I have not read any of the books in print.
There are no comparisons for a Bryce Courtenay book except perhaps other Courtenay books.
It would be easier to tell you what I didn't like: nothing! Bower should be required listening for all narrators.
If I hadn't required some sleep, it would have been a one-sitting book.
This was my third Bryce Courtenay book and it was as wonderful as the other two. Based on readers comments, I have not yet listened to the third part of this trilogy. Although I probably will at some future time, if I don't the first two books are still perfect. I can't recomment Courtenay enough.
I didn't think I would be happy with a WKK book that left out most of the usual characters and was not set in familiar Minnesota but of course I shouldn't have worried. There was still the same suspense, albeit with mostly new people. Actually, I kind of wish Cork could have stayed with his cousin and her son and that Dina would become his assistant. The story has such interesting characters that I might miss more than the Aurora citizens,. But I I assume we'll be headed back to the Boundary Waters area and I'll love that too.
Suspenseful, Mesmerizing, Addictive
Krueger's characters form a great ensemble and each is important and interesting. The townspeople, the Native Americans, the kids - I enjoy the stories told be all of them.
He has one of those wonderful narrator voices: easy to follow and just enough character variation.
This series was recommended to me by a friend a few weeks ago. I'm starting Book 5 now and I don't see an end to my addiction. I started reading the first book because I am a Minnesotan and my husband grew up on one of the reservations up north. Now I'm so hooked! I've never read books that kept me on the edge of my achair as much as these do. If you like good stories with a mystery twist, try one of these.
Maybe - in several years. I don't usually re-read books.
It was a wonderful ensemble of characters. It's difficult to choose a standout.
No. This is the first time I have heard him read, and he is absolutely perfect for the book.
I have read primarily mysteries since my first Nancy Drew a long time ago, so I'm suspicious when starting a new author. It's a good thing I'm retired, because my eyes are bleary from trying to read the book in one sitting. I'll be reading the series til the end. Living in Minnesota, and being married to a man who grew up in O'Connor's territory (his family still lives there) there was the familiarity of home. Although "home" has never been as threatening.
Unfortunately there's no way to know about a book until you read it. Reviews give you some idea, but the book may still be one you don't like. That's the case here.
Of the genre, no. Of this series, oh my yes! I was going to ask that someone send me the name of the villain, but after a few more chapters, I just don't care.
I would not have chosen Mr. Gardner to narrate, but as he was chosen, I wish he had decided between just reading the book and providing voices. I didn't think his voice fit with the heavy Germanic characters.
For those who like it, sure. For me, this is my first and last.
I found the book very slow moving with a bizarre cast of characters. I listened for several hours, so I think I gave it a fair trial.
Yes. It's the funniest "Royal Spyness" book I've read.
It can be compared only to the other "Royal Spyness" books.
Georgie's mother, or maybe Coco Chanel (yes, that one) or maybe Noel Coward (yes, that one too).
It made me laugh a lot. The interaction between Georgie and her mother is priceless, and one-upping her snobby sister-in-law, Fig, is delightful. Georgie's maid continues to be totally incompetent, and her grandfather comes running when he thinks his beloved granddaughter is in trouble - which she is, most of the time.
Katherine Kellgren does a fine job of narrating the book, except for those characters with a French accent. Some of her pronounciations really reminded me of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau. (If you know the movies, you'll recognize "rheum".)
The whole story would have to be scrapped and started over. Hamish was more boring than I ever knew him to be, and the lack of participation by Loch Dubh citizens was very noticeable.
Hamish's assistant, Dick. His furnishing of the station, his cooking and cleaning, made me chuckle. He's not much of an assistant, but he's a heck of a wife. Graeme Malcolm is the real bright spot in this book. He is an awesome reader. He makes a good book better and a less than good book readable.
Heavens no! This is the first time I haven't read a Marion Chesney book in one sitting. But having a cranky Hamish as the central character really changed the tone of the story.
I will continue to read the Hamish Macbeth books because this is the first I have not liked. Ms. Chesney has so many series going, I don't know how she keeps the characters straight, much less tell a good story.
I enjoy Anne Perry's description of London in an earlier time, and I love her detective couple Thomas and Charlotte Pitt.
I liked all the characters, especially some of the people who are only in this story. Charlotte tends to get on my nerves a bit, but I still like her.
Don't have a favorite
Although this is a good story, Ms. Perry is a bit long-winded. By the time I got to the last chapters, I was honestly thinking about fast-forwarding to get to the solution. I was also surprised that Thomas wasn't more prominent. He's there, but just. Charlotte and Dr. Shaw eventually made me want to scream, "Stop it or run away together!"
I will continue to read Anne Perry books because this is the first I've had any complaint with, and the stories are always wonderful.
Yes. Anne Perry is always worthwhile reading, even in a shorter book like this one.
This was less Christmasy than I expected, but it still was a good read. Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, visits New York and almost instantly becomes involved in a murder. As good as any other Anne Perry book, just more compact.
What a surprise!
A very good narrator. I'll look for more books she's narrated.
No, but there were a few that made me laugh, particularly the carriage chase. It was a perfect vehicle (no pun intended) for the cast of characters to once again remind you of their parts in the tale.
I started with Hamish Macbeth and progresed to Agatha Raisin, loving every book of both series. I just found the "House" series and can't believe I actually read and liked a romance! Mysteries are my favorites, but Beaton/Chesney captured my attention once again. I don't know if I'll continue with the series, since I found so many others that she's written, but I'm really glad I read "The Miser of Mayfair". I met some delightful new characters and found myself enjoying a genre I have shied away from for many years. It must be the writer, right?
I don't read printed books and I wish this question would go away..
Clint Bunsen, of course. He is the perfect person on which to build this story. He is put upon by most of the town, but suffers in silence and always gets at least a bit of revenge. I especially liked the reactionis of the usual participants in the parade when Clint outsted them. Mr. Berge and the bachelor farmers are priceless.
See above answer.
Of course. All Keillor books keep you engrossed. I not only read it in one sitting, I read it twice. And I laughed just as hard the second time.
"Liberty" is the story of the 4th of July parade in Lake Wobegon. Clint Bunsen has had the job of putting the parade (and the living flag) together for many years, but this year may be his last. His ideas for updating the parade are not welcomed, but without his help, the committee finds itself in trouble quickly.
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