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As a friend's grandmother used to say, "Everyone has a story." Or, as Atticus Finch might say, you can't understand a person until you've walked in their shoes. Ruth Rendell understands this very well. (Full disclosure: She is my favorite author.) She's great at depicting the inner lives of people from all backgrounds and psychological make ups, and specializes in putting you in the mind of even "worst" person, making him or her, if not sympathetic, understandable.A suspense story and multiple character study all at the same time.
When, long before the book's climax, the killer is revealed. I wasn't so much shocked by the revelation, but admired the author's ability to make this just one more plot point in the story.
Terrific variety of voices - all perfectly suited to the characters. He did a great job.
Yep. Usually save audiobooks for car, but had to bring this one inside because I couldn't wait to continue listening to it.
I especially enjoyed the relatively minor character of Becky. A very well drawn and sympathetic portrait of a young woman who feels trapped by circumstance and can't always do the "right thing" as she sees it.
The plot, the writing, the characters. The way the story unfolded.
Couldn't say. But it was a great story about an older woman looking back on her life and trying to resolve a long, purposely repressed memory of a significant family event before her dying mother is gone and it may be too late.
Nice to read a mystery that was neither a procedural detective story nor a gruesome dark trip that made me want to take a bath afterwards. (Bath-wise, I'm talking to you,"Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn.)
Vivian. Vivacious, fun, multi-faceted. A secret keeper.
I almost ditched this audiobook before it really got going. At first I found the reader's voice/accent a little off-putting - although most of the books I listen to have a British reader. Gradually, I realized that it was part of the overall performance and settled into it. Also, I found the very beginning a little self-consciously literary and slow getting started. But once the story kicked in, I couldn't stop listening. I highly recommend it.
Yes, if they're interested in the Manson phenomenon and haven't read much about it.
The story was interesting, fascinating, instructive... not too "enjoyable." One can't go back and change the gruesome facts.
The reader has an annoying habit - I almost hate to mention it, because once you're aware of it, you can't NOT be aware of it. For emphasis he tends to elongate the vowels in words: They smoked weeeeed. They gaaaazed into the distance. They careeeened through the winding streets etc.The reader also reads the Chet & Bernie light mystery series, with the same annoying quirk. (Sidenote, the Chet & Bernie series is written in first person, or first canine, by Chet the detective dog, partner to P.I. Bernie. Kind of funny to hear the Manson saga told to me by the voice I've come to think of as that of a crime-fighting dog.)
IMO, the best has already been made: The original TV movie "Helter Skelter."
Well written. I particularly enjoyed the trip back in time to the late 1960s and the well-painted portrait of the California lifestyle in the Haight and Los Angeles.
Sissy Spacek telling her own story in her own voice. Like listening to a friend tell the story of their life late at night over a couple of drinks, and discovering all sorts of adventures you'd never imagined.
Then Again, by Diane Keaton; Inside Inside, by James Lipton; My Life in France, by Julia Child. Although Lipton & Child are more colorful, what these books have in common is people whose lives have had much more interesting twists than you might have imagined.
Only her movies. But look forward to hearing her read To Kill a Mockingbird. Can't imagine a better fit.
I could have, because it was so pleasant. But it wasn't so urgent and compelling that I could hardly wait for the next chapter.
The world is dark and getting more so. My taste in books is pretty dark also. This book was a pleasant respite from all of that. Positive, uplifting and... nice.
Haven't read print version. In some ways I might have preferred it, because it would have been easier to skim over the "too dark for me" parts, of which there were several. A petty complaint, but having lived in Kansas, I was annoyed at the mispronunciation of the town of Salina. (It's Sa-lye-na, not Sa-lee-na.)
Obviously, "Gone Girl." Same author, same device of heading chapters according to narrator and time period, same compelling combination of suspense story and insightful character studies. Not all were likeable, but most were understandable and not all that far-fetched if you pay any attention to the news.
There was a scene at Magda's home where Libby meets a number of women who have essentially turned Libby's family tragedy into their personal hobby. Their sense of ownership of a stranger's trauma - almost to the point of challenging Libby's claim to it - rang very true to me. It made me think about my own voyeuristic interest in true crime books, TV shows, etc., which is apparently shared by many.
Most of the moments where Patty, Libby's mother, is so overwhelmed by the job of being a struggling single mother.
Unlike Gone Girl (sorry, one can't help but compare), there were times when I had to take a break from this one. Unrelenting tragedy and misery. But my curiosity kept me going, and I was glad it did.
Haven't read print version, but think the author's delivery definitely complemented the material. Reminded me of David Sedaris, without the underlying tone of depression. It's possible that in the printed version the humor may seem less subtle.
Oooh, hard to say. Maybe the moment when the author realizes how his encounter with a mocking 14-year-old girl might have been misinterpreted.
The one mentioned above. But also, the sequence of his increasing need to be recognized/validated by his new neighbor.
The entire selection was, in a way, moving, because it contained a series of depictions of interpersonal interactions that were just so true to life.
Loved it. One of my favorite listens in a long time. I'll be checking into more of this author's works.
I'm a dog lover and a mystery lover, and I've enjoyed every book in this series. Not "great" books by stringent standards, just fun detective stories from a dog's POV. It's all about the characters and the writer's insight into all things dog.
I'd recommend it to dog lovers. In terms of detective stories, it's nothing special. Even in terms of the series, it's on par with all the others - none stands out in my mind as better or worse than the others.
Duh! Chet the dog.
I think Jim Frangione adds a lot to the overall experience. The "voice" of Chet could make or break this audiobook, and he does a great job of capturing the "hard boiled detective" Chet and the "Oops, did I just gnaw a hole in the leather upholstery?" Chet.I classify the entire series as "easy listening," and go back to these little treats whenever I'm in the mood for a light-hearted listen.
Absolutely. Delicious witty prose. Great characters. Interesting period details. Engaging mystery without creating anxiety. A nice "easy listening" mystery compared to my usual intense fare. The epitome of a "cozy."
Smooth as silk.
Sure. But more than a 3-part series. Too light. No opinion on actors.
A lovely diversion. Inspired fond memories of (tourist) visits to Hampton Court.
I have tried most of them. Amusingly bitchy, but after several hours and several books - shut up already!
Actually, I have. She's funny. She's politically incorrect. She's the hilarious bitchy gal pal who says what no one else will. And she's as brutally harsh on herself as on all the other annoying people in her/our universe.
Well, Jen - the center of her/the book's universe. But she does paint a 3-dimensional portrait of her husband and their relationship, and Heinlein did him justice.
Yes. Especially if I hadn't been on a "Jen binge." I say partake of her every now & then, like a hot fudge sundae. Not a crash hot-fudge sundae diet, as I did.
She's your funny, acerbic friend who is sooo articulate about all the things that piss her (and many of us) off - including her own behavior. But at some point... Okay, I get it. Stop bitching already!
I wanted to listen to it again immediately after finishing it, to retrace the way the plot unfolded. First class writing.
No specific title comes to mind. A very dark Agatha Christie, in terms of mystery combined with characters. The best of Ruth Rendell.
Amy. The character was complex and I think Julia Whelan captured her perfectly.
The tag line that already exists "Marriage can be a real killer."
I definitely want to read/listen to the author's other books. What a find!
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