Yes, after awhile I may listen again. It is only 5 hours, pleasant narrator voice, & set in the Scottish Highlands.
It was a good story told without gore or heavy sex. It is set in one of my favorite regions (Scottish Highlands) & peopled with clever villagers & Police Constable Hamish Macbeth.
Malcolm is a great voice for Hamish Macbeth and manages the different accents and genders as a pro.
In several places I did laugh out loud. The book evokes pleasant memories of traveling in Scotland.
I did not return the book, it wasn't that bad. The story is predicable and comfortable in the way an episode of a favorite TV series is enjoyable even though one is familiar with the formula. In the descriptions of sexual scenes it is a little more explicit than I prefer but one knows it is expected in Patterson's books and is there to sell.
The book's theme seems to exemplify the axiom that "pretty is as pretty does". Patterson in The Beach House discribes life between locals and visitors in the Hamptons as what's pretty on the outside is not necessarily pretty on the inside. To keep all the characters straight it is good to have a good narrator and Gil Bellows fits the bill.
It is not a waste of a credit as long as your expectations are appropriately low.
Hailed by reviewers as the like of Larsson, Nesbo, and Mankel, I found Kepler much more graphic, explicit, and depressing in Scandinavia setting & Nordic dark irrational crime. Scenes are described in matter-of-fact phrases even when describing horrific mayhem, child abuse, incest, graphic sex, and adultery. I found the descriptions too disturbing.
The story is a complex plot shifting from 3rd to 1st person narration and forward and backward in time. The narrator Bramhall helps keep the number of characters straight and is a good voice for Keplar's book.
The violence and details are too much for me. I prefer buying another Jussi Adler-Olsen mystery.
Beautiful descriptions of the English "Peak District" and village life are a major part of the story. I enjoyed Booth's handling of the police procedural side, police inter-office relations, and personal village life. The search for the murder/s is step by step interesting and not a "hard-boiled" gritty murder mystery that makes me depressed after reading. I want to listen to more of Booth's books.
Roger's narration is great for the story. His voices are not distracting but distinctive to the characters and easy to listen to for the duration.
Well written and imaginative with excellent narration. The story slows a bit with psychological introspection but everything has a purpose. I loved listening to the Irish accent and O'Neill has an enchanting singing voice. It is a good continuation of the Cassie character from "In the Woods", but I don't believe it necessary to have read "In the Woods" prior to reading "The Likeness". It is a good, strong GP story.
“Typically James, an excellently written novel and classic mystery. Good description of scenes so the reader knows exactly where they are and what is happening. No sidetracking into romantic or sexual situations, James is all about the mystery and the characters. Keating is an exceptional narrator with all the characters to distinguish he does a great job.
"Fear in the Forest", is actually #7 in this series but the1st one I read. I had no trouble on this account to catch-up with the story. I like history which there is good detail of 1195 English history: absence of King Richard I, drip down politics of loyalties between King Richard and his brother John, outlaws and nuns, lifestyles of the not so rich nor so famous. A good book.
I marked down the story to 3 stars only because of the story. It is good, but not suspenseful. I did like the scene of the big fight in the forest. Knight is a coroner in this century and uses his obvious love of science and history to write an accurate story. The narration is perfect. It would rate a movie "G" as it only implies bawdiness of the Medieval Ages.
I will buy another Knight book, "The Witch Hunter" is the next in the Crowner John series. And I will listen to it when I am in a history mood.
Art, betrayal, and murder.
Not exactly on the edge, but I did want to keep on listening to all the action.
In Paris, when Flavia comes back from a night out and describes her adventures. It is comic.
Difficult to say but I think there is an element of a "bait and switch" to the story. So maybe that would be the tag line. If a movie, it would definitely be rated G for General audiences. This book reminds me of the Cary Grant movie "Charade" in its feel and tone.
This is the second Pears book I have listened to and throughly enjoyed his humor and cleverness in dealing with some serious subjects. I have learned something from every Pears art mystery book with that "spoonful of sugar" he uses in his writing. Howard is a great narrator for these books as he sounds so academic and authoritarian when that is the last way I picture the character Argyll.
Doubtful. If I do buy another Elizabeth George audiobook/book, it would only be after a complete research into the plot.
A cosy mystery.
She is very professional and does a good job separating the characters by voice.
No. Only If abridged so that the strong foul language and sexual story bits are eliminated then it might have a murder mystery plot. .
None of the reviews nor the story summary I read prepared me or warned me of the explicit adult subjects in the book: homosexuality, transsexuals, adultery, and child pornography.
It has to be the best... with the word pictures painted by Ewan & enacted by the excellent voice of Simon Vance, nothing could have been better.
Charlie Howard no doubt! It was suggested he was a smooth cheeky thief like a Gary Grant character, & that's true. He is the most likable thief since Grant's "To Catch A Thief".
Not to give anything away, but the several forays across the roof tops of Paris were most nostalgic & picturesque.
Yes, the scenes it inspired made me laugh out loud!
I took a chance on spending a credit on an author unfamiliar to me but I liked the idea of the story, the reviews were good, & Vance does't do bad books!
This is # 2 in the "Good Thief's Guide to... " series. It can stand alone on it's own merits, I chose it for the setting in Paris. It is a great comic mystery for a change from the more serious British mysteries I listen to/read. I had just finished Phil Rickman's "To Dream of the Dead" which I enjoyed but needed a well written, lighthearted, romp & this was perfect. A definite G rating like an old Cary Grant movie, worthy of a whole family listen. I have since added to my library all of the Ewan books that are on Audible.
This is a good mystery enriched with many characters & subjects but be advised & read the "Merrily Watkins" series books by Rickman in reading order. This is not what I did but wish I had. The books are not yet identified as a series on Audible. You may refer to Rickman's author's page on Amazon.com for the correct order. This was my first encounter with Rickman's books but won't be my last.
"To Dream of the Dead" is a sign of rain & the weather is character in this book. The book is #10 in the series & is complicated with many characters & details of local history, geography, weather, & current political/social interests in England. It is beyond good fiction, it is involving. Many contrasts are involved in the plot, such as between Christianity & other beliefs like paganism & atheism and between traditional & modern police work. It is a detective, amateur sleuth (a female Anglican priest), & supernatural murder mystery. It took awhile for me to catch up to the story all the while feeling a like an outsider. I put some of my confusion down to the narration which I found at times monotone but acceptable. The effort to stay with it was worth the trouble as the story is a well written adult themed but not explicitly graphic novel.
After finishing the book, I did some research on the author, Phil Rickman. I discovered he has quite a following. Some interesting examples of his fans' attentions are; a discussion group on yahoo, a link on his author page to a tour of places in the Merrily Watkins series, & folk music for sale & sung by a book character. All the attention may be deserved as I enjoyed the mysteries & intellectual questions posed in "To Dream of the Dead". I may start back at the first or switch to his Middle Ages series but I look forward to experiencing more of Rickman's books.
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