I really enjoyed listening to The Red Sparrow. While I usually listen to audiobooks while doing chores, the book called to me to pay more attention to it; often, I'd just lie down on the couch and relish the prose. It wasn't so much that I needed to concentrate on the action taking place, but I wanted to focus on the narrative, which was full of evocative imagery.
The Red Sparrow doesn't fit into the rubric of generic spy novel. There is no boiler plate here and that's why I'm looking forward to the sequel... a door which the writer clearly left wide open.
My only disappointment with the audiobook is that the regional food recipes included at the end of each chapter are not made available to Audible customers in print. This type of offering was available to listeners before Amazon owned the company. Now, one has to purchase a hard copy or Kindle book just to get the recipes in print. So, if you like to try new exotic recipes, listen with a pad and pencil handy.
I loved the story; it made me yearn to listen to Gregorian chants. It is a well-drawn story with some unexpected twists and turns and it is very well read. The only drawback, as I saw it, is the syrupy romance scattered through the book. It just doesn't fit in a mystery. Write a romance or write a mystery.
This is my first Louise Penny book and, generally, I enjoy her writing. But if her other mysteries include soppy romance stories woven through them, I think it will be my last book of hers.
I love this period of historical novel and McCallin is the best I've read so far. In the beginning it's a bit hard to keep track of all the characters, but stick with it; the book is very well written and very suspenseful. Narration is great including a multitude of voices and quirks vocalic quirks for several characters. I just finished the book and purchased Book 2. Can't wait to keep up with Gregor Reinhardt.
I have not listened to Scott Brick for awhile, and I forgot why. He has a great voice for narration and can read well until he comes across a interrogative in the dialogue. Nine out of 10 times, he turns the question into an interrogatory exclamation, as if the answer is obvious. This habit is very distracting to the narrative, which is one reason why I can't finish listening to the book - although I will read it in print.
Another irritation is Brick's occasional regional (Bronx?) accent that crops up in the dialogue spoken by three of the book's main characters. Tne fact that the accent is not used consistently is what's irritating and distracting from the narrative.
For as long as I could focus on the narrative, I thought the book was well written.
Someone who hates surprises.
Mitzner's first book was more suspenseful and was better narrated. Although I admit I did not - could not bring myself to - finish the book, the part I listened to was very predictable... boiler plate characters, motives, and actions.
The narration was exaggerated and made the characters sound very young and immature.
I was really looking forward to Mitzner's second novel; too bad this one didn't match up.
Normally I listen to Audible books while I am doing mindless tasks like household chores or gardening. But I did have to stop what I was doing and just listen because I was so involved. The plot was easier to follow that way, although it is not a tricky plot, but everything moves quickly from the middle of the book to the end, so I wanted to make sure not to miss anything.
The narrator is excellent and added considerably to the drawing of the characters. The ending was less dramatic than I thought it should have been given the rest of the plot, but all in all, I thought it was a very good read.
I listened to The Chaperone after downloading a free chapter, and was pleased that I did. It was an enjoyable book which faced several of the issues we all confront in life with realism and grace. The characters were believable. Ms. McGovern was a little clumsy with the characters in the beginning, but grew into their vocal nuances eventually. I did feel it went on just a bit too long; it wasn't necessary to tie up all the loose ends, but the author did anyway.
This chapter drew me in because it reminds me of conversations one has with a friend whose views you don't 'exactly' share. McGovern's reading was also well done. I will listen to the whole book, based on this chapter reading.
In spite of the fact that I never get tired of listening to Rachel Maddow, I will probably not listen to this book again - largely because I 'got it' the first time.
Rachel Maddow is compelling - all the time. She did her homework; she is well-informed and makes her points successfully. There are still dots you need to link together though, and the fact that you have to connect them, makes you an active listener to Drift.
She brings Rachel. She's very authoritative because she is knowledgeable, but she is not preachy.
Maddow confirmed my fears for the future of this country. There are few, if any, political leaders who 'get it' and are willing to speak the truths that she does.
The religious history of this period in the southern U.S. was very interesting. Both the author and the reader presented the story in a suspenseful way, and because there was so much detail in the story, even if you already know the history of the religious 'battles' in the early 20th century, you will still be engrossed.
No extreme reactions. The book was very informative and very captivating. Good read.
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