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Karen W. Lam

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Passionate and Unrelenting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-01-18

Falling into this world of Lenu and Lila’s friendship is like returning to family, with all the ugly truths, the love, the passion. Book 3 is a balm after Book 2, but it can’t end on such a high note. This isn’t that kind of book...

Wonderful Historical Background but So Earnest

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-01-03

The only Cuban history I know is from American History classes I took for my Canadian undergraduate degree and I have loved books from Reese’s book club in the past. The history and details are incredible but ugh, the story device of the two romantic storylines, the star-crossed lovers and the very earnest (and not particularly insightful) writing of the author made this one a bit of a slog. I kept thinking how good this book could have been if it was written better — which probably doesn’t help that I just finished the new Elena Ferrante novel. All the characters are so noble and everyone is just doing the right thing...and although I realize the narrators have pronounced “Cuba” properly, it started to feel like fingernails down a chalkboard.

What a production!

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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-12-19

The Sandman pretty well formed my world and spiritual views, and I was lucky to have read the comics as a teen, but haven’t read them since. I’m shocked at how well the story holds up — with only a few cringe-inducing moments to do with my inner teen girl. This production is just incredible: the performances, the cast and the adaptation is wonderful.

Unflinching Coming of Age Story

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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-12-03

Beautifully written and performed, but wow, I had forgotten how fraught adolescence can be — and was. Seething, angry, volatile and yet mesmerizing. It took me longer to get through but probably because I needed the time between just to let everything sink in. Not for the faint of heart.

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Brilliant Second Book

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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-10-14

I listened to the first book years ago, but for some reason, it felt emotionally distant and I appreciated the writing but felt removed. But I have since watched both television series and reread the first novel. It is truly a brilliant piece of art. Listening to the second book makes me realize what is so important about it, the complexities of the relationships, the subtleties of experience, and moreover, how challenging but perfectly it was adapted for screen.

Great Read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-06-22

I thoroughly enjoyed this one: all the details of the world and the pandemic feel complete and well rendered, the friendships, the complexity of the relationships, and the emotionality. I also love how the story unfolds without pat solutions or an easy ending. Definitely recommended.

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-04-10

I loved the first book of the trilogy this much but this one felt histrionic, the characters grated in my nerves and I struggled just to finish. Not going to bother with the third.

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Absolutely Brilliant

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Évalué le: 2019-10-13

I’ve always enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell’s books: they’re like a new lens in which to view the world and there’s always new ideas that make me reconsider how I approach things. But Talking to Strangers is so much more personal. There’s more darkness but also an underlying emotion that I rarely get from him. Without being histrionic or blameful, he weaves together a perfect analysis of a senseless death and I was left completely broken hearted by the ending. It’s the same feeling I had from watching the Netflix series, Unbelievable: people working in concert to create a system that ultimately fails us. Highly, highly recommended. the audiobook is wonderfully produced, and feels like a well made podcast at its very best, with source interviews and a killer soundtrack.

Powerful, Thought-Provoking, Addictive Listening

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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-10-06

Fantastic all-star performance of the book, which is already riveting but made more so by the high production values. The ideas in the book are the perfect modern counterpart to Handmaid’s Tale - no less horrifying and the satirical notes are perfect. My only quibble with the audio version is the American accents (ouch) but not irksome enough to affect my enjoyment. Definitely recommended.

Perfectly Good But It’s No Daisy Jones

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-09-23

After I gushed about Daisy Jones and the Six (and the incredible audiobook performances), many friends suggested this one and I think my expectations were too high. The wraparound feels a little forced and the performances are a little overacted. I might have enjoyed it more but for the high standards set by Daisy Jones.

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