The book was too long and the story not as interesting as I had hoped. The storyline took too many detours into the backgrounds of character's lives, to the detriment of advancing the plot. This was done to either make it as much a character study as a mystery, or, more likely, to set the stage for some of these characters to re-appear in sequels as a series. The audio book took up 10 CDs. My wife gave up after the 3rd CD. For me, this is one of those books that 2/3 of the way through when you realize it's not getting any more interesting, that you decide whether to give up reading more or you stick it out to the end just to feel that you've completed something. I stuck it out. Easily at least 25% could have been edited out without affecting the story lines, of which there were three: 1) an ancient and interesting mystery, 2) a current and uninteresting mystery, and 3) a background mystery to one of the characters that was irrelevant to the storyline.
No. But, I might consider buying a book because with a book you can skim over the boring parts, which you can't do when listening.
The opening was good and descriptions of the countryside were good.
No. Maybe be more careful in what I select to listen to.
Jennifer McMahon did a very nice job reading it; without her skills I would not have made it through the book. With some editing out of extraneous character detail and a better solution to the modern mystery this could have been a pretty good book. It started out well, but ultimately disappointed.
Librarian, Avid Reader, Audiobook Addict!
This was an interesting mystery with the archeological/historical mystery thrown in. It was kind of a cozy( well not exactly a cozy more like M.C. Beaton or Louise Penny) except for the F-bombs that were so superfluous to the story they took me right out and actually took me awhile to get back in. Also this does move a bit slow, so if you are expecting a fast moving mystery this isn’t the book for that.
I was very interested to find out about the Bog body or should I say head of a red haired woman the mystery of how long the body has been in the bog is resolved pretty quickly but then the mystery of who she was starts, there is also a present day mystery of a woman and her child that have been missing for a few years. The crux of the book is these two mysteries and how they will interconnect because it’s a mystery with a present day & historical mystery so you know somehow they will come back around to each other. How they connected wasn’t done as well as I hoped they would be. Also I had pretty much figured out what happened to the missing woman.
This is the first in a series and first book for this author and I did like Nora so if she is the lead character in this series I would probably read the next book, but it won’t be one I will immediately run out and get.
Audio production: Jennifer McMahon was a new to me narrator who went back and forth from an Irish accent to an American seamlessly I was very impressed. However her male voices need a little work.
I enjoyed the layed back voices of the narrator- it made listening to the book, so engrossing and enchanting. Even though the subject matter at points was highly disturbing.
My interest in archaeology has always been profound, and also in Irish history. But the combination of the two - then add in the spice of murder mystery who wouldn't bee hooked?
I liked that used different voices and really played with the roles
I was so taken with this book (so beautifully narrated by Jennifer McMahon) I had to follow the story of Nora Gavin. I found this story to be touching and insightful, and a darn good mystery. The author and narrator work total magic. Jennifer does her accents to perfection, thus making the whold story flow.
A good read with several intriguing plots to keep the listener listening carefully. Even though long, you don't want to put it down; even when you think you're getting resolution, there's more.
First of all, the narration is EXCELLENT! The plot is interesting, as are the characters, but the pace is very slow. There is a lot of detail that doesn't advance the story. The story is told from too many points of view, and sometimes the transition is confusing. I wish I had chosen the abridged version.
I listen to 5 to 6 audiobooks a month. I am looking for sheer intelligent entertainment. Enjoyed the narration (accents still easy to understand), storyline and characters. Even though there were several storylines, the author moved you back and forth effortlessly and it wasn't a struggle to remember where you were and with whom. Anyone who just wants pleasurable listening will enjoy this.
I started this book, got 2 hours in and lost interest. But when it was the only book I hadn't listened to, I started again......It was great. I found myself guessing the end and never guessed right. Well.....kind of. It was great for me when I really concentrated, The accent of the narrator gave me a little trouble, but made the book.
Very well written and brilliant characters! Written like the wonderful classics..fullbodied and thrilling. Reminiscent of Wilkie Collins. The blending of history and contemporary is well mixed. I look forward to more from Hart.