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With the exception of chapter 1 - I didn't get beyond chapter 49 - this does not 'read' like a usual James Patterson novel. It certainly is no Woman's Murder Club. I got the impression that it was a cross between a Mother Theresa biography and Florence Nightingale's memoirs, and as I am no fan of biographies, I pressed on beyond my tolerance of the same, waiting for the main story to kick in. It took too long to do so for me, so I'm bailing, having invested a good few hours of my time.
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Any additional comments?
I have been listening to this for the last few days and have just this minute finished, I feel the need to get my thoughts down straight away.
Being non religious I wasn't sure what way this story would go, given that it starts with the possibility of a woman becoming Pope. We are then thrown back in time by 20 years and meet Brigid Fitzgerald, a young doctor working in horrific conditions. We see how difficult it is living and working in a war zone, and hear how traumatic it is through the narrator's voice.
The story moves forward and shows us glimpses into the life of Brigid and those people she meets along the way. She is an amazing character who bonds with most she meets, forming strong friendships which last even to the end of the story. She suffers heartbreak on more than one occasion but always manages to find a way to continue on her path. She fights back after being injured and works hard to achieve the goals she has set herself.
The main point throughout the story is something which even I appreciated. There is a lot of religion, talk of outdated beliefs within the Catholic Church, and attempts to rid the world of those who go against the doctrine taught in mainstream churches. Even when faced with events which would have any normal person running for the hills, Brigid forces herself to move forward, her beliefs so strong that in her heart she knows what she is doing is the right thing.
The religious message is a strong one and is something which may well put some people off. But if you go into the story with an open mind, as I did, I think you will get something out of it which goes beyond it being a simple story.
Special mention should go to the narrator who put so much emotion into her performance I was finding it hard to hold the tears at bay on several occasions.
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What did you love best about Woman of God?
The story was compelling, probably because I had been to these places and the incidents were not exaggerated. Some of the romantic moments were a little "so so", I mean a woman so much of the world getting gooey about a kiss?
What was one of the most memorable moments of Woman of God?
The reunion back in Africa... I had tears in my eyes listening to the meeting unfolding. Again, bringing back too many buried memories of my earlier years.
How could the performance have been better?
The performance was a little frantic at times. Understand trying to dramatise, but the story speaks for itself and perhaps if she had read the book before she may have had a better idea of the big picture and put less panic in some places.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
don't want to spoil it for future listeners. Lots of emotion running through the story
Any additional comments?
Has left the door open for sequels. Many interesting characters with more stories to expand on.
Thanks for a good "read".
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