Davis | Member Since 2001
I enjoy Bill Bryson's work. He is really a travel writer who always surprises with side trips full of interesting information. He is witty and self-deprecating. His travels aren't effortless. He gets lost, hot and out of sorts but instead of complaining, he makes us laugh. He isn't a purist, he bumbles along but still manages to be entertaining and makes us feel like he'd be a great traveling companion and best of all, he's such a nice guy he'd probably enjoy our company, as well.
We listened to this book while driving from California to Montana, eastern Washington and Idaho on the trail of the great ice age floods followed by an impromptu excursion through the Canadian Rockies. It was great fun and set us up for a trip through Appalachia. So no, not all at once.
Bryson has a great book "In a Sunburnt Land" about Australia, one about a trip to see the northern lights, living in England and taking a walking tour. All are delightful
I was hungry for more Hunger Games so I bought this but it did not satisfy.
I like books set in Montana where place plays a prominent role. I thought the kidnapped girls might develop into detailed gross gore. That didn't happen. It must be part of a series but I'm not inspired to read the one that came before, nor do I want to read the next one.
Authenticity demerits: the detour described over Beartooth Pass in the third week in November is highly improbably. That pass closes in mid October and to the best of my knowledge, has never been open in November. Global warming may change that sometime in the future but it has not yet happened. IF the pass were open, it has an elevation of almost 11,000 feet and has hair raising hairpin turns that would either scare the bejesus out of a high school driver or send her over the edge when she hit black ice. Even a teenage driver can't text and stay alive on that road.
No native Montanan would route anyone over that pass in October much less November. I've seen it closed (for days) by snow in July.
No trucker would detour over Beartooth Pass because, not only is it closed in November, I don't think large semi trucks are allowed.
Authenticity points: the road through Yellowstone Park from Cooke City to Gardiner IS kept open all winter. There is a religious group that bought a lot of land near Gardiner.
I am from Tennessee. We have different accents than Atlanta, Mississippi or along the southeastern coast. Most people have to use the overdone accents from Clampets of Beverly Hills fame. It is sooo annoying. The narrators for this story have Atlanta and Florida accents wrong but that's okay cause they don't over do it. How they think the Blue Ridge mountain native caretaker can have a Scottish accent (because her ancestors were from Scotland?) is kind of nuts but I just let that one go. The story was pleasant, the characters were a mixed lot, just like in life, full of quirks and contradictions. There was a bad person but it was well hidden and revealed in a series of believable encounters.
This was an enjoyable listen. While I didn't find it as engrossing as other reviewers, it was a pleasant story set in the south that was modern and showed admirable self restraint by depicting the southern characters as modern people living in contemporary United States while giving the usual trite southern woman stereotype a welcome rest.
Plop, plop, fizz fizz oh what a relief it is when we are not caricatures.
I was pretty sure I'd enjoy a mystery with a dog-cop partnership but it followed the formula of damaged goods struggling with ghosts of that which damaged them but Yeah! it all turns out okay. Boring.
The story seemed to be going somewhere but **SPOILER ALERT** the protagonist ends up feeling used and discarded by her more talented "friend". It was disappointing because, with all the navel gazing, it was kind of what the reader suspects from the get go.
Ivan Doig never fails to satisfy with excellent writing, a good tale while weaving together life in a small Montana and a backstory about the depression and the building of the Fort Peck dam. It's a fine and satisfying story.
Lousy writing, too many adjectives, too much angst, too much overreaction, little restraint, whiny embarrassing southern accents plus pious christianity. There may have been a plot but no way I could listen past the 5th chapter. Life is too short to listen to such drivel.
Something better than this, I hope.
Oh, God no, please spare me.
I didn't find any
An excellent reader with a better regional accent using more restraint emoting couldn't save the writing. This is the first. Maybe they improve. Maybe.
I can't tolerate poor narration, formula romance or bad writing so it is hard to find a murder mystery with minimum foreboding, gore and disgusting details that isn't insipid and/or boring. This book had interesting characters, their back stories were revealed nicely, the narration was good, there was a plot (and murder) but it wasn't "heavy". It's also hard to find a good book with a pink cover.
I have enjoyed George Guidall's narration for many years. I think he is one of the best. His voice works for this series.
The Walt Longmire books are a treat for me because the country and the weather are vital elements. I enjoy the rural inter mountain west and these books make me feel like I'm there. I also appreciate the low key, low tech way the mysteries get solved. While there may be a cell phone involved and an occasional borrowed aircraft, no one calls in a SWAT team, no one specializes in profiling, the murders don't involve canniblism or vampires or excess violence. Something bad happens and Walt goes about the business of solving the crime.
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