Horrible narration - horrible production. Totally improbable storyline. Terrible dialogue. I really don't get all the positive reviews. Just can't finish it - and I really tried.
Actually, I'm pretty sure this is the worst.... simply the worst story ever. Mr. Ferguson does a laudable job - but there is simply no depth to this book - at all. Ridiculous - and I have read plenty of bad books. This is the worst.
I've enjoyed this series - especially the switch between the historical and the modern day. I prefer Kate Reading - she being the narrator will often convince me to listen. But Justine Eyre is not bad at all - in fact I think she did a very nice job. I liked her reading of Eloise better in fact. The story is a bit slow in the beginning but picks up. As many of the reviewers have noted, I prefer the earlier episodes to this one but will probably continue the series. Her characters are fun and well developed - though in this one they are not as entertaining as in the previous books. This is fun and well read but not as good, or funny, as previous installments.
I love Amelia Peabody and nobody could "do" her like Ms. Rosenblat does. I rushed through book one so I could hear this installment read by one of my favorite narrators. I was not disappointed! Within a few minutes I had a smile plastered on my face - where it stayed during the entire story. All the characters come alive. Brilliant, brilliant brilliant!
I was a bit put off by the "Valley Girl" dialogue from (mostly) the "mean girls", and the portrayal of them is fairly one dimensional. However, I loved the back and forth between the past and the present investigation. It has Tana French's touch with building characters, and developing them - even in the length of only one day. It was not as suspenseful as some earlier installments, but the frustration and tension felt by the detectives was palpable. I found myself changing my mind about the culprit's identity several times. Lara Hutchinson was hard to understand but she was adequate. Mr. Hogan did have an odd interpretation of one of the girls; though over all I think he did a very good job.
Not my favorite in the series (Book Three), but it did not disappoint - neither in the build up nor the end. I am looking forward to the next installment.
I was able to finish Island of Glass, but at times laughed out loud at the formatted (and a bit modern) dialogue. I finally decided that the story was written with a writers' program, or was actually a children's novel with sex added. The actual story was ok, or I would not have been able to finish it; but the narrative and dialogue was awkward and simplistic. Very unbelievable.
Hate to judge, as Ms. Le Vegue appears to be a successful writer. But I'll not be tackling the third installment.
And by the way, forget the epilogue. That actually made me mad enough to bother with a review.
Yes - I have already done so. The narration is wonderful; the story is powerful.Presenting it as five - six narratives (sometimes of the same event) connects you to the characters and to the story in a way that one perspective could not.
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen comes to mind in that it covers several years of a relationship with multiple points of view.
I did not read the book, so I can not tell how it would have been different. However, the narrator who performed creepy Kent's character made my skin crawl. The presentation of Orion, Annie and Andrew was very vivid. I don't think reading their narratives would have been the same.
I think perhaps it was Andrew, though I connected the most with Orion. Andrew surprised me - he was a great guy hidden behind the facade of dogmatic religiosity. As your understanding of him evolves, he becomes someone you really like and root for - and remember.
I've read (listened to) all of Wally Lamb's books and loved them all. This story could have been trite - in that one of the themes is over used in books and movies - but it was not trite. The characters are written with three dimensions - not all good, and not all bad. I will continue to think of them for a while.
I loved this story! The performance was wonderful! This is a great love story... not the typical romance.
As with the other Kinsale books I've enjoyed, the two main characters are interesting and complex. The secondary characters are also well developed. The story is unveiled skillfully and I enjoyed it completely. The story had similar themes as Prince of Midnight and Flowers from the Storm - wherein the main character is in a struggle for recovery or redemption. Ms. Kinsale's characters are not drawn from the model of male or female perfection; they evolve through the course of the story.
This is a sweet love story that takes place over a number of years; there is a bit of adventure and a nice bit of romance.
And, as always, Boulton's narration alone is worth the credit.
Half way through part one it appeared the author decided to "phone it in". Really, really not worth a credit.
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