She brought the characters to life. I think I've read all the Mallory books, and I hesitated about downloading this one because I was getting tired of the repeating elements of the stories--Mallory's personality and relationships. Listening to Barbara Rosenblat read the book, it all felt fresh and often very funny. She was perfect!
No, I had to do it in small doses.
I bought this because it was Adrian McKinty and Gerard Doyle. I've enjoyed all of their work on Audible. However, I think I would have enjoyed this one a lot more if I had read the book instead of listening to it. It's a fascinating story but for some reason it didn't work well as an audiobook.
Not really. It was a trite story about tedious characters. I would have stopped listening except that the narrator was really good, and I had already given up on the other sale books I had bought.
Obvious. Every single plot development was obvious.
I like the author's Cork O'Conner series.
No, her voice and accents were grating. The whiny, nasal voices given to a couple of the male characters were especially bad.
The amount of time devoted to the philosophy and methods of psychoanalysis was excessive and deadly boring. The main character was apparently meant to be intriguing, with hints of family secrets to be revealed later in the series, but was not in the least an interesting person. Too much description of long walks, biting wind and sleet, and Freida's inexplicable love of London. Irrelevant cardboard romance that is supposed to show us Freida's proud independence and need for solitude (and, of course, love of London) but is just icky. Irrelevant and irritating plot interruptions by niece and sister-in-law. Cutesy relationship with Joseph that seems to have been inspired by Murphy Brown and her painter, Elden. If I sound excessively negative, it's because I was expecting a much better book on the basis of reviews, etc. I was looking forward to listening to it on a long car trip and it turned out to be like driving with someone that is kind of okay, but you can't stand being trapped in a car with for 12 hours.
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