I think this is my all time favorite listen to date - and I didn't think anything would surpass the Hungry Tide. The story was captivating and the switch between the old and young Jacob was done extremely well. Very goood characterization - even for the elephant. I would highly recommend this book.
I was very disappointed in this book. I have enjoyed several in the Amelia Peabody series and thought I would try the Vicki Carr series. I hadn't realized that the premise appears to be that a supposedly smart woman goes about doing very dumb things, resulting in getting herself and others in danger, at which point she can be brave. The devices were so obvious that it insulted a devoted mystery reader's intelligence. This is my last Vicki Carr book.
I found listening to this book just delightful. It kept my interest thoughout and the characters were very real.
I like the Dave Robicheaux series and have always read, not listened to them. I don't know if it was the fact that I was listening or that it is one book too many in the series but I find the descriptions of weather, smells, memories repetitive and not always relevant - almost as if the author is getting too caught up in the sound of his own voice. While a good mystery, it was almost as if he said "OK, long enough, I have to end it now", without tying up the threads.
While I listened to this book until the end, I couldn't wait for it to stop. It appeared that every character was depressed because their parent(s) didn't love them. It was a very whiny book.
I read the first of the Amelia Peabody series and really enjoyed it. Looked for another with Barbara Rosenblatt narrating since she got such excellent reviews and chose this one. I have to say that I was disappointed. Formulaic for sure. But the most irritating part was the "we have such a great sex life" and "Emerson gets my juices going" repetition. I wanted to say "All right, I've got it! You have a good sex life!". However, story was decent, narrator excellent. I am now reading an Amelia Peabody that is much later and the WONDERFUL sex life thing seems to have disappeared - so maybe it was just this book or books relatively early in the series.
While I generally enjoyed the book, I went crazy when the author read an entire article of a paper, with minute details. The descriptions of time past became very repetitive. This one may have been better abridged, although I don't believe in abridging. The general concept was neat, it was just tooooo long.
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