My guess is that the peoples of scandinavian countries either have a lot of time on their hands or are just essentially deep thinkers. This book is a fine example. Well written, and well read, I thought I had it scoped out but it surely took twists and turns I never anticipated. I found it riveting and often found myself at a destination, killing time to find a good place to stop listening.
Even though murder mysteries are not my primary favorite genre, I will be looking for Jo Nesbo again and will pickup whatever he writes.
In short: excellent in every way.
at first I was not sure that I wanted to listen to a novel based primarily on cross dressing and the gay life. I am sure glad I didn't give in to that initial attitude. riviting, inciteful and real. My only regret is that it was not written 20 years earlier.
an interplay between an adolescent girl, and her family at the turn of the 20th century.
Story left me cold, and story never went anywhere.
Well written, however.
I am not much of a love story kind of guy,and at the beginning I almost quit, but this is a lovely little yarn, engaging without being too intense. A good listen.
Told from the point of view of Hemingway's first wife, this is an interesting embellishment on what we already know about Hemingway. Certainly the dialog is fictional, but it seems real and beleivable. Well read and very real.
I guess when I bought this, I did not realize that it was non fiction.
Shortly after begining, I noticed odd parallels with Out of Africa, which set me to some research. I was stunned to learn the relationship between these two amazing women.
I highly recommend this to anyone interested in womens studies or the early colonialization of Africa.
The story is so amazing in parts as to be nearly unbeleivable, in context of our current times. But this is not about our current time, it is about a time long gone when the world was in transition.
A superior story. The performace is good, if a little jerky in spots. However the performance is realistic, and you do hear the story from the voice of an aged woman, which lends credence to the tale.
I highly recommend this book.
This is an interesting little flight of fancy, that is rather too long for the concept. A charming love story when it finally gets around to it, but I found the constant repitition of elaborate fantastic magical constructions to become tedious. The story itself takes a long backseat to the discussion of the fantastical illusions. Better to have trimmed them and gotten on with the show, so to say.
I found the story line in this novel to be compelling and realistic from my understanding of the period involved. The performance was excellent and the characters for the most part believable.
It begins and ends at the same spot, and the difference in your own emotions at these two points is dramatic.
An interesting read, interesting concept, a fictional biography written by an unidentified hand. Its a detailed character study of one english individual and his few successes and many failings, buffeted about by the events of the 20th century.
You can empasize with him, but by the end I found him a curiously ackward and sightless individual, for all his experience and learning.
The plot winds on well, but you can tell that the author has written himself into corners at several locations and thus must resort to impluasable and jarring plot twists to get onto a reasonable track again, and some of those tracks run aground pretty quickly.
Well read, easy listening.
I guess in its time this must have been quite a book, but now it just drags on and on with little purpose. I finally gave up waiting for something of substance and got a different book.
An interesting and nearly terrifying concept, but the book left me and my partner feeling curiously unfulfilled. I felt the book had great potential, but certain threads simply disappeared, and the main reason for the entire plot when completely explained at the end, made absolutely no sense.
The book is wonderfully read but overlong for the somewhat poorly developed plot. This is not the best thriller available,I'd rather suggest Lovely Bones or some such as a better alternative if you are looking for a thriller.
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