I really loved the "Shopaholic" series as the light-hearted fluff they are meant to be so expected "A Desirable Residence" to be more of the escapist genre I have come to expect from this author. Instead I was treated to a rather pointless story of a woman's rather sordid, very tasteless affair. Although the story ended on 1 upbeat note, most of it was dull and uninteresting. I listened to the end because I kept expecting SOMETHING to happen, but nothing ever did. I am sure I will read more of this author's work, but I will not buy it in audiobook form.
As for the reader, she did an excellent job of defining the various characters, I am sorry to say that she was wasted on this book.
I enjoyed the tightly knit plot of what happened when Kwami Diggs brutally murdered 2 women and 3 little girls before he was 16. Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter for the Providence, Rhode Island, newspaper, identified him as the murderer and provided vital testimony to put him in jail, hopefully for life. However an antiquated R.I. law allowed Kwami who was charged as a minor, to be released once he reached the age of 21. Because of his heinous crimes and the glee he expressed in the original confession tape, the judicial system had been keeping him locked up by faking charges against him to keep him in jail. By this time, Kwami has been locked up for 18 years and his mother has hired a new lawyer to get him set free because she believes Kwami was framed for these horrible crimes. Mulligan's co-worker, Edward Mason, begins to dig into the charges that Kwami has been kept locked up for the previous 12 years due to trumped up charges and is horrified at the way the justice system has been perverted to keep this boy in prison-even though no one wants to release Kwami on the public.
This story is based on a real life incident and arrived at a satisfactory conclusion even though Kwami did get released from prison in the story. One wonders how things turned out in the real life situation. The entire book kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I was sorry to reach the end.
He did the voices of the various characters very well. Every person had his/her own voice. He brought Kwami Diggs' aging mother alive so well I could almost see her standing in front of me-a slim aging black woman who has grieved and cried over her son for many years and who has desperately believed him innocent of all charges right up until she is finally forced to watch the tape of Kwami's confession when he was arrested at the age of 15 and forced to face his lies.
I found the opening chapters to be graphic enough that i almost quit listening to it. i continued because i was drawn into the story very quickly.i found the basic premise of this book, that a psychopathic monster can be released into the community simply because he grew up to be terrifying. But even more terrifying is the idea that a prisoner who is legally entitled to be set free can be shanghaied into staying in prison by perjurous guards.
Legislators need to pay attention to the laws they make so this does not happen again!
I have only listened to the audio edition but I very much enjoy having a story read to me as I drive or prepare to sleep.
Peter Grant, the hero of the story. Peter is a rookie constable with the London Police Force who in the first book of the series, discovered he could see ghosts. Because of this he has been recruited by Detective Thomas Nightingale who heads the department which investigates crimes done using supernatural means of some sort. Peter not only is a policeman, but Nightingale has begun teaching him magic which he is not very good at. What he excels in is getting involved with the Gods and Godesses of the many rivers of London and England and in this book, he, Nightingale and Leslie, his partner, all provide security for a meeting of the God & Godess of the upper and lower Thames. Leslie is his partner in police work, friendship and is also taking magic lessons from Nightingale. Peter has a good heart, good intentions but it is often Leslie or Nightingale who pulls him out of magical situations where Peter has gotten in over his head.
This narrator brings a British ambience to this book that I would not experience reading it. He speaks with a British accent and brings the various characters to life. It would be very different to read the writings of Ben Aaronavitch after having listened to this narrator read them.
I enjoyed this book very much. I usually do not listen to new books immediately, but I could hardly wait for this book to finish downloading. I can't wait until book 5.
Intriguing story. I am trying to listen to it for the 3rd time because I listen when I go to bed and even though I set the app into sleep mode for the shortest time available (15 min), I still fall asleep and miss something crucial to the story. So I listen over and over again until I get the story. This one is worth listening to again and again.
Travis McGee because he comes across as free and easy slacker but when somone needs his help, he helps anyway he can.
I wasn't sure about purchasing this audiobook as listening to a book is a major investment in time and some books don't translate well to being read aloud. However I did enjoy Major Pettigrew's individuality which was constantly at war with his stuffiness and ideas of what is right and proper. Although not a genre I normally read, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was poignant, funny and altogether human. I recommend it.
Although I am a real mystery fan, I found this book to be a little to graphic for my taste. The story was a good story, I have seen this made into a movie so was already familiar with the story. I don't regret listening to this, but won't likely purchase another book by this author,
I very much enjoyed the story of this book. Jamie Ford achieved the delicate balance between the past and the present while telling about this man's life during WW II and the events that affected him and his community and his present life during the time following his wife's death and his son's leaving the nest for university and imminent marriage. The Oscar Holden recording that he seeks during much of this book is symbolic of him both as a 12 yr old boy and a 57 yr old widower. At times, I laughed out loud with this book, but more often, I wept along with the characters as they struggled through a tumultuous time. This reader enhanced the story with his ability to add the slight Chinese accent at the right time and to pick up the southern drawl of his friend, Sheldon. I really enjoyed this and may even listen to it again.
I had hoped to find an audio version of the Bible that I could listen to on my walks. Instead I received a mish-mash of all the gospels shouted at me like a bad movie version of a "fire and brimstone" preacher. I would have preferred hearing all these wonderful actors reading the Bible as if they were the characters in it. I listened to about 15 min of the Part 1 and have never even downloaded Part 3. Try again, please. This is awful.
Grafton has crafted a gripping story. Kinsey Milhone is a savvy private eye from the late 80s who uses both her inquiring mind and desire for answers to pursue her client's investigation. Add a good dose of serendipity and she solves a 20 year old murder before the police have enough hard evidence to act, but not soon enough to stop a second murder. Well-written with plenty of plot twists, this book was worth listening to and will likely be listened to again. I have read a number of Grafton's books and look forward to "V".
Once again, Harry Bosch has entered the dark side of life and not only solved the mystery, but emerged relatively unscathed. This is an well written story with a strong plot and numerous sub-plots. It reads well and was well read. Definitely a thumbs up!
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