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Yes, I probably will listen to this again. The story is entertaining and the performance is wonderful.
My favorite character in the story is Father Tim because after listening to all of this author's books, I feel like a know the man. Also, the author keeps him in character. She is always true to his history and he never reacts in a way that seems false. I like looking at the world through his eyes.
The performance is rich and varied. He manages to perform the Irish accents in the book in a believable manner without going over the top. He artfully switches from voice to voice in an easy fashion. As he performs the story, you feel as if he is enjoying it along with you.
If I could rename the book, I think I'd have to call it, 'Working Vacation in Ireland' because this trip is anything but relaxing for Father Tim.
There is a story within the story that could stand as a book all on its own. In a way, I felt as if I were getting two stories for the price of one.
I have already recommended this book to several friends. It's one of those books that seems like a quiet tale of ordinary life, but it isn't. It has wonderful characters. It's filled with reveals and surprises, and it forces you to look at the grey areas. Nothing is all good or all bad.
There are so many that this would be a hard question to answer. It would also give away something important within the story, something the listener should experience first hand.
She has a very pleasant voice and is easy to listen to. She moves easily through the range of emotions in the story making all of them believable. I have listened to her before and am always pleased when I find a story I'm interested in that she is reading.
Janie. She is someone filled with life and eager for new experiences. She is a bit arrogant and not mature enough for the situation in which she finds herself, but although she is young, she has quite an affect on people.
This is a book that makes you look at people you know and wonder what they might be hiding.
Tolerance, respect, friendship
There is a moment involving the main character and his grown son that is very powerful in a quiet way.
This was the first time I had heard Feodor Chin. I enjoyed him very much. He makes you feel the emotions of the characters but in a quiet way. He gave this book the perfect tone.
Yes, very much so. There were events unfolding that were hard to put aside. Finding a place to stop was not an easy thing.
There is important history within this story. I learned a great deal about an event in American history that is seldom mentioned. It was not our finest hour but it needs to be recounted so that we never make the same decisions again.
Yes, but since this is a very complex murder mystery, it wouldn't be as much fun. Once you know the secrets, it's likely to lose some of it's pull.
I really liked the main character's wife. She was very clever. He was the one who had been a police detective but she had a natural instinct and saw things that others missed. I hope she is in future books because she is the perfect sounding board for the main character.
This was the first book performed by George Newbern that I had listened to but I enjoyed him very much. If I find more books that he is narrating, I will count that as a huge draw.He is easy to listen to and makes the characters stand out without over-shadowing the story.
There is a personal event in the past of one of the main characters that is very moving. I don't want to give anything away but I will say that it gives you some insight into the character's personality.
I'm looking forward to listening to more books in this series.
Yes, after a reasonable amount of time, I wouldn't mind listening to this book again. The characters are interesting and the reader is very good.
I dislike this question because I feel it gives away too much about the story. I will just say that there is a surprise twist within the story that caught me off guard. I was fully expecting one aspect of the mystery to be solved but suddenly, the author turned the entire tale in a different direction and changed the game.
Again, this gives far too much of the plot away if someone reading this review is hoping to be surprised by events in the story. I will just say that there is a memorable introduction to one of the characters that leads the story a bit of humor.
Because of the nature of this story, there are little bits of it all through the book that played on my emotions and made me feel deeply for some of the characters. The situations in which they become involved are very emotional ones. It's hard not to find yourself wondering what you might do if it were you in that set of circumstances.
This was the first book I had read by this author or rather team of authors. I found it through one of Audible's sales and I'm very glad that I did. I have already listened to the second book in the series and when the third one comes out, I plan to listen to it too.
Not really. I like the characters and the story was interesting.
I was entertained by the story but it wasn't as suspenseful as I'd hoped it would be. I didn't guess the ending but this wasn't a nail-biter.
My favorite character was Hamish MacBeth.
About the only thing it inspired me to do was to see if there was anything else available by this author. I know the book is part of a series and so after listening to this one, I thought I might enjoy listening to a few more of Hamish MacBeth's mysteries.
Yes. I love Hilary MacLean's performance and would gladly listen to her read this again. Also, the descriptions and dialogue in this book are wonderful.
This is a very entertaining book with several twists and turns. I will say that I figured out one aspect of the story but not quickly. Another of the author's surprises caught me off guard. In much the same way that one might expect for an Agatha Christie mystery, there are plenty of suspects so the author doesn't make it easy for you to figure out the ending.
The author is from Scotland and the story takes place in Glasgow. Hilary MacLean's performance makes you feel as if you have traveled to Scotland and are listening in on local happenings. She brings the story and the characters to life. If you were to sit down and read this book you would miss out on that aspect. It is important to note however that while the book is written with plenty of Scottish slang, it is very easy to understand. I enjoyed the local color and the feel of being in another place but I didn't have to struggle to understand the reader.
