I was not expecting much of what happened in this book. The character development was one of the best I have read in a long time.The details of the era were fascinating and I enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot. The only negative was that I think the author wanted to wrap everything up perfectly at the end, some things could have been left to the imagination. All in all it was entertaining, had a great message and was well written. I liked Elizabeth McGoverns narration as I think it was accurate for the era and for a Kansas matron. I would highly recommend using your credits on this one!
I love Liane Moriarty and I loved the narration by Tamara Lovatt Smith, I also loved, The Husband's Secret and What Alice Forgot. This book was not as good as the other two but not without some entertainment value. The plot was predictable, not all the characters likeable and we had to hear endless psychoanalysis of each character. However, the narration made it all easy to listen to and it wasn't a total waste of my time. I am sure I would NOT have enjoyed reading this book, but to listen on the treadmill, it was fine. I wouldn't rush out and get this one but if you need to use a credit, its not a total waste.
This is a book that grabs your attention from beginning to end! A wonderful historical novel that features all kinds of interesting characters, situations and details. It is never slow or boring. It has great,well crafted characters. The details of daily life, medical treatments, food, law, religious beliefs, witchcraft,slavery, piracy, etc were all fascinating. The murder mystery was surprising and built tension throughout the story. It did not have a predictable ending. Edoardo Ballerini is an amazing talent, I have not listened to anything he has read that didnt keep me mesmerized by the sound of his voice. I was sorry when this book ended and hope to find another by this author.
Liane Moriarty is my new favorite author. After listening to, The Husbands Secret, I decided to try another of her books and I enjoyed this one even more. The concept of waking up and thinking you are 10 yrs younger was fascinating to me. It made me examine my own life and think about what my 10 or 20 or 30 yrs. younger self would think of me now. I like the way the author builds suspense and keeps us guessing. She is great at building realistic characters and tells the story from many viewpoints. It's also interesting how one of the main characters is deceased. The narration was great. I highly recommend this book and my book club is reading it this month, so far the reviews are great!
I listened to half this book, got confused, because I wasn't really paying attention and had to go back and start over. I am glad that I did or I would have missed a gem. This book was well written, great details and the author did not stereotype her characters, they were all multidimensional. It was hard to believe that the story was fiction. I liked the fact that 2 narrators were used, rather than one changing her accent, it made it less confusing. It's definately worth your time and credit
Khristine Hvam could read the dictionary to me and I would be happy! She saved this audiobook from total mediocrity! The story reminded me of a 2013 version of the "afterschool movie of the week" from 30 yrs ago. Same basic premiss of adolescent bullying that went on when I was in HS, just updated with cyberbullying, homosexuality and working parents. It would have been more interesting if it was better edited and a few non-important characters were left out. I think that a teen might enjoy this book and it could open up a discussion for parents to explore boundaries. For my adult bookclub it was a poor selection, thankfully not mine.
I found this historical novel about the Borgias fascinating. With all that has been written about them through the years, I feel that Ms. Dunant has done a wonderful job of making them come alive as real people. You feel the pain Lucretia feels as a young innocent who is manipulated by her father and brother. The arrogance and lust for power of Cesare and the corrupt and exploitive nature of the Pope in almost every aspect of his life except his love for his children . It was not a fast moving book but the fabulous narration of Mr. Ballerini kept me listening and wondering what would happen next! If you like Historical fiction I think you will find this book well written and researched
I had the opportunity to meet Khristine Hvam, who narrates this audio, recently and was surprised to learn about her career as a reader for my favorite form of entertainment- audiobooks!!!. She recommended a few books I might like and I chose this one. While this is not my favorite genre, I enjoyed every minute of Khristine's amazing narration. She is one of those readers like Scott Brick or Eduardo Ballerini, that can make any book come to life and shine. While the story itself was not that original or exciting, her interpretation of it made it entertaining for me and I enjoyed listening.If you enjoy this genre than I highly recommend this audio....even if its not your genre you will still enjoy Khristine!
I cant say that this is one of Chris Bohjalian's best books, but I enjoyed the narration and the story intrigued me. I liked the way he got into the details of life in Italy for a "noble" family during the German occupation and weaved a murder mystery/ serial killer into it.That was a bit contrived in my opinion but that is what fiction is all about! It was by no means a favorite for me but it was entertaining and kept my interest.
I purchased this book when it was on sale and it seemed to me to be similar to the Maisie Dobbs series. I was sorely disappointed. Perhaps I should have started with the first book in the series rather than #19, and I wonder why Audible didnt put that one on sale? The story was shallow and poorly written, the only saving grace was the narrator who saved it from being a total waste of time, and the small details about the Magdelene laundry.
I often wonder when I listen to or read a book that I find intolerably dull and boring, if perhaps I missed the point? Maybe more intellectual people than myself understood something I missed? I don't know, all I can say is that I gave it a shot and after the book was done I couldnt even tell you what happened as I couldnt follow the story and forgot whatever I heard a few minutes after listening. I have never listened to such a terrible narration. I am sure that many Native American narrators could have brought some life and excitement to the story- a great reader can make a mediocre book interesting- this narrator did the opposite. The story never captured me, the fables were boring, the characters poorly developed. The book just never seemed to come together into anything I found enlightening or different or significant. I don't recommend wasting your credits on this book.
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