Anyone who has been to Barcelona will appreciate how well the author describes the city in early 20th century.
The story, though complex, was not difficult to follow (easier than in the Shadow of the Wind) and kept my interest throughout.
Dan Stevens's wonderful, deep voice was perfect for conveying the dark side of this mystery while bringing out the sensitivity of the main character.
I think David Pittu did an amazing job of representing all the different characters in the book. HIs voice was spot on for both Theo and Boris. But his interpretation of Hobie and the Barbours was very good, too. All too often, regional and foreign accents are grating and very distracting, but no so for Pittu. I hope he narrates more adult fiction.
The book itself is not a page turner but very fascinating when read in portions; I would read it for a few hours, then swtich to a different book, and back again to The Goldfinch. Dickensenian in style, I think this title is best read as Dickens's works were published--in serialized format-- so that this jam-packed plot can be best absorbed.
Alice McDermott is amazing. She can turn the lives of ordinary people people into compelling reading. I only wish the book had been longer.
Along with What to Expect When You're Expecting this is a great gift for parents--first time or otherwise. Samuel L. Jackson's performance is spot on and very funny. My 20 year old son likes it a lot and I'll make sure he has it in his library when he's a father.
A great mystery/thriller. This is my first encounter with Nesbo before but it sure won't be the last. Sachs's narration evokes the coldness of the characters and the setting
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