.... so for fluff it gets 5 starts.... but I save 5 when there is literary panache. This story is real middle of the road decent entertainment.
While I would give Stieg Larsson a 5+ then why would I give Jayne Ann Krentz a 4? In her own genre, relative to others in this genre, to me, this story with this reader is a solid 4. If she and Larsson were in the same class and genre, then I would have to reduce most every one and very few would ever get 4's and 5's and there would be an aweful lot of 2's and 3's. I just think the rating system is heavily bent by a relative scale! Relative to the real average and those that are stellar sometimes might get lost in the mix of politeness and relative scales leaving the best of the very best at somewhat of a disadvantage until there is enough time for the word of mouth to take hold.
So, in the relative averages of writing and performance this book is very enjoyable, a solid story that certainly stands above the average formulaic cozy!
Indeed I do love Carl Hiassen but might very well even like Jonas Jonasson even better or is it just a breath of fresh air finding a similar humor in this new fiction?
I also love the better than "Zen" attitude of Aaron! One to listen to!
If you're needing something to listen to while not having to give it your 100% attention while, let's say, multi-tasking and year end sorting... it's perfect. Cute story.
If you like the others, you might like this one even better... Kyra has gotten a hang of her own style and Gabra sounds at her best and I can tell it's like putting on a favorite pair of pants or shoes to read for Kyra.
One of my favorite non-fiction pieces at audible.com and I hope to find more like this one!
This book was an entirely different animal and unexpectedly insightful into a sector of our culture that is prominent and misunderstood. Personally, I haven't been able to comprehend the emotional reach and bend of so many of the people around me that are widespread practice of silence. Sylvia makes poetry and shows an internal landscape that is spellbinding to listen to in audio form and creates a new genre of story in my book... I am not sure what to name it. Since there is a subset genre of psychological thrillers... I would perhaps call this genre psychological romance, perhaps. The dialogue/communication is exemplary.
After reading the reviews I thought I better put on my own "hat" of curious listening of an old friend.... a friend that wrote unprecedented and captivating youth fiction who's deciding to speak her own dark opinion and mind in a more adult audience.
In my listening I considered also that she has traversed the sorting of classes and has in some ways transcended all the classes unto herself, in some ways, especially in England, I get the feeling it is impossible to transcend the class system entirely... the tragedy and comedy of this irremovable.... and this is her expression, some of her therapy just as the Potter books were for her.
So, again, I put on my curiosity "hat" and decided to see the big picture of Rowling, the world, politics, fiction, my own suburban life where it is I am stuck with certain realities and where the dangers of just going along and being in the doldrums indefinitely and were it is that even with effort how luck is needed to see through and step beyond the new polarity of classism burgeoning here in our own back yard.
I feel a thoughtful read, an approach of continuously asking why it is she is choosing these bends in fiction now that she doesn't have to please a publisher and get approval but has free reign... to take a refreshing curious approach to dark comedy is already an oxymoron in itself but it really worked for me in hearing this well spoken book.
I must admit, the political side of adult life is not nearly as exciting as to read of children and youth.... this book inspires me to keep working at keeping myself young at heart in part in fear of the tragedy of becoming dull and vacant. This book is plenty good if I bring my own good sharp mind of curiosity and dialogue with the author as I listen and ask... who am I in this story were I inserted into it? How would that be for everyone there? In my own backyard? For this alone it is worth it.... she is like iron; as it is said "iron sharpens iron"... this is the approach I think bears good fruit in good listening.
I do look forward to her next novel and do hope for something entirely different yet again and also do expect a fond inclusion of the relevance of children as a part of the main thread throughout her next story.
Silence of the Lambs reminiscent but no where near as gripping, yet a decent story, not a waste of time... basically a romance novel with dark tones.
That we all have these dark traits and if that dark side is the one living our lives this is what those lives would look more like in our own neighborhoods. This grotesqueness tempered not by intelligence but by the grace of kindness we take for granted.
but, if you are in the mood for fluff and that is all.... it works well.
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