and, what could be better? The author narrates this story with all the irony, wit, and compassion of the person who created the tale, as he did.But,from history, and boy, does Barry do his homework. Barry's tone is somewhat deadpan, but he knows how to render the longest game in history, with the right amount of inflection. Sometimes I literally laughed out loud. If you like baseball, which i do, you just might get caught up in the flow of the story of unlikely characters; ball players, managers, bat boys, announcers, writers, their families.. At times even suspenseful, the narration moves you along with human interest stories that catch you by surprise. You ache for these (mostly) young men as the rawness outside, the wee hours of the morning in this interminable game, all make you feel for their plights. Some have a happy ending. Most do not. I ended up buying book versions of "The Bottom of the 33rd" for at least 3 people this holiday season. Only because they don't do audible.
At first I had to get used to Ralph Lister's narration, but after a bit, I adapted and the book flew along. A lot of this story had to do with the trial, and thus, featured Sir Oliver Rathbone, and I like a good courtroom drama. Today there is news on a daily basis of drug overdoses, specifically heroin, and so the opium misuse at front and center of this story is very topical. (And the brief recounting of the opium tragedy that resulted in China is covered as well.) Sunless Sea is a good mix of Monk, Hester, Runcorn (!) and Rathbone, which is a welcome change in the series. As Perry is inclined to do, she can become overly wordy and repetitious, but the overwhelming quality of her prose, and her story line with its twists and turns, win out, making this a 5 star listen. I wish Audible had Book 19..
I saw a production of Peter and the Starcatchers on Broadway, and decided to listen to the book. Dave Barry is a wonderful writer-full of humor and clever characterization. Jim Dale does a superb job breathing life into the various characters young and old, male and female, smart, and dark. I will probably continue to read the series, that's how enjoyable it was. You will recognize aspects of Peter Pan in this tale, this prequal, so to speak. This is an easy, enjoyable, totally entertaining listen.
What makes this different from other Bosh tales is that we get more of a glimpse into Harry Bosh's psyche. He is forced to work with a therapist, a victim of involuntary leave after a violent encounter with his boss. The mystery that accompanies his personal work, is solving the mystery of his mother, brutally killed when Bosh was a child. I typically enjoy Hill's narration and Connelly's writing, and this doesn't disappoint if you are looking for an easy listen . Some of the themes stretch credulity, but, that is par for the course in such a genre, IMO. The Last Coyote was entertaining. Not great writing, but good enough that I always looked forward to picking up the story where I left off. I easily recommend this book.
Between the narration, the characters, and the writing, Walt Longmire mysteries continue to keep me interested, make me chuckle, and entertain. The usual characters, Walt, Henry Standing Bear, Vic, Ruby, and others, combined with the new ones Johnson creates to tell this particular story make me want to continue listening. Johnson is adept at using the Wyoming winters to paint a bleak backdrop that become characters in their own right. Love this series!
Ralph Cosham deserves some of the credit for this interesting whodunnit. He voices all the characters superbly. I liked this better than another one or two Penny books I'd tried: she brought us into some of Inspector Gamache's personal story, giving him a fuller dimension and making him more interesting. All the characters swirl around Gamache, first on holiday with his wife when the book opens, minding his own business. When murder occurs, you are a good 2 hours into the book, and thus, get to know the other hotel guests and staff, which set the context very effectively. Perry's writing is lovely. There is a sadness to the tale, and a compelling desire on my part, to not put the story down. I am now going to research additional Louise Penny books to add to my audible library.
I like all the Longmire books, and in particular, the way George Guidall narrates them. He voices old men, young men, tough women, more timid women-all so well you think you are listening to multiple voices, and not just his. This story takes place primarily on the Indian Reservation-and away from his office and usual cast of deputies. Of course Standing Bear takes a central role, as the two of them witness a death they investigate along with new character, Chief Lolo Long of the tribal police. I liked a preponderance of Indian lore in this tale. The characters are peppery, feisty, and rich in background. Craig Johnson writes with his usual humor, and the story moves along very quickly. He is a smart writer, and I recommend this book to any fan of Walt Longmire.
I am a big fan of Baldacci, and McLarty and Cassidy add great voices to this latest John Puller book. Puller is a typical Baldacci hero; strong, unbreakable, agile, smart and all-powerful. He is no nonsense and quick on his feet. Cassidy has plenty to do in this book, with two main female characters, both of whom are a match for John Puller. The story is action packed, complete with interesting and varied characters, and I am happy to plug in a Baldacci book and go along for the ride.
I know audible fans love Preston-Child books, and this was my first. I stuck with it, found myself getting into it, but honestly, I don't see what others do. Scott Brick, who I normally think is terrific, lacked in his various accents (brooklyn??? what??), his female voices, and his overall delivery. I found the story heavy, logey, uncompelling. As more and more characters were introduced and took center stage, the story increased its interest, but, I won't pick up another Preston-Child book again for a while.
I enjoyed learning about India and its customs through the excellent narration of Tania Rodrigues. She does a wonderful job of bringing life to the people who color this tale. As much as I enjoyed the book, the writing was at times, without point, IMO. Some of the details, rather than adding to the flavor of the story, were superfluous. That said, I recommend this book and may check out more, if it is a series.
I loved the Eighty-Dollar Champion, in spite of the writing! It truly is a fantastic tale with remarkable characters who embody persaverence-man and horse.As soon as I finished the book, I looked up photos and videos of this real life duo, bringing even more life to Lett's interpretation of their history. I found myself rooting for both Harry and his horse, Snowman, even though I knew their trials would end predictably well. The relationship between Harry and Snowman is unique and Letts allows their special bond to glow. The historical background takes up space in an informative and really interesting way also. My issue was with her writing, which is repetitive. Once she makes a statement, she finds the need to repeat it over 4 or 5 times-where was her editor? The story sailed stronger than her writing, however, and I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good nonfiction narrative and yes, an inspiring story set in a historical perspective.
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