Tag: Audiobook

Review: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Posted May 23, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Title: Me Before You

Author: JoJo Moyes

Publisher: Viking

Publication Date: December 2012

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
I purchased this book.

Review:

I don’t know what to say.
I usually listen to audio books on my commute. So when Friday evening came, and I found myself sitting in my car in my driveway, with still half the audiobook to listen to, I decided to go inside and listen to “just one more chapter.”

Which turned into a very late night of me laying on my bed, staring up at the ceiling. Before dinner. After dinner. And finally, with my husband asleep next to me and the lights out, until 2am, when I finally finished Me Before You. And was a hysterical blubbering mess.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book.
I met friends for a fun Saturday afternoon the next day and they remarked upon how puffy my eyes were and how I looked very tired. Which of course then I had to explain to them why I was up all night, a sobbing crazy person.

Lou seems content with her small life, her simple existence. Will’s life was bigger, brighter, fun and in motion. They couldn’t be more different and that’s why their middle ground is so unstable. But coming from each side, both of these characters have a journey ahead of them through struggles and hardship and love that alter them so completely, my heart warms just thinking about who they were in Chapter One and who they became by the end.

This is not Chick Lit. It is not a conventional romance.

It is way more than that.
It’s a deep and thought provoking read about courage, living and love.

I listened to the well read audiobook and highly recommend it.
I also fear that reading the book would have been very difficult for me as I probably wouldn’t have been able to see the words from all the crying!


This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while, and certainly the best one I’ve read all year.

Go get it.
Now.
I’ll wait. 

Good. 

Now, let’s discuss…

Rating 10 One of The Best

Posted May 23, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 5 Comments


Review: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Posted April 18, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Title: Bel Canto

Author: Ann Patchett

Publisher: Harper Perennial

Publication Date: September 2007

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.

I purchased this audiobook.

Review:

In South America, a birthday dinner party is taken over by terrorists who wish to kidnap the President in order to secure demands. But the President isn’t there, and what should have been an in and out operation  becomes months of living together. Hostage and terrorists side by side, until no one remembers the outside world.

I enjoyed State of Wonder, Patchett’s latest book, and on some friends’ recommendations, I downloaded the audiobook Bel Canto.

There are many things to love about Bel Canto– the descriptions of the house, the surroundings, the deeply woven relationships and full of life characters that leap from the page. The love stories, the opera, the singing. The books feels like you are a hostage as well, removed from your old life, not sure how long you are going to stay, and surrounded in a new world.

The writing is elegant and moving, descriptive and like any Patchett I’ve read, some phrases are so dead on, they simmer for days in my head.
She certainly knows how to wright.

That said, I can’t say I enjoyed Bel Canto. All of the above is wonderful, and I’m happy to recommend it to friends who enjoy fine writing. The story is interesting, but moves slowly. So slowly in fact, that I almost stopped listening a couple of times. Maybe I’ve become a young again, with a shorter attention span and yearn for action. But for me, the story moves too slowly and while all the characters are given full stories, and I am interested in all of them, not a lot happens.

That’s the beautify and the flaw of Bel Canto. The hostages, terrorists and reader, is stuck in this house, where stuff is happening, but nothing happens. The limbo of continuing on when everything and nothing changes.
So while the book itself is impressive, I don’t have an emotional pull to the book, the characters, the story.

Even the ending, when something does finally happen, is short and fast. It’s wrapped up in minutes and the epilogue leaves me wanting, for motivation, explanation and forward motion. But even that, is slow going.

Rating: 5 OK, Decent like Diet Coke


Posted April 18, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment