This sweet story reminded me of "The Secret Life of Bees"--a girl in need of mothering receiving it from warm Southern women. What elevates this book from good to better is the narrator. She brought every character to vivid life. A friend asked if I would recommend the book and I told her only if she listened to it, otherwise it would be a bit too predictable.
This book might be able to be excused if it was written in the 1950's, but it wasn't. The Arabs in this are portrayed in a way that would be unacceptable for any other group (for example, Jews or African Americans). Leon Uris is a good writer, but that makes the racist piece even worse. I can't even call this historical fiction since it is so biased against Arabs that it's hard to imagine whatever else he wrote about being true. Neil Shah did an excellent job narrating this book.
This is a book that was enhanced by the wonderful narrator. He did a superb job. At the end of the book, the author mentions that he thinks the book would be improved by being read aloud, and he is correct. The book is wonderfully written and the author evokes a time and place long gone in America. The characters are people I really cared for and the sorrow that comes to them in the story really moved me. I wished I could read a book just like it when it was finished.
I like books read by multiple readers--it is often a performance that makes the book even better. These are three awful narrators. The voices they give to the characters are laughable. The story is ordinary--a southern retelling of the classic Rebecca (a much better book). If the book had been read by decent performers it would have elevated it to at least three stars. I will never listen to a book read by any of these people.
This thriller (which isn't too thrilling) has recipes thrown in. Normally I like books with recipes, but these interfere with the action, and the decision to include them was a mistake. Other reviews have mentioned the great character development. I didn't find that to be so. In addition to the recipes, the violence is also weird because it doesn't seem consistent with the rest of the story telling. I didn't much like this book.
This book was a police procedural in a small insular community. It was boring, and only interesting at all because of where it was set. So the reading was particularly important--to pronounce the the people and places correctly. Pete Larkin did an embarrassing job. Why was he picked? Sorry I bought it.
Performance and story are a perfect match. However, this recording was bad. It sped up, slowed down, faded in and out and was like the problems that I sometimes have with CDs and never have had with Audible. I cannot imagine the issue. Anyway, back to the book. I saw the PBS Brideshead years ago with the gorgeous Jeremy Irons and his performance on this book is as good as it was then. His voice is like eating ice cream and having a massage at the same time. Great!
This well written book isn't for everyone. Not one character is likeable, but the writing is very good and kept me listening to the whole story. Molly Ringwald is an awful reader for this book. All of the Yiddish words, or Jewish expressions, were mispronounced. The rest of the reading was flat.
This book was awful. The narrator spoke at a speed that was not good for my ears or brain. The book isn't about life and death or people's attitudes toward them at different time periods. It is about board games and trivia. It should have a different title and then maybe people interested in what it is about could purchase it. A waste of a credit.
I can't believe this book hasn't been made into a movie. It is a wonderful story, well told, and beautifully read. It is really science fiction--having a story written by an astrophysicist, makes for great science along with the fiction. The characters were believable and story huge in scope and time. It was fantastic listening all the way.
I really enjoy this series. They are not exactly "cosy" mysteries, but they are not too gross or graphic. I like the characters, so this book was a revelation in what Louise Penny decided to do with the main ones. The setting in the abbey brought out things in the two main police inspectors that surprised me, but weren't out of character. It actually is something of a cliff hanger as I cannot wait to see if problems are resolved, or relationships torn apart forever. Ralph Cosham is just right as a narrator for this series; he knows how to pronounce the French place names and phrases, and keeps me interested in all that happens.
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