I had foraged my way through Portrait of a Lady by the same author, so I thought I could attempt this one. I just couldn't do it. He goes off on such tangents that have really nothing to do with the story line at hand, that I couldn't follow it at all. Flow Gibson is a great as the voice of the story, but the sound quality wasn't great. I will keep it in my library and maybe one day in the future I will have more patience.
I felt that it was entertaining to listen to, but that it didn't stand out as anything special. After reading later books in the series I realize that this was the beginning of a downhill plunge.
I have been reading the Sneaky Pie Brown series for about 13 years now off and on and I have to say that the plot lines are getting thinner and thinner. I used to read them for a good mystery and to find out what was happening to my favorite characters. The storyline used to keep me on the edge of my seat, but now I just get them to find out about the main characters. The mystery is almost nonexistant. I felt no suspense whatsoever until the last couple of chapters and then I thought the killer's motives were lame and unconvincing. I am now wondering if I will go on with the series at all. If Ms. Brown wished to change the course of the series to a purely interpersonal novel, then she has many places she could go, but as far as mysteries go, she has hit a dead end.
I could not wait to listen to this book everyday on my work commute. It was recommended to me by a coworker and I loved it. The ending leaves you completely hanging, but that is okay because you just want more with the next book. I did look at the plot summary for the next two that audible has and that was NOT SMART! It gave away sooooo much! So trust me, you will want to continue the series, but don't spoil for yourself like I did. My husband thought it was sweet revenge though, because I spoiled Harry Potter 6 for him and said that Dumbledore died. Ah well!
I really enjoyed the first three sections of the book, but when it came to section four, I could not understand what else the author would have to say about the story for 5 more hours. I thought 3 out of the last 5 hours of listening could have been cut completely out and the story would have been better for it. All in all, I am very glad I can say I finished it, and the story really is of merit, but I wished the end had not dragged on so.
I will definitely be listeningto another work of this author. I chose it because I enjoyed the BBC drama production of it so much. I was really put at first because that the book is unfinished (the author died before writing the last chapter), but the narrative summing up the book by a magazine editor of the time was wonderful and very appropriate. I would say a much read if you enjoy Victorian novels and even if you don't.
I have listened to another version of this book before and adored it. I have also read Middlemarch and the Mill on the Floss and enjoyed them as well. David Case is not the right narrator for this book. His voice is to harsh and it just takes to much away from the tone of the actual writing. The other version I heard was a women and that just fits better. I did really like David Case's preformance in the Count of Monte Cristo, but that is an adventure novel and such a harsh, crisp voice is appropriate. All in all, get the book, just not this version.
Even though you know how the end will turn out not very long into the story. I really enjoyed this book. The sound quality was very good. I always look forward to Flo Gibson narrating as well.
I loved that in the end of the story it is both of them that acknowlege they had a hand in not getting together sooner. I could really relate with the heroine throught the story, and it had some very entertaining and extreme characters, probably the most extreme out of all of Austen's novels.
This is something I will listen to over and over again.
The sound quality was not always that great, but I always enjoy Flo Gibson's narrations. I would have to say that it is my least favorite Austen book, but not horrible. It is Austen after all.
This was the only Jane Austen I had not read because a friend told me some years ago how boring it was. She could not have been more wrong! I thought it was excellent and the speakers voice was very good also. I thought she did the male characters just as well as the female characters. I also thought she really made you feel the emotions that every character was feeling when they were speaking and/or thinking. All in all an excellent choice.
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