Very happy we took the time to listen to this one. Excellent vehicle for a truly memorable performance.
The premise is fascinating, the characters are fairly well drawn, the plot moves along quickly. Best of all, the story has an ending. The puzzle has a reasonable solution and the emotional conflict is somewhat resolved. It's all good. If only the editors would remove the umpteenth recap, the book could be a third shorter and nearly perfect.
Our hero's ability to divine criminal intent from scanty circumstance is just too jarring. Time after time, you will find yourself shaking your head in disbelief. So, the intrigue becomes tedious; the action becomes mime. Let this one pass.
The young, inexperienced sidekick of the oh-so-noble, heroic-yet-vulnerable investigator tells the story so that you feel like you are sitting in a beachside cafe listening to this engaging young man. The characters are distinctly drawn within the narrative and by an outstanding reading performance. The action is clear. Identifying the villain is not easy. This was a very entertaining summer read.
The people, side situations, and landscapes described are like visiting your great aunt in her small village. You are never touched by the environs, but are content to watch for hours.
If you are looking for excitement, keep looking. But, if you are looking for soporific narration and a straightforward plot that tolerates lengthy naps, you have it.
The moves from 3 rd person narration to first person narration were jarring...but I persevered. The circumstances surrounding, the facts of, and the procedures following the finding of the bodies were just dull. Nothing to inspire either the reader or the listener. I returned it after struggling through 16 chapters.
There are only so many books a person has time for and so many that are better than this one. It isn't awful, it just isn't worth the time. The composition leans more heavily toward screenplay than most and the reader does not make much distinction between characters. If the sound of the reader turning the pages bothers you, skip this one.
An intricate story told in foreshadow and flashback, advancing the narrative ever so slightly over so very long in clock time of listening. The three stars is because of the abuse of my patience. The story is very good, the reader is amazingly flexible - all those different characters. I can't believe such an imaginative and capable author could not have crafted a more tolerable and less tedious length.
That was fun!
We just finished the book and couldn't wait to add our voices to the chorus of approbation. It is a thoroughly enjoyable mix of history, travelogue, who-done-it, and fantasy which would be an enjoyable read. The narrator's performance takes it over the top. Thank you all for a delightful 10 hours of top notch entertainment.
Mr. Guidall always differentiates his characters so well that you know who is speaking without the tags. His delivery is relaxed, unaffected, and very intelligible. He is my favorite narrator.
The story is very engaging until it ends, very abruptly. It is so bad that it spoils the book.
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