GILLETTE, WY, United States | Member Since 2012
I've been so happy with most of the Audible books that it is hard to rank them. But I would give this book a high ranking, because I enjoyed both the story and the narration style. The narration flowed without any aggravating affectations--just very comfortably told the story.
I've read all the Pollifax books in the past; Mrs. Pollifax is always fun, full of gumption, has a unique way of looking at life and her part-time job as CIA courier; gets into trouble and danger, finds a way out, and often saves the day. This book is typical Mrs. Pollifax and definitely worth the listen. Just remember that it was written long enough ago that the world situation has undergone changes since her time.
I've listened to her on Amelia Peabody Emerson series (by Elizabeth Peters). She does a great job on those also.
Just because a book was written a few decades ago does not lessen the story. Mrs. Pollifax stories aren't deep literary works. They are lively, fun, suspenseful, and well told. Relax a bit and go adventuring with Mrs. Pollifax. Her adventures always start out with such a simple assignment. . . .
This book starts approximately one month after the events in The Cold Dish, the first Walt Longmire tale. It is still winter in Absaroka County, Wyoming, and the weather plays a significant part in this adventure. Walt is still trying to recover from things that happened in the prior month, but when his old mentor, former sheriff, and friend suspects another resident in the assisted living home has been murdered, Walt undertakes the investigation. What had seemed to be a natural death of an old woman blossoms into a wild ride of murder, attempted murder, 50-year-old events that are bearing deadly fruit, near drowning, gunshot wounds, and more.
And much of the action is complicated by a Wyoming blizzard. BRRRR! I live near the area where this story is set, and Craig Johnson can really write a great blizzard. I find myself expecting to see snow when I look out the window--and I listened to this in July.
It is a great read/listen.
I believe that when Elizabeth Peters wrote this book, she was not planning for it to be a series. But that it did become, and a great series it is. As the series developed a few things were changed from the appearance of Amelia as established in this book. She went from tall to short! However, that is a small quibble. The characters of Amelia, Evelyn, and the Emerson brothers are carried through the series, though Walter and Evelyn in somewhat lesser roles. I've always felt this was perhaps the weakest book in the series, having been written more in the style of the romantic suspense genre. But smart, independent, outspoken Amelia just won't really fit into that mold, and the Egyptian settings and archaeological tidbits add an extra depth.
I've always liked this story, but listening to it gave it a new dimension, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I listened to the Susan O'Malley narrated version. I also have some of the Amelia books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, who does an excellent job. But I enjoyed the O'Malley version also. I actually prefer her reading of Emerson's lines. Rosenblat's Emerson sounds like an elderly asthmatic, rather than the brilliant, high-energy, hot tempered, emotional, passionate man of the stories. His energy and intensity come through better in O'Malley's reading.
Whichever, version you listen to, you'll find a story that has interesting characters, mystery, love stories, and humor--a most enjoyable book.
Years ago I tried to get my daughter to read the Amelias. She just couldn't get interested in the beginning of this first book. Several years later, she tried it again and went on to read all the Amelias. She became as big a fan of the series as I am. I have the entire series in book form, but with increasing vision problems I have begun collecting some of my favorite books in audio. I find that I enjoy them all over again, but differently, while listening. Reading aloud, or being read aloud to, is still a great way to enjoy a story.
Certainly. I was a young woman when I first read this book. I am now a senior citizen. Emily Pollifax is a testament to living life with zest no matter what your age. It is a fun ride--humor, mystery, suspense, adventure, and travel to distant places all enter into the story.
Mrs. Pollifax herself is the driving force of the story. Without her unique character it would be just another spy story.
Hard to say; some parts were amusing, others suspenseful, all good escapist fun.
Some parts definitely made me chuckle.
The reader/listener needs to remember when this story was written. The Berlin Wall was still in force and our big enemy was the USSR, with Red China looming on our horizons. The espionage situations have nothing to do with Islamic terrorists, etc. It was a different time. But the world political situation is not the important thing in the story. It is the personality, courage, grit, kindness, savvy, and even innocence of Mrs. Pollifax that make the story worthwhile, fun, and a joy to listen to. The narration is outstanding.
You Are There.
Although it was discussed in the news and in magazine articles many, many times during Kennedy's presidency (and a movie was made about the incident), there were parts of the PT 109 story that I don't recall ever having heard before. (Although I may have just forgotten--it was a good many years ago.)
Also, I found myself reacting with the tension of suspense as the president's car neared the Texas Book Depository, even though knowing what would (did) happen there and that it could not be changed. That is a mark of a well-told story.
And then there was something at the end of the book that I won't talk about, as it would be a Spoiler.
