There were parts of the book that were quite exciting. However, there was a lot of tedium to wade through, and too many stereotypical bad guys. I just could not finish it. I was a bit too bored.
Again, like Book 2 (Queen of Bedlam), this book kept my interest throughout, the mystery was developed and resolved in a consistently entertaining way, and the main characters were quite likable. The narrator does a great job with each of the characters too.
The only negative was that there was bit of redundant and tedious writing that made me antsy and impatient at points.
However, even with that flaw, I still would recommend this as a fun and engaging listen. And I do plan to listen to Book 4.
I just wish it were on sale like Book 2 and 3.
I bought this book because it was the sale of the day, and I ended up enjoying it immensely. Although it takes place in the late 1600s (or early 1700s), it was modern enough to keep my interest. Modern in the sense that women had voices and strength, and many of the male characters were very likable and modern-feeling. I could not stand to listen to a book where oppression and harshness of the day were the pervasive storyline.
The book was entertaining and the mystery is superbly developed and resolved. The reader did a very good job with the different characters' voices.
I liked this book so much I bought the next one (and plan to buy the others in the series too).
Note: If you are someone who is still sad that Caleb Carr did not write a third book in the Alienist series, you will get a bit of a fix listening to this book and its sequels. Has some of the same feel and humor present in the Alienist.
What a fabulous find. (I actually stumbled across this book by looking for books narrated by George Guidall, and bought it despite the occasional negative review. I was surprised to learn that so many of my friends had already read this book when it came out in the 90s because I hadn't heard of it.)
I have not enjoyed an audiobook so much in many months. It was a riveting listen, and as usual, George Guidall did an excellent job at bringing out the characters and making them feel so real. I was enthralled from beginning to end, and was so relieved to learn that there was a sequel (which I enjoyed almost as much as The Alienist).
I am totally sad this listen is over…I just wish Caleb Carr would write more in this series.
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!
Fantastic, per usual for Louise Penny. And the questions we have had have all been answered.
Definitely should read or listen to the books that preceded this one in order to fully follow the plot!
I really really loved this book, and I loved the narration of this book. There was really no point in the book where I knew what was going to happen, but that was okay because the author did not leave me sitting on pins and needles waiting for the end to occur. Each part of the book was a joy to listen to, whether or not the part was relevant to the ultimate conclusion. The details were so plainly and beautifully given, without being gratuitous or rambling.
I am so impressed with this author. Quite unbelievable that this was her first book. The overall tone and feel to her book reminded me of "The Book Thief" which was equally wonderful, and likewise was the author's first book.
It has been since "The Book Thief" that I listened to a story so poignantly written and so convincingly told.
Really fantastic! I cannot wait to her next book comes out.
Too many books I listen to are so bogged down with tedious details, wherein we have to hear about way way too much. Too many details can often take away from the flow of the book, and can make my attention wander, and make me bored. Well, this book did that.
The ending was a bit absurd, and I didn't really like any of the characters. They were not sympathetic characters, for whom I am willing to extend a break for their bad behavior.
I got so frustrated with the droning on and on that I went to the library and checked out The Neighbor just so I could hurry up and get to the end.
I listened to this author's book, Into the Woods, and felt very disappointed. At the time, I was bummed that I had already bought Broken Harbor. After reading the reviews for this book, I thought I would go ahead and give it a try. I am not disappointed that I listened to this one.
There was very little over-writing, and the suspense built at a consistent, steady pace, I absolutely wanted to know how the book would end, and and who committed the crimes.
I definitely recommend listening to this book, even if you, like me, ended up not enjoying Into the Woods.
I enjoyed this author's first book, Into the Darkest Corner, and thought I would give this book a try. This book just did not cut it for me. The plot was far-fetched and the main character was too passive for my taste.
The narrator was perfectly good at reading this book. But If you are grossed out by icky biological happenings, don't listen to this book. And if you are someone who needs the plot to be mostly believable, don't bother listening to this book either.
Without giving spoilers, the book involves many decomposing bodies, and two main unappealing characters whose heads we have to be in for the entirety of the book.
I really enjoyed this book. Just a good, fun, clever book like most of Gaiman's books.
What I absolutely loved was the reader! He was utterly brilliant narrating this book. I just keep hoping I will find him narrating more books. He really did the characters perfectly.
Seriously, listen to this book for the book itself and for the narrating brilliance of
There's a reason most reviewers are giving this book such high ratings. This book was so beautifully written, and so wonderfully narrated, it certainly ranks as one of my top five audio books. This book makes me marvel at the talent that some people have for writing.
I did not want to stop listening to this book for one minute. When it was over I cried simply because it was over. I could go on and on about every wonderful aspect of this book. But in the end, I need only say that this is one to listen to and one to remember.
When I think of Liesel saying the word "Papa"' I still feel a flood of emotions.
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