Deborah Crombie, along with Louise Penny, is certainly on the list of my favourite detective writers - and she does not disappoint this time. Each of her books usually has a new theme, a twist, a focus - opera, antiquities, history of London Docks etc. In this case, it is rowing. Narration is very pleasant as well, no criticism here. If you are a fan of cosy British mysteries with flavour of local history, I highly recommend this book
First of all, let me say that I adore the actor who read it. This is the first time that I could identify every single character simply by the way they speak, even before 'XXX said' would come (and there are a lot of characters). Mark Meadows does a great job of impersonating different people, men as well as women, and it is not ridiculous or annoying as such 'voice change' can get sometimes when you hear grown men trying to do a woman's voice. The reading was exquisite.
That said, I almost gave up on the book. It feels like a sort of book I would like, but in the end I decided that it was simply not audiobook material: the plot and writing are to complex to perceive without having the text in front of your eyes. Especially in the last chapters, where action happens very quickly and almost exclusively in very complicated sentences in form of chapter summaries. The plot jumps back and forth, there are a lot of descriptions, philosophical reveries and flashbacks, and it's simply too hard too follow by ear. There were a lot of spots where I thought, I love this quote! Wonderfully said! but the story was already moving forward, and I could neither enjoy the turn of phrase properly, no catch up to the stuff that happened in three seconds past.
So all in all, I recommend you to buy the paper version of the book, or alternatively, really concentrate on listening (not next to cooking/running as I usually do, and definitely not in bed, because you'll surely fall asleep and miss a million of plot turns)
Donna Tartt is wonderful: I love how the story dips in and out of the past, relating the plot not in a linearly manner, but also not through simple old flashbacks. It's much more complicated than than, woven into a perfect canvas just like a real memory.
But please, dear producers, was it so hard to find a reader with a rudimentary knowledge of Russian, or even ask a consultant to explain the pronunciation? If it were a sentence or two, I'd understand, but a good deal of conversation in the book is supposed to be Russian! It doesn't occur to anyone to give Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books to a reader who speaks no word of French; why did poor Goldfinch deserve to be slaughtered that way?
You will enjoy the book if you like reading about the north of England landscapes and if you're looking for something similar to Simon Beckett or early Katy Reichs. The story is not nearly as suspensful as Beckett's, but you will find all the usual gory medical details, and a bit of campus romantic thrown in. All in all a decent read, although I wouldn't list it as a 'best of' anything.
I cannot say that I enjoyed the book. It is not gripping or particularly well-written. The performance is fine, but the actor, whose voice is very well suited to the character, cannot save the lukewarm story. There is a fair amount of chasing, killing, climbing the cliffs, chopping off hands, and other thriller elements; and yet they utterly fail to excite the reader. I would've given up listening after the first couple of hours, but this was the only audiobook available to me this month and I really need something to listen to while I jog, so I finished it. I'm sorry to say the rest was just as bland as the beginning.
It's not possible to write a spoiler because nothing remotely surprising happens in the second half of the book. First half is not particularly inventive either, but at least the reader is still getting to know the characters so he is not completely bored. I've fallen asleep listening to this book more often than with any other audiobook ever before.
A thriller which is based on the theme of devil possession but will also appeal to a reader who is not religious. In fact, the protagonist himself is presented as an atheist who struggles to reconcile his world view with the terrible events that keep hinting at church teachings. This storyline, however, is more subtle and not so in-you-face as in Cottam's other book, and not irritating at all. The novel is dynamic, expertly interweaves the past and the present, and keeps one on the edge of his chair. The characters are likeable enough, but not so very much that you would get depressed for days when they die :) The narrator does a really good job, too. On the whole, I recommend it to those who like fairly easy reading, but good quality and with a thrill
I cannot really say anything about the story since I could not bear to listen to it for longer than 10 minutes. The quality of the recording is bad, as if it was poorly digitized from an old tape. Admittedly English is not my mother tongue, but I never had any problems understanding audiobooks; and with this one I couldn't catch half of what the narrator says!
And for some reason return does not work. My first bad experience with you, Audible :(
One of the best criminal thrillers, definitely. Keeps you on the edge of your chair and does it by elegant psychological means, not by resorting to guns and chases
pretty much anyone. He takes some getting used to so that you even concentrate enough to understand what he says - Text-to-Voice in Kindle would be about as good. It gets better later in the book, though, so bear with him. The story is worth it!
Ghosts among us
McMahon is great, as always. The book keeps you in suspense, and the interweaving of two storylines, the past and the present, is very well done. It is another scary story about terrible things that happen to little girls who live in small towns... I highly recommend Don't breathe a word by the same author, it is a masterpiece!
I usually like Koontz's thrillers, but everything gets old after a while. I wish he stepped away from the 'global conspiracy theory' plot for once! Also I think th ebook is too long for this story - I wish it were faster paced
It failed to catch my interest. Not a page-turner at any point
nothing against audible or the actor - the performance was great! it is story that I found disappointing
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