This is a fascinating topic, but the book was sometimes so dull I feared I would never finish it. As a science nerd, the development of the vaccine was the most interesting part of the book for me, and I really loved learning about Louis Pasteur and the other researchers of the 19th century. The strength of the book is how they made so many of those historical characters come alive with stories about them and their competitors or families, etc. I enjoyed learning about how the illness was understood throughout history and the crazy, revolting treatments that different societies developed to attempt to forestall the inevitable fatal outcome of a bite from a rabid animal. That being said, I felt the writing style was too wordy with too much repetition of facts and stories, which made it very slow going, even dull at times. If there is an abridged version, that would probably be the way to go--with any luck a good editor could maintain the details in the lively sections and tie everything together more efficiently.
The stalker in this book was pretty creepy, which I wasn't expecting. Not full-on thriller level of suspense, but grislier than I expected for a cozy coffee shop mystery.
While I adore Adichie's prose and am fascinated by the glimpse into Nigerian culture, I found the character of the father so polarized in his public vs. private behavior and his horrific treatment of his family hard to believe and hard to take.
As to the recording, the narrator's breathing was often so clearly heard as to be distracting. I loved her performance and attribute this to poor production technique.
The characters were intriguing and revealed in flashbacks going in reverse chronological order. The storyline was quite compelling and the prose was beautiful and descriptive. Some details were creepy and disturbing, but/and very effective.
I enjoyed the outrageous characters, behavior and language of this series. It is light entertainment and only for those who aren't offended by the language. I was frustrated by the reader's inability to differentiate between male and female characters which is particularly problematic as the chapters alternate from the point of view of a male and a female character, and it is impossible to tell who is talking by tone of voice alone.
I loved Wicked Autumn, but some may find the writing too literary and the British reader too stuffy. I enjoyed the characters and the setting and found the prose brilliant. When I first started listening, I wasn't able to concentrate to follow the rhythm and accent of the reader, and it doesn't help that they start with the list of character descriptions, which I think was a mistake. However, when I restarted I was completely drawn in and loved the intelligent and elegant prose and the uptight British reserve. It is vital to listen to a segment to see if it appeals to you as much as it does to me.
I like this series with the dogs and setting, but this one is just too short and simple. I wish she would have fleshed it out more.
I found this hysterical. Cynical and sarcastic, by turns dry and over the top. Probably a whole lot more interesting and funny for people who have spent a fair amount of time at a university.
The mystery is told thru the side-kick of the investigating officer. At first I found the narrator's voice a bit too young and disingenuous, but it did fit the character pretty well. I enjoyed the relationship between the two police officers. The tourist trap island on the (New) Jersey Shore is a funny location and Grabenstein makes nice connections between the fantasy world of tourist entertainment and real life. The mystery isn't especially believable, but I read for characters, and this was nice light entertainment.
I don't like the choice of using multiple readers for this book. Each chapter is voiced by a different reader, but when the storyline includes other characters speaking, it gets very confusing. Not all the narrators are equally good at voicing the other characters, and they don't sound at all like the characters they are supposed to be. It just doesn't work and detracted from my enjoyment of the book.
Solidly written, but fairly predictable romance (is that redundant?). Entertaining characters, and small town island location make it a guilty pleasure. Good for when you want something light.
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