Portland, OR USA | Member Since 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this history of Ancient Egypt by Barbara Mertz. She was able to bring the historical characters and times to life without sacrificing her scholarly ethics - she always carefully explained her own prejudices and opinions to the reader. Her excellence as a writer is undeniable, and one can see why she went on to be such a popular author. And also, her scholarship explains why her popular books were so good.
I also found it helpful in reading the book to rent the hard copy from the library and follow along with the maps and plates. For example, where is Abydos and the cataracts of the Nile? While I was at it, I also rented the book Red Land, Black Land, which was also written by Mertz in the 1960's about all aspects of ancient Egyptian culture. My library just happened to have an original edition of the book.
Wow, I cannot say how accurate the depiction of apartheid South Africa is in this series, but the books are so well written that they just blow you away! The characterization of Kramer and Zondi is excellent, plot well thought out, and such subtle humor in the oppressive atmosphere allows this landmark series to rise above ordinary offerings in the genre.
Steven Crossley is one of the best narrators out there and I can actually see the tongue in cheek he portrays in many of the UH-HUH comments made by Kramer. Super job!
This is another book that had me from the first paragraph. Not so much for plot twists and turns, but for the Chandleresque character studies and moral dilemmas in the plot. Loved the struggle between the protagonist and his head of department and the outcome of that subplot. Made me laugh!
First of all, audible you need to improve your review format. It stifles creativity.
The book was entertaining, although it was not flawless. There were some good plot twists, but the plot seemed a bit contrived at times, detailed to the point of boredom at times, and a bit too long. There were actually two plot threads and at times it seemed like I was reading two different books. But the characters were very interesting and I think this book could be shortened and made into a great movie.
The narration was very good and helped get the listener through the lengthier parts.
This book sucked me in on the first page. The author speaks directly to the reader through the narration of the protagonist. The tale was well thought out. I especially liked the narrator. I would have given the story a 4.5 rating if I could, so I settled for a 4 for the story and a 5 for the narrator. I would like to see and hear more from this author.
Steve H- has once again delivered some fine tales about our favorite red-headed cowpuncher detectives, and cleverly interwoven the stories between the action found in the previously published novels.
The narrator did a reasonably good job, but he just wasn't William Dufris.
It was so great to listen to an audio of this series after all these years. I've loved a lot of C.J. Cherryh's books but this is my favorite series. Did not make it past the first or second of the Foreigner books, and essentially stopped reading scifi at that point anyway. I love the less powerful characters in her books and how they solve their survival problems. I hope they also make audiobooks of Hunter of Worlds, Rimrunners, Merchanter's Luck, Wave Without a Shore. All great scifi.
Didn't it make you laugh though about how primitive the computer capabilities were? Who could have imagined...?
I thought the reader did ok. She sounded a bit like Sigourny Weaver to me. And my doctor.
Once again Tana French delivers another absorbing, twisty tale about broken families, power of guilt, cultural decline and career suicide in the Dublin police force. This book was about a different set of characters than those featured in the first three books, and through some clever distraction, managed to surprise me at the conclusion. I listened to this book almost on the heels of The Likeness, and was feeling a bit 'mental' like the book's characters at the end.
I think that the audio book producers are doing the right thing with the production of Tana French's books- a new reader for each one, well-paced, good character voices. Each one sounds fresh and unique. I find it particularly annoying with intensely psychological books when the reader reads too slowly and over-dramatizes. This book's reader does an excellent job.
This author is a great storyteller and mystery writer. I could not stop listening! I thought the book reminded me a lot of the work of Tana French. Also the reader was terrific. Great accents and kept the story moving.
I heard an interview of Giancarlo Carofiglio on the Alan Farley radio show Book Talk and subsequently read the last book in the series from my library. It was awesome, and so I've been listening to all the audible copies (books one to three at this point). I love the character's inner dialog, the tight court procedurals, and the life lessons he learns or experiences in each book. The author resists the temptation to preach his point, and lets the action tell the story. I think the reader has just the right tone too. Well done!
This is basically a good plot except for one flaw: Why IS Malcolm Fox investigating this case? There is the most tenuous link between his job and the investigation that he is pursuing, and I don't think too many police departments would stand for that.
The reader does a fine job.
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