I was liking this book, enthralled by both the story and the narration. Then, the female lead finally did something so stupid, I had to put the book down. She hadn't been too bright throughout the book, causing much of the action by her own selfish inaction. As the tension builds, she does one more stupid thing, putting everything in danger. I couldn't stand it any more.
I will probably go back and finish the book, the story was good, even though I was rolling my eyes at this woman. The author could have given her a little more awareness of things beyond herself. But that would have shortened the book dramatically. I am disappointed.
The narration however, was riveting. Scott Brick has a great voice, soothing, yet interesting.
Paris goes back and forth in time, instead of the straight timeline of Rutherford's other books. Still, it is a beautiful story. Jean Gilpin read beautifully and performed the voices and accents flawlessly.
As always I was entranced. Before Paris, I had read most of Rutherford's books, listening was a new experience. An experience I enjoyed so much, I bought another Audible Rutherford book.
An interesting fable, a tale of how Genghis might have come to be. I don't know the history of this era, so I can't vouch for it's authenticity. But, I liked the story, and believed it while listening. I also wanted it to go further, and document the part of Khan's life we do know about.
First, George Guidall is one of my favorite readers.
Second, Daniel Silva has created a believable character, believable dialogue, and relatively believable adventures. I mean, they are spy stories, they aren't supposed to be totally believable.
Third, Daniel Silva presents a small bit of information about classical painters, their styles, and their histories. One book features a painting by Mary Cassatt. Of course that painting is a figment of Silva's imagination. But, as described, it could be a Cassatt.
Lastly, Gabriel is a wonderful character. He is not a young man, he has years of experience. He has a history that reflects in everything he does. I want to know this man, and his friends. I want to spend time with them.
Because I listen at work, while I do my graphic illustrations (not creative), one book takes about a day to listen to. I can't wait to get to the next one. I have listened to all the Silva books available on Audible, and am eagerly awaiting more.
I thought I could get this series in order, but between Audible not having all volumes, and the randomness of the volumes, that's impossible.
The premise is wonderful, a West Virginia town transplanted to 1633 Germany, during the 30 years war. You can't follow it in order, because the 30 years war was so fragmented, you study the Pope, Germany, Sweden, etc. all separately, there isn't a lot of continuity.
The characters are well done. The history, I don't know, I haven't really studied it. The suppositions are very interesting, and well done.
George Guidall is my second favorite narrator, and he does a great job keeping accents and characters straight, and helping me move with the story.
I'd heard good things about this series, and was prepared to enjoy it. Of course, I mistakenly started the series with the second book, but was a little bored at first. Then it caught my interest, and I had a hard time turning it off.
Allon is a different kind of hero, an art restorer/Mossad agent/widower. He's also older, in this book he admits to being 50. The book moves from one place to another, one adventure to another, quietly.
I'm currently listening to the first book and enjoying it immensely. I look forward to the rest.
I judge all narrators by Scott Brick. John Lee is good, his voice is pleasing, his accents acceptable to an American who doesn't know accents. He has the right amount of expression to keep me interested.
I read book one and loved it. Brian Nishi set a mood and a tone. Then I got here, and the mood and tone are gone. I'm not even as interested in the story, because the softness and grace are gone.
John Rain is an interesting character, talented, smart, tough, middle-aged, and thoughtful. The stories take nice unexpected turns, but I never get lost. I always know what is going on. And, even though the names are mostly Japanese, I can always keep the characters straight.
Barry Eisler has created a character worth listening to.
Jack the Ripper from a totally new perspective. Sherlock Holmes and Watson as Conan Doyle imagined them. Lyndsay Faye places the Ripper legend around the periphery of the story, while exploring Holmes' and Watson's relationship, techniques, and culture. It's been a while since I read Conan Doyle, but I had to remind myself, this was not written by him.
A thoroughly enjoyable listen. Simon Vance's portrayal of each character was perfect. He is one of my favorite narrators.
I loved Sir Richard Burton, Algernon Swinburne and Oscar Wilde. Real people who really lived, but manipulated so their historical characters matched their fictional characters really well.
I am new to Audible books, but I loved listening to Gerard Doyle's characterizations thru inflections and tones. Sometimes I would marvel he could keep all the voices straight in his head.
I was totally amazed I even liked the book. I don't like either Science Fiction, or Fantasy. But these characters and the story line grabbed me quickly, and held me thru all three books.
This was an unexpected joy to read.
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