Soddy Daisy, United States Minor Outlying Islands | Member Since 2007
This trilogy started out so very strong. I was excited to move onto the second book after the first was done. The story itself, let alone the plot of the trilogy, is so hard to keep up with. By the second chapter of Vortex, I had no clue what I was listening to, what the point was, what was going on. I gave up. So while I cannot say I read the entire book, I can say I gave it a go, and just could not bring myself to waste my listening hours on this book.
I did not know this when I bought this book, and wish I had --- the entire book is made up of letters back and forth between an astoundingly large cast of characters. There is not a live event that is told at all. Due to that, and the monotone of some of the English accents, this is a slow read, and a confusing one. The storyline is good, but painstakingly understood through the back and forth communication. Honestly, I listen to bits and pieces of this when I have trouble falling asleep. I really wanted to like this book, but I don't.
I had been told I would like this book by my sister-in-law, but put off using a credit to try it because the title was so wierd! It didn't seem like something I would like. Let me tell ya, you certainly can't judge a book by its cover with this one. Once I began listen, I had to agree with my SIL. It was right up my alley. I was taken in by the funny, curious, 11 year old Flavia, who gets into more scrapes than I ever did. I loved her immediately, and the other characters as well. Bradley has perhaps gotten a late start on his writing career, but I surely hope he intends to make up for lost time with many stories of Flavia to come!
Besides The Help and Cold Sassy Tree, there are very few good Southern novels out there. Thank goodness for Beth Hoffman, because now there's another one! I love a believable Southern story, and one with authenticity in character, accent and tone. This book delivers. Jennna Lamia is the golden standard when it comes to Southern narrators, and I adore her! The characters are so bold, coming to life so easily. There were times I laughed out loud at these ladies antics, and other times I wanted to cry with them. I definitely recommend this book, y'all. You will fall in love with Savannah and her people.
I was so glad to get my hands on another Flavia book! Even as a thirtysomething, I can so relate to this precocious girl. And Bradley has such a great feel to his writing.
This was my first listen to Kate Morton, and I am blown away! Although this is quite a lengthy book, I found that I devoured it in a matter of days, stealing moments -- cleaning house, cooking supper, driving -- just to listen to this lovely tale. Just a warning -- once you listen to this book, you will have it on the brain for a long time, and you'll find yourself searching for more Kate Morton here on Audible. Thankfully, you will find more. I look forward with great anticipation to Morton's upcoming works!
Having read nearly every novel Orson Scott Card has written, I know what he is capable of, in the way of character development and drawing the reader in with an undeniably great story. And only because of this do I come down hard on this series, and this book in particular. From most other writers, this would be spectacular work, but for OSC, it is just not cutting it for me. However, I am drawn in by the history angle, and because I feel myself to be a devoted OSC fan and reader, I am continuing on with the book and the entire series. But if you have not read any OSC, please, please, please, treat yourself to a life-changing listen and begin with the Ender series. You will thank me for it.
This was one of those novels that I hated to see end. I felt as though I had gotten to know Morton's characters quite well, and did not wish to leave. Once again, both author and narrator do not disappoint. This is my favorite book right now, and I don't know if Kate Morton can top this one with an upcoming book, but I sure hope she tries! Love it!
Kate Morton has the ability to take the reader into her own world, masterfully created with her descriptions and character development. Although The House at Riverton remains my favorite Morton novel, this one ties for second! Once again, Caroline Lee does a lovely job of storytelling. Cannot recommend this book, and all of Morton's books, enough!!
I adore these Flavia de Luce novels! And the narrator is so very enjoyable. I can hardly wait for Mr. Bradley to finish the next one.
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