Long on Chet, ok on mystery. Chet and Bernie mysteries warm the hearts of dog lovers. This one continues in that genre. Enjoyable.
The story is engaging but poorly written. The writing is mixed with some parts well written and some poorly written, much of it maudlin. When I read a book like this I think a new author has a good idea but gets a publisher that puts a team of mediocre writers on it to get it out the door. Overall amateurish. Toward the end, I just started skipping over sections trying to miss the poorly written stuff. Much of the ending is just so much mush.
I enjoyed the story and had no problem with the narration. Think of this one as RETRO! Anglophile style. It's also nice to read an early Agatha Christie story.
The story is pleasantly convoluted. The naiveté of the principals is charming.
This is not today's hard-edged mystery.
This book does an excellent job of telling a story of a young man with severe disability. The book clearly separates the difficulties of this young man's alternate perceptions of reality and mental retardation.
The workings of the human mind are complex and those of us whose minds process the world and perceive in the "normal" as in statistically normal manner are too quick to dismiss or throw away those who experience the world differently. Different working brain is not necessarily crazy or retarded, but can lead to serious difficulties for the human who is born with it.
This book shows us the difference. Well written and worth the read.
The story was constructed in an imaginative way that gives insight into historical events and horror without succumbing to a yoyeuristic exploitation of horror or the maudlin in the intensity of the wartime relationship.
The book isn't flawless but overall well written. I had times when I got the sequence or characters confused, but that was probably my trying to multitask. I will probably give it a second read in a year or two, just unscramble my own confusions in listening.
I almost didn't buy it because the cover art while capturing key details in the story puts too much of a "sappy, emotional" take on the story. I hate "sappy" stories. I'm glad I bought this audible book and that the author kept the intensity reasonably in check.
The idea of the story is good. The actual story-telling and writing is disappointing. From non-sequiturs, to unbelievable dialogue, the book was a miss. The writing is a mish-mash with lots of syrup on top.
I almost stopped this book at the beginning as it starts harshly. I'm glad I kept going as the issue resolved itself. The plot is interesting and sufficiently tangled to hold interest but not so tangled as to be difficult to follow. I like the personality of police detective, Erlendur Sveinsson.
There are details of Icelandic life and character that make the story come alive. I will listen to more books by this author.
The plot is fairly simple, yet enjoyable. The plot and bi-cultural background of the male character provides a good vehicle for exploring Chinese versus American culture. The romantic interest is pleasing.
I'm not a cook or "food-ie" but found this story interesting and educational. I will probably re-listen at some future date to absorb more of the history and cultural details.
The performance is well done. It seemed a little stilted the first few minutes, but either that changed or I became accustomed to the reader.
A good use of a credit.
Well, it seems like some like it. For me, too much a sloppy romance and improbable events. Reader is sickenly sweet.
This novel, written in 1958, will carry Anglos born before 1950 into social values and moral values of a bygone age. It may seem dated or even unbelievable to younger readers, but the values and morals of this age did exist.
The story is engaging and well read. The tangled storyline I found a little confusing as I listened but not less interesting because of it. As I listened, I thought that Shute was probably not at his best in this book. However, at the end Shute pulls the tangled threads into a coherent plot and resolution.
The story seems a little more contrived that other Shute novels, but it does work.
I debated giving this a 5 star but settled on 4 as this is a very good story but not the masterpiece of Shute's "A Town Like Alice".
I liked the reader, but the halting style might bother some. Best to listen to the sample.
This makes me wish to listen to more Shute novels which I think were recently added to Audible.
I found this story to be well written, gripping and interesting in it's fictionalized glimpse into Tudor England and the Reformation. The narration is excellent. The descriptions vivid. Highly recommend.
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