As a person quite familiar with the actual histories of Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), Alice P. (Liddell) Hargreaves, and the "Adventures of Alice Underground" I must say that this is one of the most lovely, beautifully-written, and enchanting fictional works done on this subject.
Yes, it touches upon the 20th and 21st Century conjecture that Dodgson (as well as John Ruskin) was a paedophile, but does so with factual convention and without salacious conjecture or uncomfortable accusation. (I personally believe Dodgson was not a paedophile, by the way.)
The very intricate weaving of facts with fiction, along with the authentic historical nature of this book, is breathtaking for both those who know little or alot about the persons involved.
In fact, the intricacy is so striking that I urge those who listen to this book to search online for the persons mentioned in order to fully understand just how profound and complicated this story really is, and how masterfully it has been written.
A "must read".
This is one of THE most compelling books I have read in a very, very long time. It took me 6 or 7 tries to get past the first 30 minutes due to the narrator, but once the story thread is picked up, you just can't stop listening. The only reason I gave 4 stars is due to the narration. So, stick with it! As far as plots and storylines go, this book is a winner.
I'm almost through listening to this book, and I must say, it's a nice deviation from the "normal" novel chronicaling the tumultuous life of a main character.
This story is ... weird. It's not a fantasy novel, but one that is of the mystical: fortune tellers, spells, curses, psychic influences, ghosts, and twisted storylines. Tragedies of the oddest nature, and descriptions which make one wonder if they are literal or figurative abound. The story moves along well; there are lots of characters to hate and pity, and occurances to silently applaud. The bizarre nature of this story is actually what kept me listening.
The novel had an historical feel to me. Not modern, but not exactly ancient, either. It's hard for me to pin down a good, solid review for you, but I wasn't sorry to have parted with a credit to listen to it.
If you want to listen to something out of the norm, but aren't into fantasy, give this strange little gem a try!
Don't be afraid to listen to this book! I vehemently disagree with the reviews which make this book sound like an empty, slow, unsatisfying read.
It is beautifully written, with just the right amount of character flaws, dry humor, ironic twists, and bittersweet resolve peppered over a masterful crime novel.
The lack of Irish accents is not a problem, and the lack is, in fact, often referenced in the novel itself.
I would not be surprised, as this book seems to be the first in a series, that the mystery of "In The Woods" will resurface, and may ultimately be resolved.
The main crime portion of the plot *is* completely solved, and that is more than enough to keep me coming back to this author every chance I get.
The story, in and of itself, was a good one. If you aren't into listening to sex scenes, however, you might want to get ready to toggle your MP3 player forward at times.
I suppose that my biggest problem with this book, and the reason I gave it 4 stars, is the narrator. He has a fine resonant voice, however when he attempted to voice the ladies, he sounded like Nathan Lane in "The Birdcage". Or, for those of you of the younger persuasion, he sounded very much like Chris Crocker of YouTube fame during his rant to "leave Britney alone!".
My husband and I did laugh at the voices, though. One character in particular sounded like Liberace. LOL!
If you're concerned, be sure to listen to the snippet provided.
Personally, I didn't have a problem with the narration of this book, but if you are concerned, be sure to listen to the snippet offered.
I found this book enjoyable, and was riveted during the last two or three CDs. The ending did provoke a reaction, both from me and my 14 yr. old daughter (who loved the book).
Loved this book! The excellent, expressive narrative skill of Judy Kaye makes this latest installation of the Kinsey Millhone series interesting and worth every second.
As with all Kathy Reichs novels, the story is sound, but in this particular reading, the narrator was absolutely terrible! She sounded as though she was reading an instruction manual rather than a good, solid mystery. Very distracting and disappointing.
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