I have enjoyed every novel by Susan Vreeland. She is a fabulous storyteller. This tale, set in Paris and Provence from the years just before WWII through to its end, is no exception. It is filled with sumptuous word-paintings of the setting, the art and the artists of France that enhance the drama without bogging it down. Truly, this is a book to curl up with and relish. The performance of newcomer (new for me at least) Kim Bubbs greatly added to my pleasure. Bubbs is a generous reader whose mostly superbly rendered accents and mastery of cadence and lilt lent an almost musical dimension to the story. It will be hard to listen to other readers after this stellar performance. All in all, Lisette's List is one of the very best listens in my large Audible library. If my own publisher would ever permit my novel to be offered in audio, Kim Bubbs is the reader I'd insist on. Brava et brava!
A fun read by this wonderful, clever author. Harkness shines in this conclusion to her tale of the witch and the vampire. The language is lush without being purple. The story is interesting without the overindulgence in historical detail that made Book Two feel a little pedantic. The characters are fantastical without becoming unbelievable. Overall, one of the most enjoyable novels I've read of late and well worth the long wait.
Brava, Ms. Harkness. You delivered!
Because the novel jumps abruptly and somewhat awkwardly perhaps to soon from the main storyline in 1944 to the earlier years of the WWII, the novel takes awhile to get moving. A few hours in, however, it moves with gripping tension all the way to the end. The characters, as others have noted, are beautifully and tenderly developed and the settings are vividly rendered. Someone above used the word "masterful," and I heartily agree. Well worth the time and the dollars. ALL THE LIGHT is a treasure.
I enjoyed this novel so much that I rushed to listen to her others, only to be slightly disappointed in the long run, though each is interesting in its own way. I will watch for further titles by this author.
How delighted I was to hear David Colacci narrating this series again. His performance is perfect, as always. But the story is too brief by far, and it ends so abruptly I was caught completely off-guard. Ms. Leon left me sorely missing the familial warmth of earlier mysteries and the wonderful and wry humor of Senorina Electra, along with the many other riches of most Guido Brunetti stories. It is still a 5-star listen, but be prepared for an almost breathless pace compared to the slow and steady soulfulness and the intelligent and cultured ruminations we've come to expect from Comissario Brunetti!
This is a compelling story set in Paris. Just wish the whole series was on Audible, and that the narrator was more like David Collaci, a personal favorite.
Not as enjoyable as Discovery of Witches, but still, wonderful characterization. Next time, a little less London history and travelogue would be nice. Could have been edited down quite a bit and still would have been a five-star read.
Congratulations to Ms. Harkness. She deserves the acclaim she's won :-)
One of Silva's best, for sure. Loved the archaeology. Loved the characters. Loved the plot. Loved the reader. Don't hesitate on this one.
Thank you, Mr. Hill for this fabulous memoir. I was only 14 years old when President Kennedy was killed, but I had been a die-hard believer in him and lover of Mrs. Kennedy since before his election. My heart was broken by the events in Dallas, by the pain and suffering of Mrs. Kennedy and the President's friends and family. It has taken years to be able to deal with the loss I felt. For 45 years, I could barely watch images of the Kennedy family without tears and that long-dreaded ache in my heart. The Kennedy Detail was the first book I could read that included any description of the assassination. You memoir completed the healing.
I'm no different from millions of other Americans who suffered so terribly over the death of our youthful President and in the years that followed, suffering made worse by all the conspiracy theories and the smutty, salacious books that have been appeared in more recent times.
Your friendship with Mrs. Kennedy was so lovely. Your recollections support the image and reality of the graceful, gracious First Lady of my youth. There is nothing but love and healing in your memoir, and I consider it a gift to humanity. I believe it is going to be wildly successful, a best-seller for sure, and you deserve it!
To readers: buy this book. You will love it. No matter how much you may have read or seen about the Kennedy family and the years that have come to be known as Camelot, you have never read or heard anything like this. Mr. Hill has given us the real deal: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy as she truly was.
Jeremy Bobb gave a flawless performance. One of the best I've ever heard on any audiobook. Every inflection, every pause, every syllable brought the era vividly back and made your story even more enthralling.
I really love this excellent series and have read every book since I met the author at a writers conference years ago. I've tried a couple of audiobook editions, but have not enjoyed the experience until Ms. Gibel came on board. This narrator adds to the story in most positive ways. She seems an excellent fit, and I hope she continues in future audiobook editions.
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