After reading other reviews I almost didn't get this book. To make the collection complete, I did. This isn't as bad as some of the reviews make it out. Baldacci doesn't kill off everybody. Dan is back to being Dan and I liked that. It is a good finish and the right prevails which is what is supposed to happen. It is worth the read.
These are getting better. I'm glad Rhys Bowen has quit trying to get Georgie in bed with some guy. This is a good cosy mystery. I loved it when Jack asked Georgie if the fish wouldn't taste just as good even if he used the wrong fork. Or when he went on a fox hunt and tried to help by catching and killing the fox. This one is worth the credit.
I have all of the Leaphorn/Chee series and loved them. Some were better than others, but it was a big loss for the literary world when Tony Hillerman passed away. His daughter has caught the flavor and you can tell that she "lived" the stories her father wrote. I especially liked the way she tied this one to others in the series. Bernie's sister did need some help and it leaves you wondering if we will find out what happens in the next book. Unfortunately, it was a typical scenario for Navajo land. That makes it sad because it is so real. I think Anne did a good job in trying to fill her father's shoes. I would definitely read another book.
That being said, I hope they choose another reader. George Guidall, who did the Tony Hillerman books was the best. This reader did the talking so very slow that it made you want to push the button for the next track. I couldn't really tell when someone else was talking . . . they all sounded like bad thugs from Brooklyn. I really don't know of any Navajo's who talk like she made them sound. She made them sound stupid. Please get another reader. And teach them how to pronounce the words.
All of Tony Hillerman's books about the Navajo land are good. This one brings Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee to the Nation's capital to find out why a body appears in Navajo Land that traces back to Washington D.C. Neither are happy to be away from the Sacred Mountains. The narrator does okay but he isn't George Guidall. I heard most of these stories read by Guidall and it really spoils you. The story is very good . . . the narrator leaves much to be desired. It's hard to tell who is talking because most of the voices sound the same . . . maybe a southern drawl but the sound is the same.
This is a good book. I've listened to it several times. The ending is great!
This is a cozy mystery. If you are looking for an edge of the seat, or cliff hanger, this isn't it. But it is a fun series that isn't serious but has some cute scenes. The debate of whether to bed or not gets a little tiresome and the reference to sex being the only interesting thing to do is distracting but there really are no sex scenes. The Lady is still a lady. There are some funny lines and the references to the royality in the early 1930's is amusing.
The second book develops the story. But really . . . Hadrian and Royce are prisoners again . . . and again . . . and again. The detailed description of the whipping of the woman and the men could have been left out and the story would have proceeded just as well. Sometimes it seemed the author really wanted to dwell on dark things. And as one would expect, the good guys are left in a bad way at the end.
This is a long book. The longest in the series. By this time I was wondering how many times Royce and Haddrin could get captured and put in a dungeon. There are some dark places in this book as well as Book 2. The story line is good . . . it just goes on and on and I got tired of all the dungeon scenes and another escape. Of course, in the original, I guess there were actually 6 books instead of 3, but still . . . how many times do the bad guys take you prisoner before someone just kills you and gets it done? I doubt I will listen to it again.
Life in rural Indiana in the early 1900’s is the essence of this book. It is told from the viewpoint of “Little Sister,” the youngest in a farm family of 12 children.
Little Sister, who we never find out her real name, adores her brother Laddie. When she was born, none of the other children wanted another baby except Laddie. He takes her under his wing and helps to raise her with a true and noble spirit like the Crusaders.
The mystery that runs through the story concerns the British family, the Pryors, who live in the community. The father declares there is no God and this sets all the neighbors against them. But something is wrong with the family. There has to be a reason they left England and settled in Indiana. Laddie falls in love with the daughter, Pamela, and sets out to win her.
A beautiful classic.
The narrator leaves much to be desired. This is a beautiful story that would make you laugh and cry and finish it feeling good. I'm not sure why this narrator was chosen. She reads well but the voices she uses . . . especially for Leon, is terrible. If I hadn't known the story and loved it, I would have had a hard time getting into the book because the narrator doesn't do that good of a job. Especially for the men's voices.
Written around 1904, this is a story of noble heart and good character during a time when love was pure and honor meant more than life.
Freckles is a young man with only one hand who had been raised in an orphanage with no idea of who his parents were. He had gone through life consumed with the thought that his mother had cut off his hand and then abandoned him. Hungry and lonesome, he comes into a lumber camp in the “Limberlost,” a section of prime woods in rural Indiana, and applies for the job of watchman. The owner hires him without even looking at his missing hand, and thus begins a tale of honor and true love and Freckles grows into a man.
Alone in the Limberlost, Freckles faces fears and dangers but refuses to quit as this is the only job he has and he desires to belong. Finally he discovers the beauty of the place and learns to love it and the creatures that live there. He is hired to protect the forest and does his best to do just that. In a clearing he creates a beautiful “garden” and one day takes his “Swamp Angel” to it. She falls in love with him but he refuses to allow himself to even consider it because he has no notion of his birth. She sets out to find out the truth.
This is a beautiful story but is written in old fashioned terms and manner. It is a classic in literature.
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