I'd like to re-listen to all of these Travis McGee books. I'm on my fifth and will listen to them all, just like I read and re-read them years ago. ;o)
Well, of course, the other Travis McGee books in the series. This recording was delightful.
I loved all the scenes with Chookie and Arthur, and her sweet ways of helping him heal. She is a wonderful character.
Boo Waxwell was a wonderful, horrible villain. I loved the nastiness MacDonald created in this bad guy!
Absolutely. I plan to re-listen to these books just like I listen over and over again to John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series. Jayne Entwistle brings the series alive; I absolutely adore her voices and characterizations.
I loved the first book, but I think this one was even better, if that's possible. I loved the strange and brilliantly described characters, such as Rupert, Mad Meg, the grieving mother, and the bizarre scenes in the dovecote (which I'd never heard of before!), the amazing details of the village, villagers, and times in history. The whole thing is just pure delight.
Mad Meg's voice was wonderful. Of course Flavia's got to be everyone's favorite, but these featured characters are tops. I love the accent she uses for both Meg and the cook!
Yes - when Flavia found the mother in the dovecote holding a vigil for her poor son... great scene.
I hope Mr. Bradley is writing fast. ;o)
A delightful mystery. (that's not fair, I have so much more to say, LOL)
There were so many great scenes, but I really loved the last scene where Goldy is running from her assailant and ends up jumping in the moat, then slogging through the snow to find help. Great action!
No, but I must say this woman has a great deal of talent! Her accents were outstanding, her voices all different, I absolutely loved her voice and interpretations. I loved the accent she used for Suki (sp?), the wife of the castle owner.
When Tom and Goldy finally talked about the elephant in the room - Tom's old girlfriend.
This was my first Goldy Schultz mystery, and I really enjoyed it. I didn't care for the recipes, however, since they seemed very unhealthy and fattening! Made me want to go off my diet, which is bad for a diabetic, LOL. But it was fun cooking alongside Goldy, regardless. ;o)
Yes, I would, since I felt sad that it was over last night when I finished listening. Actually, I was almost "mad" when it ended - I wanted more, which is the sign of a brilliant writer and good plotting. Ms. Amsden is a superb writer. It's not easy for many young writers to get past the novice stage of overwriting, or distracted writing, or too much embellishment, repetition, or dropping tension - but this new writer is already on the top of her game, right out of the starting gate. She is a natural storyteller, and she writes with such fluid simplicity that the words seamlessly tell the story in a natural, suspenseful fashion. I'm very impressed with her style.
I've never read many books in this genre. Well, actually, this is my first. But I'd say that although it's marketed as YA, the appeal is very broad and many adults will become hooked on the series, not unlike the Harry Potter books.
I really loved Melissa's dialog interpretations and her varied voices between men and women. Nicely done!. She sounded natural and enthusiastic, and showed great emotion when appropriate. I felt she was totally engaged in the story, and that was exciting to hear.
Yes! I kept getting mad at Cassie for her very "young," reactions to her world and relationships (not surprising for her character age) such as family and boyfriends. She assumed a lot, which sent her reeling off in wrong directions (often in her own mind). But the natural misinterpretations on her part were well told and absolutely believable, reminding me of real world people I know who do the same.
I laughed a lot - although this book has some pretty tense and scary scenes (being bitten multiple by a villainous vampire was pretty graphically described, and most frightening!), it also had a nice, light, cheeky sense of humor that I adored.
So many questions remain. I've heard there's a series and a sequel coming up soon, called Secrets and Lies.
Can't wait to find out why Cassie's parents disowned her - what was that all about? It had to be to protect her or their other children.
What is it about Evan they are so afraid of? There's something really big here, but we still don't know what it is.
Why is Cassie so intuitive, and is that really her "gift?" She showed that intuition all through the book, although she didn't recognize it in herself.
Why doesn't she react like most girls to men who obvious love her? (I kind of liked that part, having raised 3 teenage daughters who were NOT like that, LOL)
Will she be able to overcome her feelings of inadequacy in order to grow into a more confident woman in the future?
Will she resolve things with her family?
Will she marry Evan and have super special babies with powers?
I also want to know if Christine Amsden came from a large family like that of Cassie Scot. She described it so well. ;o)
Thanks, Ms. Amsden, for a great listen!
This is one of the best books I've ever listened to - so unique, so precious, so brilliant. I loved it!
This is such a unique story, but I guess the setting might remind me of Midsomer Mysteries. It really does stand alone!
Flavia, for certain. Jayne Entwistle has the most engaging voice, and really sounded amazingly like a young eleven year old girl.
I can't wait to download the rest of the books in the Flavia series. ;o)
Yes, I would. I loved the story -- such intriguing twists and layers to peel back -- but I also was totally enraptured by Joyce Bean's ability to do voices from deep baritone male to little tiny girls!
Still Missing, the Chevy Stevens, was similar and just as well done.
