Kamloops, BC, Canada | Member Since 2007
Perhaps because I have been watching the new TV show Sherlock Holmes, I have become accustomed to a lighter more contemporary voice from Sherlock and Dr. Watson. The reader is true to the era of the original story, though, but a bit hard to listen to for any length of time.
To be honest, I couldn't finish it. Kept falling asleep.
Meh...maybe...good voice, nice reading, but very sloooooowwwwww and snoozy.
If I had been able to finish it, I could answer this question!
A true Sherlock Holmes fan would probably like this book. I am only a TV/Film follower, so another listener may be really happy with it.
Yes, if they like stories about a spunky femme proviing herself in adverse circumstances
A conversation between the Churchills.
Maybe a TV series. That sexy redhead cop from The Mentalist would be perfect.
Another installment in a much-appreciated series is always welcome.
I think I have read them all! So, I am invested in the next one. Would like to see one with the Cory character featured, in fact. She could be interesting with the Pendergast connection to add flavor.
Characters are always more fully fleshed-out when you can hear them speak rather than having to create the voice in your head. I do like Rene, and this was a challenging book with so many characters. He did a great job.
Yes, and I listened to it while I was doing some serious decluttering so I was able to listen to long stretches at a time. I skipped forward through the Brasil piece pretty fast...I think it would have played better in a movie, but was too long for listening. The pace seemed glacial for such an action part of the story.
If you are a fan, then you will read this whether or not it's the best in the series. In fact, I am now going to go back and re-listen to the rest of the series. I did find this rather like a sandwich made with tasty leftovers, though. A little D'Agosta, a spice of Caroline, a dollop of Cory, a layer of Helen (past her best-by date), and some lashings of Pendergast. His Japanese maid and his chauffeur/bodyguard were kind of like pickles, though. Interesting up to a point, but ultimately did not add much flavor.
No, well, maybe, if it was on sale...
No. I don't have any friends that like this kind of story.
The narrator had a good voice, but I didn't like the story overall...so that detracted from my rating. It's just not my genre...was trying out something new, and I am sure that if you like this genre you will love the book.
Yes, perhaps it could be a historical reality show with really, really stupid or vapid ex stars. I hesitate to mention who they should be, but the initials LL come to mind. Also Danny B.
Engaging, authentic, compelling
To some degree, the Anne Perry series set in a similar (maybe a bit later) era. This one was deeper, though, and really made you feel you were in at the start of a great series, and at the start of modern forensics.
The main guy, of course! Walter!
Ahhhh....nothing! Very enjoyable listen. I like strong voices that handle different characters and accents well - male or female.
Hope to see more from this author!
Yes, I thought it was complex enough to keep me listening, and nice, tight storyline, ditto for the listening effect.
It rolled along nicely, wasn't predictible, but wouldn't say it kept me on the edge of my seat.
The main character.
No, but then, this wasn't meant to be a tearjerker.
Hmmm...in the top 20%
The rough, tough detective. He just tells it like it is and is always there to rescue Our Heroine.
I love her phrasing and ability to do different voices. It makes the story come alive. She rocks! I know that some of the reviews said that she swallows too much...gee...I didn't notice enough of this to bother me.
Witless for the prosecution (sorry...I find the main character somewhat thin...)
Fluffy, fun, frivolous
I have enjoyed the whole series except the Queenie character (maid). Really, the woman is as stupid as a ton of bricks and so Georgiana must be too, to keep her.
Georgiana herself, star of her own life, and also Belinda - love that breathy little voice.
No extremes...good listening for when you don't want to be challenged or intrigued too deeply.
I listen to this kind of book in between longer, darker or deeper historical and crime novels. It's a great balance! I have to admit that I have fallen asleep to most of these books, but because I intended to, not because they were boring!
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and American Gods - beautiful imagery and alternate reality with one foot in the here and now and one in the now and then.
Yes, and I pretty much did, over a two-day period
I look forward to this author's next audio book!
I fell asleep a lot. I didn't even both to "rewind" and pick up what I had missed because I just couldn't care. Maybe I was tired. Maybe it was the soothing professional reader voice of the narrator. But...the excruciatingly boring rendition of the background history, or faux history used to explain the rather complicated plot was sooooooo snooooooozzzzzzzzzy. As well, it felt like Walter was still wandering through this story in post-coital tristesse/distress over his lost love interest Isobel in The Knowland Retribution, without connecting believably with the details in this tale. It was sort of like a zipper with a few missing teeth...some of it caught and fit together and some didn't. I do like the idea of a character who can locate anything, and enjoyed a previous book as a listen, and the inclusion of the characters in a Bones episode, but...this one disappointed. I may give it another chance the next time I am putting Adirondak chairs together, but falling asleep while using a sander or a drill isn't a good idea.
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