Of course Nazi's are evil, but who else is, and running away from them makes this an intriguing story. The narrator was very good and did the male and female parts well. I am glad they used only one narrator because books that use several can be distracting. I would read other books by this author if he changed topics--in the Audible listings it looks like his subject is similar but takes place in other countries. .
Tthe beginning and end of this book were good describing the history elements that influenced murder mysteries, and descriptions of the lives of particular authors. The middle part of the book describing some of the early stories in the 1860s was tedious. And the narrator's voice detracted from the book, I will not listen to any of Lucy Worsley's books using this same narrator.
Have always enjoyed Laura Lippman, but think she is best with her Tess Monaghan character rather than when she veers off in some of her books where Tess never appears.
The introduction of new partner Sandy in the last novel (After I'm Gone was one of the best) added interest to her Tess series. However, Lippman is falling into the same trap as other female writers (such as Jennifer Weiner and Laura Zigman)--incorporating their own mommy-track issues for career women into her fiction. This might interest half her readers, but not me. I can't think of a male writer who does this, and I am sure there a lot of stay-at-home Dad novelists. But this is still a good mystery story.
Although I am glad I stuck this book out for the ending, I could not figure out if it was dull because of the story or the narrator. A better narrator might have livened it up, but the main character seemed to be spending inordinate amounts of time doing housework type tasks. It could have been more interesting if the author had done more research on forger types.
The story is okay, but not one of Gerritsen's best. And I did not guess the ending, which is good. The reviewer who said do not listen while eating was right. The narrator was a bad choice for this particular story. If you have characters from several countries, you need a narrator who can do accents as well as male and female parts.
My guess is that the last part of the book was written first, and then as Ayelet Waldman got going, she created the first part. The beginning of the audiobook is interesting relating the story of the Hungarian gold train, something I did not know about since it was kept a secret until 1998. The fictional story in both the first and second parts of the book are well written and captured my interest throughout. The last section, imagining characters lives that were introduced in the beginning of the book is amateurist.
I did not guess the ending in this story, it entertained throughout. Mina can paint the depressing Scottish economy quite well and you can understand why the crime happens. However, the narrator's voice was not right for this book--too bouncy or young or stylized Scottish accent-- except for the short period she was doing the American character's accents.
Great story line. Many of Lippman's attempts to create characters other than Tess Monaghan were never as good as Tess. But Sandy Sanchez is wonderful and so are the other characters, I never guessed the ending. However, she should get rid of the phrase, "he or she is good police" in all her books.
The first story, " My Father's Brain" is outstanding and great for anyone going though dementia with a parent. The other stories, both the narrator and the text sounded whiny and cranky.
This audiobook was most likely recorded on tape many years ago, so the sound is like being in a tunnel or submarine. Story similar to Kanon's other books, and because I have head other books--I could guess the ending. Still, all in all, for a murder mystery it did keep me interested.
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