This story, set in feudal Japan, grabbed my interest from the first sentences. Elegant prose, compelling characters, and a fast moving story expertly read ... I couldn't turn it off!
I love it! A solid if not fully explicated, scifi background for a near future world, with believable human characters, tons of action, and realistic adventure in identifiable geographic surroundings. A lot of backstory and lengthy flashbacks dropped this from 5 to 4 stars, although that same skillful explanation sets a great foundation for a series. Looking forward to book 2!
I think one might be inclined to discount this book as yet another romantic suspense. Set in the Victorian period, it is a solid novel that presents a fascinating glimpse of Turkey easing itself into the modern era and dealing with issues such as the role of women and the role of religion in government. It has great characters and a well explicated plot that reveals corruption and ruthlessness.
Unfortunately it is not a great listen. The reader, although not as bad as another reviewer says, is hampered by a recording quality that makes her voice sound muffled. The book uses 3 viewpoints, and, at least until a couple of hours into the book, it was hard for me to get a grip on one of them.
If you enjoy historical mysteries that requre a bit of attention, I would recommend ti
I don't see much point in rehasing the plot, but I found this to be a wonderfully atmospheric novel. Haines does a superb job of creating a mood in which Carson Lynch, her damaged heroine finds her journalistic instincts emerging from the haze of grief that has paralyzed her for the previous 2 years. Carson deserves to take her place along with other unforgetable women of mystery such as Tess Monaghan, Anna Pigeon, Kinsey Milhone, Barbara Holloway, etc. I will be looking for a second episode for Carson.
The listen was greatly enhanced by the thick as molasses accent of Lauren Fortgang--not a perfect reading, but still quite memorable.
The comparison is a little simplistic, but this alternative history is tons of fun. The characters are consistant with the period, the writing is good, and Simon Vance is one of the best readers anywhere. I loved every minute of this book. A great adventure!
4 and a half was what I wanted, but it didn't quite reach my 5 star threshold.
I love that Scottoline moves from character to character in her novels, giving each of her Philadelphia attorneys a chance to shine. Danger, a hint of romance, and lots of likeable characters, some of whom actually experienced growth drew me into the story. Rosenblat gives a good read, and this mystery just didn't seem long enough--I didn't want this treat to end so soon.
I like Evanovich and might have liked this book a lot more in print than audio. Great literature it isn't, but her novels are fun and light, usually providing a few hours of entertainment. I listened to this reader mispronounce geographic names, and semi-tolerated her dramatization of the hero, transforming him from Texan charmer to half-wit redneck. But Critt's main sin was making what should have been a fast-paced book proceed with such deadly sloth I could have been listening to English instruction for non-speakers. Next time get rid of Critt!!! Lorelei is a little cloying, but at least she moves the story along. Better yet, see if Jean Smart is available.
This "novel" is so empty of real thought that it seems to be only a vehicle for an author who is so enamored of his own voice that he disregards the needs of the reader/listener for either enlightenment or entertainment. Save your book credits--and your time! I gave it a single star, because the reader is pretty good. That foreshadowing music is really over the top, though,
Hoag is maturing as a writer. Well read, well plotted, and fast moving, this was one of the better listens of the summer.
Marvelously read, this lush historical focuses on the methods used by an unprincipled villain as he preys on the natural human failings he finds contained in a very small religious community, and the stong woman who combats his influence. I'm reasonably sure potatoes were not cultivated in France in 1610, but aside from that acronism, I was lost in the medieval world Harris created. Please give us more from Suzanne Bertish!
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