Rockhampton, Australia | Member Since 2011
I cannot recall reading this when I was a youngster! Listening to this Audiobook brought all the emotion of the story to life. Strong character portrayals by the cast made this a thoroughly enjoyable listen!
I don't know why I even bother to post reviews of Mr Kent's Books about Richard Bolitho!
I invariably rave about them & the first class narration of Michael Jayston!
All I can say is, if you are interested in the sea warfare of this era, then you will be enthralled by this series.
I have become quite a fan of Vince Flynn's hero Mitch Rapp. Similarly, I concur with the reviewer who sang the praises of the Narrator, George Guidall. His delivery seems perfectly suited to the characters and is so good that one hesitates to try a book without him as narrator!
I liked the twist in this book and the build up & construction of the storyline.
Altogether, a good plot, well told!
I can usually tell now when I am going to really get immersed in an Audiobook. My attention seldom waivers and I become engrossed.
This did NOT happen for me with Guilty Wives. It may have had something to do with the fact that I viewed the four Wives as superficial & lacking substance.
The circumstances of their arrest and the plot generally did not generate the level of intrigue that I would have expected. I have enjoyed a number of Patterson's books but this wasn't one of them! The performance was okay but the South African accent portrayal was rather fragile.
I probably started to feel uneasy about this tale right from the start.
I found the jumps forward in time gave the start a somewhat disjointed feel.
The story didn't seem to flow for me and although it did become more interesting as it went on, the ending was highly predictable.
Altogether, I found this a let down after the cracking tale that was The Witness.
I am starting Whiskey Beach now, so that may help balance out these two very different experiences with Nora Roberts'work. I was quite happy with the narrator however!
More of the Bolitho puzzle has been solved in this book!
How Belinda came to be with Richard, how their child was born.
Importantly, how Adam became a Bolitho and how John Allday was wounded!
All these eventualities continue to add substance to the legend of Richard Bolitho.
The Epilogue provides the news of his Knighthood. A small detail but one which had me wondering just how that came about.
There is no doubt in my mind now that this series is better for the recent releases that cover the gaps in his time at sea.
I have unabashed praise for Michael Jayston's narration & would heartily recommend him to any listeners who are looking to find a really first class exponent of their trade.
I will be moving on to another of the "Fill In"books in a few days after a long road trip next week with Vince Flynn!
I had never experienced any of Nora Roberts'' work previously but I have to say that I absolutely loved this book!
The concept of the Designer Child, the structured upbringing and the incredible naivete that exposure to real life brought were, I thought, handled beautifully.
The literal way in which Elizabeth interpreted cliches & phrases made for some genuinely funny moments.
Her quest for anonymity & privacy are subjected to the almost glacial advances of the local Police Chief.
I found the descriptions of the interactions between them quite fascinating & at times, very poignant.
There was actually nothing about this book that I didn't like.
The inevitable confrontation was also a surprise and I won't spoil it by going any further!
Listen to this book, it is excellent!!
I was two thirds through Immortal in Death as a hard copy when I saw this title in Audible.
In spite of having the difficulty of reading a title in the middle of a series, I was sufficiently hooked to order the Audible version of Book 4.
This turned out to be a real bonus largely due to Susan Ericksen's interpretation of the book's Characters.
The Irish brogue of Roarke & the very amusing accent chosen for Peabody, gave the book more appeal & made for easier listening.
Maybe if I had started at book 1, I may have had a better understanding but book 3 was given to me and I dutifully pitched in and read it!
I realise now that I had very little understanding of the characters or the era in which the books are set.
I would advise any potential readers/listeners to probably start at the beginning!!
Most of us approach a new Author & Narrator with a deal of trepidation but I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed all four of the books in this series.
The development of the lead characters over the course of the 4 books is subtle & gradual. This book has a good story which brings in the Amish setting in a surprising manner.
The narration is excellent and even though the main male character is quite gruff, Kathleen McInerney has developed a voice for him which conveys his troubled background admirably.
Altogether a most enjoyable read & series.
Of all the Audiobooks I have listened to, this Author & Narrator are my favourite!
I have come to really enjoy the lengthy drives that are part of my job.
The sheer escapism offered by the Bolitho stories is so relaxing!
Now that some of the middle stories are being released it has enabled some of the gaps to be filled. Like so many of his stories, this one returns to Bolitho's earlier exploits & gives more background to some of the Characters that become so important later in the series.. It's a good tale and well told.
There is no doubt in my mind that American listeners would have a different perspective on the "in your face" style of American Patriotism on show in this reading.
At first, I found the combination of that, coupled with the Southern twang, somewhat hard to deal with.
I'm glad that I stuck with it because the Author is obviously completely genuine and the action that he describes is interesting.
The view that he has of Insurgents as "evil' & as ''savages" is the kind of subjective viewpoint that you would expect from the American Military.
I wouldn't say that I enjoyed the Book but I did find it interesting & insightful.
I have rated it quite highly because I appreciate that my viewpoint is also subjective.
The Narrator needed to have the accent because that is a representation of the Author's origins.
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