LAGRANGE, KY, United States | Member Since 2005
I have listened to many, many audiobooks and this is easily in the top ten.
The protagonist is a strong, quirky retired FBI agent who is (gasp) over fifty. Like many of us who are over fifty she has a vibrant life (in every facet) with meaningful work, interesting friends and a strong loving relationship with her husband. She is physically strong and capable and allows herself to really connect with the families of the victims of the crimes she has investigated. This is a richly nuanced character, complex and wryly funny.
It would be very hard to describe without giving away an essential plot element but involves a decision she comes to regret and the internal dialogue which is funny, frightening and full of pathos.
The narrator of this book could not be better. She fully captures the character with her laconic observations.
This charater ranks right up there with other strong female protagonists from authors such as Navada Barr and Sue Grafton.
If you're tired of vampires, zombies and tennyboppers here's the film for you. A thinking person's action movie!
I sincerely hope Ms Masterson has other books coming. Now that I've made friends with Brigid I want to see and hear more of her.
Hearing the voice of this character both in terms of the narrator as well as the character's voice. The author has the rhythm and cadence of the various New Orleans' accents quite right and those who have been there and love it will appreciate that.
This is the story of a mystic on a quest for the truth no one wants to hear, not even the people who hire her to find that truth. It is also a story of The Great Flood- not the Biblical Flood but the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the great flood of human migration and the destruction of the soul and heart of a great city and its people. If you love Louisiana, its cities and towns and its people you will understand the great hole in its heart and the great hurt in its survivors.It is one of the few books that after I listened to it I purchased both the Kindle and the paper book versions.
I loved Claire's description of the one of the Mardi Gras Indian groups practicing in a park. Her descriptions of the things that make New Orleans-the food, the music, the sounds and smells as well as the courage of her returnees.The denouement when Claire solves the case and confronts the killer is heartbreaking but hopeful.
You have never met anyone like Claire DeWitt.
As I said this book is about a mystic's quest for a truth no one wants to hear. While I cannot do justice to this book in a review I acknowledge that it's not for everyone. If you have ever felt that there just might be something missing that could bring all of the pieces of your life story together and complete the puzzle you have been living this will be a book you will love.
I would recommend this to my frineds who are of a certain scientific bent. Some people would just be grossed out but if you are interested in why and how we turn food into all of the nutrients and necessary by-products of digestion here you go. You will also find very interesting information about people who have made careers of studying about things the rest of us would rather not talk about.
As with all of Ms Roach's books this one is very well researched, incredibly interesting and funny- both intentionally and unintentionally. I love the fact that she interviews people in fields of science that I didn't even know existed. I also have learned about people whose jobs would make anyone else's bad day look pretty good such as people who study and evaluate human flatus.
I love the scenes where the author visits scientists in their labs or their research facilities and gets to actually participate in the science. Good ol" Ms. Roach is nothing if not a trooper.
This is a very interesting question since the book is about the alimentary system. Much of the book is about movements bowel and otherwise.
Can't wait for her next books. Through her I have learned about corpses, human sexuality, the alimentary system and more and laughed a lot while doing it.
This book ranks very close to the top of the list. This is a much better book than Gone Girl and is proof that Ms Flynn is just getting better and better.
There are too many to count. I found myself many times wanting to beg the main character to stop, to think and to walk away.
Ms Lee is an excellent reader. I think her voice, her pacing and the flat affect in her voice are perfect for this character.
This is a compelling book about a character who is not altogether likeable. There are many passages that are difficult to read because the character is in so much pain. Having been a counselor I have seen clients who do the same sef-destructive things over and over, wanting a way out but never managing to break old ways and old habits. I wanted to cry more than once during this book.
Adolescents or people who have never read a well-written, well-plotted book.
This book began on a very promising note. The setting, the characters and the apparent plot all were very engaging. Instead of continuing with the story the author veered off onto a very unrealistic and adolescent "one-man saves the world" type of plot and abandons characters and situations leaving huge holes in the continuity. Had he continued with the original plot and left off the snide, off-handed remarks of the main character he may have had a good book.
I still am not sure whether it was the content or the reader that annoyed me the most about this audiobook. I do know that Mr. Schultz is not very adept at many of the accents he attempted.
Wow, what a question. Pretty much all of the book after the avalanche could be chucked. Of course this would be at least the entire last 3/4 of the book.
I had to re-listen to Mr. Prenumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore for the fourth time just to get this book out of my head.
The presentation was very slow and ponderous, I would have made the narrator's presentation more varied in pace and tone.
Please, dear Lord, no. The protagonist is the most completely miserable person imaginable. He is being punished in every way imaginable for trying to be a decent person. He never catches a break.
I hardly ever recommend that another reader not read a book- I am this time.
Maron is known for her ability to create a good mystery surrounded by descriptions of family, friends and food-all Southern style. Essentially a cozy, this book meanders through the small town of Dobbs and the lives of Judge Knott and her husband.
While essentially a "cozy" Maron's books have a little more grit than the average cozy. She provides an entertainng view into the vagaries of small town life.
This is the first time I have heard Ms Maron read one of her books. While her voice reminds me of ladies I have known growing up in the deep South the professional narration of the other books keeps the story moving a little more smoothly. (I feel a little guilty for feeling this way).
Many of the interactions with Judge Knott's elderly friends and realtives touched me deeply as I remembered my relatives who have made such an impression on me and who I miss greatly. Her descriptions of family dinners and Southern cooking were wonderful to imagine.
Will Patton is a delight and the protagonist is one of my favorites-flawed, confused and very very courageous.
King's "Lissy's Story" and "Bag of Bones" are the two that come to mind. For a while I felt he had lost his mojo but with "Lissy's Story" I knew he was back. Like this book it was written from a female protagonist's point of view and was very authentic in the voice.
I think Mr. Patton is the zenith of male narrators. I identify him most closely with the James Lee Burke series of novels set in Louisiana but he did a masterful job with this book. He was the perfect choice.
Yes, I hated to stop listening and even held my Ipod in my teeth while bathing a time or two just so I could continue the story.
Compelling, devastating and accurate
The book portrays people who coexisted in a very dark era in Southern history. As a Southerner and someone who lived through these times in the deep South I felt that Iles was honest, accurate and fearless in his depiction of a time many people would like to forget.
All of the parts of the audiobook complemented each other - the performance, the material and the production.
It was excellent. At first I wondered where Dick Hill was. He has narrated so many of Iles' books. It didn't take long for me to realize that Ledoux was an excellent choice.
Davina Porter, certainly one of the best narrators around. She is one of the few women readers who can convincingly portray male characters. Her ability to read many characters with a variety of accents is amazing.
As with all of her books there are red herrings, arch villains, painful losses and enduring love. It doesn't get better than that.
This is very difficult to say. As with the other books in the series my favorite parts are always with Jamie and Claire together
Absolutely, all of her books are. I have to discipline myself to make it last.
A wonderful combination of the right author, the right narrator and a top-notch producer. The only bad thing is that now I have to wait for the author to produce another book in the series.
This book was light and without a lot of substance but pretty entertaining nevertheless. I think I would rate it in the middle of the bell curve.
I have friends who would love this book and others who would think it rididculous- I would be careful who I recommended it to.
The protagonist certainly. I liked her pluck.
Watch your step- there's deep voodoo ahead.
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