I think this is one of Kathy Reichs' best. Even when I figured out what had happened (in the last hour of the "read") I was still thoroughly engaged in finding out how things would resolve. There is NOT too much French. What little there was, was appropriate and did not detract from the story if you didn't understand it. Linda Emond's narration is, as always, excellent.
The book is kind-of a French farce with a damsel in distress and a knight in somewhat tarnished armor. It was delightful to listen to during my 80-minute commute each way. Sad moments leavened the silliness to keep the story interesting and the plot moving briskly. I think it definitely was worth the credit!
I liked the three main characters. They were very individual and interesting.
I know that Thomas Perry has a couple of series going, but I hope that he adds this to the others. Meanwhile, I'll start listening to the others.
Darkly Dreaming Dexter is well-written but it is more a fictionalized look into the mind of a sociopath than it is a novel. Dexter is not my idea of a likable protagonist. He kills people who he thinks deserve killing and cuts up their bodies. I am not squeamish. I listen to John Sandford, James Patterson, James Lee Burke, Kathy Reichs, and Lee Child among others.
I give the book three stars for writing and narration, but withhold the other two because Dexter is an empty sociopathic vigilante. I will not listen to any more in the series.
Not nearly so good as Spanogle's first book. I saw through the basic plot very quickly. The narrator read the entire book in CAPITAL LETTERS, making Nate seem like he had absolutely no humanity and was a self-serving jerk. I definitely will listen to a sample before I purchase a book from a narrator I don't know. I definitely will not listen books narrated by Scott Brick. He even read the end credits with too much emphasis on each word.
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