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I've listened to most of the series now and have enjoyed it immensely. This was the first book that was a bit of a disappointment in that it wasn't as meaty with problems for the lady detective to solve. The beginning was so slow - the pace was simply not like his prior books in the series..
Absolutely. McCall Smith has done what many have not - combined moral and ethical people with interesting adventures without one bit of moralizing. His insight into friendships and the interelationships between spouses is spot on. I've learned some social skills as I witness this lady detective moving through her world making it a better place. In short, these are interesting and entertaining stories with a conscious.
She's very consistent. I feel that I know the characters very well through her interpretations.
Wisdom among friends
I listen to books while going to sleep so I don't like anything heavy or too exciting. These books give me entertainment with purpose. I love this series and am sorry to be coming closer to the end of it. However, I want to see the quality as consistent as the reader.
Someone who doesn't mind being led on a wild goose chase with an obvious murderer
I love reading about things to do with Paris - it was the mystery writing that was the downfall.
No but I sure knew who was who throughout with both readers.
I would have not taken such a cheap shot and chose the obvious as the murderer.
It reads like a series - there's no updating so you'd better read the series, if any, in order. I didn't care enough to check. I gave this book a good three hours. I give up.
Something lighter with more intriguing characters.
Flat and cold.
No way. I have better things to do.
It successfully put me to sleep countless times.
It's such a long book with characters running around the countryside and missing each other. The reader knocked himself out to portray all the different characters - he succeeded.
I've already listened to Sense and Sensibility again and again. I ordered this new version in order to fully experience the storytelling that Kindle speech leaves wanting. Jane Austin's characters are well-developed and their actions ring true. The narrator breathes a veritable rainbow of colors into the humanity of each character. I find that each Austin character is presented for the purpose of developing the reader's understanding of people and life. I always find I can learn something new each time I listen. In this age of let-it-all-hang-out, this book is most appropriate because it teaches us that "governing" one's feelings - learning how to keep feelings in check - allows time for another's qualities to surface in various life situations. It also allows events to come about and shows us that sometimes, life rights itself. In this book, we witness the effects on the lives of each character as they apply either "sense" to their situation or "sensibility" (emotion) to handling their relationships and life situations. "Sense, " we see, takes patience, a virtue that seems in short supply these days. Jumping into bed in order to get to "know" someone is shallow at best. By not developing patience and wanting things now, now, now, we are short-changing ourselves. We never quite allow a relationship (or an actor or an artist or a you-name-it) to reach full potential. Instead we go off and start new relationships and, as shown by the divorce rate, we wind up failing much of the time. This book shows both sides of the coin as well as a way out of the relationship treadmill. For me, this book is the ultimate relationship book. It holds as true and appropriate for today as it must have been for the 1800's. It's worth the time and several readings and listenings to gain all its riches.
I love the character of Elinor because she has more "sense" and self-possession than any other character which allows her to be fully present to observe those around her with accuracy. She sees beyond the glitter. I came to trust her judgment and admire her patience and forebearance. She is a true heroin for money and relationships do not come easy to her but she is the better for it because she does not allow emotions to rule her. Instead, she has developed the "sense" to allow life to unfold rather than seek immediate gratification. In the end, Elinor reaps the rewards of a fulfilling life.
No, but I look forward to hearing more from her.
Making sense in a world gone instant gratification
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