I think the story idea is a good one, but the author cannot make the dialog believable. The reader is good. I made it through 12 out of 16 chapters, but can't stand the way the dialog goes, and the story begins to deteriorate as the book progresses.
I thought I would like this, as I am a big Patton buff, and grew up in the Shadow Of WWII. But the reader is a poor one, with poor voice modulation, and a twangy nasal quality to his voice. He also just reads poorly with the sentences not coming out as though he has even looked at them before. I am grateful for Audible's "return it if you don't like it" policy. I only managed to get through the first two chapters, and I'd rather have the Credits.
Very disappointing. William Shirer, was a writer and Narrator. He tells a good story, but with this; it all seems so choppy. The Narrator is just not up to the task. he has quirks he repeats throughout, almost treating every sentence in the same way. He seems very amateurish not to mention his frequent mispronunciations.
I find I really like this author and what she brings to her works. She is careful and thoughtful by design. That said: This is not the best book in the series from the standpoint of story for story's sake, BUT is a very necessary book in the background of Maisie Dobbs, to more fully appreciate the books that come after. Her lessons in psychology alone are thought provoking, and most importantly, are healing, positive, and light emitting.
Very well done. Most believable. The author shows a very good deal of intelligence, and a good researcher. Overall a very pleasant surprise. I'm buying my second one now.
Good story, well written, and excellently performed. This book applies to all of humanity. A story for our times. I'll not say who I think Should read it, as they would not allow themselves to be moved by it anyway.
Good character development attempt in a repetitive character by a second book. I'm thinking this guy is getting more and more interesting. So is Robin, (or Robyn as I've not seen the print), his very special sidekick. I am interested, as a male, that she is able to get some of the more subtle male attitudes down in believable fashion, (or maybe it's just me who thinks they are subtle attitudes). I hope there will be many more with these two characters. I like this book.
This should be read by every rank and file common American. She is a scrapper willing to fight for us, "we the people". I think we should draft her in 2016 for president. At the same time throw out all of those party hacks that only seem to be able to support the moneyed corporations and "one percenters", who think "We The People" just means them. We need someone who would actually do what the people need and want. Let's Draft her.
I think Aurelio Zen is going the way of the multiple sequel. Stories are becoming less creative and this reader is really "half baked". What happened to Michael Kitchen? Did He refuse to participate with this one?
This collection I at first had difficulty getting into some years back. Perhaps due to the fact that I was still in the thrall of "The Lives Of a Cell". This Latter is very biology-wise, where The "Medusa And The Snail" is more worldly-wise. Both are of course extremely worth the read, (or the listen in this case), especially to anyone biology or medically minded. Frankly, I expect, they are fun for anyone curious about life. Do not accept any abridgement; there are not any unnecessary words.
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