Austin, MN, United States | Member Since 2009
The story was fast moving, twists and turns in the plot kept me listening for the next turn. Paul Michael has a voice that is perfectly made for this type of book. An excellent combination to make a memorable experience.
This book is as good or better than the first two in the series, and shows the excellent writing skills that Dan Brown used in two of his other novels, Deception Point and Digital Fortress. You can never depend on what you expect and never trust anyone, so to speak.
The revelations in the last part of the book made me want to go back and start over. I think that is my favorite part because of the "you've got to be kidding" feelings.
Oh yes! I always have a problem putting my iPod down in the evening, but this one (as with all of Dan Brown books) was so long I had to do it in two days.
There are a few authors that I wait impatiently for the next book, Dan Brown is one of them. It is like having a holiday when the new one comes out.
I had to start this one three times before I got past the very slow start. But after getting into the initial chapters, I found a good story line. I'd probably listen to it in the future, but am looking forward to the rest of the series now.
Suzanne Wright's series Phoenix Pack is along the same lines as this series. Both are a little light on the character development. Though both are good, light listens.
Traci might not have been a good first choice for the narrator, but she did fairly well with the story. Needs work on her Irish accent.
The suspense at the end was by far the best in the book.
This is not my favorite type of book, but once in a while I need a change. This is definitely a change from the normal novel listen.
This is a very cute, light weight novel written in an inexperienced sort of way. Though enjoyable, it is not something to make one reflect much.
If you are picky about reality in detective novels, you don't want this one. Though the plot and sub-plots are very good, the adherence to reality is not. Police procedures were not researched well, or just not implemented. The police force in the story must be quite inept to leave so many things undone, and searches not completed for later uncovering by the characters of the story.
Yes, if only to see if her writing style matures as the series goes on.
Improvement is needed, emotion was handled by squeaking the voice, very irritating. I can't help but wonder how well the book would have been with someone like Barbara Rosenblat or similar narrator.
No, not much inspiration between those covers.
When writing a novel, it would be advisable to take into consideration how a listener would be affected by a repeated phrase. Every time I knew the line "liar liar pants on fire" was coming up, my teeth would go on edge.
Though not of the high energy variety, this book takes a time in history and wraps it in magic and emotion. Character development is very well done, good since this is the first in a series.
The linking of all the characters and the telling of their own parts of the story.
Davina is one of the best narrators. She adds the Scottish feel and makes it work. She also has the ability to soften harsher parts of the story and adds emotion to all the characters.
Yes, but had to do it in two. (-;
This book is not one of the more intricately written with many sub-plots, but it is a well done and enjoyable story.
Tracy Brogan has a good story, but will never buy another book narrated by Sarah Cooms
Those times that gave little snippets of the mystery surrounding the characters.
Sarah has a tendency to whine, and drag out the end of sentences. This does not have the wanted effect of drawing out emotion, but will only get very irritating and remind one of the late night commercial that will try to involve your emotions for the hungry child or battered pet dog. The whole thing quite puts ones teeth on edge.
No, most lives were quick wrapped up at the end of this book.
Yes, have done so at every opportunity. It is my opinion that this is one of the most well written books I've listened to in ages. The character evolution, the background description and the historical content is above par.
Uniqueness, and the many threads that pop up to keep you turning the pages.
I can not imagine this book read by anyone else. She does a wonderful job.
Yes, the emotions, all kinds, are tweaked in so many ways. The sadness when Matthew leaves France for England can put one in the doldrums for days.
I can't tell you how many times I have listened to this book in the last 18 months, since it was published. I own it in three formats and can't wait till the sequel comes out.
I have read and listened to a great number of Amanda Quck's offerings, and this one is so different from the others that it was like a breath of fresh air. Not to say I don't enjoy all of her books, I do, but this one is so different! Yes, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good listen.
A comparison does not come to mind, this book takes all of the cliché of romance novels, and turns them into great entertainment. So I guess the whole thing is that there is no comparison in my library!
I have just recently listened to Wicked Widow by Amanda Quick also done by Ms Rosenblat. She is a marvelous reader, and lends more dimension to the characters of the book. I am looking forward to getting more of her readings in the near future.
Yes! I have a terrible time putting the iPod down and getting about other things when I start a book, and this one was no exception. It was marvelous!
The wit in this book was wonderful. The dissertation of the old butler on the scream in the laboratory had me giggling at odd moments for the rest of the day!
This is the top of my list, the story and the performance are the best I've heard and I go back often to
The character development, storyline movement, and twists in the plot.
Simon Prebble is a wonderful reader. Since he will no longer do romance, there will be a great pair of shoes that may never be filled. We will miss him terribly.
The extreme for me was getting emotionally involved in the characters lives.
This is the first in a long series of books by this author and reader. I've kept up with the reads and am waiting on the next to be released early in 2012.
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