I loved Hoffman's first books but her tone has turned darker and depressing as the years go by. I keep hoping to find the magic of her first books only to be more and more disappointed. No doubt both the reading and the writing quality are good. However, I wish this was a happier story showing how violent acts can destroy not only the damaged child but have the power to destroy a entire famil with a little less of tragedy. I wonder why Claire never told Annie, or her other sister Meg the reason behind the anger that consumed Elf considering the family's unity and love. Overall, the tale could have been sunnier without deviating from the intent. When I read for pleasure I want to feel hopeful not to feel sad, for that I only have news to read the news. I had a lot of trouble finishing to hear this book. So unless you want to be bummed for the fun of it, spend your money elsewhere or check the book from your local library.
An infusion of originality, less of the "Annoyingly clever," Carpathian, it is the same old, filling the blanks, more of a new plot, more of a new fresh approach.
Maybe, her panthers are still readable, except for the geographical booboos.
Their imitation voices make my heart cringe and love scenes were, well, embarrasing.
Give up the Carpathians, or have an appendix with the background.
It took me several tries to get into the story, but as a stream grows fed by tributaries into a powerful force of nature, so did this narration.
The narrator's lilt and cadence and native accent, further contributed to the natural flow and intensity of the story's events. The combination of a good tale and a well matched narrator, impacted on how the pieces fell into a perfectly mixed flow; on how all the feeding streams converged to make the interest grow; and on how the roar of the tale was able to drown all other interests, to successfully catch the reader's full attention in its eddies of intrigue and secrets.
This is a story of a conflicted catholic Irish detective working with protestants in the midst of the hunger strikes, the political maneuvers, the prejudices and hatred of religion, and the conflicted sexuality of the players, where many factors of the troubled Irish history are mixed with perfectly fluid precision, which result in a natural and moving experience, dragging you in as a nature's force.
A tale of a series of hate crimes cleverly using and exploiting the circumstances of all those involved, and a smart detective determined to find the connection between the murders of men who were reputed to be gay, the disappearance of a young woman, the Protestant-Catholic conflict, the dangers of Belfast during the era, and the politicos biding for power, and the main character's identity crisis; they all make for a powerful story only made better by the author's flawless performance and his wonderfully tinged with emotions voice.
What was better the story or the narrator? What shall I say, Doyle made the experience more intense; or was it McKinty who provided the perfect tale only to be enhanced by Doyle? Or do they flow together in a stream of great story telling, pulling us in until the end of the book and leaving us, the readers, hungering for more?
As far as the mystery went, it managed to stomp me, even if I had guessed much, and that is a feat, trust me, I am who guesses a who-done-it very early on. This is one book I would recommend without hesitation.
Way too long for a fairly simple story line. It flowed liken like molasses someone put in the fridge. While is true Ms. Norton can paint a scene with her words, it was boring nevertheless. I skipped through 15 hours or so. It wasn't a Secret Garden, too much filler, and a so, so mystery, yawn.
Not sure, maybe. Everyone has the right to another chance.
A novella would have been better suited for the subject matter, less painful.
I have read other of Rose's works, and this one did not dissapoint. The possibility of women as the powerful agressors is intriguing. Throught my life, I have changed my naive belief that all wome nurturing creatures, and if the world goverments were left to their power, women would never turn into predators, and they would take advantage of their possitions, or at least not mostly.
Whereas the story line might be exagerated, it is thought provoking.
The series as a whole needs one.
I would have rated it higher, hadn't it been for all the vivid descriptions of torture. I could have done without them, and, I would dare to say that the value of the total experience would have increased.
This is only my opinion, and while I like to read this genre, I find too much gore detracts from the entire experience.
I look forward each of her books, each has the right mix of magic, love, south, friendship, families, and a wide range of human emotions, and delicious as the juice of a yummy peach.
Less graphic. Menos grafico hubiera sido mejor,.
Demasiado descriptivo, aunque me agradan las novelas noir, esta tuvo demasiadas descripciones de tortura que no eran necesarias para la historia, y que talves en cambio de añadir a el contenido, le substrajeron a la calidad de la narración, de una manera detrimental la cual me obligo a dejar de oir al audio. Creo que menos hubiera sido mejor ya que la historia fue ineresante y el autor escribe bien.
Yes, the writer has a good writing style.
The layering of the mystery made me think of a box within a box within a box, and by the time you got to the last box, well read it yourself... It is fully original and well written; it kept my attention fully engaged. The interaction between amongst the players was believable and each one was suited for their role. I usually guess the story lines but this one always had a little more left.
I had two complains: Too many cliché moments during the last chapters in the attempt to create a suspenseful situation, a little too predictable; a cookbook approach for the genre which made it annoying at the end of the day. It was a small disappointment considering the rest of the story
Whereas the author's story telling is superb in most areas, he seriously lacks in the romantic department which was a little bit of a let down. All and all was a great experience, I am sure I will be reading his future work.
Good Darcy's perspective.
The voices were great.
I was anxious to read Ms. Audrey Niffenegger new work; but, I just could not get into it as it failed to catch my interest. The American twins, Julia and Valentina, were ghostly on their own and lacking of real substance. All the characters had some serious flaws to include the dead aunt's beau, Robert, who stalks the twins for weeks/months upon their arrival in London. The plot gained some momentum upon their arrival in London to claim the flat and money left by their unknown mother's twin sister Elspeth. Their aunt Elspeth lives as a ghost in their flat overlooking a Victorian Cemetery, and appears to care for the twins, as she pines for her lover Robert. All of this while she gains on strength and wins the twins confidence. The twins'relationship that borders in the incestuous and bizarre, and their fascination with older men does not make it better. The entire story's premise was unlikely and the end was a wreck! If you expect the same wonder from reading the Time Traveler's Wife, think again, not sure what the author had in her mind. As it is, I wasted my money since I was not able to stomach the last third and skipped to the end only to be totally dissapointed. So,if you must read it then check it from your local library and donate the money to someone who needs it. Or better, skip it and preserve your mental health.
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