Half way through part one it appeared the author decided to "phone it in". Really, really not worth a credit.
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.
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.
The humor - really funny. The characters - Jamie and Alec are really enjoyable.
Yes, it was predictable and followed a formula. But it was quite enjoyable and not totally unbelievable - not totally. It gives you what you are looking for in a "romance novel" - sex and the fantasy man who wants his woman - a nice surprise
It made me laugh
A perfectly pleasant way to spend a long drive or do nothing day.
One of the best - top ten
The story of Daniel and Martha
She is a great reader. Each character is perfectly defined by her accents and inflections. Loved her
I listened to the whole series in just over a week. It was a wonderful story with great characters and real adventures. This genre was never a choice for me before but I was hooked quickly and hated to see it end. This final book was a good ending - but I did have a few lingering questions - perhaps another hour or so would have been able to tie up Ethan's character, or Lily and Simon's story. Or perhaps another few books.....Otherwise, it didn't seem to rush. After listening to all the stories, you are left missing the characters and their stories when it ends. A truly wonderful saga.
Not sure it wants to be a 4 or 5 star book
None - it was completely abridged except for the "romance" parts.
The writer was recommended by an older woman (like me in her sixties) after I enjoyed Outlander and The Discovery of Witches - a totally different type of literature I'd ever read before. I thought it would be a nice little driving distraction. I found myself laughing at the pretense, the dialogue and the characters. This book is why I don't like romance novels. I will say that if you're looking for a little light porn, it is probably not a bad way to go. Just don't confuse it with a love story.
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