Yes. I read it many years ago and now that I am older, I was able to reiderate the many things I learned from it. I was a philosphy minor and we were all looking for the "truth" in those days. Many philosphers were busily trying to impress other with their great minds. Voltaire was very bright and was able to present the truth in what seemed a simplistic manner, but was anything but. Isaac Assimov could explain anything to anyone. The mark of true genius, as was Voltaire with his "simpleton" Candide.Candide was a newborn thrust out into the real world, like Dorothy from Kansas. There is so much humor in the names of the people encountered, and the politics of the day are the politics of all days. It's a classic for a reason. It covers all times.
The interjection of humor and irony.
No one stands out. Naive Candide went from one impossible situation to another without a break.
Nope. Smiled a lot. I am over 50. One learns or dies by then.
Read this if you are young to learn. If you are older to reaffirm.
Very good. The author is known to me. My favorite book so far was a history, not a mystery. The Secret Biography of Ghengis Kahn.
I am familiar with the author, the characters and as always, I learn something from the history incorporated into the story.
Reid, Judge Knott's cousin is always a bit elusive but interesting.
Yes. It was her new relationship to her stepson.
I like the fairness of Judge Knott, her huge family and her kindness to her stepson.
I loved how the history of Rome, Pompei and the engineering of the aqueduct were so important in telling the story. Timeless because politics and greed never change and the indicision of some folks led to their downfall. We had characters to pull for and folks we hoped were done to death by the ash.
The water engineer and Pliny the elder.
Don't mean to be a smarty but an artful reader is a great addition, but I listen to books when I drive or work, so a good reader makes the book enjoyable and possible.
When Pliny the elder realizes his fate and how he met it head on.
I enjoyed the book because it was well written, interesting historically and you cared about the characters.
I move on. So many books, so little time.
Excellent. They keep my attention and the character is so smart but so exasperating. Our hero has many foibles, but you are rooting for him all along. I think those of us who worked for politically motivated sorts, can commiserate with our hero. I have loved all Mr. Lovesy's books.
Don't really know. I chose books based on the author and subject matter. I really don't recall bad narrators. They are professionals and do audition.
Never. I have a real life.
Looking forward to all of the other Lovesy books in my wish list. The narrator is good, so, Nothing but anticipation here.
Far too many tricks and red herrings. Woe until those who don't have an extensive knowledge of early British literature and Shakespeare.
Didn't care by the end of the last reveal. Too many rvelations about who did it.
Not to my knowledge, but the narrator was very good. Not his problem. He could do many characters with good nuance.
Not in my opinion.
This author made an effort to modernise a 20's or 30's who done it with the very slick educated British nobility sorts. Didn't show enough restraint with the red herrings. Fine knowledge of Hamlet and other British literature.
Inspector Wexford, because he is so bright, but so human. Has doubts and foibles like anyone. Enjoy his habit of introspection on all things he thinks and sees.
No refelection on Mr. Crosley but I listen to books being read because I am doing other things and it is convenient. I read books in both forms. One over the other is chosen because of location, primarily in my car or the kitchen.
Not that I can think of.
Wexford is very analytical and has a great relationship with his wife of many years. He works with people, not in cross purposes. He is way too patient with his children, but that is part of him. Patience.
The lead character is very intelligent and able to think on her feet. Enjoy reading about real woman.
History of WW ll is very well tied into the story.
What I usually say is that if the story is my main point of interest and I am not noticing the narrator, they are doing a fine job. That was the case hear.
I never do that. The reason I like audio books is that I can ""read" while I am driving or working. My life doesn't lend itself to engulfing whole books at a time.
Looking forward to the next book. Still have questions about the fate of one character and the relationship between Maggie and her dad.
I had no particular problem with any of the book. All women know the predjudice involved in evaluating our skills. I always enjoy a book about a woman who has interests, as an adult, that uses intellectual skills with being dehumanized. Maggie is smart, analytical, but very empathetic too. She doesn't try to be one of the guys except to try to excel at the things she does best.
The blending of history and fiction is very masterfully done. I am a Churchill fan and have read his biography. What a character.
Maggie because she is bright, grows with each experience and is very plucky.
When Maggie was being pursued and was hiding in the Anderson shelter. It taxed one to think a out how she could escape. Kept your attention.
What History Didn't Tell Us.
Immediately listened to the second book and am looking forward to the next. My dad was a WWII vet and I have read extensively about that era. It is fun to see the authors skill in using fact and fiction.
The vivd descriptions of the powers of archers versus armour.
Father Christopher. He was a priest, but also a person of great common sense and an interpreter of war and human behavior. He was compassionate, but never foolish. He helped keep people grounded without being in total denial. He was equally protective of men and woman which in that time was just short of a miracle in itself.
War is Always Hell.
Like most people, I didn!t know as much about this period of history as I did of ancient times or modern times. It brought home again to me how horrifying it would to have been a woman in this time period. Woman were just chattel and their fates were never in their hands. So many times, no rights and no recourse if ill treated. Lords and the church were all powerful and their word was law. The book shows how pride and money once again kills many who, when they figure out their real role is in a war, find it is too late to do anything but do or die.
Never felt the need to listen to a book of this sort again. They are mysteries and once the mystery is solved, I'm anxiously awaiting the next book. Enjoy every minute I am listening though.
Inspector Lynnly is more like himself after the death of his wife. He is thoughtful throughout the investigation and tries as usual to guide Deborah St. James and she as usual blunders along and reeks havoc. She is like a rock in your shoe to me but her character moves the story along, but if she fell in a sand trap, I wouldn't miss her. Story has plenty of Barbara Havers time. She is really my favorite character. As usual, the story left us with a cliff hanger so I hope the next book is well on the way. Miss George writes well and has real, well developed characters.
She is always a favorite. I am never disappointed by her. She takes me to each character with her voice. She is so good that I am never distracted by her just enthralled.
Just my usual dislike of the ever emotional, but never rational Deborah. I don't like her and her behavior causes others great pain.
Just ,if Ms George reads these, thanks for your talent and write faster. My heart goes out to Barbara,
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