The idea behind this series is terrific. Free thinking woman meet atypical royal in early 1800s coupled with very competent historical research. Unfortunately when you take this conceit and marry to the romance novel pot boiler plot you get this book. I tried another in the series and so wanted it to work I tried another. All the characters "swallow hard" before uttering every fifth line of dialogue. The sure sign of terrible writing. If you like romance novels you might like this so don't let me deter you.
Could not get thru the whole book since I got lost in the narrative. Lots of sudden shifts in viewpoint and many separate stories that must connect at some point. Really great intro to Indian culture, history, and caste system however.
I have only read Lost Souls but I was expecting the same high quality narration, character building and plotting skills. This book has a fascinating topic, Nazi's harbored in Ireland after WWII, but the predicable yet confusing plot could have been placed in any thriller setting. We never got to know any of the characters so they stayed flat and the book hung itself on the story, which had many twists (good IMO) but little intrigue. I will keep trying Neville however.
I finished listening to this book because I bought it and the reviews were positive. But the language is unbearable stale, e.g. she softly/huskily/gently answered, he felt rage/passion/revenge rise in his throat. Also the plot is completely obvious frm the the beginning. A waste of a credit.
Intricate, evocative, seductive
Excellent capture of the various accents.
Which side of the dream would you chose?
I was able to better follow the twisty plotting on the second listen. And keep track of the various characters. Also I could better enjoy the lushious descriptions of the circus and its various denizens. And I was bothered less by the fact that some of the languague was a bit cliched, e.g.
I have read most of her work already and always enjoyed the character and plotting and peeks at that British day-to-day stuff.
I could see the ending a mile off, but the characters were so fun I did not mind too much. It's one of those house party Agatha formulas, but this time it is an apartment building.
It could be one of those Masterpiece mysteries, In fact it might be better than the book since the characters would be the highlight.
Rendell is always a safe bet.
Yes, If I was confined to bed I would listen to the entire series again. Why? The stories areso intriguing that the first listen is devoted to just finding out what is going to happen and to solving the various mysteries the author introduces. The next time around I would listen the delicious historical details.
Similar to Connie Willis, the author packs in both grand historical era and the details and characters that bring them to life. Both authors are fastidious researchers and take a year or more do do their research.
The narrator introduces the various accents and pronunciations the undoubtedly set apart the various classes although of course we don't know what they actually sounded like.
Yes, but of course the book is far too long for that. Many a time I lingered late into the night, not wanting to
The Shardlake books make a marvelous series and the people that write about the books being boring just don't get it. It is well worth sticking through the extensive set up Sansom walks us through at the beginning of his novels, introducing or reintroducing his characters, setting up several plot lines, etc. Revelation is not the strongest in the series, a bit contrived with the all the Book of Rev. symbolism and gruesome murders. But I still loved listening to it.
In spite of all the good reviews, I found the build up to the
He made it sound very interesting even when it wasn't.
Yes. It might make a great movie since there would be lots of room for the characters to be fleshed out.
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