I usually listen to thrillers and mysteries, but this, this is so unbelievably great! The story is compelling, I have to force myself to take off my earphones and wait for my next two mile hike. I just don't want it to end, but I can't wait to find out how it ends...I am almost there, don't have much more left. The readers are absolutely superb, they have the dialect down pat. Don't hesitate, download this book!!!!!
I love the Alex Cooper series, but Bernadette Dunne doesn't do the book justice. Was Barbara Rosenblat otherwise engaged when this was released? Seriously, Ms. Dunne can't vary her voice to match the characters...you really have to listen carefully to figure out when one character stops talking and another one starts. Other than that, I enjoyed the story. Typically, I learned something else about the Big Apple that I didn't know before I read one of Ms. Fairstein's books. As a New Yorker, born and breed, I really love that aspect of her books.
See, now, I don't agree that the series is getting tired, because there is alway so much character humor. I listen to the Plum series when I am exercising, it is a fun, light listening/read. I don't expect War and Peace, I expect laughter, and Evanovich never ceases to amuse me with the funny characters and their antics. I can relate to the potato canon, my son built one and I almost died laughing when he set it off and the potato probably landed on the neighboring college campus, that sucker went as high as the eye could see. What can I say, I love slapstick, even real life slapstick. I guess I simply love to laugh. I just wish her books were longer: more words, more laughs. Come on, her Jersey jokes are a hoot. And, admit it,you all want to picture Lula squeezed into a spandex wedding gown, you just know she is going to need a shoe horn to get into her dress when and if she gets married!
I enjoyed this, it was a fairly good listen and held my interest until the end. Clearly the author loved reading Jane Eyre, was profoundly influenced by it, and set out to write a similar type book. One of the two readers is melodramatic in tone, but the reader who does Vida Winter's voice is excellent. I don't know if this is worthy of any audible awards, but it did make my time on the treadmill tolerable. I would characterize the book as pleasant, but not memorable.
What a terrific audiobook. Both readers are excellent, they did a great job. It was a useful device to separate the story lines. Since the Ballad of Frankie Silver is based on a true story, I was delighted to find more information about it on the Net, including a 40 minute film based upon the story behind the ballad, produced by UNC. What a delight, there are pictures of the hamlet and the Silver cabin, which is still standing and still owned by the family. McCrumb did a wonderful job recounting the death of Frankie Silver, her research seems accurate. Then she took the story and interwove it with a modern day tale. I was sorry when I finished the book, it will be a hard act to follow. I loved being transported back to the 1830s, I felt like I was in another place and time as I listened to that portion of the book.
I bought this because I love Barbara Rosenblat's narrations, especially Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series, and Lisa Scottolini's legal thrillers. I see now that I really dislike romances, I found this dragged on and on, and was not terribly interesting.
I love reading or listening to the Stephanie Plum series. Janet Evanovich and I have the same sense of humor, she just makes me laugh aloud. Since I listen to books on the treadmill or walking outdoors, I get strange looks when I double up laughing for no apparent reason. I have to point to my headphones! Seriously, if you haven't tried Evanovich, give her a whirl, you can start with this one, they really don't absolutely have to be read in the order that they were written. One caution, Debi Mazur read the early ones, she is the only audio reader I couldn't listen to, I had to read the books she recorded.
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