This isn't about the psychology of suburban living... it's a run-of-the-mill serial killer story and it's not that good. Boring book, poor story development.
Well starting with changing the narrator would help. He was seriously acting all the "villain" characters with the same slow, meandering lisp. Hard to explain but harder to listen to.
I don't like this question. I don't know... Written a better story?
Too bad about mission flats. I really liked Defending Jacob and it's hard to believe that it came from the same author. Blah.
Really very boring. Didn't finish it. I liked the zombie series he did so I thought I'd try other books by this author... Bad idea. Waste of a credit.
As far as the Langdon series goes I'm done with Dan Brown.
This book is really bad guys. There is hardly any character development, the dialogue is like cardboard, and the plot is pretty much plotless. Robert Langdon with amnesia? Gawd how much more corny can you get? Same "on the run" with a BEAUTIFUL BRAINY woman, same clues in historical works of art, same evil unknown threatening world destruction. It seriously feels like someone forced Brown to put out another book by a certain deadline so he did what he could to get words on paper ASAP. A huge disappointment.
I was so excited to discover Phillippa Gregory and I absolutely devoured the first 3 books of the Tudor series. I loved them and it seemed like such a relief to find a go-to author! But unfortunately I then eagerly downloaded and dove into 'The Queen's Fool'. What a disappointment. Unlike the previous three books, the story is not from the point of view of a historical figure, but a random fictitious young girl named Hannah. She has all these gimmicks that makes it seem like the author is trying WAY too hard to make her an interesting character- She is Jewish and fleeing persecution. She dresses like a boy to stay 'hidden' even though everyone knows she's a girl who is dressing like a boy so it just sort of seems strange after a little while. She also is psychic or something (she has 'the sight') and it is just sort of an afterthought in the story. Also she is running back and forth between Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth giving them advice and generally being their favorite and most trusted little friend. How and why this has happened for this random Hannah is because of her ESP, i guess, but it just isn't a well developed plotline. Character development is also extremely thin. Oh and of course she has at least two men lusting after her. Oh and she is the 'fool' (court jester?) at court. Does it sound like the stories of Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth are completely lost in all of this gimmicky character of Hannah? It's because they are. It's like Gregory had an idea of this Hannah character and just wrote her into some historical fiction to give her some kind of a story. IMO, it's a slow moving, boring and redundant story. I'm about 75% through and I'll probably finish it, but then I will take a break from Phillipa Gregory for a while.
I was so happy to have found an amazing listen after a long while of duds. The story was so interesting and the narrations were spot-on. The crafting of the scene was magnificent and truly made the setting magical. I have never given 5 stars in every category, but I do not have one complaint about this book. I cannot wait to listen to more Phillipa Gregory books! Hopefully Audible continues to do her justice with the amazing narration. Ok well goodbye for now... I'm off to buy my next Gregory book!
This book should actually be found under "fantasy" on audible. Three women fall completely backwards into fame, fortune, and amazing jobs. One woman actually breaks up with her celebrity fiance because another celebrity is pursuing her. Another woman has a famous movie director falling all over himself to date her. The story is basically three women who do absolutely nothing and find unbelievable success. It is disappointing because it really was well written and kept my interest so it had great potential. I will probably read other books from this author. But the story was just BAD.
Anyway perhaps one of the reasons it was so pleasant to listen to is that the narrator was AMAZING. She did a great Brazilian accent and hit the emotions of the women perfectly. I will probably look for other books with this narrator.
This book had an interesting sounding plot and the setting was intriguing. It started off well with the premise of a N. Korean defector, but that storyline ends quickly and uneventfully. Then hours of boredom. Then another interesting storyline about a woman he meets and obviously cares for, probably 25 minutes and its over. Then more boredom. This book had amazing potential for a different and interesting story of Communist North Korea in the style of Lisa See, but it completely fell flat. The narrator was also apparently bored to tears. Monotone, quiet, and slow, the narrator would be an insomniacs best friend bc he be would right to sleep. Sucks that I wasted money on this blah book. I'm not even going to bother finishing it.
There are some books written to be big obnoxious blockbuster movies. This is one. With absolutely no character development, I'm sure the screen adapters had an easy job. Probably won't see the movie
It was OK as far as passable entertainment. I don't know if it was written to have a sequel but it was pretty anti-climatic. Abstract idea (spoiler alert) with no chance for the protagonist. Predictable.
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