This is yet another wonderful addition to the life of Dave Robicheaux. Burke doesn't stray from his formula of tremendous odds, moral clarity, and righteous actions. The other worldliness of his conversations with a missing girl only adds to the unique voice Burke has given Robicheaux. But I just don't think I would enjoy these books half as much if it weren't for Will Patton's narration. What a tremendous actor. His slight changes of accent and tenor make you see the various people in all walks of life that are the backdrop for Burke's story.
Harry Hole is sent to Australia to help solve the mystery of a Norwegian girl. The mystery was there to the end, and Hole's ongoing struggle with alcoholism made his efforts all the more heroic. I enjoyed how the Aborigine legends were woven into the story to guide Hole in solving the crimes. I really liked this book--and the narration, as always with Sean Barrett, was outstanding.
I LOVED this book. It probably is due in large part to the terrific narration. Yes, it's Robin Hood, and it's King Richard, and Prince John and all the usual characters. But this is so much more. The description of the terrible treatment of the Jews at this time in England, and the hypocrisy surrounding them (they were needed for loans, because Christians weren't allowed to earn usury) is palpable. The resentment the Saxons felt toward the Normans comes to life. The characters are heroic and humorous. The language of the times (thee's, thou's, etc.) is easy to follow because the narrator is so good. I wouldn't have selected it at Audible if it hadn't been free at the time, so what a wonderful surprise when I found it so thoroughly enjoyable.
How does a woman sitting on a frozen lake get electrocuted? She was mean, a horrible mother, and an all around waste of space. But Chief Inspector Gamache's duty is to find the killer. I enjoy the characters and the setting. A very good mystery.
I've read a couple of other books in the Gabriel Allon series and enjoyed them. This mystery started with a death at the Vatican, progressed to a hunt for the killer, and then, ultimately, a resolution to the mystery. But then there is a completely additional challenge for Allon regarding the Pope's visit to Israel. This last part seemed to be tacked on, and, from my perspective, slightly polemic. Just not my favorite book.
I'm not sure how I came across this book and decided to use one of my credits at Audible for it, but it is definitely not my cup of tea. I don't like the constant visions the detective is having. They are drawn out and unhelpful. I thought the description of the main character waking up after a long night and responding to a knock on his door while retching three times was especially annoying. This author is a talented wordsmith. He's just terrific in some of his descriptions of places and people. It's just that the premise is not one I buy into (visions, good and evil, etc.). The switching between the different characters is not clever. I don't find the view of the victim knowing that his/her death is going to occur moves the story along at all. The book is tedious. That said, this is a smart author, and I think I'll look for other books he's written--just not any where he slogs through the supernatural.
When putting our modern history in context, I used to say that at least we're not being overrun by Mongol hordes. After listening to this book, I'm going to jettison that comparison.
I'm not really sure why I chose this book to read, but I'm very glad I did. The author compares the Mongols to European, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures, and they certainly were at least as "advanced" as the others. They did not live in cities, but beginning with Genghis Khan, they contributed an astonishing number of innovations to the world's expanding civilization.
I loved this book!
Years ago I conceded that I was not up to reading Graham Greene. The books were wordy and in my brain convoluted. And then came Colin Firth. This story of love and loss set in London before, during and after World War II is gently woven. It goes between time periods, and beckons the reader to hang on in order to discover what will finally ultimately to the main character. With Colin Firth reading the book, lending subtle changes of voice to the different characters, a minimal expression to the characters' feelings, and just enough pause in the story's progression to hold you, I could listen to this book again and again. I can only hope Firth will narrate more books.
Queen Elizabeth has recently been crowned, and she's anxious to get help anywhere she can. That means sending a faithful scholar into the hinterlands to locate and retrieve the bones of King Arthur. This is a unique and clever story. The characters are well developed, and for the most part use language that gave a touch of the past without hindering the story. And Sean Barrett's narration was, as always, brilliant.
A psychologist suffering from Parkinson's doesn't believe his teenaged daughter's friend killed her father. He works to clear her name. I loved the characters and plot development. And Sean Barratt's narration is terrific.
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