Great series, this time set in deepest darkest Scotland near Balmoral. I love Georgiana, trying to make her way in the world in the midst of the Depression--despite the fact that the only useful skill she has ever been taught is where to seat a bishop at dinner, and her family's only expectation is that she make a good match, even if it means marrying "Fish Face". I loved the scene of her misadventure in advertising! And I can totally relate to her klutz instinct. Nonetheless, she never gives up, no matter how deranged the murderer! The narration by Katherine Kellgren is excellent and really brings the story to life. I'm truly in awe of her ability to slip from the Queen's English to Scottish brogue to Midlands flat to Cockney rhyming slang to Irish rogue to American nasal all so brilliantly and with such ease. Lots of fun!
Leaving in the unvarnished authors' notes to each other is certainly original, but I'm not sure that in the end it was such a good idea. It doesn't show either one in the best light, and perhaps is proof that reconnecting with exes is a bad idea. The story itself ended up being passable, despite the fact that you get to see Lutz and Hayward wrestling over everything throughout. But the Spellmans series is better.
I read this after reading "Master of the Senate" because I was hooked on Caro's analysis of power--it's acquisition, it's manipulation, and what happens when a leader no longer has power. "Master of the Senate" was about how LBJ transformed what used to be considered a nothing job--Senate majority leader--into a bastion of power. It's a wonderful description of how--and why--he then used all of his talents at manipulating his power to pass the 1957 Civil Rights Act. In "The Passage of Power," LBJ has become JFK's vice president--a position with no power under which he chafes, until he is suddenly elevated to power by the assassination. And it gives fascinating insights into the LBJ-RFK feud. I can't wait for Caro's next volume in the series on the Vietnam War. I only wish the first two volumes of the series were available in an Audible format.
And speaking of Audible, I can't imagine a better narrator that Grover Gardner. He narrated both "Master of the Senate" and "The Passage of Power" superbly. I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to other books he's narrated. And I hope that if they do decide to record the first two books of Caro's LBJ series, that they pick Gardner to read them.
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