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I can't begin to say enough about how wonderful Elizabeth Strout is as a writer and how well done two of her audiobooks have been. Olive Kitteridge and Abide With Me will stand out in my list of top favorites forever!!!
This is first class all the way.
I urge everyone to get this book and, in fact, any book by Elizabeth Strout.
I am not sure why I missed Philip Roth who is no secret to most readers, but I did. He probably became really popular during the years when I was either not reading very much because I was too young to appreciate it, or the years when I was raising a son. However, I recently saw a special on him on PBS and it peeked my interest andI decided to give him a listen, choosing this book because of its subject matter. I am so glad that I did. This novel is world class and will likely stand as one of the great novels of the century. Roth's ability to craft a story that resonates off the page and into the hearts, minds and soul of America is a mark of his true genius. Ron Silver as the narrator is probably the finest vocal work I have heard on audio book- ever. Mr. Silver has an intimate delivery style and plays with pacing and emotional tone to superb effect. I will listen to this book again and again. There were moments that literally took my breath away. And even though I finished it months ago, I find myself thinking about the story over and over again. So glad I have found Philip Roth and I thank Ron Silver for his fine work.
Ok, I admit it- I love John Grisham almost all of the time. There may have been one book about a bunch of aging jocks that I found tedious and never finished, but he is a good story teller and I am addicted to courtroom drama. This one does not disappoint. The characters are fun, the actor narrator Michael Beck is outstanding- very nuanced and believable vocal work, and I had a thoroughly good time listening to it. The whole major plot twist rests on an old white man's angst which is a little suspect given the focus of the angst (no spoilers here) but I was enchanted none the less. What I love is Grisham and Beck's ability to capture the small town Southern culture in a particular period, and the recognizable characters that inhabit this world.
I recommend it!
Thomas Perry has easily become one of my favorites. He almost always weaves an interesting and action packed story that holds my attention utterly. In Fidelity we get to experience the impact of a crime on an unsuspecting wife who, through the course of the story becomes a survival warrior. So often stories are by and about men, but this one focuses on how a woman survives! Thank you Mr. Perry for realizing that women want to read about themselves sometimes!
In Fidelity, we also learn to appreciate a murderer, which is always an interesting turn around for a reader. But what I think I like the best in Perry's writing and in Michael Kramer's performance is that the reader feels like we are inside the head of the character.
Perry takes us step by step though the thinking of each character in a way that is detailed and nuanced but never tedious or predictable. The conclusion is an incredible "page turner." I have now listened to all of Perry's audiobooks and conclude that he is an amazing writer and the pairing of Perry with Michael Kramer as the reader is one of the best pairings I have heard in audio books. Kramer has an intimate vocal style that is both private and intense but also exciting and flexible He creates unique voice patterns for the various characters which is remarkably differentiated and yet never self conscious by drawing attention to itself.
I will listen to this book again and urge those who like a suspense and mystery stories to get this book!
My hero, Tana French, writes with a deep love mixed with cynicism about her own culture. In this story we get the divorced Irish cop, a lot of good old Irish drinking and fighting and
then the deep statements about human nature all rolled into one. I highly recommend any of French's books.
If you have read my other reviews you know I am a Tana French fan, big time. This book, while probably the least plausible of her Dublin Murder Series, is still incredibly good.
The thing French does best is to show the philosophical dilemma of her protagnoist while maintaining the character's humanity- warts and all.
What French has to say about human nature and the state of the world today coupled with original and compelling plot twists and turns makes her a number one in my book!
I wanted to like this book, I really did. I was so thrilled to read a book by a woman writer that focused on Asian culture. But this book seemed so sentimental to me in a cloying way that I found distanced me from the characters. The cultural nuances of the story and culture, if accurate? we the best part of an other wise dreary read.
Enjoyed this John Sandford book, the first in the series I think. The character of Lucas Davenport is fun and makes a worthy foil to the evil characters. Some of the sex stuff in Sandford's books seems silly to me and not provocative. Nevertheless, I liked it well enough to buy the second book- which was not as good.
In general I like Thomas Perry's writing. It is straightforward and methodical in a way that highlights the characters analytical thinking. I am always enthralled by how Perry's bad guys think through their strategies.
There was an introduction at the beginning that I found tedious and set me up to think that this was going to be a real page turner. Instead it was slow to start and I thought, "wow, what disservice that intro did to this book."
The narration was well done. I will buy more Thomas Perry. But I don't need the commercial intro that was almost ten minutes in length!
I was hopeful, the actor doing the voices was great, but the story was implausible and gratuitously violent. Ick.
I have loved John Sandford but this one was pretty lame. Predictable romance that was very melodramatic and a convoluted story that I really didn't find compelling.
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