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I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved how it showed that you can rediscover who you are deep inside and invigorate your life without giving up your marriage or family. Elizabeth made mistakes in letting her family take over who she was and lost herself in the process, but she was able to reawaken herself without giving up her husband and daughters. My only real difficulty with this book was that Jack and Birdie didn't exactly have a "normal" family life, and while I'm sure many couples go through similar struggles, Jack's job and fame presented a lot of issues that other families wouldn't have to deal with. Plus, I'm really not a sports fan at all, and I found a lot of the aspects of his work to be pretty pretentious. Otherwise, I thought that the book was a very realistic presentation of what can happen to a couple once their children have left home and they realise that they've forgotten why they got married in the first place. I didn't find this at all depressing, as one might expect, since I'm getting married in five months. It didn't make me scared for what might come in twenty years time. Instead, it encouraged me to pursue my hobbies and talents and not let them get pushed aside. I wouldn't ever want to end up like Birdie, married for twenty-four years yet having no idea of who she is. I could see from Jack and Birdie's experiences that it's important to have a balance in marriage and in supporting each other's dreams. A very thought-provoking book. This was my first Kristin Hannah novel and I imagine that it'll stay with me for a while. I'll be reading more from her.
On the narration: The narrator managed to give each character distinct voices without being over-the-top , and I'm not sure how they managed it, but at certain parts of the recording the audio company used affects to make it sound like someone was talking down a telephone line or shouting from a different room. It definitely brought the characters of this novel to life. Highly recommended
"Boring and predictable"
Maybe an older person wiht a boring life would like this book.
There was no real story. The plot line was predictable and the narrator was not good at all. The southern accent was completely off and annoying.
A different narrator is a must.
The book was about love, choices and redemption. The ideas were ok, but not in any way exciting.
"a struggle to reach the end."
Ms Quigley should seek a new profession.
Too many to choose.
Story and narration equally share the blame for such a boring audible. The narrator's exaggerated fake southern accent was almost laughable. Main character was portrayed as a spineless, lazy, uninteresting, why get out of bed at all, female. Her segments made you want to hit fast forward. The husband Jack's character was a step up. Sub-stories were mere book fillers that went nowhere. This whole predictable story could have taken ten minutes. In a nut shell - couple split up, blah blah blah, wife picks up a paint brush, blah blah blah, she starts to paint again, blah blah blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, couple reunites - the end, thank goodness! Don't waste your time or hard earned bucks on this one. Kristen Hannah has written some wonderfully good reads, "Winter Garden", "Things We Do For Love", "Night Road", "Magic Hour", just to name a few. I honestly don't know where this one came from.
"Moving account of life changes"
I enjoyed Distant Shores very much. The reader was clear and precise and the characters were read with a flair. The storyline of life changes was wonderfully woven throughout.
"Hit way too close to home"
Having been married nearly 33 years and moved 22 times in that period to a husband who is also a superstar in his field, I oh so get it. I, too, am at that point of my life where I have just about had it with the moves and being put on the back burner. Having raised our child, who is grown and gone, and having to had forgone any sort of career and wondering just what the heck do I do now, and what do I want to do; I really got this one. It is hard being married to a man who is sexy, gorgeous and successful and being a wife looked at by his younger female coworkers as arm candy with no intelligence. You find yourself isolating and not being able to connect and make friends any longer because you know it will end in a couple of years or so. Many times listening to this my heart would just ache. I actually feel a little inspired to get some brushes, canvas, and paint and see if I can still create art like I used to when I was young. I even wish there was a Passionless Woman group as encouragement.
"Book not nearly as good as her others."
Story began without your really understanding the main character's issues with her husband so it was near impossible to continue with book with any sympathy towards the heroine. Narrator's spoke fluidly but did not use proper tones when reading questions, emotions. Voices distinctive but all annoying. Mother in law not endearing. Characters developed but did not generate much interest. Preachy often.
nice book, teaches you to appreciate your Family and how to get your life back
"Nothing happens in this book. First book by Hannah that was booting."
I did not like that there were none of Hannah's usual plot twists
I love the way she writes
I think this whole story could be told on one page
Some of Kristin Hannah's books are enjoyable and keep you interested but this was not one of them. It was boring from beginning to end.
"Forces myself to finish"
I loved her book the Nightingale!!
But, I found this book to be tedious, and shallow. She truly could have told this story in one chapter., instead if 28. You can tell this is one of her earlier books, and that she had not matured yet as a seasoned author.
"Hooked on Kristin Hannah"
I've been on a mission to listen to all of Kristin's books. Although Distant Shores is not as captivating as some her other books, it is a good story about finding yourself and your passion. I could certainly relate to losing oneself to the passage of time.
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