Ok, I'm a fan of Clive Cussler series. That being said: there is a cheese-y factor to the dialogue between characters consistently. If you don't take the books too seriously, you can enjoy the ride and sometimes learn some interesting factoids...
This book falls into the typical Cussler recipe: fast-moving and fun with a bit of danger and mystery thrown in.
He does not write women very well - they are all caricatures, Barbie meets Lara Croft. But they have improved over the years and I do give him credit for trying to make them a little more human with humor.
But if you enjoy action/adventure without a lot of graphic gore or sex (one of the reasons I consistently reach for his books) you'll probably enjoy this and other Cussler reads.
I chose this book as a 'classic' to add to my library. It is hard to read about any animal being abused and I had a hard time getting through it because of that.
It's not the kind of book that will leave you with a good feeling or even a greater understanding - it's just a story that focuses on the brutality of humans and animals.
I understand that some may find the story being told entirely through Buck's (the dog) perspective interesting but that did not make it worth the sadness I was left with at the end.
Interesting introduction to one of the best scoundrels to plague the Emersons.
Barbara Rosenblatt is excellent, as usual in this series but you must continue with the next books to get the full benefit of Ms Rosenblatt's ability to round out new personalities.
This is a romp and you must appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor of the author to fully enjoy this terrific series.
With humor and some wit, the author introduces us to the character and characters of the royal family.
I am interested to see if the characters distaste for anyone outside 'the peerage' and americans especially, is just the characters view or if that distain is the authors opinion.
Well performed. I will definitely try at least one more book in the series.
Another pro: while the author skates on the edges of the main characters moral degradation, so far it's nice to 'read' a book where the main character has not chucked all sense of decency for the 'modern' world.
Although the story has been often told and dramatized with varying results; this is definitely worth adding to your permanent audio library.
Narration is better-than-average.
If you enjoy a good human story with subtle humor revealing human frailties this is a story for you.
An excellent story. Good development of the main character and supporting cast.
Very satisfying as a follow-up to Ms. Kings "The Beekeepers Apprentice".
Rather slow-moving. The details are necessary for the next in the series, but really just as a way to introduce you to the characters and circumstances to come.
It's a bit tedious, but will be worth the read once you get The God of the Hive.
Interesting, Good, Uncomfortable
Yes, I already have and, for the most part, enjoy this series.
Excellent voice control and distinctive characters.
Ms. King likes to tickle the uncomfortable edge of the illicit - not what I read her stories for.
Definitely as good. Barbara Rosenblat adds so much depth to the characters.
He Shall Thunder in the Sky. It's the next book in the series and I have yet to find others that truly comparable. However readers of the this series will likely enjoy the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King.
Hard to choose between Amelia Peabody-Emerson and Professor Radcliffe Emerson...
Indiana Jones, move over!
With the exception of one or two 'slips' in the character of Nefret Forth's dialogue - this is truly enjoyable reading/listening and addictive.
Good Story, Good, familiar characters.
A solid narrator. Unlike some other, less intuitive actors(narrators) SB does a good job of switching characters without over dramatizing the differences. It is not easy for a man to narrate a woman's voice without sounding ridiculous. SB does it well.
Love that Dirk Pitt and Adm. Sandecker make appearances. Miss these two characters from Clive Cussler's books.
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