Quebec, Quebec, Canada | Member Since 2011
I had no idea what to expect when I downloaded this book, good or bad. This was a very satisfying read : tightly-packed information, yet very clearly written and narrated. I enjoyed the fact that there is a good amount of info on the years leading to the Revolution giving me a good feel for the social and political background. There are not many superfluous details or anecdotes, as one might expect from an 80 minute-short review of a historical event that spanned over almost a year. Overall a must read for people who, like me, are looking for an introduction on the subject : short, informative, to the point, and paints a good overall picture and, in my case, has triggered the need to read more on the topic.
Only negative point : the narrator's pronunciation of Russian names was sloppy to the point where it was hard to understand what was being said.
It was a pain to listen to. I still have 4 hours of listening to go and I don't want to listen anymore. On top of a passable storyline, this may be the poorest narration I've ever heard. Full of exaggerations and skewed facts (like acetone described as a thick liquid... it's less viscous than water), I felt stupid for even keeping on listening to it for so long.
I'll add my voice to the hundreds of others : Who on Earth made the decision to have that book read by such an inept narrator??!
I want my money back. I barely made it to the end, and by then I was counting the minutes left. I NEVER would have thought I'd make such a critic of a Bosch novel... I read them all on paper and then I bought all the audiobooks.
We ALL want Len Cariou back. Please hear the fans, we are the ones buying the books and paying for the product. We have a say!
Etienne Dauphin, Coaticook, QC
What a great duet of main characters. I just love the setting - Sweden - a country we don't hear enough of. The story is interesting in itself. What's better is the atmosphere, the intrigue and the characters. The narrator does an impressive job too.
5 stars well deserved, and I'm buying the whole series.
You'd think Connelly has enough bread and butter by now to create new characters like Cassie Black and write novels he wants to write, just like Void Moon. It shows Connelly poured his soul into this one, but I guess it didn't sell as good as any Harry Bosch novel.
Well anyway, Void Moon very good storyline with some tasteful flashbacks, excellent strong characters, lively scenes, intense suspense, non-traditional bittersweet ending. I was susprised with this narrator too, his style fit the story quite well. All in all, a very good book. If you like Connelly but want to try something different than Bosch, than try Void Moon or Chasing the Dime.
This is not DeMille's best. It's almost incredible this came out about 10 years after he wrote Word of Honor because you'd think everything after that one should be at least in the same league... wrong. I know this has been said, but Spencerville drips with beat up stereotypes. I guess you need to have known someone like Chief Baxter to believe people like that actually exist, because I don't. It's full of gratuitous sadistic details and just when you'd think the author might guess all of his readers get the point, DeMille just adds more and more. The end wasn't even satisfying. And to top it all, it's not Scott Brick's best narrative either. Maybe this book wasn't written in a style that fits his.
What I loved about the book is the excellent descriptions of Spencerville and the small details that give you the feeling of actually being in small-town Ohio. DeMille really excels at that.
Most probably the best narration I have ever had the chance to experience. Of one of the greatest novels ever written.
It probably took Stephen J. Cannell a very short time to write this book and, unfortunately, it shows. It got me interested from the beginning, but then it rapidly coasted down. The story itself isn't bad, but it's quite predictable, full of useless details, very winding, fast-paced then suddenly slows down. There are very interesting moments, but the author did not milk them for what they were worth. Overall, an entertaining book in the action-thriller cop genre. But in that section, there are many other interesting alternatives. If you haven't read every single Connelly, then I suggest you head that way first.
.... you guessed it : worst recording ever.
As everyone pointed out, the accents and voices are completely laughable. It sounds like a high school project gone wrong. I want my money back. I couldn't even finish it, it was too painful. I managed to listen to over 10 hours but I'm not that masochistic. Also, you can hear other people talking in the background during most of the recording. Shame. Shame. Shame.
Clancy wrote a very fine book, and you should pick up the BOOK and read it. Don't download this one.
A Painted House is a tale seen through the eyes of a child at that special age when dreams are plentiful and not yet washed by disillusion. It is also a sad story about passing time, of life-changing events set in an era that brought many changes in America. The characters are touching and the places are so real you can almost smell it. It is within anyone's reach yet there are many dimensions I did not fully grasp when I read it the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Painted House two times, and I know I will read it at least one more time because I haven't been able to read anything quite like it yet. I enjoyed reading a few of John Grisham's books in the past, and this is certainly not like anything else he wrote. As a narrator, David Lansbury excels in giving this tale just the right touch of childhood daydream in his voice.
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