My brother-in-law recommended Val McDermid to me, so I downloaded this, the first in the Hill-Jordan series. I almost stopped reading it because of the graphic descriptions of gruesome and sadistic tortures. I did finish the book, though, and even bought another, in the hope that maybe the author would realize that she didn't need to make her murders so graphic in order to write a gripping thriller. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to seeing whether the author gets better.
Very skillful performance -- almost too much so. Hopefully without giving too much away,...the performance made it easy to guess at the identity of the villain.
Outstanding narration brought to life the many characters who cross Olive's path in the autumn of her life. The book is a meditation on aging, loneliness, love and death. Not for the fainthearted, and not for the young, but worth every minute. (or maybe that's just because I'm from New England, and the daughter of a flinty old crone).
Very accomplished novel by a young writer. She evokes perfectly the sights and smells of turn of the century London and humanizes the Ripper's victims. Told from the perspective of Dr. Watson, this is an enjoyable, well-paced read. Highly recommended to Holmes fans and general crime fiction readers alike.
Malla Nunn has undertaken to set crime fiction in the complex and dangerous era of 1950s South Africa, just as apartheid was made national law. Her hero, a detective of English extraction, moves in and aroundAfrikaner, "colored" and black society. This book is exotic, illuminating, totally fascinating, and very assured and competent. The narration is superb, carefully delineating the differing accents. Looking forward to more!
Complex, rich, vivid historical fiction set in 15th century Bruges, Geneva and in Italy with wonderful characters and ingenious plotting. I am devastated that more of Dunnett's novels - the rest of the "Niccolo" series and the Lymond Chronicles -- are not available on Audible. If I have one tiny quibble, it's that the Italian pronunciation, while generally spot on, is a little off on certain names, like "Tommaso" and "Acciaiuoli." Understandable, but distracting in a minor way. Overall, I loved the book, and look forward to the rest of the series (please).
An elderly French-trained communist Lao doctor pressed into service as the national coroner in the years just after the Vietnam war sees ghosts and cleverly untangles mysteries both personal and political. Who'd a thunk it? This protagonist is sly, mocking, lucky, cynical and ultimately an absolute delight. I was so glad to see that it's a series!
This is the story of 3 siblings who as young adults are involved to one degree or another in the accidental death of a 10-year-old child. They all carry her with them ('carry the one') as they grow into their lives. One, an artist, does her finest work painting "portraits" of the child as she grows through the life the artist imagines for her. Another, an asrophysicist, plunges deeper and deeper into drug abuse and despair. This was a richly imagined tale, and the narrator was superb. (She has a charming little lateral lisp, not always present, which gives her a youthful adorable-ness).
The gimmick is that the earth starts revolving more slowly, so that days and nights become unnaturally elongated. The wobbling of the earth becomes a metaphor for middle school, where kids become aware of time, see the cracks and tensions in their parents' marriages, feel thre first pangs of love, etc. The emotional life of an 11-year old was not enough to sustain this dystopian apocalyptic novel.
the narrator does a superb job of conveying the precocious eleven-year-old protagonist, Flavia. the plot was predictable, rather like vintage Agatha Christie or Nancy Drew, but the setting in a mouldering English country house and the first-person narration by the exasperating and delightful Flavia made this a captivating bit of holiday escapism.
Definitely. Almost did.
This performance was so vivid that it brought the story, set in the 1960s, absolutely to life. The book was not perfect; the ending was a little unsatisfying, and some of the characters were cutouts or not realized as fully as they could be, but the narration of the roles of Skeeter, Celia, Aibilene and Minny was outstanding. I am probably the last woman to read this book, but now I want to see the movie to see if the actors could possibly be as good.
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