This book may be the best book I've listened to. Well read, beautifully written, interesting story, realistic characters. The lyrical prose in this book captured my mind as I listened and I found myself not being able to concentrate on the story as the readers kept reading. I needed to think about and process what I had just heard. It was a wonderful book to listen to, but it also needs to be read. I listened, and then ordered the hard back so that I could read it next. Don't let the concept of ghosts deter you. This book celebrates reading, literature, and our own personal stories. Don't pass it up!
One of the reasons I got this book was a previous reviewer compared this author to Jodi Picoult. SO not true. The idea behind the story line is ok and I found myself completing the book even though is was awful (long drive, no other book). I'm not sure if it was the poor readers or poor writing or both. Maudlin, banal, trite memories are how you are to get background information and they are so shmaltsy that I wanted to fast forward through most of them. There are multiple readers - Petra is good, and Ben isn't bad, but the rest are awful! I'm glad this was only a daily deal and that I didn't waste a credit on it. Don't bother with this one.
I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't finish it. So many reviewers were crazy about this author and I hadn't "read" one of his before. I found the book because I love the narrator and was searching for more books that he read. I like weird. I can read fantasy, magic, and sci-fi, but for some reason this didn't work for me. There is a lot of action going on and you mustn't let your mind wander for a minute! There is so much information in there that is delivered so fast that I couldn't keep up and then, eventually, gave up. I found myself confused for the whole first section.
I feel quite certain that A.A. Milne would be surprised to see Pooh as an inspiration for
Taoist teachings, but it was brilliant. Having grown up loving Pooh, and all things A.A. Milne, I had the prior knowledge and appreciation for Pooh and his view of the world. I knew/know very little about Taoism, but he was perfect for this introduction. I now see all these characters differently and they have allowed me to gain a basic initiation to Taoist fundamentals. I have listened to it twice already. I think I will need to buy the book.
This book had positive publicist reviews and still sounds very interesting. I am a patient listener and more than willing to give a book lots of time to develop. But I couldn't listen to this narrator more than 4 hours. She sounds distraught and overly emotional at all times - even when not appropriate to the story. She's awful! I was driving and eventually listened to my young grandson's music rather than tolerate her another minute! This book may be one that is worth reading but don't bother listening.
I've listened to all of the books in this series and am listening to them all again with my husband when we drive together. He loves them, too. Ms. Penny has created thoughtful, interesting characters that you come to know better and better as the series develops. They are all murder mysteries, but the murders are the least important parts of the books. The murders may bring the characters together, but the books are about so much more!
At first, I couldn't imagine a series that is primarily set in a small rural town that has murder after murder happening within it. But Ms. Penny has skillfully intertwined the stories and characters with other places and situations, and that isn't a problem. The narrator is perfect for these books. His voice, and his French, create a believable rendering of the stories. I love Inspector Gamache. He is a gentle, intelligent, character who isn't flawed and world-weary like Harry Hole, or Harry Bosch, or Dave Robicheaux. These books are not terrifying, gruesome, edge-of-your-seat page turners, but in many ways far more compelling. They seem real and deal with emotions and situations that "everyday" sorts of people can relate to. I love these books and recommend you read all of them and do them in order so you can grow with the characters and the pieces of them that are revealed in each book. You won't be sorry!
This is one of my all-time favorite classics, but the reader spoiled the book. Ms. Gibson's narration does not "fit" the book. Her voice sounds "old" and scratchy and inappropriate for the characters she is portraying. And the speed of her narration is too fast. Everything is said at the same quick pace and there is no variance. I really didn't like it and had to stop listening. Very disappointing!
I've listened to many of Anne Perry's books and have liked the ones from this series - until this one. The plot is rehashed with every conversation and every character over and over and over again. It was like she was padding the story to make it longer or something. I couldn't finish it. There was basically no character development and even though the crime to be solved was an interesting one and had potential, it wasn't developed well.
I've listened to all of the other Nesbo books and had been curious about the first one since there have been so many references to the serial killer Harry caught in Australia. Nesbo must have gotten better as he wrote more books. This book was was filled with interesting Aboriginal legends but they didn't really apply to the story. The story wasn't believable. There were too many flashbacks to his previous relationship. The reader was ok, but not red hot. He doesn't do a very believable "drunk". All in all, I was sorry I bought this one and I love that Audible lets me return books I don't like.
Even if you have liked the other Mitch Rapp books, you'll be hard pressed to like this one.
Once you are past the first big action scene, you have to wait for 8 hours for anything new to happen. Unnecessary history of characters that you won't meet again, a schlog of information that doesn't apply to the plot, restatements, and restatements of how much all the minor characters hate the invincible Rapp. This is an absolutely
I'm pretty sure I'm through with Vince Flynn.
I have loved George Guidall's performances in the past. In the correct venues, he is wonderful. He was perfect for the Mitford Series. He was outstanding in all of Tony Hillerman's books. But, good old George is LOST with these French accents! Any time he is out of the good old U S of A, he is out of his depth. I'll listen to him again, but will be careful about the book choice.
REALLY liked this book! I've been looking for a good mystery and have struck out with several of my recent purchases. Not so with The Snowman. Good narration, interesting characters, complicated and well developed plot. My first Nesbo book, but won't be my last.
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