Patrick Tull, may he rest in peace, gave seamless performances, and this is one of them. The story is classic Ellis Peters - a well-crafted mystery set in a slower time. Cadfael's forensics were as scientific as the times allowed, but just as much about heart and his understanding of human nature. These are characters I care about, who interest me. I'll keep listening.
I really wish I could read Stephen King, but I've tried and tried, and I just can't. He has such a huge following of loyal and enthusiastic fans that I forget every 5 or 10 years, and try another of his novels. That's what happened when I saw this one on Audible. I fell for it... The story started, built momentum, fine, no problem. I got interested, and then BAM - gratuitous, bloody gore, meticulously described in oozing detail, and sprung on me in the interested and involved tones of a really good narrator.
Oh. THAT's right. I remember now, why I don't read Stephen King novels. It's the jumping-out-at-you-from-nowhere horror scenes. They get to me every time, and not in a good way. I didn't finish the book. I don't want to be horrified. Maybe having typed this review will help me remember next time I'm tempted!
This very well-written book was exhausting to listen to. I kept expecting a ray of hope or goodness, a character I could like, or a little contrast to the constant, sometimes egregious violence and cynicism. I never found any, except maybe in the excellence of the narrator.
I think it is a long lead-in for the next book, rather than a stand-alone novel. Unfortunately, I won't be participating in the next one. It's a little like Chinese food, where one chops, slices, dices and crushes ingredients for an hour, only to fast-fry them in 5 minutes. I've had too much of the chopping, slicing, dicing and crushing, and am no longer interested in the meal.
Friday's Child is a coming of age tale, deft and well-crafted and funny. The protagonists wend their perilous ways through the pitfalls of polite society, about which Heyer is more forthright than usual. The supporting characters are well-drawn and add a great deal of fun. Georgette Heyer is always dependably enjoyable, and she delivers in this excellent story. The narrator, though not my favorite, did a good job. I highly recommend this listen.
Imaginative re-working of the Cinderella tale, sure, but it just didn't grab me. The original tale is still timely enough. The most telling thing I can say about this book is that I didn't finish it; in fact, didn't make it through Part 1. Using the 'so many books, so little time' rule, I'm leaving this one behind without regret.
The Hornblower novels are old friends. It was a pleasure to meet them again, so ably performed. There was not a single jarring note in the narration, and the story was as stirring as I recall. My plan is to work my way through the series, and based on this first listen, I anticipate many hours of enjoyment.
This audible production is a fresh encounter with a very old friend, as I read and enjoyed this novel years ago. There was not a single jarring note in the performance, which makes it a rare pleasure indeed. Georgette Heyer is dependably excellent, and the narrator did a good job. I plan to work my way through the unabridged Heyer titles, and will look again for this narrator.
Patrick Tull (god rest his soul) could perform the encyclopedia and make it entertaining. His rumbling voice, grasp of dialect, and acting skills are perfect for Brother Cadfael, and the Cadfael books are a great vehicle for him. The mysteries are of the heart and spirit, with enough twists to engage and surprise. I'll confess the happy-enough endings are comforting.
For the first time since I became an audible member, I'm reviewing the book prior to completing a listen. This is the most irritating narrator I have ever heard. All the text that is not dialog she almost chants in a kind of rhythmic sing-song often unrelated to the content... her cadence goes up up up down, up up up down, up up up down... Think Valley Girl only with a plummy British accent. I can't take another minute. The sample didn't prepare me.
I think this is probably a very enjoyable story, and will put it on my to-read list. The poor author - whoever picked this narrator did him a disservice.
Anyone who gets a book published deserves a lot of credit. That being said, I'm glad I didn't pay full boat for this one. The story was a bit disconnected, as if the author forgot what circumstances she last left her characters in, and took up writing again placing them completely differently. Or maybe someone advised the author she must have certain elements present to make a successful book, and she forgot a few ...oops! gotta have a sex scene... oops! forgot the pathos... so she embroidered them on awkwardly at the last minute. It was disorienting. Disappointing, too, because I love a good series, and looked forward to embarking on this one. I won't buy the next book.
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