Bill O'Reilly is a professional speaker. Who else could better read his book? He does an excellent job and I enjoyed hearing him narrate the words he wrote (or co-wrote--I don't know just how his partnership with Martin Dugard works).
Not necessarily. While it was very interesting, very well-written, and gave a sense of immediacy to historical events, the fact that I'd lived through those times meant I did not have to keep listening to find out what happened next. So I listened to it in several sessions.
I think Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. Dugard have done a great service in showing that history is neither boring nor irrelevant. It is just usually so poorly presented that people lose interest.
I can't really rate the books this way. Overall, I have been extremely satisfied with all the audiobooks I have listened to so far. Some narrators are better in one way, others in another way, but quality is good.
Ramses Emerson is my favorite in this particular episode in the adventures of the Emerson family. Amelia Peabody Emerson is, of course, the main character and always a hoot. This first appearance of Ramses as a primary character is a lot of fun. He is a young genius whose escapades, while always completely logical to him, cause a lot of trouble--but eventually save the day.
This book also marks the first appearance of the "Master Criminal," who comes to play a great part in the ongoing Emerson family adventures.
Ms. Rosenblat has a very pleasant voice to listen to, has good expression in bringing out the meaning and tone of each passage, and does a mostly excellent job in voicing the individual characters. My only reservation is with her voice for Emerson. He comes out sounding like an 80-year-old heavy smoker nearly on his last gasp. Though this portrayal of Emerson is disappointing to me, the rest is so good that I manage to overlook it in the overall experience of the story.
Adventure, suspense, and humor amongst the relics of ancient Egypt!
I have the entire Amelia Peabody Emerson saga in book form. I enjoyed experiencing it in a new way through the audio book. I have some vision problems which make it increasingly difficult to read fine print, so I am now "collecting" an audio library as well as the print library I have.
I would recommend it because it is a reliably interesting Diana Gabaldon book, which means that the story pulls you in, the historical setting is so well-drawn you feel you are there, and the reader gains insight into what was happening to one of the lesser characters (Lord John) in the Outlander series between his appearances in the "Big Books."
Lord John is voiced so very well by Jeff Woodman that his voice is the one I will hear in my head when I read other Lord John episodes in the Outlander series as well as the Lord John novels and novellas.
Of course it would have to be Lord John. These are his stories, and he has led a very interesting and adventurous life.
If you like Diana Gabaldon's books, you will like the Lord John stories. Just don't expect this book to be about the Fraser's. It is not.
I very much enjoy the reimagined Sherlock Holmes adventures by Laurie King. The whole series is a favorite of mine, and with increasing vision problems I wanted to add at least some of them to my Audible library. The brilliant, awkward, lonely, and troubled Mary Russell meets a middle-aged Mr. Holmes. The mentorship that grows into a partnership is the saving of them both. I like the fact that Laurie King expands on the Sherlock Holmes legend without doing violence to it. Frankly, she writes more logical stories than did Doyle. He invented a great character; she improves upon him.
The characters are very complex and well-developed. They all have deep back stories that are revealed only slowly as their pasts affect the present action. In fact, the back story revelations continue across many of the books in the series. The intelligence and complexity of the characters reflect the intelligence and skill of the author. These books are a good read/listen on many levels.
The narration is very good when voicing Mary Russell and suits the character of this British/American young orphan as she grows into an accomplished young woman. Unfortunately, when it comes to voicing Holmes, the narrator falls far short. I have a hard time listening to the parts where Sherlock speaks. Although Holmes is described as having a rather high pitched voice for a man, she also gives him a supercilious, expressionless tone. I love these books, the narrator reads well, but I cannot like her interpretation of Holmes. For this reason I have not yet decided whether to invest in any more of the series on Audible. I do have them all in print.
Action, Adventure, Suspense, Surprise
The story is lively, adventurous, fun, suspenseful, and very well written. It also has intelligence and depth of character and thought.
I'd definitely recommend this book--the writing, storytelling, care for accuracy, and the reading skill of the narrator are all first rate.
The reader has a very pleasant voice, excellent reading skills, and good vocal expression without going over the top.
I haven't completed the book yet (it is 42 hours of listening time!), but I was both moved and enlightened by the winter at Valley Forge segment. I've always heard about the hardships of that terrible winter, but this book helped me understand why it was so bad and why the troops were near starvation in an area surrounded by farms.
Again, I've always heard/read about the greatness of George Washington. In this book I'm learning how his character grew and developed through his life experiences. He did not start out as a great military tactician! He learned a lot through hard experience, and he had a lot to put up with during the Revolution due to the independent nature of the colonies and the inexperience and lack of unity in the Continental Congress.
The author also shows the lifelong contradictions regarding freedom beliefs and slaveholding that Washington experienced. I'm also learning about his family life.
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