I very much enjoy Margaret Maron's books. I've read them all and have enjoyed each one. I thought listening to them would be a pleasure as well but I'm sorry to say I cannot 'hear' Deborah in C.J. Critt's narration. She sounds like a New England transplant, not the "Bootlegger's Daughter". There's not a trace of any Southern accent. Curiously however Dwight sounds quite Southern. So I will stick to Margaret Maron in print.
I went with a neutral rating for the story since I only got about 1/3 of the way through when I decided the printed version would better suit.
I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning. I really enjoy the pieces of history woven into the fictional tale. I look forward to the author's historical notes at the end of every book. Sebastian and Hero make a great team. She is his equal in many ways and that seems to make him a better person in the process. She certainly is no wallflower! I am glad too that Cat Boleyn was 'off-stage', finally. That story had run its course. While I'm sure it is not the last we'll see of her, Sebastian's superficial obsession was getting a bit dull.
My only gripe is that while I like Davina Porter, I don't think she does male voices particularly well. She makes Sebastian sound a bit of dandy and I don't think she can quite capture the timber of a man's voice. However, it is not enough of a distraction not to still enjoy the listen.
I think it must be a real challenge to tell a story that crosses so many generations, that keeps up with the evolving society of those generations. Woods did a fabulous job. This is by far my favorite book by him. I like his series characters, but they can wear thin after several books. This book I'll listen to again, definitely.
These books are fun. Well as 'fun' as you can call them when they are about terrorists. Terrorism aside though, I really like these characters. Their personalities are quirky at times, but people you could believe exist and in the context that they exist. The suspense and tension keep me engaged throughout. I certainly hope there are many more to come.
R.C. Bray does an excellent job narrating!
I have a difficult time understanding why this book has pretty high ratings from the other reviewers. If, like me, you have been a 'from the beginning' Anne Perry fan you have to recognize how the quality of the books has declined. This book, Blind Justice, is a perfect example. The main plot is a decent one, but the story drags, and Perry's characters have become much less interesting than they used to be. They have become routine.
One of my biggest issues however, and so much more obvious with an audio book, is how Perry disrupts her own dialogue with monotonous and very drawn out explanations of what the character is thinking. So much so that now even the characters have to be snapped out of their reverie. Often there is a statement about realizing the other person in the conversation was talking while they were off in la-la land. No real surprise there since the individual is zoned out for an eternity at times. The tangents are so lengthy that the actual dialogue is completely disrupted so that there is no flow to it. In a printed book you can skim or even skip those parts but in an audiobook it is much more difficult to do. However the reader shouldn't have to. The book should flow on it's own.
I truly believe that Ms. Perry needs to put both the Monk and the Pitt series to bed. She's played them out far too long and the more recent books simply cannot hold a candle to the earlier books. Cater Street Hangman and The Face of a Stranger are still two of my most favorite books, ones that I have, and will again, re-read. The recent books however, are totally forgettable. Time to let them go.
I'm really not sure what to make of this story, and I'm not sure how much of my impression of the story is a result of the way it was narrated. I didn't quit, so I gave it a 3 but it was not memorable nor am I interested in reading another. Odd, odd, odd.
It would be very difficult to describe why this story is so good without describing the story, but is is an amazing one. It was very eye-opening in spots, learning things both about the Germans and the Americans in World War II. The narration was so well done so real you felt you were listening to the principals involved. Robertson Dean should get whatever top awards there are for narration, he was simply outstanding.
You must listen to, or read, this book. Not just because the story is unbelievable but also to witness the huge range of human behavior when faced with unimaginable experiences. You will be moved, awed and amazed.
I really enjoyed the concept the author chose, an FBI agent with organized crime connections. Not 'bent' but related. It was a lot of fun to see how the two worlds worked. I thought the storyline was very good, and the conclusion was great. It was a story and a narration that kept me wanting more. I look forward to listening to other Nick Bracco stories and future narrations by R.C. Bray.
Really, what else is there to say? Johnson continues to turn out terrific books with a beautiful sense of time and place and with characters who are people you want to know (except for the bad guys of course!) I so enjoy the humor interlaced throughout and the telling could not be better done. Guidall is fabulous.
I think all I can really say is that the book is too long. The story isn't a bad one, but it begins to drag. The 'mastermind' behind the crime is no surprise at all, despite the narrator insisting the listener was fooled too. This is my second and probably last Tana French book. The last one was also long and dragging and with not much in return for the listener's persistence.
This is the third book in the Helen Pendergast trilogy. Usually, in a good trilogy the 1st and 3rd books are the best, with the 2nd acting as a bridge between the two. I liked both of first two books but this last one, Two Graves, was really disappointing and not at all what I've come to expect from these authors. The main storyline was very scattered and too far fetched even for a Pendergast book. The side stories had little or no bearing to the main story. The Constance Greene side story made some sense but the girl (whose name is escaping me, which should tell you something) and her father? What was the point of that. I think it's also a bit lame to have Constance pining for Pendergast. That is just lazy in my opinion.
Thinking about it now it's almost as if the authors felt they had more than just the Helen story to tie up so they decided to throw all the loose ends they had in this last book to finish things off.
This is the only Pendergast book I've ever had a negative review for so I sincerely hope there will be more to come to redeem the series.
Note on the narrator, Rene Auberjonois did an excellent job. I'd definitely read more read by him.
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