Loved Scotland street series and love this one--Corduroy Mansions. Freddie De La Hay is the dog here who has wonderful adventures, like Cyril the pooch with the gold tooth in the Scotland Street series. Alexander McCall Smith makes wry observations about our world. He is always a gentleman and jabs without vengeance though. This installment in the Corduroy Mansions series ended pretty abruptly. I hope Audible can get ALL the installments for both of these series in time.
I double checked looking for the 3rd file for this book, but there is none. It just stops! You get that "the book has been broken into parts to make the download faster" stuff, but there is no 3rd file to download???? There should be 3 of them. I am supposing three. But only 2 show up when I look for the book in my library.
Interesting although you have a nagging suspicion that someone is trying to make a point throughout. Also VERY drawn out. VERY.
Moderately funny. She is no David Sedaris. I am pretty sure I got the book because someone said if you like Sedaris, you will like this one. Not true. I did laugh out loud on a few occasions but Jenny Lawson is no David Sedaris. A bit too self conscious perhaps. Hard to put my finger on. But he is a genius. She is not. So enjoy but do not expect too much. I think I am disappointed because she did not live up to the Sedaris bar. That is unfair, alas.
Not much happens in this one yet I must say it nonetheless held my interest.
Generally well done and engaging.
This book is every bit as good as the others in this "series" of madcap happenings in Florida. Well written and always wryly funny, I can't get enough!
I loved this book. It never failed to keep my interest. It was a wonderful love story and a sad one. I felt the titillation of looking behind the curtain into lives both public and private. What a good writer Jess Walter is! I am impressed.
The book jumps from character to character and from time period to time period and yet it all fit together. I was never lost. Loved it. If you were around in the 60s, I think you will remember and love it even more. I can't say more without giving away plot. If you love Italy or romance (I do not mean so-called "chick lit") or old time movies or the 60s, you will like this book.
This book was relentless and exciting. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the last book in the series. This book was the 2nd of 3 in the series. The first book in the series was, frankly, much too much internal dialog and I panned it. This one was like it was written by a different author. It was interesting and came to a logical, if bloody, end. I am thinking the author was "getting his feet wet" in the first installment. Something like that. My recommendation is to skip the 1st book and start the 3 book series here with the 2nd one. You do not need the 1st book to understand this one, so why bother with it? I wish that I had done just that.
A word to others. The violent parts--and there are several--are very bloody. If this sort of explicit description turns you off, you had better avoid this author.
I look forward to reading more McKinty and I never thought I would say such a thing after reading the first novel in this series, Dead I Well May Be.
This book is interesting. Sam Brower did his homework and with help from Krakauer tells a compelling true story about a depraved religious leader, Warren Jeffs.
The problem here is the narrator. He is bad. I normally can put up with a lot and that includes a wide variety of narrators. Not this one, though. It was as though he went to Elocution School for the first session, then quit. He heard them say, "Be sure to enunciate every word." But then he misunderstood every other thing they said. He sure does enunciate. He would say the word enunciate like this: EEE-nun--see-ate. I am not kidding about the long EEEs or the emphasis on the first syllable. He says every single article A as long A, never, ever the short a, as in uh. Never. Try it sometime when you have to present to others for an hour. After 15 minutes I am thinking people will start to look at you funny and wonder why you are talking so weird. So, while listening to this narration, I would find myself counting the As instead of listening to the book. He would pronounce other words oddly as well. For instance, "hor-OAR" for "horror," emphasizing and lingering over the second, emphasized syllable. To say that his narration ruined an interesting book is an understatement. I would give him zero stars if I could. Sadly, a decent book and compelling story which many of us could learn from was spoiled by the exceedingly poor narration.
I agree with the other reviewers who wrote that this book is the weakest of the 3 in the trilogy. It is. However, it is still worth your time. Davies is a good writer. Here he seems, however, to float along without a strong plot. A Mixture of Frialties, 3rd, in the series was probably the best.
I enjoyed this book and recommend it. It is the 3rd book in a trilogy but you do not have to read the 2 that came before to enjoy this one. Love the narrator. Sad to hear he had died. Great voice. In some ways, (Canadians might be offended) this work is English-like. Perhaps that is the narrator. But I mean it as praise, nothing less. It is essentially a book of manners, so if you do not like that sort of thing you will need to pass. However, the story of Monica, the main character, is always interesting. The write-up says something to the effect that Davies is "comic". Do not be misled. No belly laughs here. Comic in the sense of high motives and sometimes flawed achievement. Good writer, a good way to use a credit.
Frank McCourt is a fabulous writer--and narrator. That accent is so wonderful. This book starts where Angela's Ashes ended. It is the story of Frank's coming to the US, Manhattan,at age 18. He is breathtakingly good. He made me cry and laugh out loud in the car by myself. He made me laugh a lot. I could listen to that accent read the New York phone book. But you do not have to hear that--he tells a good story of relationships and his always interesting and fresh reflections. Wow.
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