Nadine, the protagonist. I loved her relationship with the black stray cat, too, not that you asked! ;o)
A psychiatrists ties to a sixties-style commune plague her, bringing past and present colliding with a smashing conclusion
Looking forward to the next book!
At first I thought this was going to be a "relationship" story, about love lost and love found. Then it morphed into a serial killer thriller, which surprised me but was fun! I loved the characters, although Lil drove me crazy with her inability to forgive Coop, LOL. She really was a stubborn lady. But all the others - especially some of the bit part characters like Farley - warmed my heart. I especially loved the animals and the descriptions of the setting.
This was my first Nora Roberts book, but in a way being "steeped in nature" and dealing with unresolved relationships rather reminded me of ESSENTIALLY YOURS a Tall Pines Mystery.
I loved his variations on the voices. He truly is a genius. I especially loved the accent he gave to Farley. I was afraid the author was going to kill off this lovable character and was relieved when she didn't!
Frankly, the whole subplot about Farley wanting to propose to his gal just had me completely on his side. I know it wasn't a primary scene, but I really loved this sideline!
The writing is smooth and goes down very easily. This was my first Nora Roberts book and I will certainly listen to more. ;o)
I loved the narration and the writing. The prose was unobtrusive, clear, direct, and moved the story along quickly. Dialog was very natural. The mystery - where is Natalie and what happened to her - was incredibly enticing! Well done!
Absolutely! I could not wait to listen to more of this book every time I had to stop - I simply loved it.
Jake Sanders was the main protagonist and my favorite - well drawn and real. I loved his devotion to Natalie, even after six years of... nothing!
I would have done so if I could stop life and get off for a while - yes, it was that good!
This was my first Scott Brick (narrator) novel, and I found myself completely enamored with his style and interpretation. Bravo! It also was my first Harlan Coben novel - I will be after more books in his stable shortly!
It would depend. This book is long and sometimes torturous, extremely literary (i.e. many words not commonly known by today's average reader, and many excursions into strange side lines). I think today's reader might find it too long and (sorry to say) boring in places. I found the poetry of the author's words to be quite beautiful. The topic was terribly disturbing, of course, but the view inside the predator's mind was fascinating.
I loved Jeremy Irons' narration. His inflections were beautifully done and his French was perfect! Kudos for a wonderful job.
Since the book was told in first person, it would be hard to choose anyone other than the main character - "Humbert". I loved how he depicted Dolores (Lo, Lola, Lolita) but the disturbing inner mind of H. was the best!
No way. It was too long, too hard to assimilate except in bursts of say one hour each. I know this probably goes against all literary history, since the book was on a top 100 list for the century, or something like that, LOL. But compared to today's fiction, it was heavy and hard to get through at times. That said, I still enjoyed the process!
I normally listen to mysteries, suspense, thrillers, etc. So I suppose my opinions here are limited in scope. If I always listened to literary fiction I would likely have been better prepared. I only bought it because it was on sale for $4.95 and I liked the sample from Mr. Irons! LOL.
Also, I'd like to say that as a father of three girls, I really had a hard time with the narrator's sick perversion - his sexual attraction to young girls made me very upset. I tried hard to put the thoughts away and tell myself it was just fiction, but I struggled with that quite a bit. So be forewarned if this stuff bothers you, even fictionally!
I loved the author's voice/writing. Perfect, in my humble opinion. Straight forward, tightly crafted, brilliantly done.
I loved the mystery of not knowing how the hell the protagonist got away from the "freak." We know she's free at the start of the story, but the agony of her trials and how she escaped (and who was behind it all) were magnificently revealed in a chapter at a time, told through patient to psychiatrist.
Angela Dawe is one of the finest narrators I've yet heard. Kudos for representing the author in an authentic, sensitive, and delightful manner. Outstanding job!
Any book depicting abuse makes me cringe. Yet I also loved the way the author showed how almost human the freak could seem from time to time. Horrible, yet. But at times, almost likeable for short bursts of time. Well done, Ms. Stevens!
I'll be looking for more books by this talented new author. ;o)
I already have! Just wrote a blog piece about how incredibly wonderful these Simon Prebble narrations of Dick Francis's books are! I am so in love, or should I say, falling in love all over again with these stories. I have been totally entranced, and often want to prolong my morning walk so I can listen further. ;o)
I loved the whole background them of wine and whiskey, but what completely captivated me was Francis's well-drawn character of Tony Beech, who suffered deeply for many terrible reasons, but who put on a brave face in spite of his losses and insecurities. I found Prebble's interpretation of this character's most inner thoughts to be masterful. I'm still sad that it's all over...
Tony Beech - by far. Francis portrayed him subtly - yet it was so poignant, and so nicely meshed with the mystery that there was no distraction from suspense or feeling of "why are we going here?" The revelations - beautifully done - were spaced perfectly within the action/mystery.
When Tony Beech, British wine merchant, witnesses a tragic accident during a high-society garden party, he is drawn into a world of treachery and danger with enough twists and turns to satisfy the most gourmet mystery fan.
I wish I could shake Mr. Prebble's hand. He is simply brilliant.
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