I love Betty White and she is just as bright and chipper in this book as in her TV shows. I have to believe that she must be a delightful person. Hope when I'm 90+ that I have her wisdom and enthusiasm for life. It isn't your typical autobiography but it is interesting and fun to listen to her describe some of the events in her long and eventful life. She loves pets and is always bringing new ones into her home. Hope we never get too old to adopt needy pets. She just makes you feel happy.
Well, what can be said about Diana Gabaldon's 8th book in her Outlander series? I loved it. Of course, after waiting almost 5 years and being immersed in Facebook fandom for the last year or so, it is hard to wait for Book 9. Book 8 does not disappoint although it lacks the surprises and indepth sexiness of earlier novels, it has enough to make the reader salivate over Jamie. Now we have a picture of Jamie in Sam Heughan who will play the role on TV and can share our hopes about all of this on Facebook. This story wraps many loose ends left hanging after Book 7, Echo in the Bone, and leaves us hoping that peace will prevail on Fraser's Ridge. These characters are such a part of my life that I think in 18th Century Scots. Diana is an amazing author and Davina Porter brings the characters to life with her linguistic skills. I have read it twice and will read it many more times before the next book is published. Sigh!!!!
This is a new series for this author. Who would think the same author could write Harry Potter and then write something as gritty and grubby as this series. The protagonist makes you want to know more about him right from the start. He is a sympathetic character who is very smart but dumb in romance. Not unusual I guess. Anyway, Cormoran is now living in his office after breaking up with his abusive girlfriend of 12 or so years. He is contacted to look into a suicide which his client believes is murder. The story takes off from there and gives the reader a good story. It is a sophisticated storyline and the author inserts lots of references to let you know that Strike is no dummy. I like the deep voice of the narrator and his accent which adds to the strength of Cormoran. He is a big man, 6'3" and weighing 16 stone (224 pounds). The descriptions of his disability and his unusual hairiness are important to seeing him. I hope there are lots of books to follow.
It is hard to believe that the same author who gave us Harry Potter can also give us such a gritty and dark mystery series. Cormoran Strike is a private detective along the lines of Phillip Marlow or Sam Spade. The descriptions make you able to actually see his grubbiness yet gentile personality. The sophistication with which this series is written is part of what makes it so real. I feel like I know London's streets with the descriptions provided and the make up of the literary world. Can't wait to catch the next book in this series. I keep hoping that Robin and Cormoran can be a couple but that is part of what makes the series so intriguing, the play off each other's weaknesses. He's a damaged veteran of the Afghanistan war trying to revive his life. She's a nice girl from Yorkshire. They do provide the care for each other.
This was the first book of this series that I read and by far my favorite. I have the paper back which is marked for the 'best parts.' Jake and Emma make you want them to succeed. I found this story one of my favorites and it is why I bought the earlier books and have continued to buy the books as they have been published. Christine Feehan is a terrific story teller and the Leopard People is one of her best series.
Jake is richer than most and ruthless as are most of the leopards in these books. I like the story told here about Jake and Emma and their experiences. If you like strong men not afraid to be strong, these books are for you. There is no abusiveness but there is some manipulation on Jake's part and there is lots of sex.
Jeffrey Cummings is a good narrator and has a strong voice which is needed for the storyline.
I have read all of the Leopard People books and have liked each and every one. It is nice to know that all of the men in these books are going to be muscular, lean, and sexy. You can take it to the bank that any book by Christine Feehan will have you panting before the 3rd chapter. Remy reunites with a woman who he knew as a child (16 years younger than he) but no longer a child. She is a jazz singer who is returning to her home town of new Orleans where he is a detective. The plot progresses from there with a passionate feeling on both sides while seeking a murderer. This book didn't have as many sexy events as some of the earlier books but it was still compelling and a good read.
Karen White was good but I think a man's voice may have been better for the storyline.
Good story with lots of time travel experiences. Meeting all the historical characters and seeking the missing manuscript continues. It is a good story with lots of history and fantasy. I liked it.
Another Reacher hard ops story with a twist. Jack returns to meet the commander of his old unit. He liked her voice. Both are set up for false charges and the book,follows them as they try to find out who and why. Obviously, they find out, resolve the issues, and clear their names. How they do it is what the book is all about. I liked it.
I liked Lucy and Mason and his uncle. The story was engaging and kept you guessing. The fireplace scene was a new approach. Who knew Aunt Sarah was so clever? I like Jayne Ann Krentz and will read her again in this form. This was a good read but the narrator was hard to track.
I have been spoiled by excellent narratives who use different inflections and accents to differentiate the characters. Miss Cobb didn't use different voices at all. I had trouble telling the difference between Mason and Lucy. Big disappointment.
The story was a good one right down to,the broken wine glasses.
I liked the book but did think there was too much thinking and explaining going on. Charlie is good so why does he doubt himself. It's clear these guys are focused on their jobs and it's clear that it's a special ops story which is why we keep buying these books. I got tired of their antics but still enjoyed the characters.
Not sure but I think I'll be stopping with this book since the reviews for the next ones are very poor. We'll see. The narrator, Dick Hill, is amazing. He switches accents like a true linguist and makes the story move along. Not sure I'd like reading these books since it is the voices that give it the punch. Kudos to WEB Griffin for his masterly writing.
I sure wish I had discovered these books earlier but then I wouldn't be able to enjoy them now. I just bought Book 3 in this terrific series. If you like macho men, and I do, then you'll love this book whether you are male or female. I think the stories just get better and better. If you like to watch someone be recognized for his abilities but he is a bit modest about them, then you'll love Charlie. Lots of guns and lots of shootings but more intrigue than anything. The characters remain pretty much the same, with the special ops-like team getting together to work with Charlie again and the President backing the whole thing up and defending it against some of his cabinet members.
Read the first book in the series first or you won't get the connections.
Griffin is terrific and I hope his son is able to continue these entertaining tales.
And, Dick Hill is a terrific narrator. He makes it all better.
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