One of only a few Audible books I did not finish. Kept waiting for the funny parts. Then I turned it off.
Nobody weaves a story around random facts and trivia lije Bill Bryson. Each room in the house is a starting point for a meandering path of stories that occasionally com back to the topic.
I sort of enjoyed the story, but was wondering if all Scots yell as much as the ones in this book.
The angry cop boss stereotype was played constantly. Glad my boss is not one of these angry Scots.
I have started this one 3 or 4 times only to wake up in chapter 4 or 5 and shut off my iPad.
Light on story, heavy on emotion. Predictable. Narrator makes this worse. Her voice for the guys makes them sound like drag queen parodies.
I have read other Val McDermoid and enjoyed them. This one was nauseating.
That's OK, neither can the narrator.
I learned several new tidbits from this book. Especially interesting was the taxation of salt across cultures and time. The multi cultural approach is a strength of the book.
Too bad the narrator, who does a good job with western names and places, slaughters the Chinese. If they can learn German, French and Arab names, why can't they learn a few basic Chinese names.
This book is great (for putting me to sleep). All I have to do is slip on my ear buds and click on this story and sleep is just around the corner. Plus, it does not have the hangover of Ambien or Tylenol Blue. The only thing slower than this book is an unabridged version of Wagner's Ring Cycle.
At first I was very unhappy about this purchase, but it has driven me to sleep now multiple times as i struggle with jet lag and stress.
Unless you are an insomniac or an obsessed opera fan that believes the only reason people do not like opera is because they have not had exposure to it, you may want to buy a book from a different aria.
If you like shallow, emoting, self-doubting characters, this is the book and series for you. How often can you stomach love sick pining, feverish swoons and hollow threats of suicide.
Even worse is the female voice. Hesitant, slow, over pronunciation is reminiscent of torturous elementary school group reading sessions where you have to listen to all the kids who cannot read well.
If you like period fiction in Japan, try Taiko instead. Or Shogun if you want a Western love story set in Japan.
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