Despite the "heavy" story lines entwining cancer and murder, this was a delightful "light read." While the humans are trying to figure our what's going on in their town, so are the animals who seems to always be a step ahead because they pay attention. Love the way Rita Mae gets the 2 species to intermingle. Gave me a fresh perspective to my own critters, 2 rescue felines. They talk and I am listening with fresh ears now. The narration seemed a bit stilted at times but did convey the the flavor of the central Virginia area, and that brought back memories, having lived in CVille for some years in the 1990s.
I am halfway through this listen and find the story fascinating, the descriptives of Alaska and its inhabitants a century ago incredible. However, the reader Noah Waterman reads so fast, like he can't wait to get it over with, so that the grandeur of the descriptives are lost in speed, the flavor and ambience I had expected are washed away in hurry hurry hurry. I do plan to stay with this to the end but I was sorely disappointed. Being a long-time user of audiobooks, this is the first one I wish I had passed up. I am planning to read the book so I can savor John Muir's adventures, allowing the time to process and experience the mental imagery of a place still so beautiful, in words it is indescribable.
Having become addicted to the movie Julie & Julie, when I saw this I knew it was a must read. I love to cook but don't do much anymore, not much into cookbooks or fine dining, and never really was a fan of the only side of Julia Child I ever knew - the TV cook show persona but now, well into the second third of this book, I wish I had paid more attention to those cooking shows of hers. A delightful book about a delightful woman, The reader Kim Farr at times, either intentionally or naturally, hits that quirky falsetto voice of Julia and reads so well that I seldom even think about the voice but can picture Julia moving along in her life, getting to know her family, what an adventuresome woman she was for her time, seeing her in a kitchen, taking classes with GIs at the Le Cordon Bleu, her personal and spiritual growth through her life, etc, much gleaned from correspondence between Julia and others and Julia's husband, Paul Child, and his brother. A passing reference was made to a prior biography, which I might attempt to locate after finishing with this one. And finish every word I will and with great pleasure.
Good story, enjoyed the characters, and the ending came together more logically than the previous Gerritsen book I read, Bloodstream (yes, with another female doctor). Parts of the book were riveting so that I took a few extra minutes to listen before I had to turn off my iPOD before work. Lots of medical detail, all ok with me because I am in the medical field, but I thought it may be way too much for average non-medical person. One of those books you can do at the beach. Looking forward to my 3rd TG book, Bone Garden!
I've been in the medical field for decades but even I had second thoughts about reading this. Author definitely has unique tongue-in-cheek humor, and the reader Shelly Frasier adds her special voice for author Roach's words. My insights into what happens to a body after death were much more limited than I realized. Book brought my understanding to reality including options of body disposal after death, investigative techniques for plane crashes (never really thought about the details before like tagging body parts in attempt to match to an identity), use of cadavers for medical and non-medical purposes, and on and on. The audiobook version would be the preferred method for this book. Shelly Frasier really adds a matter-of-fact tone throughout. You'd really miss the 'flavor' of Stiff by just reading the book. Death is just part of life.
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