Sooner or later, the past catches up with us.
This is a wonderful, quirky, author. I found his books a few years back and look forward to each new one. At first, it was difficult to find some of his books, especially on audio so it's great to see his work being offered on a wider scale.
I liked the links between the characters and the way that each of their histories hooked together to form a complete one.
The story has so many characters that it is difficult to name just one. I liked Nell and Christian very much, but some of the minor characters were quite good also. Although they weren't in the story for very long, they were memorable.
There is a quiet conversation between Nell and an older gentleman who is a retired fisherman that I enjoy very much. It's a part of the story where things start to come together a bit but aren't entirely revealed. I like the fisherman and I found myself wondering how the story might have been different if he had responded to events in his past in a different way.
It was, very much so and I had to make myself stop listening in order to get other things done, like go to work. lol I became very involved in this story.
So far, I have listened to two book by this author and enjoyed both of them. At the moment, she is on my list of favorites. I hope she continues to write for a long, long, time.
I enjoyed Carrington MacDuffie's performance so, yes, I would listen to her read again. I am not certain that I would purchase another Betty Smith book. I might read one if it were given to me. I enjoyed some of her characters, but parts of the book just weren't the sort of thing that I enjoy listening to. I know this story is considered to be a classic and I had always meant to read it at some point. I don't regret listening to it. I just didn't enjoy all of it and don't see what makes this classic literature.
I have pre-ordered a John Grisham book but it doesn't come out for a few weeks. I suspect that the next one I listen to will be some type of mystery or thriller but I haven't selected anything yet.
I enjoyed her voices for the characters and at points in the story she sang because several of the characters are musical. If I had read the book myself, I would have missed out on her bringing the songs to life. She performed the book with great feeling and although I didn't always find it easy to become involved in the storyline, she gave emotional expression to all phases of the book. It was because of her reading that I finished the book, that, and the fact that I am trying to read more classic literature.
Not really. I will listen to more classic novels but this one didn't really give me any inspiration.
I loved the character Sissy, the narrator's Aunt. If the book had been about her more of the time, I think I would have liked it more. I did not feel any great sympathy for the narrator's father, Johnny and I think that is the main reason that the book wasn't very enjoyable for me. His character annoyed me and the narrator was his daughter, Francie. Francie adored her father and so a great deal of the story focused on him. Also, the author spent a very large amount of time telling us what the family had to eat, where they bought it, how much it cost, how they prepared it, and who ate what. I realize that this was done to show how hard their life was, but after the first 'meal purchase event', I understood that and got tired of hearing about every bite of food they ate.The male characters in this story, with the exception of Francie's brother, were all either a great deal of trouble, worthless, or far too needy.
Comfortable, Entertaining, Surprising
Well, the book is the second in a series, so naturally, it reminded me of the first book, "Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer". It also reminds me of the old "Hardy Boys" mysteries.
I enjoy his performance of all the characters but Theodore's Uncle Ike is my favorite.
For me, this wasn't a book of extremes. It's a nice, entertaining story. I lughed at some of Theodore's observations about the grown ups in his life. The author writes this series with young readers in mind, so I know I am not the target audience. I enjoyed it very much in spite of that. I think it is the sort of book that a parent and child could both read and then discuss without either one being bored.
I really enjoy the characters that the author has created for this series and I look forward to finding out more about them.
I'm not sure who would enjoy this one. The author spent a great deal of the time filling in information about the lives and histories of minor characters that only played a small role in the story. I was waiting for the action or suspense to start and instead, I was listening to what someone was having for dinner or how they had decorated their apartment. I like it when the author fleshes out the characters, but this story went too far. There was a detective in this story who was involved with one aspect of the book and for some reason, the author chose to give me lots of details about his wife and their dining room table. The wife wasn't involved in the real story. She was a background character. I'm still not certain why I need to know about the table.
I would have liked this so much more if she had stayed on focus with one story. I think this tried to do too much. There were several things that needed solving within the story and every mystery came with a group of characters. By the time she told us who they all were, how they met, what they had for dinner, who lived next door to them, and how their marriages were going, I had lost interest in the whole thing.
This was my first time listening to Jan Maxwell and I think I would enjoy listening to her again. She did the best she could with the story she was given. I liked listening to her and she did a good job with the male voices in the story as well as the female characters.
Without spoiling the story, I will just say that I would have cut out background information on people not important to the plot and left out at least one victim in order to give the reader fewer meaningless characters to sort through. I would also have left out the minor romance. It feels sort of squeezed into the book as an afterthought and it isn't important to the plot.
I normally love this author's books and have read most of them. This one just didn't work for me. There was a very interesting main plot but sadly, by the time all of the surrounding story lines were filled in and explained, the main plot suffered. I wanted to like the book, but this is the only Mary Higgins-Clark novel that I haven't enjoyed. I shall look forward to her next one though, because normally she is very entertaining.
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