I usually shy away from books, that have consistant 3 star ratings, but after reading a few reader reveiws that I trust, I went with it. And I am so glad I did. I only rated it 4 stars because 5 stars for me is what I consider blockbuster. The character, Katherine, and the story reminded me of Jacqueline Winspear and Louise Penny books. Cloudland is a good mystery that keeps you guessing, has a great narrater, and has characters you would might like to know in real life. I could see a serios here, so I hope the Author gives us more of Katherine and Vermont.
This is an excellent series. I have lost a lot of sleep because it is really hard to put down. I tried the first book because George Guidall was the narrator. He is just so good and one of my favorites. The second book was also narrated by George. Then the third book came along. Not a good narrator, but now, yet another narrator with book 5 -- the worst ever! I don't understand why Audible changes narrator's especially when they have found a narrator that is pitch perfect like George. It is so annoying.
I will "suffer" through book 5 because I love the series so much. And finally.... George will be back on the horizon with book 6. Something to look forward to. By the way, it is important to read the series in order.
Unfortunately, I read the Informant first because I didn't know that it was the last in a series. To get the most entertainment, it's best to start with the Butcher Boy, then move to Sleeping Dogs, and then The Informant. People rave about the Informant and I agree. It was a phenomenal book. The first two books have had mixed reviews, but taken all together this is one of the best series I have listen to. The narration could have been better, but the story sweeps you in. If you like Tana French, Henning Mankel, and Jo Nesbo, you should give this a listen. It's one of those series of books that is hard to put down.
I love mystry thrillers of all kinds: Jennifer Winspear, Agatha Christi, the Mrs. Pollifax series, and even Jack Reacher and Pendegast, but the very best are the Swedish writers and TANA FRENCH! I read the last in the series first because I didn't realize it was a series. It was such a good book too. And I just finished "In The Woods". Beautfiul language, rich characters that are real people you can relate to, and realistic twists and turns that can't allow you to stop listening. I am so looking forward to listening to "The Likeness" which I just down loaded but I am already feeling sad that there are no more. Yes, dounload this book! It is fantastic.
Ahhhh, how a narrator can make or break a good book! I am totally hooked on Swedish Authors. I've listened to all of Steig Larson, Henning Mankell, and Joe Nesbo. I was so excited when I listened to Henning Mankell's forward on this book. But alas, the narrator offered NOTHING. Sometimes, I am annoyed when the narrator over dramatizes a book and have thought to myself, "please, just read it." But this reader was so boring that I considered stopping. Narrators are so important. They really can either add to or detract from a well written book. This book is worth listening to, but you have to get passed the narrator. If you like someone to simply read the book. Then Tom Weiner is your man.
I have read most of Henning Mankell's books and gave all of them a five star. The problem with this book was the reader. Most unfortunate. She did a fine job with the character, Linda but just couldn't pull off Wallender. I liked Walleneder in former books. And the main reason is because he's human. He deeply cares about people, and particularly his daughter. Although he can be impatient, he's not mean. The reader's depiction of Wallender was that he was mean and unlikable. He loves his daughter and yes, they have a conflicted relationship, but in previoius books, you feel the soft spot and he has for her. The story is good, but if people don't read the other books, they might be quite disappointed in this one and not read more of his books. I can really see how a reader can make or break a book. I stayed with it because the story was good. If I hadn't read so many of his other books, I wouldn't have finished it. She ruined Wallender as I've come to know him.
This is a delightful story with excellent narration, however, I must agree with another writer that this should be labeled a teen novel. I also understand that teenagers are often very insecure. But every other sentence of self deprecation became annoying. I stayed with it though, and all in all a very delightful story with characters I easily became fond of.
I hate to waste credits, but I read the reviews on this book and decided to give it a go. First of all the narration was just awful. Talk about pathos. One after the other. All you heard in her voice was pity. Pathetic powerless women, who never get it together. And it continued right to the end. I kept waiting for a high moment in one of their lives. But not a chance. I stuck with it, but couldn't wait for it to end. Ugh. Pass on this one.
I absolutely loved this book. You can't get better: An amazing story, beautifully written, with superb narration. I didn't want it to end. And the characters stayed with me for days. Truly a memorable listen. Please don't hesitate on this one.
This book will stay with you for a long long time, and I intend to listen to it again. I was so happy to see it as a reader and critic favorite for 2009. It deserves it! Don't hesitate on this one. Beautifully written and narrated.
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