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My first exposure to Bill Bryson was A Walk in the Woods and I enjoy it still. Shakespeare is a different book -- more journalism than recollection, but it is extremely enjoyable and a good "listen" -- the chapters lend themselves to logical breaks, etc. And it is very amusing!
All of the historical detail is fascinating, and makes one wonder how we ever got the folio version of the plays at all. Probably the most interesting part for me was the debunking of all the "He didn't write the plays" theories.
I enjoy this series of mysteries and would recommend this title because the story is one of the better ones.
I was engaged in the story from the beginning and really didn't know Who Did It until quite near the end!
Unfortunately, the reader for this particular book had a voice that was VERY hard to listen to -- quite deep with very little contrast in voices with the exception of two characters who shared a deep southern drawl. In fact, one of the deepest character voices was that of the female protagonist which made it very hard to distinguish characters when she was in a dialog with a male character. This is the only book I have listened to by this reader and I will have to think about whether I would download another one.
Monica Ferris is a delightful writier with an eye to the community in Minnesota where her stories are set and that keeps me returning!
Honestly, this is NOT great literature, and the setting is SO burned into the late sixties (pre-women's lib, post sexual revolution, mid-hippies) that I felt like I was in a time machine. But it is entertaining and archetypical private eye mystery material. Spenser is sensitive but macho, sexy but uninvolved, Scotch-drinking but health-conscious -- how can you not love this little bite of a book? Readers under 30 may not know what the heck is going on, but I enjoyed it.
A friend recommended the print version of this book but I was starting a project so I downloaded the Audible so I could knit while listening and the book was so good I never finished the project. What an unusually talented author! And the narration was wonderful -- the time line is erratice but the narrator's talent keeps you in the moment. I have recommended this to a number of others. I hope that there are more of Atkinson's titles on Audible.
I normally enjoy Grisham (although I confess that my favoirite is A Painted House which is NOT about the law) but this volume moved SOOO slowly that I had a hard time remembering what the timeline was. I get that he is anti-death penalty (so am I) but the"bad" guys were SO venal and the "good" guys were SO patently blameless that it lost credibility for this reader. And the narrator really only had two voices -- Texas twang and Missouri flat. Not my favorite by a long shot.
I was captured in the first five minutes by this novel, and the readers kept the characters animated and lively. I normally don't prefer books with multiple readers, but in this instance, the three distinct voices of the novel were perfectly captured by the readers.
I enjoyed the novel very much, and it didn't hurt that I can remember vividly the political and historical events alluded to in the novel. Talking to other readers I am convinced that part of what makes this book really "work" is that there are very few readers over 40 who don't have memories and opinions about this time in our recent past, and this book brings them sharply into focus, no matter where your sympathies lie. And there is enough humor and suspense to make it an entertaining read! I would recommend it whole-heartedly.
I really enjoyed this book! The narrative was vivid and engaging, and I was drawn into the world on Shutter Island completely. I know that this is a popular movie, and normally I would read rather than watch the story but I do want to see what the movie version lools like -- the mood was so much a part of the story. The narration was wonderful -- would recommend to anyone for a great weekend read/listen.
I have read about this series and enjoyed the book very much as a "quick read" mystery story. Because so many of the characters in the series reappear I was appreciateive of all the little anecdotal glimpses into the backstory, but I couldn't help but think some of them were unnecessary to the storyline of this book. I did enjoy the fast (if somewhat unbelievable) pace and will likely look for another of Cornwell';s books.
I am a total sucker for Stephanie Plum and this one has it all -- both Morelli and Ranger, real skips, crazy fading entertainer playing off of Lula's desire for fame, and even a chimp. My husband was in the car with me one day while I was listening and HE gt so caught up in fifteen minutes that I had to loan him the recording when I was finished.
Janet Evanovich has a genuine talent for dialog that shines in this novel. I hope that she keeps writing about Sophie for a long time to come.
I have read more recent entries in this series but enjoyed learning some of the "backstories" of the main characters. The story was a bit of a stretch but that was more than offset by the development of Sophie and her family story, understanding Anatole and where he came from, etc. I am sure that I will enjoy future novels more because of this delightful "read".
Although the unfamiliar names and geography almost undid me in the first novel of the series, the intriguing characters and unpredictable developments in the plot of this second novel have kept me riveted.
There might be flaws in the unfolding of the plot, but you couldn't prove it by me. I found myself driving around my own neighborhood after work unwilling to switch off the MP3 player in the car and stop listening to the story. The story develops not only the primary characters, but the supporting roles as well. The staff of Millenium was vivid in my minds eye along with the police characters, neighbors, even the nameless faces in the city, on busses, etc. Larsson is really a gifted writer and able to create vivid work pictures with his narrative style.
The only thing that might be a draw back to this novel is the fact that the reader knows there is a third novel in the series and as one gets closer to the end one knows that it won't tie up all the questions that the characters lives bring up. The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo stood on its own, I felt, better than this book but only because now I can't wait for the final novel to reach this country narrated by Simon Vance.
This is also a novel that screams out for narration -- the unfamiliar names can be baffling but Vance's narration made each character stand out clearly, and this is one time that I really preferred listening to reading a novel. I found the cross-section of British, Western Europe, upper and lower class accents to work well for me! I can only hope that he is already contracted to narrate The Girl Who Kicked Hornets Nests!
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