****** Okay. Due to what I learned as I wrote the review for #4, this was my least favorite book of the series, wReview to follow when I've finished #4
****** Okay. Due to what I learned as I wrote the review for #4, this was my least favorite book of the series, with Alex being my least favorite main character. But through his point of view, we learn more about how the world, at least that part of the country is dealing with the problems brought about through the meteor hitting the moon and the changes in gravitational forces on the earth.
Though this book centers on the faith that Alex and his family are devoted to, it was okay as there are a lot of people in the world and how they choose to believe affects how they see the world. But that and the misogynistic viewpoint of this faith and cultural leanings leads us to see a male who feels he must be in charge and has no compunction of hitting his sisters whose only reason to be on this earth was to cook and clean for the male. I just couldn't abide by how he treated his sisters. I never got to where I liked him much at all. But, it is through his eyes we see what happens to the world as endures more disasters and recovery.
I had to return the Audible version of this book as the narrator's acting was horrible. The deep gravelly voice didn't fit the teen, either. I felt my text-to-speech did a better job. I didn't even attempt to buy the one for #4 for it is the same voice. A younger sounding voice with more pep would have been better.
Even still, this is a great series and I want it to continue from other points of view....more
NetGalley gave me this book to read and review. Thank you.
Maybe it's the busyness of the holidays or my usual ADD, but I found this book confusing. INetGalley gave me this book to read and review. Thank you.
Maybe it's the busyness of the holidays or my usual ADD, but I found this book confusing. I must've read the first six chapters 5 times. Once I was understanding whose point of view I was reading, I found the story engaging enough. In fact, I wanted to know what was happening to the characters. But…
The ending was dull, the ending was cheap, and I felt like I had wasted my time. I wanted to feel that the characters had achieved at least the title of the book. But it just left me flat.
That said, taking my ADD and the holidays into consideration, maybe you will love this book. And maybe I need to read it again someday....more
I was lucky enough to pick this up from my local library system through Overdrive. My friend, Cheryl, wrote an intriguing review that had me searchingI was lucky enough to pick this up from my local library system through Overdrive. My friend, Cheryl, wrote an intriguing review that had me searching it out. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
I had hoped to read while listening but the ebook but it didn't come to me in time. That was okay. It provided my background entertainment while I worked on the charity hats and dolls. The reader, Meredith Mitchell, kept me involved in the story of Temple Grandin's life.
I have read other books about and by Ms. Grandin. Though this book is for young people, I found it more thorough than the others in covering the aspects of autism, living with it and knowing someone who has it. The author was able to bring this disorder to the understanding that a young person would need.
Something that I felt when reading this book and others about autism is that I think there are levels of this that many of us have. The sensitivities Temple had to scratchy clothing or loud noises or too many people or strong light I can relate to. The inability to connect to others, especially in a crowded room, I can understand, too. Knowing that Ms. Grandin found ways to make her disability work for her in her life gives us all inspiration to see how we can overcome our own problems.
Though this is for children, it is neither a short book nor pablum for babies. I felt there was a lot of depth to the stories told and much to learn for all of us. Please, seek it out and see how you like it.
This was a fun ride! I wish I would have noted where I heard about this book. Since it cost $1.99 I would guess someone recommended it to me. Thank yoThis was a fun ride! I wish I would have noted where I heard about this book. Since it cost $1.99 I would guess someone recommended it to me. Thank you, whoever you are!
This was sci-fi. Not my favorite type which is on other planets or roaming outer space. But it is the next best thing, an alien on this world.
Those who have lost others or have had cancer may find the first part of the book a little triggery as the love interest is dying of cancer. But this holds hope, so stay with it. It gets better.
I was lucky to have a free credit at Audible and could listen to Kate Rudd narrate the story. She is very good at the different character voices. I kind of wish Lucas's voice was a little more distinct from Scout's but there wasn't enough of that voice to worry about. Kate kept the story interesting, I think more interesting than had I read it without Whispersynch.
Get ready because around the middle of the book you won't want to put it down, it gets more and more exciting. And all threads are neatly tied up at the end. Even so, I miss the characters and wish there were more. Maybe more from the alien planet and what happens next there? And maybe a connection happens between the new friends. Maybe Lucas could develop some sort of ability?
But even as a solo book, it was a lot of fun! I gave up binging on another series (TV) because the book was far more interesting. If you get the chance to read this, you should. I think you'll like it....more
I was having trouble getting into my local electronic library. I know now that it was due to the card expiring. But I decided to try Washoe County andI was having trouble getting into my local electronic library. I know now that it was due to the card expiring. But I decided to try Washoe County and got in with my old card. This Overdrive version came up and I thought, what the heck? Can't go wrong with a Terry Pratchett. (R.I.P)
I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but I seem to be reading a lot of books that are centered in the late 1800s --early 1900s. (Victoria, The Diaries of Ethel Turner, The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds, Out of the Past--sort of) so this fit right in. Mr. Pratchett brought into the story some very far-fetched concepts like how Dodger nearly gets a shave by the crazy Sweeny Todd and meets Queen Victoria etc. I don't think what I just wrote is a spoiler as it is in the book blurb.
Anyway, since the only copy I could get was the audio version I spent a couple days catching up on projects while listening and occasionally laughing out loud. Though not as funny as other books by the same author this one is fun and the story one adventure after another. English humor is best!
I need to read more of his stuff like this. By the way, the narrator, Stephen Briggs, was fabulous!...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. At first, I got mad at the ancient order of things where females were worthless and could only hope to marry well.I really enjoyed reading this book. At first, I got mad at the ancient order of things where females were worthless and could only hope to marry well. But keep reading. The main character grows on you. By the end, I was crying for her. I'd say more but--spoilers!
I hope I can read the rest of the series.
The book is about seeing the world through another woman's eyes as she grows through her life. I love reading about other cultures. Though we have many differences, the female experience is what we have in common. Some of that we humans need to work on, but some of it is unique to being a woman.
This version was courtesy of NetGalley. Thank you for letting me read this!...more