This doctor spends too many words anthropomorphizing everything form dogs to ducks! She takes several unnecessary shots at Cesar Milan and makes several misstatements of fact such as information about the links between dogs and wolves.
I think the title is misleading. I expected to read a book about the way animals help people be more human and humane, about the positive effects they have on us, etc. That is not at all what this book is about. The authors waxes nostalgic about the good old days when dogs ran free and were so much happier. This notion seems to be based on her childhood dog's behavior. She also manages to mention her diagnosis of autism at least in every chapter.
She has done some interesting research but when I looked for peer reviewed information on her research or other research that backed up her findings, I couldn't find too much.
It was so bad I couldn't finish it!
Of all the books of this series, this was my least favorite, not because it is not a good read. It is very well written. Ms. Gregory makes me feel as if I am there, in the great halls, standing at the edge of the battle fields, and eavesdropping on private conversations.
I think the reason that I liked this least of all of this series is the that father of the heroine of this story (The Kingmaker himself, Warrick) is a vile, treacherous, fence-sitter during the War of the Roses, one who "turns his coat" almost daily.
The history is good and accurate. I truly enjoy Ms. Gregory's works
The heroine is a pitiable character who has a horribly evil, greedy, petty, jealous sister, and a mean, thankless, nasty mother who makes her daughter's basically orphans due to her own cowardice. Yet despite all our heroine (being essentially an orphan and her sister's prisoner,) marries for love in a time when that is almost unheard of
I anxiously await the release of the next book in the series.
This is a wandering story of the alleged life of Jane Poppincourt with no apparent plot, dénouement, irony, or other redeeming quality.
The real Jayne Poppyncourt was actually a French language tutor to the children, who in this story, is the contemporary of the children.
My mother, the literature teacher, would have returned this to the writer with the instructions to rewrite it or choose another topic AND research the subject matter more thoroughly.
It is really the story about a largely fictional character who seems to wander about pre-Elizabethan England and France without specific purpose and then marries her childhood sweet heart.
I did some fact checking, thinking I was reading historical fiction. Dates, people, places, and times are often incorrect.
This book IS NOT historical fiction, but fiction based extremely loosely on an inaccurate understanding of history
The narrator has a fairly strong sibilant lisp that makes the listening nearly exhausting for someone like me who has worked tirelessly to rid myself of same.
Based on this novel, I will not attempt to listen to any other title by this author.
Had I not suffered through its entirety, I would have attempted to return it.
I give it one star because I am unable (based on this reviewing program) to give it zero stars.
The story grabbed me in the first few minutes and I had trouble finding stopping points. Putting it down was almost painful at times. I couldn't wait to get back to it when I did have to stop listening. The characters are well developed and as historically correct as I think it is possible to make them, based on the info we have from the 15th Century
It is a love story, a spy story full of intrigue, a story about family, love, death, loss and life in the 1400's.
When Elizabeth loses her baby king son and knows not if he is dead, kidnapped, in hiding, or in the Tower of London. Her pain, anguish, and fear are palpable. The narrator is perfect for the part, she infuses the words she readswith the feelings of the moment.
Spies of the 15th Century
I just ordered and wish listed several more in the Cousins War series and another series written by Philippa Gregory. If I know me, I will read all of her works.
I have read Anya Seton's Green Darkness, at least 5 times. Her historical fiction is spot on, historically speaking. Her characters and places are so vivid, I feel like I know them and can see them in my mind's eye. Katherine is no different.
I knew that Katherine would be excellent. I was whisked away to the days of Geoffrey Chaucer's England. The story is not about Chaucer per se but the travails of his tragic sister-in-law, Katherine.
Katherine is an amazing heroine. If I understand correctly her character and much of the story line is based on the known history of the time. Many of the people and places I was able to look for and find in history.
Katherine is a love story, a tragedy and a wonderful example of historical fiction.
An excellent read if you enjoy historical fiction and that period in history. I highly recommend it!
Rina Lazarus gets into the thick of things again. Twists and turns keep the reader off balance. As usual it is difficult to guess the end.
The Lazarus' have unexpected house guests- the next thing you know Rina and her Detective husband are hip deep in an international crime ring.
As an Infection Control Practitioner, this was frightening and exciting, almost like reading a mystery thriller. It is the most complete account of the Spanish flu pandemic I have ever read. The author also gives enough history of medicine at the time (early 1900's) to truly understand why they carried on some of the practices they did to ward off the flu. I almost skipped work to finish it!
It is also a very good warning as we read of SARS and Bird Flu.
Very darn Good
When I figured out who the bad guy was and Scarpetta hadn't yet. I knew she was in deep trouble as she went on not fearing thie women and I knew she would have an attempt on her life!
It would depend on the author. I am unsure why she pronounce some words as she did. I certainly wouldn't listen to it because of the narrator.
High stakes thiller
I am a medical professional. The narrator pronounced several fairly common words oddly- not in any dictionary medical or otherwise that I could find (i.e. min u cha e' for minutiae.) There were others but they were nerve grating!
Absolutely, if they like the mystery/thriller genre. This is a mystery/ thriller that grabs you in the first page or so and won't let you go. When it's over you want more.
I recommend reading the first book in the series before reading this (Waking Hours.) The first book sets the stage. I read the first book in the series when it was given to me as a gift. I read almost non-stop for 24 hours!
Just before and during the time when they all begin to believe that some of them are angels and they are vanquishing demons.
She does a good job of changing her voice and intonations for each character. You almost know which character is which simply by her voice.
I can't decide, but if I must choose one, I would choose Carl.
I just discovered Lis Wiehl (a Fox News Anchor.) Her writing on this series is great & I plan to read her other books.
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