This book by Arthur Golden has been on my "To Be Read" list for a long time! I thought the narrator, Bernadette Dunne, did a beautiful job. I think IThis book by Arthur Golden has been on my "To Be Read" list for a long time! I thought the narrator, Bernadette Dunne, did a beautiful job. I think I enjoyed this book much more hearing it than reading it, as I could hear the names and words spoken in the way that they were meant to be. I have always been fascinated with other cultures, so this book was a real treat. The book is about a young girl, Sayuri, who is sold into slavery to a geisha house in Gion, Japan. As she gets older, she must learn the geisha ways and traditions of the geisha, including: the tea ceremony, how to wear the kimono, the elaborate hair and make-up, the dancing.
The writing was beautiful, and I was totally captivated by this story.
This is the first book in The Twilight Saga. I think I am one of the few that has not seen the Twilight movies or read the books!
This book is a lot moThis is the first book in The Twilight Saga. I think I am one of the few that has not seen the Twilight movies or read the books!
This book is a lot more tender – more innocent -- than I expected, but then again it was marketed to the Young Adult demographic so maybe that has something to do with it. It is filled with teen angst, and the star-crossed lovers have so much sexual tension that it is palpable.
Edward is very charming, and Belle is the typical damsel-in-distress. Even though I have not seen the movie, I have seen from magazines and newspapers the photos of the characters that play the roles in the movie which is unfortunate. I much prefer my own mental imagery. While reading, I couldn’t help but picture Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, although I have no idea what actors portrayed the other characters which was nice.
The book builds up slowly, and I enjoyed that because I became immersed into their characters.
Did you ever read a book with a smile on your face? Well, this book did that for me. I think the innocence of “first love” was portrayed very sweetly. It wasn’t until the last third of the book that it became suspenseful. I was totally captivated, and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next!
The ending was bittersweet, and I was sad to see the book end. I was happy to have the second book, New Moon, to start on right away!
I don’t normally read the same book over again, but I can see that this is one of the select few that I could read again and enjoy it just as much.
Because it is marketed to the Young Adults, I think a lot of adults wouldn’t think to pick it up for themselves which is a shame because it is so good.
I am a pretty tough critic and don’t hand out five-star ratings lightly (the only other one for adult literature being The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society).This book is very deserving of its 5-star rating!!
I enjoyed Ilyana Kadushin's narration. I hope she does the rest of the series.
I am a Dean Koontz fan. His books are often dark and disturbing, but I love the psychological fiction stuff. With his books, the storyline is believabI am a Dean Koontz fan. His books are often dark and disturbing, but I love the psychological fiction stuff. With his books, the storyline is believable, in that the story could actually happen which I think is why they are often so disturbing.
Billy Wiles, a local bartender, finishes his shift only to find a note on the windshield of his car that gives him an ultimatum: involve the police and a lovely, young, blonde schoolteacher dies, or do nothing and an elderly woman active in charity work dies; he has six hours to decide. And so it goes on.
I was totally caught up in the storyline, as I often am in Koontz novels. This book did not disappoint me! It was a fast read and very suspenseful.
The narrator, Michael Hayden, was very good. He was a pleasure to listen to!...more
The central character, Julia Hamill, discovers a skeleton buried in the garden of the Boston house she has just mThis is my first book by this author.
The central character, Julia Hamill, discovers a skeleton buried in the garden of the Boston house she has just moved into. The ring found with the remains suggests that the body is from the 1830s and is ruled a homicide. The book flashes from the present day to the 1830s. The flashbacks describe the medical system and childbirth as it was back then, often in graphic detail which might put some people off. I, personally, found it fascinating.
I thought Gerritsen did a very good job flipping back and forth between the two time periods. She even threw some historical facts into the book, including Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., who was ahead of his time when he argued that childbirth fever was spread by person-to-person contact via the doctor’s lack of hygiene. The narrator, Susan Denaker, was very good. I enjoyed listening to her!
I will be looking for more from this author....more
I read this book aloud to my daughters. It won the 1994 Mildred L. Batchelder Award and is an ALA Notable Book.
We all loved the book! This is a greatI read this book aloud to my daughters. It won the 1994 Mildred L. Batchelder Award and is an ALA Notable Book.
We all loved the book! This is a great historical fiction book for studying the Renaissance time period and how people became artists.
Arduino, a young 13-year old boy, does not wish to become a tailor in the family business, so he leaves his home to become an apprentice for a local painter. Sadly, he is mistreated by his Master. He also discovers a secret that the Master is hiding, and Arduino must make a decision whether or not to confront him with it. If he does, he may lose his chance forever to become an artist.
Llorente's writing is so vivid that it was almost like being there in Florence, Italy. ...more