This is the first book I've read by this author. I'm glad I discovered him. The Rutledge detective is a troubled, but effective officer. There is a story (the detective's) within the story (the murder) and it takes different twists and turns pointing to possible suspects. The narrator does a great job in the telling.
I didn't realize how dark this story would be. I couldn't finish it.
I don't care for the detective D.D. 's character. The other plots were too depressing.
The narrators's did well.
I would rate as a 4.5 out of 5.
The description of the injuries to each family member was hard to hear. As was the reports by physicians on Jen's extensive brain injuries. There were many moments that touched my heart. Jen has an amazing family, friends and support from the church. Acts of love and perseverance by her father & mother while recovering from their own injuries is very moving. The Dad carried coffee upstairs each morning to his wife, while walking with a crutch & dealing with chronic pain. Her mother's perseverance & selfless care and some of the emotions she shares in her journey. The amazing prayers and spiritual insight that Jen shared with others after the accident. This book amazed me by consistently praising God in the midst of so much suffering. It is a message of hope.
I thought it was Jen's mother telling the story. Enjoyed it!
Courage in the midst of suffering.
Yes, it's a fascinating story from history. It gives two perspectives and gives a glimpse of the life of the pilots on each side.
When the american bomber is helpless & meets the German up close and personal.
No, I've never listened to this narrator before, but really enjoyed his performance.
Unexpected deliverance made possible by an enemy.
The story is intriguing as it takes the reader from London to Australia. A young woman, Beatie, gets involved with a married man and leaves with him for Australia to escape his wife. The book starts with the difficulties Beatie faced and then moves to Emma in the the future. Emma is a 30 year old ballet dancer who as a career ending accident. As the book moves back and forth in time showing connections to the characters and telling two stories, it's really hard to put down. I also love listening to this narrator who brings so much to the story. I'll be looking for more books from this author.
I liked the character, Emma, as she is the one gathering the clues.
The narrator changes her accent and tone in such a way that you feel as though you are listening to a play. I also just like listening to the Australian accent. It's beautiful.
If I could rename the book, I would call it, Beattie's Secret.
The mystery is different because it doesn't start out with murder. It starts with an old woman, Nell, who is dying. Gradually the story unfolds and you can't wait to learn the next clue to Nell's past. But the greater story holds others within it and it's great fun to discover all the connections.
In some ways it reminds me of Thomas Hardy whose books often had a tragic heroine.
My favorite scene was when Elisa and Rose first met. Rose was instructed to teach Elisa better manners, but Rose taught Elisa who ends up learning and enjoying life more. However relationships change.
Elisa is the most memorable for shaking up the lives of the folks in the "big house."
The complicated relationships that are revealed later in the story took a turn I did not expect. I really enjoyed the narrator who made the characters of the story come to life. A great audio experience!
This book gives insight into the world of a defense lawyer and the tug of war with the prosecution. It starts with a murder in a parking garage and shows the perspectives of the police, defense lawyer and prosecutor.
The accused is difficult to like and seems gullible. The defense lawyer, is divorced and wanting to get his marriage back on track, but his work gets in the way. The end sets up the possibility of another book with the main character, Michael Holler. Peter Giles did a great narration. Recommend this book!
The book introduced too many weird technologies and realities. The stories from the primer became tedious to listen to. It was a dark world and not pleasant to listen to.
The detective is an interesting character and the story keeps one listening for what comes next. The aristocratic family with their secrets and the investigation into the murder of a lonely woman become intertwined and keep you guessing about "who done it." The narrator does a great job as the voice of various characters with British accents. This makes it an interesting audio book. I will listen to more from this author and narrator.
The easily angered character Amy who naively jumped to conclusions as quickly as she jumped into adventure was not believable. She and the purple gentian came off as flirting teenagers. As an historical novel, it is extremely weak. The tit for tat between the main characters overwhelms any history and became tedious.
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