I liked the way she described the chemical reactions to the human body for each type of plant. It amazed me about the effects of corn!
Who knew that Deadly Nightshade is related to the tomato? And nicotine from the tobacco leaf is a neurotoxin. This kind of information is absolutely invaluable.
The narrator was very consistent as there is a specific format to each plant type. She was very engaging.
I had to have the hardcover and have bought several copies for friends. I highly recommend it.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the individual stories of each autopsy. The prose had a good cadence and rhythm. I was uncomfortable with the 911 chapter and was immensely glad when it was over. Having said that, it did provide me with information I never ever thought of before and am able to converse about it....thank you, but ugh. What is interesting are the statistics of a NYC medical examiner's experiences with the various "manners" of death. Totally makes me feel better!!
I'm sorry, but Audible would not let me return this book, so I am writing a review. I love the dog narrated books because they are quirky and I can see some of the behaviors in my dogs. However, this book was written and narrated for a 3 year old. Maybe that was the intended audience and if I missed that fact in the write up, then my apologies.
Too much description about someone/something coming into the human world, while at the same time incredibly knowledgeable. It didn't gel.
The narrator was saddled with a difficult story and did a great job.
I waited too long to listen to the book and couldn't return it.
This was a magical story with a lot of layers of mythology and psychology. I would probably gain more insights with another listen.
The narration was interesting with the inflections of the voice to be direct, precise and forceful. I don't know if that's the way they behaved in the '20's, but there were times that I thought the emphasis was not in the right place. It seemed awkward.
I really loved this book and didn't want it to end. I loved the connection the girl had with the elements, and the fact that I never figured some of it out. It's still a mystery....as it should be.
This was like a radio production that was acted out with sounds of footfalls, doors closing, and ..... hmmmm things I couldn't identify like coats coming off, maybe lighting a cigarette.. Anyway, it was a different audible experience that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Everything that happened was a surprise. I never knew what was going to happen next, nothing was predictable.
The interesting thing about this book is that I liked the characters more as they liked each other more. There was definitely a progression. All of the sound effects and everything that happens pulled me into that bizarre world.
A couple of times I could not hear some of what was said as the actors were too far from the mic. It didn't hurt the story much, but there wasn't a consistent sound level, as if the actors were moving around a stage and their voices projected differently.
There was a lot of humor in the book, almost to the point of overdoing it, but I did laugh
aloud quite a bit. It was adventure packed, but the comical sarcasm kept me grounded. Would I recommend it? Yes, it is very entertaining.
I loved all the characters I was supposed to, with the possible exception of the old man professor. When the story line shifted to him, time sort of happened around him and he wasn't a part of it. Very creative writing that was.
I don't know who I could recommend this book to. The plot or point to the story was terribly mundane. I thought there would be more discussions on paintings, there was some on furniture restoration that was interesting, but nothing on paintings. There was too much drug usage that had an unlikely outcome: main characters were not affected, but other teens ended up in rehab....go figure. This is a 36 hour book that I kept waiting for something to happen. I was glad when certain characters died or fell away....that was something I guess.
I have never read anything by Donna Tartt before, and her prose in this book was repetitive and over descriptive. I didn't realize we would be spending sooooo much time (days) with Theo as a teen, and his narrative was more than one could expect from an academic person let alone a 13 - 15 year old boy. I will be choosing another author to listen to, rather than Donna Tartt.
The narrator, David Pittu, did an excellent job - I will seek out more of his work. I loved ALL of his character representations. He even made alcoholic Boris likeable and still I couldn't wait for him to fall off the planet!
The characters were not likeable, it was the same old private detective song and dance: broke, woman issues, depressed. I thought there might be a creative twist, but when it came, it was just so stupid and unbelievable.
I will give the next Robert Galbraith book a chance, but I won't struggle to finish it if it comes to that. I will just return it ASAP.
I will continue to purchase these types of books. This book is too much for a person that has never owned a dog and in the market for one. The discussions are not a fan of rescue dogs, and the targeted audience appears to be too much towards purebred enthusiasts and looking for a dog with expected personality types.
Her voice inflections contained too much sarcasm and was distracting. I couldn't tell if the book was supposed to be funny or informative.
I expected some information on why dogs behave the way they do. I did expect redundant information from other books, but was hoping for more. Sometimes just one more clue makes it all worth it. This book provided nothing like that.
Historically Informative, Edge of the seat Action, Compassionately Written.
When Seppala and Togo first drove through Nome. They were a 20 dog team with bells on them. An Alaskan Santa Claus to the rescue was the visual I had from that scene.
I highly recommend this book. The delivery of the background information was fantastic, the setting of the stage was well done. I learned about diphtheria, eradicated in my life, but what a nasty bacteria! A truly enjoyable listen!
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