A fascinating tour through the inner workings of the English upper-upper class, replete with old aristocrats and social climbers, the rich and the riche, sprawling country homes and expensive London flats. Told quietly by a keen observer, with a wide array of well-written characters, Snobs is a National Geographic special on the strange customs and rituals of the landed-gentry and their hangers-on. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
One of the most beautifully written novels I've heard/read in a while. Evocative language and shifting perspective make Dizzy City an intriguing novel.
I love classic detective lit, and 'Death of a Favourite Girl' offers a good plot. The reader has a nice voice, but it's like listening to paint dry. He does a few voices, but most of the characteres are portrayed in the same monotone. Even at the low price, I wish I hadn't bought this audio book.
I generally like Alan Furst, but I found Dark Star unfinishable. Too dark, too drawn-out. Furst's characters are a mixed bag, but the main character of Dark Star is so unsympathetic and self-absorbed that I found myself hoping the Stalin hooligans would cart him away already...but they wouldn't oblige, so I just gave up half-way through.
The story is typically Christy - interesting and enjoyable! I found the narration annoying, especially Tuppence's loud exclamations and shrill squeaky voice. Ugh.
Fascinating character and great research. An interesting tale told in a forthright manner; this is NOT an historical novel, however, so don't expect dialogue or much in the way of story-telling.
I thoroughly enjoyed Blue Noon. The main character is an anti-hero you just can’t help rooting for even though he is a complete sh*t. The rest of the characters are drawn quickly, but expertly, as complicated and thoroughly believable human beings. History is the setting but it never takes over the story. My first Ryan novel, but certainly not the last!
A thoroughly enjoyable tale about the pursuit of dreams and passion — and what it takes to finally grow up. An easy and satisfying listen.
A compelling and beautifully written novel about a fascinating time in world history. I listened to it straight through in one weekend. Buy the unabridged version — you won’t want to miss a minute of Boyd’s amazing prose.
Crucial Conversations offers excellent analyses and real tools for improving the most difficult relationships in your professional and personal life. Beware: the emphasis is on YOU, so don’t buy this hoping to find a way to change your boss, your spouse, or that back-stabbing SOB down the hall. Do buy it to find ways to get past that “fight or flight” reaction in yourself and almost anyone else so you can really talk. (Also read Martha Stout’s “The Sociopath Next Door” to understand why no communication or relationship strategy can possibly work with some people.)
Death at Wentwater Court is a charming romp with snow-covered countryside, a rambling old English country house, and a most congenial murder. As one reviewer pointed out, the accents can be a bit shaky. To my American ears, though, the flaws weren’t as striking and certainly didn’t distract from the brisk action and great characters. I can’t wait to listen to Daisy Dalrymple’s next adventure!
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