I was thoroughly impressed by the research the author conducted to bring us this rich historical piece. A wealth of information was provided about the challenges surrounding building the Columbian Exhibition, Chicago as a city and the country as a whole in the late 1800s. The murder mystery was equally captivating, and ultimately was the only reason I hung into the book until the bitter end. The amount of minute detail and boring information provided caused me to fast forward through several chapters. For example, detailed menus and various lists were incorporated. Excruciating minutiae abounded. I NEVER like any abridged work, but this may be an exception. Oh how I had wished for the abridged version!!
I am such a big Dresden/Butcher fan, but this book fell far short for me. The ghost situation was just plain annoying, and the characters seem to gone off the rails. Some of my favorite characters weren't even likable in this book.I got through it so that I won't be missing something for the next book, but I wish I had that time back again. Glover, the new narrator was fine, but I miss Marsters. I guess I've just gotten used to him being Dresden, and Glover is okay but not Marsters.
Of course. Love the Alera series
He was fine, but sometimes exaggerated the voices a bit much.
Nearly all of them. Didn't like the book at all.
I just hope the next one is better.
I continue to love these crazy books. It moves along nicely and the twists and turns are compelling.
The story was okay, but the extensive descriptions of combat and military strategy was tiring. Not my thing.
Just awful. No shortage of adjectives and adverbs, but big shortage of compelling drama and action. It was trite and boring. I wish I had counted the number of times the words "shambling" and "pate" were repeated. I want my time back.
My typical book choice is mystey, thriller, etc. However, this audiobook got great reviews and I thought I'd try it for a change of pace. I wish I could give the narrator 10 stars. The book is poignant, and the narrator makes it come alive. I love to read and I love audiobooks too. But this recording is so much better than reading it, I can't even believe I'd say that. Enjoy.
This book depicts the horrendous and despicable conditions of post-War Stalinist Russia. Part I, the first 6+ hours, were especially agonizing. The living conditions, saturated with mistrust and corruption, were almost more than I could take. My curiosity about the murders and Leo's evolution/survival kept me listening, but I would not necessarily recommend it over so many other books.
This book is riveting. You are captivated throughout. The various voices for narration is superb. Highly recommend it.
This is a long book, but worth every minute. I couldn't wait to get back into my car for more. The characters are SO interesting, especially LizBeth. The narration is impeccable. Loved it.
The narrator's slow and tedious voice caused me to give this a lower rating than the actual book deserves. It did enjoy the plot and loved the two main characters, Sean and Michelle. The hospital "mystery" was distracting and the book as a whole took too long. On balance a pretty good selection.
Highly recommend it. I found myself sitting in my car in the garage unable to turn it off. Several good twists and turns. Not for the timid, though.
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