I thought this book was great!! For any fans of Downton Abbey, this is just what you want to eat up! No, it's not great literature, but she did her homework, and it totally goes along with the theme of Downton Abbey, except that it takes place in an earlier period. The heroine's name is Cora, which I thought was a bit unoriginal, but otherwise, I liked her and I had fun reading this, couldn't put it down.
This was nice, but I've read others like it that were better. It's a young adult book, but it sort of connected to "The Grapes of Wrath", it's that era and circumstances. It's clean and nice for young people
This book is great fun! Especially if you live in Maine, or anywhere in Aroostook County! I live in Maine, and just loved the references to Maine things. The story is nice, no bad language, graphic sex or violence. Makes you feel you would like to live there.
This book is awesome! This SERIES is awesome!! I urge you to start with the first book, "By Force of Arms". This is the beginnings of the AMERICAN navy, and corresponds with the best of British Royal Navy fiction. I am a fan of Patrick O Brian and Horatio Hornblower and I loved these. Great characters, great action. The author lives in Maine, my adopted state. DO read this series, you won't be sorry!
Anne Tyler is an amazing writer, and I did enjoy this book, but it didn't QUITE get there. After I finished it,I didn't think "that was profound"; it didn't make me think about it for days and days afterward as some books do. It didn't quite accomplish it's purpose, although it was interesting.
I LOVE Martha Grimes and the bunch at Long Piddleton! Richard Jury is a hunk, and the books are a great mix of British murder mystery and quirky humor. Many great characters. You must read the first 3 books first!
The Patrick O'Brian books are the VERY BEST. If you liked Horatio Hornblower, or the Alexander Kent series, you would love these! The action is the best, the characters are so likeable, so real, and so memorable----plus, his command of English is just awe-inspiring and FUN. I've never enjoyed a series more, I own and re-read all 20 of them.
What more can I say to all the glowing reviews of this book that have gone before?? It's excellent and a wonderful read. I am definitely NOT going to repost it, I'm keeping it! The book is better than the movie, which was excellent. I watched it again after I read the book.
Hornblower is a mighty character, what great adventures, I love them all. Do read this, and share it with book and adventure loving teenagers! Get them started on the great tradition of the British Royal Navy!
I've listened to a lot of books on audio, and this is the BEST one I've ever heard!!! Mary Beth Hurt doesn't just read the book, she interprets it, and acts it! It's utterly wonderful. I was entranced and have listened to it two times. Absolutely without peer. It's a good story, anyway,---Jane Smiley knows her horses and her horse racing, inside and out, and it really give the horse racing fan everything they asked for and more---besides really good insight into people (and horses)and their characters. It's a masterpiece!!! I adore it.
This book is very good!!! I got it for my sister because I knew she'd like it and she did. It begins a whole series that starts in Scotland and ends in Maine, where I live. I recommend it. Good kind of romantic!
When I read "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" by the same author, I was disappointed because it wasn't about a real detective agency with some serious crimes to solve. I didn't get it. But, after listening to his tapes on audio, I came to love Precious Ramotswe and Botswana, and now I'm a big fan of all the books. La's Orchestra has the same effect. I don't get it. This book is not really about La's Orchestra; in fact, it says very little about it. Don't expect it to be about the orchestra, or indeed, about anybody saving the world. It's just sad. It leaves sort of a lingering aftereffect, and as the other reviewer said, you have to go back to the first chapter to tie it all together, but there isn't much. Still, I'm glad I read it.
This book was pretty powerful and thought-provoking! It started slowly, an old woman in a nursing home, confused (which I went back to later, and it all made sense), but when it started at the beginning of parallel lives she'd led, I couldn't put it down! "Now and never" her fiance told her and with each of those choices, she led a different life----I read until 3 am! Couldn't stop! The only thing I will say is that the ending is a tiny bit disappointing, at least to me, where I hoped the mystery would be cleared up, but it wasn't. Still, I highly recommend it!! GOOD BOOK.
This was an audio book, and honestly, I didn't like the reader. He sounded different than any of the other books, and too monotone, too fast. He sounded like an old fashioned mystery detective movie. And, it was abridged, WAYYYY too abridged. Not good.