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.
I don't think I'll ever physically read another Grisham book as long as Michael Beck is around to read them. His performance, with all the amazingly diverse Southern voices, brings the book alive. Sycamore Row may be Grisham's best (I think I've read them all). But truly, listening to the story made it even better. The only part I put the listening speed on double was some of the courtroom stuff. I realize it probably gave a very accurate picture of a trial's progression. I just didn't need it. Otherwise, a wonderful, entertaining listen.
Mr. Nesbo is killing off police officers in a grisly fashion. But it's countered by Harry's relationship upswing. I'm not sure I'm ready for a recovered, happy Harry Hole.
John Lee is now narrating Harry Hole mysteries after the death of Robin Sachs. It takes a while to get used to the change. Mr. Lee provides a little more emotion for Harry than Mr. Sachs. I liked the lower key of the previous narrations. But Mr. Lee, as always, does a wonderful job, and it's a terrific performance.
Ferguson steps out of the realm of politics, and writes the history of civilization focusing on what works for humans--good medicine, property rights protection, the rule of law, and buying stuff, to name a few. I loved how he asked what North America and South America would look like if the opposites settled the land--the Spaniards in the North, the English in the South. His take on it was very interesting, and not what might be expected.
This is just great read. Ferguson's narration is amazing. I'm not sure if he's doing all the accented voices, but if he is, he's a born actor.
Dave, his wife, Mollie, daughter Alafair, Clete and his daughter Gretchen head to Montana for a vacation, which soon turns into a battle with a bad rich man, his son, and a very crazy escaped felon. Alafair and Gretchen are their fathers' daughters, not backing down, and facing off evil without blinking an eye. A great story, with, as usual, Burke's fluent language describing people, places and events.
But I have to say none of it would be as wonderful if not for Will Patton. He is Dave, and Clete, and Alafair and Gretchen. With a slight change in his voice, you can "see" who is speaking. His pauses and emphasis make the story that much greater. May he always be the voice of Dave and his kin.
If you've read the first two books, you'll be prepared for this one. The library with all the ancient knowledge in the world, the determined individuals who do the right thing to thwart the evil religious zealots, the world-wide effect of a mysterious force bringing people home. It's all intriguing, and a great 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.
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