I remember the headlines about the Tate-LaBianca murders yet a listen to this book shows me how much I've forgotten or never knew. To read how this crime devastated the family is sad and moving; to read of the way their lives must revolve around the endless probation process is frustrating.
The author owns the businesses mentioned in the town where the story takes place. She really did renovate an inn and owns the pizza parlor and bookstore, all featuring in the story with much discussion of how wonderful they are. It felt like I was listening to one long travel advertisement with the story as a background; plus the story felt very predictable.
I was not aware of this part of WWII history and it is certainly something I should have been aware of. While parts of the book are hard to listen to, particularly the suffering and dying of the starving, it is compelling listening.
When Churchill met Indira Ghandi during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
How did I miss the Disney movie when I was a kid? I'll be looking for it now, even though this book makes it clear that it is highly fictionalized. There are a lot of people to keep track of, but even a bit of confusion over who is who now and then doesn't detract from the story of these men sent to create havoc in the South during the US Civil War. They are to steal a locomotive and head north, taking out track and telegraph lines as they go, and eventually destroying key bridges. The story of getting deep into enemy territory alone was compelling. The theft of the train and the aftermath, including the lives of these men in post-war years, are equally interesting.
This was a fun listen with an interesting story. Just when you think you know what's going on, you are surprised.
A different concept for a detective and very clever. Imagining the scenes with many characters interacting actually involving one person was fun.
The story of J. Frank Norris and his paranoia was so compelling that I found myself researching on the internet for more information. The narrator's voices for the various characters added much to the story, particularly his very accurate interpretation of Norris.
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