Wow, compared to New York this one was really tough to get thru, I guess it was one of his early books, Saram was Ed R. hometown(Salisbury) so that explains why it being his first book was good as it was filled detailed facts although poorly written the narrator was good. Russka’s narrator was subpar and the story except for the the 20th century section seems to lack any detail. Of course the 20th century had detail as this requires no research. I felt Ed R. does not like or respect Russians based on the characters in the novel.
I do like long audio books and Russka certainly is not a complete waste of time, reading Paris now, which has far better writing and narration.
A bit of historical fiction thru the eyes of a Austrian nanny working in an English manner during the pre and early WW2. Not exactly packed with facts about the period, but that can be expected as the protagonist was a very young lady. The author does seem to project female qualities on the the men in the novels, which I have found that this is not a-typical for female authors.
Engaging story of a young women shaping herself toward adulthood coming to terms with the best and worst traits of her European immigrant father and New England mother. The main character Ava is truly the new archetype for women coming to adulthood in the 1980’s in which both a dedicated career path and also traditional homemaker skills are expected. The Protagonist also was able to weave Europeanesk traits, from her father and travels without rejecting her New England Puritan values embedded into her person during her childhood. The story was told in the first person where the protagonist kept the reader entertained with witty and insightful remarks regarding her circumstances involving, friendship, family, culture, romance and New York and Parisian culture. I completed in less than two days and it did keep my full engaged during the listen.
This is the prequel to the other seven John Rain tales. This novel is similar in pace and tone to the earlier Rain novels, seems that Eisler reveals much of his own personal experience in this novel which made the story very realistic and intimate, and we thank the author for sharing of himself and for his hard work in both writing and narration and look forward to his future novels.
Great to listen to another John Wells tale, Berenson did a fine job as usual, the novel has plenty of research and thought that went into crafting it.
Unfortunately is does end in a cliff hanger, I guess we will have to wait another year for part 2; Alex is getting GRR Martinesk as he is aging as an author.
Of the first three I have listened to this on is the best, I listened to 4:30 am as it was so engaging I could not take my earphones off. The history of early New York and New Jersey was enlightening.
This is a must read, happy to find another historical fiction novel of quality, the characters were well developed and likable, the story was engaging. Also the background history of the time was illuminating. You won't be disappointed or be able to put this one down.
Although not at the same level as the first one in the Duncan series you will not be disappointed with this installment if you enjoyed the Persimmon Tree. Like all Courtney novels he seems to project himself in all his hero's and may fancy himself being desired by two gorgeous women as Nick Duncan is. The novel expounded in semi detail on Tasmania’s Green movement which was a little boring, seemed like it was forcible integrated into the story, likely it really requires a separate novel to address and certainly a novel which I would not download.
This was a decent audibook, kept me interested, watching the 1944 film now, the film is a bit too compressed. I bought this on on the $4.95 sale but I would pay full price after reading it. The book is concerned with meaning of life themes, like the "Circle of Iron Film" written by Bruce Lee before his death, also like many Herman Hess novels.
Don't miss this one, great story, character development and narration. A little sci-fi mixed with murder mystery and fantasy. Kind of like a mixture of The Outer Limits and Scoopy Doo, most of the characters were actually given Scoopie Doo character nick names. The characters were very realistic and interesting.
This was a decent read, learned a bit about the S.E.A.L.S, although some of if may have been fabricated along with part of the authors life story if you read responses from his own family to stuff in the book.
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