Mr O'Reilly should use a pro narrator. He's better here than in his first two "killing" books, where his voice would drop at the end of sentences, usually the last syllable. Found myself straining to hear. A distraction. Also His NY accent is unappealing to me personally. It isn't music to my ears.
Killing Kennedy was the best, mainly because its contemporary and we all can remember where we were when we heard President Kennedy was shot, plus all the intrigue with MM. Press me and I'll say it ranks third.
Can't say as I liked the performance as put up with it. I liked most of the content though.
No. The author made assumptions to make the book more readable. Filled-in gaps in history to help with visualizing the era. I'd be thinking, "Where'd he come up with that?"Then again I said the same thing reading the other two "killing" books. If a person is interested in Jesus, the Bible is a better source.
This is a book about the human Jesus, and that's fine, except that Jesus was both God and man. What Christianity teaches is that Jesus was fully human and fully God, which is difficult for our quite finite and mortal minds to wrap itself around. Jesus is only half portrayed, but then it isn't about Jesus, but about his "killing". Its a decent read as it refreshed and enlightened the unspeakable death Jesus suffered for you and me.
With a headline like Fabulous, I'm already touting the merits of Dumas in terms of plot, character development, subject interest. I particularly love the eloquence of language, albeit formal, that Dumas excels in, and the historical social norms and nuances so contrasting with current trends. Pretty cool stuff!!
Edmund's escape from prison was pretty riveting.
Men narrators struggle more with women's voices than women narrators with male voices, in my opinion, so the Count himself gets the nod. I thought Mr Lee delivered impeccably with French, Italian, English, Turkish accents, transitioning quite seamlessly from character to character, bringing to life this story of betrayal and revenge set mainly in France. Now its on to more Dumas!!
The journey. It was all about that struggle.
The logic involved in looking at the two faiths of Christianity and Islam.
I liked the authenticity of the Arabic pronunciations, actually they were needed. The author spoke too fast. It was distracting, because I needed to give his logic some thought, and would have to stop and think.
No. I need to process what was said, and that necessitated breaks.
I'd rank it in the top 75% due to its richness of historical detail.
When the sins of the past find some atonement. There is an overwhelming sense of melancholy for awhile, but it lifts, Still it has a tragic element like Romeo and Juliet.
Really can't point to one scene.
Stricken would describe the moment of Celia's betrayal, though you know its coming.
I read the print version in the 70's, and found the audio to be better. Anya Seton draws the reader into her web
I never read the print version.
The most interesting aspect was the philosophical treatment of the often twin emotions of love and hate, atheism and faith, divorce and marriage, etc. There was a lot to choose from. The least interesting was the main character's self-absorption.
No favorite scene.
I wasn't impressed with this book, yet I thought Firth's performance was very solid. Frankly wasn't sure I could finish it, mainly because the perpetual inner conflicts screamed, "Its all about me.'' It got old, to be candid.
My time was spent adequately enough, in that I wanted to have the puzzle pieces all in place. I appreciated the lovely prose, but tired of its repetition.
Probably not. The whole thing wasn't that provocative.
Yes, to move on quickly to another.
Got this little mystery just as a filler while awaiting my credits. What a nice surprise. Narrator was fabulous, and I found myself wanting to get back to the book. Always a good sign. I guessed the bad guy, but the plot still had enough twists to cause doubt. Character development was good, and not boring. Then again, James Patterson plot-heavy books aren't my cup of tea, so this type of mystery appeals to me. I will certainly listen to more by this author.
I read Katherine in the 70's, but I think audio in general is better than the print. Biased a bit here.
The historical relevance of Katherine's life to the monarchy. This is faithful historical fiction, and detail was paramount to believably.
When John kissed Katherine after her wedding, and thought, "Oh,my!"
Probably Katherine herself. She and I have a lot in common, so our dialogue would be relaxed.
I almost didn't finish this simply because I tired of the dysfunctional characters, which droned on. The last few hours were exciting.
Since I'm almost a compete Audible convert, I didn't read a print version. There is a richness supplied with narrative acting that, for me, enhances the plot and character development.
That the characters continued in their development personally and relationally, and that I could still be surprised knowing the format Ms Rowling [Galbreith] used in her first in this series [Cuckoo's Calling].
Robert Glenister does Cormoran Strike to perfection.
Yes. There is fluidity that begs to be continued
Strike's faithful assistant Robyn seems more sophisticated than her portrayal by Glenister would suggest. I pictured Robyn's voice differently, which is why my performance rating wasn't 5 stars. Both Cuckoo and Silkworm are first rate mysteries, and why not? The Harry Potter Series held all of us spellbound with mystery through seven glorious books.
The corner of bitter and sweet
Charlie, because he was honest and honorable.
Poker game in the sitting room
Nothing extreme. It did make me sad for awhile.
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