I haven't read the print version.
I liked this the least of the several I have read, maybe because his writing style has become more predictable to me. This could have been a wonderful book had the usual war stories taken up less of the story. Sarah, Bozo and Mike were all great characters that I would have liked to follow. And Murray Templeton who is mentioned only in passing, deserved more words.
I always enjoy Humphrey Bower's performances and this was no exception.
I think I have to take a break from Bryce Courtenay for a while.
Yes. It's the funniest "Royal Spyness" book I've read.
It can be compared only to the other "Royal Spyness" books.
Georgie's mother, or maybe Coco Chanel (yes, that one) or maybe Noel Coward (yes, that one too).
It made me laugh a lot. The interaction between Georgie and her mother is priceless, and one-upping her snobby sister-in-law, Fig, is delightful. Georgie's maid continues to be totally incompetent, and her grandfather comes running when he thinks his beloved granddaughter is in trouble - which she is, most of the time.
Katherine Kellgren does a fine job of narrating the book, except for those characters with a French accent. Some of her pronounciations really reminded me of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau. (If you know the movies, you'll recognize "rheum".)
The whole story would have to be scrapped and started over. Hamish was more boring than I ever knew him to be, and the lack of participation by Loch Dubh citizens was very noticeable.
Hamish's assistant, Dick. His furnishing of the station, his cooking and cleaning, made me chuckle. He's not much of an assistant, but he's a heck of a wife. Graeme Malcolm is the real bright spot in this book. He is an awesome reader. He makes a good book better and a less than good book readable.
Heavens no! This is the first time I haven't read a Marion Chesney book in one sitting. But having a cranky Hamish as the central character really changed the tone of the story.
I will continue to read the Hamish Macbeth books because this is the first I have not liked. Ms. Chesney has so many series going, I don't know how she keeps the characters straight, much less tell a good story.
I enjoy Anne Perry's description of London in an earlier time, and I love her detective couple Thomas and Charlotte Pitt.
I liked all the characters, especially some of the people who are only in this story. Charlotte tends to get on my nerves a bit, but I still like her.
Don't have a favorite
Although this is a good story, Ms. Perry is a bit long-winded. By the time I got to the last chapters, I was honestly thinking about fast-forwarding to get to the solution. I was also surprised that Thomas wasn't more prominent. He's there, but just. Charlotte and Dr. Shaw eventually made me want to scream, "Stop it or run away together!"
I will continue to read Anne Perry books because this is the first I've had any complaint with, and the stories are always wonderful.
Yes. Anne Perry is always worthwhile reading, even in a shorter book like this one.
This was less Christmasy than I expected, but it still was a good read. Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, visits New York and almost instantly becomes involved in a murder. As good as any other Anne Perry book, just more compact.
What a surprise!
A very good narrator. I'll look for more books she's narrated.
No, but there were a few that made me laugh, particularly the carriage chase. It was a perfect vehicle (no pun intended) for the cast of characters to once again remind you of their parts in the tale.
I started with Hamish Macbeth and progresed to Agatha Raisin, loving every book of both series. I just found the "House" series and can't believe I actually read and liked a romance! Mysteries are my favorites, but Beaton/Chesney captured my attention once again. I don't know if I'll continue with the series, since I found so many others that she's written, but I'm really glad I read "The Miser of Mayfair". I met some delightful new characters and found myself enjoying a genre I have shied away from for many years. It must be the writer, right?
I don't read printed books and I wish this question would go away..
Clint Bunsen, of course. He is the perfect person on which to build this story. He is put upon by most of the town, but suffers in silence and always gets at least a bit of revenge. I especially liked the reactionis of the usual participants in the parade when Clint outsted them. Mr. Berge and the bachelor farmers are priceless.
See above answer.
Of course. All Keillor books keep you engrossed. I not only read it in one sitting, I read it twice. And I laughed just as hard the second time.
"Liberty" is the story of the 4th of July parade in Lake Wobegon. Clint Bunsen has had the job of putting the parade (and the living flag) together for many years, but this year may be his last. His ideas for updating the parade are not welcomed, but without his help, the committee finds itself in trouble quickly.
I've never seen a review here from a reader of the book. Maybe it's time to replace this question.
Not on the edge of my seat, but I did happilly finish it.
Flexible, pleasing, erratic
Be sure you stock up on coffee first.
I was pleasanty surprised by this book. I thought it would be one of those summer reads that I could fall asleep during without missing much. It was actualy a story that engaged me pretty much from the beginning. The narrator is more good than bad, the characters are nicely drawn and the mystery is better than I had hoped, I don't really know why I bought it, but I'm glad I did and I will read following stories as well.
No - listening to it once took all my patience. It is definitely last on my list of Follett books.
No - Besides being a very long book, it's a disappointing offering from Ken Follett.
I think John Lee is one of the best narrators I have listened to.
Perhaps only the end of the Epilogue, when I realized some of the old characters were not going to be mentioned and the ones who were got only a few lines. They deserved better.
An overall disappointment after waiting so long for the book. The first two books are so good, as are most of Follett's books, but this one let us down.
I don't usually listen to books more than once, so I don't think so.
Stoner, of course. I couldn't believe I was so taken with a lonely, plodding, accepting man's daily life.
In the first few sentences, I didn't think I was going to like Mr. Fields narration, but after the first minute, I was totally immersed. He doesn't try to do extreme voices but rather just tells the story.
The interactions Stoner has with his parents after he leaves home are so stiff and stilted and yet very touching. His parents are wonderfully drawn characters and yet they have only a very small part in the book.
Some of the most wonderful books I've read come to me through the Daily Deal, as did this one. I so enjoyed the book that I have had a hard time getting interested in another. That doesn't happen to me often.
Light, fun, interesting.
When Georgiana goes to the wedding with Darcy.
I loved Georgiana's meetings with the Queen. Courtly comedy and brown bread with tea. A lovely combination.
No, although the first meeting with her grandfather was sweet.
This isn't a terrific mystery, but it is a fun book and perfectly suited to summer. I won't read the rest of the series quickly, but it will definitely stay on my "to be read" list.
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