Buckingham, VA, United States | Member Since 2001
I confess that historical fiction has always appealed to me, and "Dark Matter" brought the character of Sir Issac Newton to life.
My knowledge of the period was scant, so I belive I learned quite a bit from the author's account of the politics of the day. Using the device of the clerk to tell the story made it possible to inject humor and romance into the life of a serious intellectual who had little of either. Without the ill-fated liason between Miss Barton and her "Tom", and the adventures of Mr.Ellis as he went about his master's bidding, the tale might have become incredibly tiresome. This is, of course, not a book for everyone.
As in all of John Grisham's stories, the "Sense of Place". He nails the ambiance of rural Mississippi and the interaction of the characters to a T.
Loved the courtroom interaction.
The soft and lovely accents. He handles them beautifully.
John Grisham knows how to tell a story. The only other author I love as much is the late Bryce Courtenay.
On the whole, yes. The story itself was quite good. The grammar and syntax were atrocious. There was a lot of repetition and calling the main character, "the man" was quite tiresome.
The original character in books 1 - 3, was delightful and compelling. Since then, in an effort to introduce new adventures, Mr. Koontz has lost the magic. I am only listening because I purchased the book.
Don't have a clue
Nothing. I think he does an admirable job.
Can't imagine that would help.
The scene in the warehouse stairwell stands out as incredibly mind-numbing. I am absolutely at a loss for words to describe how bad this book is.
I could listen to Scott Brick read the local phone directory. Unfortunately, that is about how interesting I found this book. In spite of dashing back and forth between locations and characters, the author failed to arouse any suspense or excitement in me. I generally knew what was going to happen next and simply waited for the inevitable. The characters were one dimensional and I really didn't care what happened to them.The plot was tiresome and I am sorry I wasted a credit.
I have not finished listening, but am already distracted because someone didn't proofread or check the continuity. Anise went up the courthouse steps in "all white, down to her red vinyl boots..". and a few minutes later, Dave was ranting about why she was dressed all in black. Must have done a switch in the loo!
That said, I found the subject interesting but it is not a book I would listen to again.
I am an open minded listener with eclectic taste. I also use audio books as company while I work, (painting) and play, (treadmill at the gym). I pride myself on finishing every one, sometimes to the bitter end. This time, I am almost to the end of the first downloaded section, AND my rope! It is a good thing my current project is interesting because this book, to put it mildly, is not. The phrase, " Who Cares?" keeps running through my head. If, by some miracle, it improves in the next section, I will come back and write a retraction; however, the chance of that looks bleak. Not my cup of tea.
and I haven't even finished! Apparently, I am not the only one. I don't know if the reader contributes to the "darkness", but I believe it is mainly the writing. I hope Ms. Cornwell has not "jumped the shark" with the series. Sorry I used a credit on this one. Psychoanalysis seems to have replaced forensics or at least pushed it to the side.
I have eagerly awaited each Kinsey adventure, as has my husband. We were both disappointed. While Ms. Grafton's style and character development were excellent as usual, the plot left much to be desired. I thought the ending came out of Left Field and was almost an anti-climax. I am sure the tedious and boring work of a PI is very much like this book; however, it doesn't make for a very enjoyable listen. The talent of the reader goes without saying. She is always superb.
I usually choose male authors for the simple reason that women have a tendency to overdo their description. Part of the enjoyment of listening is using one's imagination to create scenes and characters in the mind. This author was able to sustain my interest with the intricate plot, but he described in minute detail every interior, article of clothing, and physical characteristic. Even in the most dire circumstances and exciting action, he stopped to mention what everyone was wearing. If this is a first novel, I certainly hope Mr. Speigleman writes more books, but learns to leave something for the listener to visualize.
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