worth the 5-10 minutes it took me to read it. One more little reminder about the reason for the season. (less)