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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-18

My Mouth is Watering

I found this book to be very charming and sweet. I grew up watching The French Chef on PBS so I could hear Julia’s voice throughout this whole book. I wish I had the kind of gumption that she had, to learn to cook such awesome dishes, although I have to admit some of them sounded horrible. I’m not a true vegetarian, but I eat very little meat, so hearing her talk about smothering the ducks so the blood stays inside, and then eating the ducks with the coagulated blood still in its veins made me more than a little queasy. But other recipes sounded so fabulous that my mouth watered more than just a little.

I don’t think this book is for everyone, but I loved it.

Narrator Kimberly Farr truly caught the spirit of this book, and her French pronunciations were spot on. Brava!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Not my genre

Someone recommended Brad Thor to me a few years ago so I bought this book and then didn’t listen to it until now. For the genre, it is a pretty good book, but it just isn’t “down my alley.” Ha ha. One of the problems I have with this book is the frequent use of cliches. Another is the prose, or lack thereof. Yet another is the predictability and lack of creativity. It is very formulaic, following the plot line of so many other stories of this type. And I have to say the ending was just about the worst ending of all time.

Now with all that said, I still enjoyed the story for the most part. It strangely held my attention and I did care about some of the characters and the situation they found themselves in. . I’m not sorry I read it, but probably won’t be reading any more of this series.

Perhaps one reason I did enjoy this book is the fabulous narration of George Guidall. He is one of the very best.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I Still Love Him.

I love Elvis, and I love reading about his life. I read the first volume of this biography a couple of years ago, and it just made me love him more. This volume got to be a little long winded for a while there. I guess if you are going to write a comprehensive biography it behooves you to include it all, but it got to be hard to slog through. Although I love Elvis, I’m sorry for what he became. It is so sad to hear about an incredible life, so full of promise and so incredibly talented, come to such a miserable end. I wish it could have been otherwise, but it just wasn’t to be for this super-super star.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Short, but it packs a punch!

What great lessons are to be learned from this story. I think I could become a Conrad Richter fan. This book had so much to say in a short time, and it left the drawing of morals up to the reader. The young protagonist of this story, True Son, was left in the middle of the whole mess, not knowing which way to turn. It was brilliantly written

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Too much like a soap opera

I think I might like the rest of this series, but I was not sufficiently enthralled with this novel to take the risk of reading three more. The writing was beautiful and the setting was intriguing, but the action, or non-action just wore me out. I guess I failed to care about the characters enough to go on with it. They were good and mostly interesting characters, but they just never did very much. It was kind of a cool ending, but it was too little too late for me.

I really wanted to like it, but it was too much like a soap opera: dramatic, slow-moving, repetitious and slow-moving. Did I say that twice? Oops I meant to write repetitious. Oh no! I said that too! Sorry.

Unlike many reviewers here, I thought the narrator was awesome. He is the only thing that kept me going. He is a great reader with wonderful deep vocal tones. Very easy to listen to for me, at least. Some might consider him a little overdone, but I loved listening to him, even his characterizations.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Worth Reading

I think it would be very hard to write an original dystopian novel without it sounding contrived. This one has its original and creative moments but also has its contrived moments. It follows a pretty standard plot line: young kids get caught in some futuristic hell-hole that they can't get out of, but the "chosen ones" can see that somehow or other they have to get out not only to save themselves but also to save the rest of the poor sots who are still there. Somehow these above average thinkers and doers are able to figure it out. You know the plot. The difference here is that everyone is born with two souls in one body. By roughly age 6 one of the souls has become dominant and the other one just fades away. But what happens if #2 does not go away? Ah, there's the rub. And it isn't pretty.

And so it goes. I don't want to give any more away, but that little detail makes the book worth reading. An easy read and not too long, it is the first of a three book series. I'm not big on serieses (is that even a word?) so I probably won't be reading the other two. But in the end I did enjoy this one. Some of you out there are going to love it, and most likely the whole series.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

It's Finally Over

I don't usually like to read series because I feel tied down to them. Stephen King, though, gives me that urge to see-what-happens-next that is what makes me a book junkie. It did take me a while to start this last volume after devouring the first six, and I have to say it wasn't the best part of the story, but I did enjoy it. Even the ending wasn't too bad (I find King's endings to be his weakness) because I didn't expect it to end the way it did. I took it to be a happy ending, and I like those, but it also had some sadness to it from my perspective, or at least some bitter-sweetness. As usual, I cared about those characters (what I find to be King's strength) and I didn't want to say good-bye to them. Pretty good series all in all.

George Guidall is one of the all-time best narrators, and I love listening to him. This series was started by Frank Muller, though, and I have to say I missed him when the series was switched over to Guidall. I think everyone who has heard Muller read misses him. It sucks that he died so inconveniently at the height of his career. He was truly amazing.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

A Lot of Fun!

B. J. Harrison has that sort of creepy quality in his reading that makes him the perfect narrator for this short story. It is an icon of scary literature, especially for young people but it still holds my interest as well. It takes the imagination on a wild ride and that may be the exact thing I am looking for in a good story.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Great Stories

Great short stories with strong morals. I love reading Irving! His imagery is vivid, and it is easy to get sucked into the situations.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Not what I expected

I'm not sure what I expected, other than to be enthralled and eager to get back to this book every day. I am probably in the minority here, but I thought it was slow moving with little real excitement. I did not feel that urgent need to see what happens next.except for in a few instances I thought Bailey was left hanging in the air for way too long. His part of the story could have been the thing that would pull a reader back, but it just didn't go anywhere with any kind of drive. With that said, I did enjoy it to a point. It has its uniqueness, and there were some fabulous moments, but I really wanted to love it and I didn't.

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