Anything by G. M. Malliet is generally a treat. She's cornered the market at instilling a modern sensibility on the standard cozy. Enter greed, sex, and old wounds revisited, and well, who doesn't like a dysfunctional family to make all ours seem perfectly normal...
Ms. Porter shines! She pulls out the stops, and even the over-the-top seems just quite right after all.
If you like a well done mystery in a cozy setting, with a sense of the sublimely satiric thrown in, this should definitely please.
While I enjoyed the audio, I think once was enough. It is a devilishly clever read and a guilt free way to partake of completely amoral situations but I find with thrillers, at least for me, I rarely have a need to revisit. I will say, that while I did guess the outcome and major twist/s, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the listening. The pacing is so well done, that it keeps you listening, even when that listening is akin to watching a pile up on a highway--you just can't seem to help yourself.
The basic plot has already been addressed by others, but suffice it to say the plot revolves around a once happily married couple, Nick and Amy, whose marriage and livelihood have taken a decided downturn. Now Amy is missing. Kidnapped, dead or alive, a victim of her husband's tattered ego...? Well, you will just have to follow the cleverly placed breadcrumbs and red herrings and listen to the audio for yourself.
That Nick and Amy are possibly the two least sympathetic fictional characters I have encountered in recent history. Yet, I followed their story because the writing is that good. What I liked least was the ending. It just sort of hung there, as if after an intricate plot, the author just ran out of steam.
I actually tried to read the hardcover version of this book first and decided to try the audiobook to see if it improved my perspective. I didn't finish reading the actual hardcover because there are so many statistics that I began to feel I was reading a scientific journal. I was happiest with the audio book. The book is a compendium of dry facts and figures which might have made my head explode if not for the expertise of the narrator. Ms. Whitney's book is part topical and part historical which makes reading it in book form a little jarring and slow. It seems she can't decide if she should be the statistician she is, or rope us in by colloquial banter. It often times feels as if it is 2 books. All that being said, when Ms. Whitney is less formal, she presents an interesting look at how the corridor states, the fly-over states, have survived the economic downturn since 2008 in much better condition than the rest of the country. Is she right? Thought provoking, I felt. Time will tell.
I would have had Ms. Whitney drop some of the statistical double-speak.
Clarity! She did an excellent job of keeping the dry material going, and switching in and out of the statistics with ease.One paragraph alone, had at least 6 sets of trillion dollar figures.
No, way too much to digest.
I felt the story was really slow moving so I had to work hard to keep my attention focused.
Lots of interesting and well researched detail regarding old New York. The story was therefore quite atmospheric. Guess it just was not my cup of tea.
I enjoyed the satire of it all, the skewering of all the Hollywood clichés. From the oily producers to the nipped and tucked starlet and wanna be action hero to the official scream queen. Unfortunately, the story was inconsistent as written and for me, the writing did not continually hold up. This is a take off on horror films so the premise, unctuous and greedy producers try to turn their lackluster horror films into a reality show and end up in a real haunted house/horror film, was interesting at first, but the plot began to wear on me.
I enjoyed them all and credit her wry tongue-in-cheek performance for keeping me interested even when the story did not.
No. But with the right satiric style, it might actually make an interesting film. That is, on a par with the multitude of Scream parodies that are out there.
Entertaining, literate and wry.
The narrator was very natural and made the content even more engaging.
The book is a lighthearted romp through the lives of Julia and her tv star husband Joe. He is nominated for a Golden Globe and Julia is ecstatic until she starts to believe that Joe is having an affair. Is he or isn't he, and what exactly is the price of fame on home and hearth? No pretensions here; this is light reading. But the author writes so well, she makes the content infectious.
A sophisticated and dryly funny look at the cut-throat world of ART in Manhattan. A cautionary tale about acquiring it, selling it, and using it to move up the ladder of success. The narration by Campbell Scott is first rate, and the story, by Steve Martin, is superb.
A wonderful cozy style mystery with a modern touch. Ex-MI5 agent Max Tudor is world weary. He turns to the cloth, and finds that even in the most quiet of hamlets, murder and chaos preside. As the new Vicar in the sleepy hamlet of Nether Monkslip, all is definitely not as it seems... A fun and engaging listen.
Yes. The nostalgic quality brought me back to my own teen years.
The wise beyond her years un-named narrator.
I really enjoyed this book although I think the author should have actually stated this was a look-back at childhood, as the ruminations of the book's main character- supposedly 14 years old- are too articulate and wise beyond her years. I enjoyed the fact that the audiobook's actual narrator, Joanna Perrin, had a more womanly voice for the narration. I think it was a way of giving us a
I got this audiobook on the recommendation of a friend. I was glad I did. An enlightening look on the history and atrocities that took place in Sarajevo. At times truly sad, at other times bright spots of humor that showed humanity can still exist even in the most inhumane of situations.
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