My husband and I learned so much from this course. The history of religion, government, and society in the First Civilizations is fascinating and enlightening and also added to our understanding of how our current world view was shaped.
Suspect is fiction and the best books in my queue are the Great Courses Series non-fiction / history, but I enjoyed this man and dog love fest told from the perspectives of the dog and his handler.
Yes. I love that the dog's point of view is presented. A traumatic event leaves the dog without his handler and a bit confused about his new job. The dog quickly bonds with his new handler who finds himself a suspect in the murder that he is investigating. There's some love interest and the story keeps the reader guessing about how the story will resolve.
I enjoyed the male voice. His deep and resonant voice is easy on the ears and his portrayals of women are also believable. Definitely easy on the ears.
I always get caught up in the stories, but this book definitely held my interest. It resolved a little too easily for my taste, but I liked the outcome. The story wasn't so much about solving a crime but about the relationships that bond one individual to another. A story well told by a powerful reader.
Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi work together to make a light hearted telling of a down home story. I enjoy Harper's characters and their interaction with each other. Most characters are harmless and behave in a rather scatterbrained rather than intentionally mean way. The main character wants to rescue artifacts from a crumbling Music Hall but soon realizes there's more to save than a few photos and some sheet music.She runs into difficulties when the heir to the music hall actively works against her. I preferred "How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf" but the really nice thing about Harper's stories is that her characters are human and comically harmless.
This story seems to loosely tie to "My Bluegrass Baby" because the main character in both are working with the Tourism board, but each of her books have a unique story line and characters.
Ronconi has a very youthful voice and seems best presenting a young independent woman. She's a bit brassy which bothers my husband, but this kind of story isn't for him anyway. Harper's stories are definitely light romance.
Saving the Old Music Hall
Kate Morton tells a fascinating story of three generations of women as one tries to solve the mystery of her birth. Traveling through time from 1909 to 2005 we learn the woman's story from the point of view of the mother, the daughter and the grand-daughter. Nell was found on a dock by a ship captain. Was her story happily changed for the better or was she denied her birthright by being removed from a wealthy household. Each woman in the story has known loss and sorrow. Caroline Lee did a terrific job performing the voices of the women as their thoughts and feelings and conversations with others are presented. I would guess this is one of her best.
I have to admit that I read all of the books in this series. Avidly. But of all the stories, the one I liked the best was "Thin Air" when Joanne Baldwin loses her memory. Ultimately these books are over the top. Baldwin has super powers although she is human, but she interacts with Djinn and demons, and they also have superpowers. The best part of these stories is the conflicted nature of our heroine. She is the ultimate good guy--er gal. She's the best and most powerful of the Wardens, although she says Lewis is stronger. But being the best means being hunted and taunted by darker forces--demons. Her whole story centers around her unfortunate ingestion of a demon at the hands of one of her fellow wardens. From there, the story devolves from one book to the next as she tries to get out of her sticky trap existence. Book 8 is really out there as we near the conclusion. Possessed by a demon she is trying to remove, she all but kills her team and friends.
This series presented a lot of information in an easy to absorb and interesting way. Loved it.
Michael Connelly's characters are all compelling. I prefer the Harry Bosch series and offshoots. This Kind of bittersweet and sad story didn't seem as good as he usually is. .
Mary Roach does it again with her fascinating study of all things related to the gastrointestinal tract. ALL THINGS. If nothing else, Mary Roach is thorough. You may learn things you never wanted to know. I like her presentation and appreciate her humor. Roach presents historical and scientific facts in a way that makes it all very interesting.
Hilary Mantel and Simon Vance deliver a historical account of the execution of Ann Boleyn with all the fears and powers inherent of living and working for a troubled king. Again we are viewing things through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, the King's personal Secretary and lawyer. He cleverly entraps Thomas Moore to his doom, and works his magic to save or sacrifice others in the court. Not an easy position to be in. Challenging listening but historically accurate and interesting. But even as we know the outcomes, we continue to hope for certain characters, particularly Cromwell.
Harper loves to tell her vampire jokes in story form and provides sympathetic characters with mothers who worry and friends from other books. Jane Jamison and other characters from her vampire stories make an appearance. The hero is a tough and lovely tomboy who is not easily rattled. Her first job is to deliver a cantankerous vampire across country for a meeting. They don't seem to get on well at all, and of course the comic mishaps and subsequent fear and shame give lots of giggles. Love Molly Harper!!
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