Medford, OR, United States
No. I was excited at first and recommended it to a friend who has similar taste. But somewhere, 25% of the way, it lost it's appeal dramatically. I almost put it down - but the voice was lovely. I didn't like the characters. I was bored.
The voice. I enjoyed the vocabulary ... the grammar... the narration ... the style of talking.
Beautiful title. Don't see the connection to the story. I would title this book something like ... "People Who Caught His Attention"
Smart and interesting story... However, what I love most are the words chosen and how they are placed together. Each sentence IS a piece of art.
I like cozy ... and another reviewer called it cozy. I did not find it cozy. I can't relax around people who don't trust themselves and each other- no matter how quaint the location and that there is a cat. The characters were deceiving each other and themselves, even the ones with "good intentions".
Best part? Enjoyed the tips on coffee preparation and storage.
I loved the book! Caitlin has a delightful voice! I felt her love for me ... as a feminist. A woman who loves people ... both men and women. WE ROCK!
Who can resist a memoir read by the the woman who remembers? I loved how she described the moment she realized she was in love ... and how her brother's body draped on the back of a couch, because there wasn't room elsewhere.
My favorite moment ... Caitlin's childhood discovery of lust ...
There was a chapter that seemed to be a rant about her world in pop-culture. I didn't relate. I don't focus a lot on Hollywood - except in weak moments checking out my groceries. I was disappointed that she didn't highlight some more strong women like Chelsea Clinton. There are more and more beautiful and strong women in our 'pop culture' to watch ... beyond music and fashion. Clearly, this one chapter inspired my desire to share what I just shared with you - with Caitlin. You will do. Don't usually have a STRONG desire to speak directly to the author, but I do with Caitlin. A compliment to her personal style. I connected...
Finally! I've heard so much about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock ... It is a big release to FINALLY hear the original stories of Sherlock Holmes.
I would have given top marks, but there were moments I felt dragged along ... However, not for long before the story would catch my attention. Charolton's narration was the strongest part ... He added greatly to my pleasure of Sherlock. However, before I even pressed play ... I was determined to enjoy this classic! I was not disappointed. I will keep this one to listen to again and again in future years.
Jayne Entwistle and Alan Bradley are bench markers for me. I compare other narrators and authors by the Flavia series. So, this series is in the top favorites. I look for referrals to my next books from other fans of Flavia - reading their reviews. I value these reviews so much, that I'm inspired to write as many as possible if someone has similar taste as me. Tasty books can be hard to find without reviews from listeners with similar preferences.
Flavia's bike rides ... I'm in love with how Flavia relates to Gladys! I love picturing Flavia's joy as she imagines Glady's opinions about the wind, mud, and freedom - as they ride to meet adventure.
I laughed ... I smiled throughout the whole book.
Yes... many times.
Right before the end ... I'll say no more.
I listen to audio books when I'm working on a manual chore ... like painting my office. This book inspired me to FIND something to do so I could keep listening. "Isn't there a closet to organize and clean?"I wish I found laughter easier ... so the few moments of laughing outbursts were significant to me. And yes ... after my favorite part ... I paused the book ... to sob. Good balance of tears and laughter ... a bit from both extremes.
I would not be surprised if word gets out ... this will be a book that everyone recognizes as a good listen!
Barbara's voice is soothing while stimulating my motivation to follow the story. She kept my attention throughout the book, which is not as easy as I wish. Minor displeasure when Barbara narrated Evelyn's self-effacing bits - but these were just momentary cringes. Seems good story-tellers use contrast. There has to be something distasteful to highlight the tasty bits - which was most of the book. Barbara has a charming narrating style.
Many mysteries do not allow enough clues to include me in solving the mystery. Elizabeth Peters skillfully hinted at who 'did it', which was fun. I felt smart ...
I was enthralled by Jenna Lamia reading Shiver, but I had to tolerate David reading. Ugh. David was not using strength as one of the features of his voice. He seemed to whine which I do not find attractive. The contrast with Jenna's interpretation of Sam was significant. When Jenna read, I was savoring every word and realized that she could be reading anything and I would be with her ... until the book seemed to shift in quality. Then I realized it was the combo of Jenna and Maggie that had me at the beginning. However, Maggie's skill at character development and character's inner dialogue did not mean she could pull off the plot. I thought there was a lot of opportunity for this to be a great story, but it was too predictable during the second half of the book.
Time to find another book read by Jenna... I'll skip Maggie for a few years and try her again after she gets more practice. When I write these, I have a delusional hope that the author will improve the second half of her book and Jenna will read the whole thing on her own next time. As you can see by my review, I'm no writer, but I sure like a good book! Sigh... :)
As I reflect on this book, I realize I need to raise my rating to 5. I value a book that adds value to my experience. This book expanded my perspective of humanity significantly! I recommend this book. The narration was well done.
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