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 think the author shortchanges her readers by making the characters indistinguishable on a regular basis (see all the other reviews describing how difficult it is to figure out who 'he' is). As a result I think it made the job for the narrator exceedingly difficult as well. There were times when I thought Simon Slater was simple using the wrong voice at the wrong time but then started to wonder if it was because it was too difficult to tell. I like 'Cromwell' but both Wolsey and 'George' (whose last name I forget) are nearly identical.
Perhaps it works better in hard copy, but I don't particularly enjoy a hard copy book that I have to repeatedly reread pages of because the author didn't do a good enough job of identifying speakers.
I love this time period but not this book. Part 1 was as far as I was willing to go.
No. I think there are other books about that time period that are better written and certainly better 'listens'.
I like the voice of Cromwell, but the other voices, owing to the lack of clarity by the author, were hard to distinquish.
No, only because this particular story was read by the author and not the previous narrator. The story is fine but I don't think Harlen Coben is a professional narrator and he adds nothing to the telling of the story.
Edge of my seat? Maybe not, but it kept me listening since the real reason the girl was missing was just out of reach all the time.
First of all, I think Will Patton is one of the best narrators and he absolutely is the voice of Dave Robicheaux. That being said, I think James Lee Burke needs to ratchet down the philosophical reflection and imagery a few notches. It has gotten to the point where it disrupts the flow of the story telling. I've gotten through only the first half of the book (it's in two parts) and I'm not sure I even care about listening to the rest. Burke's story lines are usually good but they are becoming secondary to his philosphizing...and it's become a drag.
I have read all five of the Lady Julia Grey series and enjoyed them all, so I knew the story already when I decide to listen to the audio version. Ms. Archer gives a very good performance and it was an enjoyable listen. I especially liked how she voice the various regional accents, it really added to the richness of the story. Sometimes Julia seems a little overly stiff but perhaps that is a more accurate depiction of a woman so well-born.
Lady Julia and Brisbane are such an intriguing mix of personalities and emotions that there is never a dull moment. Deanna Raybourn has developed characters that you cannot help but become attached to. And in Silent on the Moor she paints a vivid and forbidding image of the moors which adds to the interest and the tension.
I heartily recommend the entire series and look forward to more in the future.
I did not find the story particularly intriguing. In fact I really didn't care who the dead man in the garden was or who killed him. But the worst of it was Flavia herself. What an obnoxious annoying child! Ms. Entwistle did an excellent job of making an already annoying child that much more annoying. There was something so unlikeable about Flavia it did not surprise me in the least that her sisters hated her.
Hearing Flavia out loud put me off entirely.
The story was fine but I couldn't finish listening to the book because the reading was so melodramatic. No one, even an emotionally stretched individual is that melodramatic with every word they say. I finally gave up. If I finish the book I'll read it, not listen to it.
It was at first a little difficult to pick up the plot but the more I listened the more I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the narration. You learn very quickly to speak "Dodd". I liked all the references to personages of the time period. I thought the story worked quite well and hope to see more available through Audible in the future.
I've read several of David Handler's Hoagy series and very much enjoyed the character. The audible version though really brings Hoagy to life. I love the different emotional directions Hoagy gets pulled, especially in this story. The narration is wonderful, Tom Stechshulte is Hoagy. I look forward to hearing more read by him. I also hope to see Handler's Berger & Mitry series on Audible too!
This was a real "page turner." The Poet is one of my favorites and this return of Jack and Rachel was just as intriguing...Well done..great ending!
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