You'll laugh and cry and want to move to Three Pines.
Louise Penny has the remarkable gift of intertwining a true mystery (and in this case two mysteries) with real characters whom she allows you to know deeply. I don't know how she does it, but instead of being an observer you feel as though you are there with them. You feel the brutal cold and smell the acrid sweat and taste the café au lait.
I absolutely love her writing style and cannot get enough.
Can't help myself - as much as I adore Gamache, Three Pines would be incomplete without the demented poet, Ruth.
I found myself laughing out loud during the very first chapter, and was deeply moved by the love Gamache feels for his agents - especially rude Nicole (whom I suspect is partially autistic)
Please give us more.
I absolutely loved this book. There are so many layers to the relationships between fathers and daughters, fathers and sons & living in the present by understanding the past. Harrigan delves into these remarkable characters until you care deeply about each of them. Fantastic combination of history, art and the wild west woven into a beautiful tapestry.
I love George Guidall - He could read a grocery list and keep me listening - but this story was so completely far-fetched and incredibly stupid that I had a hard time finishing it. Alzheimer's patients can't remember how to turn ON the television, let alone hit the record button and switch channels. This "drug" that is supposed to mimic Alzheimer's symptoms given to the goon's daughter to shut her up - well, let's just say it's a total misrepresentation of the symptoms themselves. And the other characters? No group of people could all be that dumb. I suppose the concept is plausible, but lack of character development and dialogue so shallow that half the time you don't know who's speaking is not my idea of good writing. Skip this one - but keep listening to George Guidall!
I have every book in the series and they never disappoint. Guidall is a masterful narrator and has simply "become" Walt Longmire. It still amazes me that Craig Johnson manages to mix up a good old fashioned mystery with flawed characters, native spirituality and tons of humor. The only character I missed a bit in this book was Ruby, though I'm sure she'll be back in future books. I'm already looking forward to #12. I tried watching a TV episode, and just couldn't do it - Walt didn't sound like George Guidall and he even looks better in my head than he did on TV, so I'm sticking with the audio books!
Start at the beginning and get every book in this series - you won't regret it.
What a story! What writing! What a narrator! I have spent the past three days immersed in this book and loving every minute. King takes the concept of time travel to a whole new level. Baby boomers will think they've died and gone to heaven - it's that good. I am ashamed to admit that not being a huge fan of the horror genre, I have not read much Stephen King. That changes now. The writing is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for a wonderful ride to the land of ago. I plan to return again and again.
I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters. Julia Spencer-Fleming lets you in - which is a rare thing in most authors. They're all still growing, learning, changing & evolving - which means never a dull moment!
The only other series that comes close is the Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny.
I really like her
Make a Joyful Noise
I love Grisham too! - but it was difficult to go backwards for me. I wish such a great story teller would use his talents to give us something to think about relevant to today's issues.
Great narrator - same old racial story.
Just as good - he's one of the best out there.
What's up in Mississippi in 2013, John?
I disagree with many of the reviews on this one. Chick lit? If only women have brains and hearts and souls - maybe. Steven White's flawed characters are refreshing - and yes they do question themselves ad-nauseum, but don't we all?
Jonas hiding the guns - smart kid
I wanted to finally finish the series after Vince Flynn's passing.
Mitch Rapp, of course
NEVER. The man should have read the books in the series which preceded this one. If he had, he would have better understood that Mitch Rapp is the strong silent type. He doesn't yell, he doesn't talk for the sake of talking, and his strength is in his quiet resolve. I had to MAKE myself finish this listen, just to know what happened - but it was painful. Ken Kilban's words come out like machine-gun fire - loud and barking - no matter which character is speaking. In honor of Vince Flynn, the publisher should re-record this book with Guidall narrating
Yes, it inspired me to never purchase anything narrated by Ken Kilban.
These characters had me laughing out loud with their subtle dry humor. What a refreshing take on the humanity behind day to day law enforcement!
the smart-ass female deputy - what a mouth with a big heart.
too many to name
I was moved to tears by the struggle and rescue during the snowstorm. Maybe it's the Cherokee Indian in me, but I believed every word and felt every emotion.
Can't wait to read more from this author. I also have to say that the narration was exquisite. Too many narrators EMOTE - and this one allowed the words to speak for themselves, which they did beautifully.
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