Ten Thousand Rocks
by Ndirangu Githaiga
Narrated by Arthur Grey
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Pub Date 09 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 30 Dec 2022
Bon Esprit Books, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Audiobooks
Having a narcissist for a spouse only spells trouble for Laura as she and Will move back to their hometown in Virginia Beach where they will have to face his parents whom he never informed of their eight-year interracial marriage which Will’s mother would never have approved of. As Laura learns, sometimes when things are going really badly the only hope is for everything to fall apart and make way for a new beginning.
A Note From the Publisher
E-book: ISBN 9781735041766
Print: ISBN 9781735041728
E-book: ISBN 9781735041766
''A moving testament to the importance of our connections to each other, Ten Thousand Rocks illuminates how adversity can spur resilience in life and in love."
"Githaiga, a practicing physician, is a shrewd writer who contrasts the sterility of the medical world with the messiness of human emotion."
|DURATION||6 Hours, 21 Minutes|
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Average rating from 20 members
Laura is deservedly angry when she finds out her husband will quit his job at the medical practice without telling her. Not only that he wants to move back home and this is something he also didn’t discuss with Laura. But then when he gets in an accident and changes both their lies forever they have to learn to walk differently and that’s only if they could get through wills anger at Laura for letting him stay alive. Can they make it through the trauma of wills handicap and can she forgive him for his totally selfish behavior and his mistreatment of her. I really enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would I listen to the audiobook and found the narrators voice really good, but the recording sound like he did it in a cave. I did get used to it though and listen to the whole thing and I enjoyed it I found well to be quite selfish and Laura to be kind of spineless but by then I was rooting for both of them. I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review.
I didn't know what to expect from "Ten Thousand Rocks," but I do know I got a lot from it. If that sounds trite, it's because this audiobook touched on so many points. And when it ended, I had to ponder what I'd heard and its emotional impact on me. First, the author does a remarkable job of describing the current turmoil of health care, whether it's the insurance companies making medical decisions or specialists doing their best. In this case, Laura and Will are struggling to keep their marriage going. When Will is left paralyzed after a car accident, Laura feels it's her duty to stay married, even after Will says he hates her. His caregivers try their best, but Will is so angry! After he comes home in a "suck and blow" wheelchair, well, his life begins to change. I don't want to give away the novel's secrets, so just know that it touches on spirituality, feelings about race and disability, and the learning that sometimes you have to build a life one rock at a time.
Thank you to Net Galley for this book in exchange for my personal review and opinion.
Ten Thousand Rocks was a very interesting book. It talks about life and second chances. At the beginning learning about Will, you don't like him. There were so many offshoot reasons why he is the way he is and those offshoots give many things to think about.
The book touches on many deep issues that give you reason to think. These include how the health insurance in the US is not out to help the patient and is only out for profits; how long-term care insurance is something I really should be thinking about and also how advance directives are things that people should talk about loves ones with. While those things are not the main part of this book the issues really gave me pause.
It talks from the aspect of a biracial couple where the white female is shunned by the black male's family. That was a different bent from most biracial books I have read.
This is definitely a character development vs plot driven book. I do not usually gravitate towards those but it was very well written and narrated. I very much enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
I would give this 4.5 🌟 overall. Since Goodreads requires full 🌟 it is rounded up for this review.
Thanks again to Net Galley and the author for the opportunity to listen to this book.
Ten Thousand Rocks By: Ndirangu Githaiga Narrated by: Arthur Grey Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins was a very enjoyable audiobook and well written, This book is about the relationship between a young married couple, Will and Laura, and is about love, forgiveness and guilt? and how they dealt with it. It also highlights how choices they made will have consequences on both sides; but the power of forgiveness and love of each other in very difficult circumstances. Many of us have had to make these discussions in our relationships and they may not have come out the way you both wanted them.
The narrator Arthur Grey was very good.
I picked this book almost on a whim to listen to something other than thrillers, the genre I usually choose, and it was a great idea.
In this moving, highly relatable story, we are presented with a couple struggling to find their balance. They will achieve this balance through a not so common course of events that reminds us how life can be unpredictable and that sometimes the best moments in life are hidden in this unpredictability and indeed in our darkest hour. I love the characters, the storyline, the images the author evokes via a masterful use of language.
The narrator is really good and his interpretation definitely adds value to the story.
A very easy and enjoyable listen. I saw this available on Netgalley an author new to me is like catnip!
The storyline is that a well heeled black guy marries a "white trash" girl. All is well until the entitled guy decides he's bored with his GP practice and wants more money, uprooting his wife without asking her opinion to move back to their home town. Of course this doesn't go down well with the wife. What happens next isn't at all what I expected and what could have been a mundane story has a twist which changes everyone's lives.
The story of Laura and Will is well told, beautifully narrated and has elements of a morality tale. It's certainly an easy listen and the narrator had a pleasant, soothing voice.
I certainly enjoyed this audio version and it would make a good, non-taxing read. You might find yourself telling people off at various points of the story because the behaviour is pretty bad at times. I always think that's a good sign that I'm engaged with the characters.
Smart, interesting and moral. A good read.
Well, what a trip. Happiness and sadness. I started listening to this book and was not impressed. I had only listened the 1st chapter and put it down. One day about 2 weeks later I could not figure out what to read or listen too. Found this started book on my list and decided to give it another try. Well, so began 2 solid days of listening, once started I did not want to stop. A tale of ordinary people in a mixed marriage. A black man from a wealthy family, father was a judge. Will did not want to let his parents know he was married to a white lady. 10 years into their marriage an incident happened that changed their lives. It, becomes a tale of people who pull together. Who face even more problems. Problems that again are life changing. I am so glad I listened to this thoughtful well written story. Only to be sad when it came to the unexpected end. Thank you for allowing me to listen to this we’ll narrated story.
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