Actually, when has Elizabeth Strout written a bad book? Done with her inimitable style and inimitable observations of how we humans behave, both badly and well. A gem.
I'm curious to see if someone else can come up with a more original, more engaging premise for a book in 2013. Praised by Gillian ("Gone Girl") Flynn as the book she herself wished she had written. Can't wait to listen to it again.
Replay starts with an interesting concept, but the execution is just okay. The book needed an editor--not for the writing, which was good enough to keep me relatively entertained, but for the narration: some of the pronunciation of words was completely wrong. Someone wears a "ma-DRAS" skirt, another woman is a "SO-see-a-lite," and I had to completely hoot when I hear Poughkeepsie pronounced "POOH-KEEP-see." Errors like made the whole thing seem less professional. I liked the narrator's voice well enough--earnest and young--but why didn't someone help him with this sort of thing? I also thought the sex scenes intrusive, but that's a personal preference.
Tana French has delivered another meaty police procedural with plenty of twists and turns and surprises. Her characters--as usual--are oh-so human and vulnerable, just like all of us. I found the story highly addictive and listened to the last section all in one uninterrupted gulp. Good, gripping story and excellent narration.
I started out reading the book version of Cloud Atlas, but after skimming a bit and seeing that the Audible version had a variety of narrators, decided that it would be more enjoyable to listen to the different voices--and it was! Some of the narrators are better than others, but in general they tell the story well. In fact, I enjoyed the story so very very much that I'm now reading the paper version. The story--stories, actually--are interwoven with a sure, but delicate, hand. Author David Mitchell is a genius!
Louise Penny's stories starring the gentle and wise Inspector Armand Gamache just get better and better. And I can't wait for the next one: "The Beautiful Mystery," due out in late August 2012. If you haven't read any of them yet, start with "Still Life," the author's introduction to the quiet little town of Three Pines in Quebec and its quirky--and sometimes dangerous--inhabitants.
An up-close look at how Hitler came to power from the perspective of the U.S. ambassador to Germany and his attractive and somewhat promiscuous daughter. Very entertaining and "readable."
This book was just plain fun. I love history and got lots of it here, some for real and some invented, but all fascinating. The characters and situations were so original and new to me. A real saga, and very well read by the narrators.
I probably would not try another book by this author. I read it because it was a book club pick, but did not enjoy it really. I wasn't crazy about the narrator either; her voice was a little sharp.
No, would not. It was fairly well written, but I was bored by it. It should have been much more interesting, given the subject matter.
That would depend on who the director and actors were.
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