Portsmouth, NH, United States | Member Since 2010
No, I would hope my friends could read it in print. The narrator was awful - whiny, nasal and boring as hell.
Perhaps the Ivy Chronicles.
A woman. A good British male reader. This guy is just awful.
I laughed when I was not annoyed by the horrible reader.
It makes me sad that an excellent debut novel could be ruined by such a bad and clueless reader. That guy is so bad I will never listen to any book he narrates. I would leave the train carriage if he sat next to me and I had to hear him speak. Why do so many American readers think they are actors and over-act? Truly trying and more than a bit annoying. This is why I mostly listen only to British novels, but keep trying to find good american ones. Hard, given the readers.
A great read.
Frances, as the protagonist, was clearly my favorite, but I also liked Lillian. Frances perhaps the most as the the voice of the novel and the one we are most intimate with as she goes about her life.
Not sure as I listen to so many books. Ms. Stevenson was excellent. I will look for her again, most certainly.
My reaction was visceral. The prose was captivating as was the sense of place and times. There was an intimacy with the character that deeply moved me.
I am telling all my friends who love to read GREAT books to read this one. Ms. Waters is a rare and exceptionally talented writer. Brava!
I cannot answer as I am too blind to read pint books.
This is difficult, but I suppose I really liked Teassa and Samantha and Andrew. Perhaps because they seemed to the ones with whom I most identified. It was easy to loathe some of the others.
I liked the reading, but didn't like that the voice raised so much and that the sound was not uniform. Meaning, it would disturb my husband when there was shouting and I had to turn the volume down.
Yes. I read it in two day.
Despite some negative and mixed reviews, I loved this book. It was also scarily real as the forces of development and gentrification are universal in these capitalist-driven times. Money and racism and class make for bad bed fellows. I thought the ending was near perfect. Would love a sequel.
I probably would, as I do listen more than once to favorite reads. I like the way Hannah has her grip around Poirot and the plot.
Hercule, I think. I did also enjoy the hotelier and Fen, the server at The Pleasants cafe.
Poirot. My only complaint would be that when he raised his voice so much it altered my volume and as I often listen in bed, this can disturb others in the home. Prefer an even toned narrator. Still, he was good.
The scene in the village with the tombstones and Martha watching out the cottage windows. It was harrowing.
It cannot be easy to take on a book in the character of a long dead author, but I think Hannah did a superb job. Usually I do not like such, but this one was great. For example, the recent adaptations by modern authors of Jane Austen have been dismally bad.
No. It wasn't deep enough. I only finished because I wanted to see how the author would pull off such an unbelievable plot. Well, not so well.
The voice went up and down in volume too much. Became very annoying at times.
No. I simply do not care and the plot is so unbelievable it almost reads as if a book for the young adult market. Could have been greatly improved by more descriptive detail.
The segments about the "crazy" sister were almost pointless. Insensitive, too.
I was dismayed at the lack of character development and plot. The descriptive prose, which I adore when reading of Paris (or any European city) was lacking.
Not much, given the material.
This book had so much potential. It would have been so much better had it focused more on the people, place and not just shallow real estate. Also, the husband was never more than a one-dimensional character.
I want more.
There were many. The horse on the second floor. The boy pretending to be a dog. The children enacting their mother's play. The men. The girls.
She was a superlative reader. Wonderful. Perfect cast to her voice for the various characters. Just amazingly good.
Lizzie, of course.
If only there were more novels full of wit, wisdom and charm. This is so beyond the norm of the day. Stibbe reminds me a bit of Barbara Pym, as well as Trollope and even Kingsley Amis in his early days. Masterful!
Not sure. Probably only to those who don't want to be overly taxed intellectually or depressed by the medical stuff/death.
I liked the details of New York life, but always wanted to know more about some of the characters. It was not an even representative of the characters. I wish the author hhad developed some of the characters more fully.
She was good enough. Her accent for British men was a bit lame.
Meh. Had I been in better health and not stuck in bed, I probably would have not finished it.
Such great potential for a good tale, but left me wanted more in-depth and realistic depictions. I thought NYC got the short drift in this one.
Being able to spend time again with the cast of characters. I would have liked a bit more of Pat, but this series just keeps one wanting more and more.
The adventures of Bertie and the manipulative ways of Irene, his mum. It was entertaining that the husband finally stood up a bit. Comical, yet so real.
I also always like the attention AMS pays to architecture and societal customs and changes.
Yes, all in the series. He is talented.
This was answered above. In general, I cannot pin it down to one event. Not possible. The overall is the total of my enjoyment.
I only wish it was longer! I hope the next one will not take so very long to be available on Audible.
This book was a great read, even if you do not have children. I learned much and was engaged from the first page. This is a well written and insightful book about not only food, but manners and cultural differences
I enjoyed how the author coped, wrote about, and expanded her experience of living in France and eating.
The author, of course.
Eating while sitting, eating a little bit of everything, eating vegetables. The socialization of dining. I could continue ....
I hope this author will write a second book. I would read it with relish.
As a longtime Martha Grimes fan, I was not disappointed. Unlike some, this one didn't have Jury in a love affair ... but every other element was present.
Richard Jury and Melrose Plant. The odd couple of an engaging British mystery series
Yes, all the ones he narrates of Martha Grimes. He is good.
Yes, but I tried to pace myself as I know there will not be another one for some time.
A most enjoyable read. The one brief appearance of Agatha, Melrose's not blood related aunt, was limited and I didn't mind this. Would have like more of the antiques dealer. All in all, however, a wonderful book.
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