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Songs Without Words

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    Boring, I'm snoring...

    I really like Ann Packer as an author and greatly enjoyed her two previous works. However, I was disappointed with this book. I agree with the other reviewer, it was dull and flat. I think it was well written, but it didn't seem like the author was writing about much. There just wasn't any vigor and I could have predicted how it would end. I would not recommend this book to others. I kind of feel bad saying that as I was so looking forward to something new from Ann Packer. Please read her other two books and hope for another great one in the future as I know she has it in her.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

    Songs WO Words, Book WO a Plot

    I got half way through and could not bring myself to invest anymore time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2008

    Trying Too Hard...

    The Dive From Clausen's Pier is one of my favorite books, and I have anxiously awaited Ann Packer's next novel. I was thrilled to happen upon this book on accident at the library. Unfortunately, it was a major disappointment. When I read the book jacket, I really couldn't figure out what the story line would be. After reading the book, I figured out why... there really isn't much of a story. Besides a couple key events, the majority of the book is each character wrestling with their emotions, with excruciating and repetitive detail. The book is painful to read, and not in a good way. The characters are very one dimensional and none of them are fleshed out in a way that makes you care. Take Lauren. We never understand why she experiences such depression and self-loathing. And Brody, the husband, who is filled with anger in the book from start to finish, and never really experiences any growth. I was so frustrated reading it, but I kept at it just to see if something major would happen or if the characters would change in some way. I love reading about how humans react to tragedies in life and some of my favorite books are by Elizabeth Berg, who really has a knack for these subjects, but is able to say it in far fewer words and still maintain a healthy and engagiing storyline. Songs Without Words was just trying too hard to give deep insight into how we relate to each other when bad things happen. I needed more 'show' through a strong storyline and less 'tell' with each character's inner observations. Two stars are a generous rating for this book, but I do have faith that Ann Packer will wow us again with something as amazing as Clausen's Pier.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    Like Watching Grass Grow. . .

    I was really excited to read this book, because the premise, two lifelong friends who suffer a 'falling out,' sounded extremely promising. Also, I really enjoyed 'The Dive from Clausen's Pier.' I was sorry to find this book deathly dull. Nothing happens in the lives of these women that are worthy of a busy 'and choosy' reader's attention or interest.

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