I really tried to like this book. I just didn't. I found it didn't hold my attention. I didn't care about the characters or what happened to them.
No, I have plenty of other books to listen to, but I did enjoy this one.
I really wish the author had lived long enough to write more books in this series. I think it would have made for an excellent series.
I wanted to believe this book. I really did. If the child were not the child of a minister I might have found it more believable. It is a nice story, but for me it came off as just that, a story.
For me to enjoy a book I have to care about the characters and what happens to them. I never felt connected to the characters or the story line. I bought the book because it was the first in a series and I am always looking for a series to enjoy. This isn't one for me. One caution for anyone is that the copyright for this book was 1964 and you may find the technology and attitudes to be a little archaic.
I used to love these books. I couldn't wait until the next one came out. But the last couple of books lacked any substance. The story wasn't compelling. Also the writing which is mostly question and answer style, got too repetitive and boring.
Spoiler Warning: In this particular story the fact that ALL of the various story lines came together was just too far fetched for me. I had figured out what was the problem with "Candy" early in the book and just waiting for Tempe to get it.
I love the Ryan character and the fact that he made a cameo in this book also irritated me.
Anyway, I'm done with the Tempe books. I'll use my time with something that is entertaining.
This is a long book. It is interesting, but not interesting enough to spend another 17+ hours with.
This plot has many twists and red herrings. I really enjoyed the misdirection, only to be misdirected again and again.
Paul Michael did an excellent job with the book. Each character was well defined and the accents were spot on.
I really don't like being lectured, and unfortunately, Brown has a tendency to do just that. When he lectures about art and symbolism, I find it less offensive, because they are subjects I know little about. When the lecture moves to world problems such as over population, I just want to tune it out. I get it, but there's nothing I can do about it.
If you've listened to Lorelei King read a Stephanie Plum book, avoid this one at all costs. The reader changes pronunciation of names, runs sentences together, doesn't change her voice for each character, and is generally not very good. Because it is an abridged version it lacks the laughs that the other books have. I wish I hadn't bought this one.
I enjoyed this book at the beginning. The story kept my attention for more than half. Then it falls apart. My real problem with the book is that too many characters are just too stereotypical. First we have the orphan. Then there is the kind, (large) Mama--reminds me of Mammy (complete with RED head scarf) and her husband George. Marshall is the alcoholic, too mean, son. The overseer is evil, the tutor is evil, etc. etc. etc. I found the book getting tedious and couldn't wait for the end.
I enjoyed this history of the English language. It is well narrated. If you have an interest in this subject, this book does an excellent job in telling it from the beginning to today.
I find the history of the English language to be fascinating, so when I saw this book I thought it was perfect for me. It wasn't. It is more a history of English grammar than of words and I found it difficult to follow the grammar by just listening. Many of the points made were very interesting, but if I could have seen the words rather than just hearing them I probably would have understood it better. You have to be an English teacher (I was) or someone really interested in how languages differ (a linguist) to understand and enjoy this one.
I bought this book on the "try the first in a series" sale. I was not disappointed. It was an interesting listen from beginning to end. I liked the characters, but was really interested in the look back at forensic science in the 80s.
I was impressed with the red herrings the author used to try to deflect suspicion from one character to the next, but it still turned out to be the one I thought from the beginning. And yet, there were many twists that kept me interested.
I would like to say more, especially about all the characters, but if I do I'll give away the ending. I liked it well enough to get the second book in the series.
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