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Audiobook Review: Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson

on June 21, 2010

Well, once again I’ve been missing in action. Not to make excuses, but I’ve been out of the house a lot lately between end of the school year commitments, activities at my theater, and I just hosted a really fun wedding shower for my niece and had loads of relatives here for it! But — I haven’t forgotten you, gentle readers!! I listened to this audiobook over (ahem) Memorial Day weekend and wanted to let you know about it. I also read in some other blogs that this is audiobook week in the blogosphere, so I’d like to hereby pretend that I knew that and was waiting to create this post.

So, without further ado, let me share my thoughts on Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson. First, if you know me, you know I enjoy James Patterson’s novels. This looked like a real change for him — a romance basically — and I was curious how he would handle it. Well, to be honest, I’m still a bit on the fence as to whether I liked this book or not. The story is told in alternating chapters between Jennifer, a young professional, and her beloved grandmother, Samantha (Sam), who raised her after her parents were killed. Sam is in a coma and Jennifer finds the letters at her house. They reveal a lot about Sam’s life that is eye-opening and profound for Jennifer. At the same time, Jennifer begins a relationship with an old friend, Brendan, whom she then finds out (BIG SPOILER ALERT!) is terminally ill. Far be it from me to tell you if Sam survives, if Brendan survives, and if even Jennifer survives. However, during this novel, which I listened to in the car, I’d think “Why in the world am I listening to this??? This reminds me of one of my least favorite books (sorry, fans) ‘Bridges of Madison County'”. But I kept listening….interpret that as you may!

I did enjoy the fact that this novel was read by two different narrators, embodying Jennifer and Sam. I particularly enjoyed Sam’s voicing. And just to add — I got it from the library.

Overall, I’d give it 3 1/2 Stars!


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