This isn't my favorite series, but it was an okay listen. It is written in an old "gumshoe" style, which is not my preference when I choose a mystery. A little more interesting, however, is that it is Italian. The performance was generally passable, but some accents quite odd: including one character made to sound New York/New Jersey. That was weird and a bit distracting when he had "dialogue". If you like gumshoe, you might like this better than I did. The "mystery" of it was competent.
This is a very interesting story filled with a variety of characters who generate an array of emotional reactions in the listener. Characters are not clearly good or bad, which made them all the more human. Because of this, I was never certain how things would turn out, but kept listening with an eagerness to find out. Such intense reactions were generated by the storytelling that I would, at times, comment aloud about the actions, or inactions, of a character. I have a colleague who wanted a daily update on the progress of the story, through to its end. This isn't the usual genre of books for me, but I certainly liked this one a lot! Having a good tale to tell, the performers brought it all the more to life.
Having read On the Beach years ago, I was uncertain about this Shute novel. I wasn't in the mood for serious and depressing. Turns out that this is a highly engaging, sweet and satisfying novel about an improbable quest made believable. I had trouble putting this one down between listens! The performance really brought it to life, too.
This was a charming Christmas tale made all the more entertaining by Alan Cumming's performance. It is classic Conan Doyle, but a bit lighter than are some of his narratives. Thank you, Audible!
For Karin Slaughter fans, this book provides the "backstory" for critical recurring characters, including revelation of the links that are implied in previous books, but not defined. This particular tale, bouncing back and forth from past to present, does a wonderful job of more fully developing the players we thought we knew. And, of course, the reader also is hooked into following the search, through time, for a heinous killer. Narration is excellent. I like to finish the "listening" and, in talking about the book to others, can't remember whether it was one I read or enjoyed on Audible! This book does not disappoint.
It's hard to believe this is a first novel! The story starts fast and doesn't slow down. It's a "mystery" true to the Victorian Scotland Yard genre, but it keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. That's pretty amazing since the reader knows "who done it" pretty much from the beginning. Usually a listener only while driving, I did more gardening and cooking just so that I would have a good excuse to strap on my iPhone and keep listening. Some reviewers complained of the slow reading by the narrator. I think that his performance was just fine! With the fast pace of the action, had he also rushed his reading, or been overly dramatic, I would have been worn out! I hope this isn't Alex Grecian's last tale.
No. Good listen once, but more serious material than usual.
The interweaving of dialogue as performed by Sedaris and his sister.
I usually prefer listening to David solo, but use of Amy's voice really enhanced these essays.
Don't want to be a spoiler, but there more bittersweet moments in these tales than David generally delivers.
Abe kicks butt.
Grahame-Smith creatively weaves fact and outrageous fiction into an engaging, suspenseful and amusing story. He really--uh--brings Abraham Lincoln to life!
This book is chock-full of scene after scene of almost nonstop action, so choosing just one as a "favorite" is not possible! What I liked best was how the author used fantasy to re-interpret and "explain" history.
Loved it. Can't you tell?
The characters were likeable and the story engaging enough to hold my interest, so I might try another book by Monica Ferris in the future when I run out of books in my favorite series or by my more preferred authors.
Most interesting: it is set in a yarn shop.
Least interesting: it is set in a yarn shop.
Susan Boyce read well enough, but I thought she made some of the characters sound much older than they were described. I'm in my 50s and I don't think I sound like an old woman!
This book is the first of the Needlecraft series. I love the clever titles.
The book is worth a try. I liked it well enough to consider listening to more of the series in the future. I didn't like it well enough to immediately work my way through all of them right now, one after the other.
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