Maybe just not my cuppa tea. Rather long winded at times, distracting accents....I didnt get to the finish!!
Its always great to find an new ( to me) author who has written lots of books. Im going to go back to the beginning of the series " Still Life" I love the fleshed out characters, the expressive narration and the who dunnit that keeps you guessing till the end. I love books that teach you something along the way too...a little bonus without a lesson plan. All the references and short snippets of the Gregorian Chants are just marvelous. The main character is Inspector Gamache. He's a very subtle fellow, insightful, thoughtful...clever. The French dialogue here and there...also brings flavor.
The Canadian equivalent to BBC has filmed a 2 hr movie based on the first book " Still Life" . The inspector is played by Nathaniel Parker who plays Inspector Linley in Elizabeth George's series. ( also fab)
But oh my goodness I am so glad I did. I was hesitant because I thought it would be more of a child's book. I was so wrong. This is a beautiful written and narrated story. It's about a
couple eking out a life in the frozen extremes of Alaska in the 1920's. Their excruciating sadness at the loss of their own premature baby and the magical appearance of another child. One that seems to have sprung from their hopes and dreams. The narrator has a beautiful patient voice that harmonizes with the gentle but intense story. You'll love this book. Im very partial to action packed mysteries and thrillers but was captivated from the very beginning. I can't wait to see what this author writes next. Ill be waiting…..
So you know already this epic story is about the lives of firstly Henry Whittaker..a brash unlovable character who succeeds amazingly well in the business of (basically) pharmaceutical botany and his brilliant but lonely daughter Alma…who spends her life studying mosses….it sounds so boring but it's a fabulously interesting tale and I was hooked after the first few minutes. Of course the narrator is one of the very best. A melodious perfectly moderated voice….believable accents….just the right speed and
style. This is one of my favorites….unexpectedly.
I hope the main character features in sequels in the future, Comoran Strike is such an
appealing personality. He reminds me of Harry Hole in the Jo Nesbo books...damaged,
rough, and completely endearing in his faults and intellect.
The narrator did a marvelous job with all the characters....seamless and believable.
An unexpected and unusual storyline. Lots of twists and turns and you'd better pay
attention or you will be 'rewinding' to catch important details. I liked it very much and will be
reading this author again.
Great character development....good story telling. The only thing I have to comment on is that I prefer a single narrator.
We are introduced to Harry Hole....making sense of all the references ( in subsequent books) to the events that occur in this first book.
John Lee is one of my favorite narrators. The anticipation I feel when looking for a new book is always peaked when John Lee is the narrator. Wonderful Norwegian accents....
This a a great mystery, complicated, unexpected and you wont see the ending coming.
Totally underwhelmed, what a shame Sookie's story ended with such a disappointing book. It seems Ms Harris just took all the characters and unfinished story lines and just stuck a conclusion on each.
After finishing a great book I love the feeling of completion and regret that the book is done. So lacking at the end of this one.
I liked the principal character. The predicaments he got himself into were a bit frustrating at times, but thats all part of the book engaging you. Scott Brick gives any book
instant credibility in my opinion.
This was the first Harlan Coben book for me and I will try another.
But didn't care for the narrative style. Sounded to me like every sentence was read with the same inflection, rhythm and moderation. Initially it was so annoying and almost hard to ignore but the story was so good I put up with it.
The story was fast moving and you have to pay attention so as not to miss something important.
Its a Baldacci book so of course it is gripping and well written.
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