I love the narration of Will Patton, and I enjoyed this story. The cast was an interesting/mixed lot, yet I wished for more insight into the kid's minds....of course, this was what Luce wanted, too, so I get it. This was a good audio listen, and I could see the "film" in my head. Imperfect characters, a rambling old lodge in the woods and canned good dinners - this is a perfect slice of Southern Fried Goth.
After my head stopped reeling from the whip-lash smartness and disturbance of Gone Girl, I had to have some more Gillian Flynn. While this novel didn't leave me gawping like GG, it was still a fascinating listen. Be prepared for a bleak landscape and somewhat unlikeable characters; yet, despite the sadness, it was still an extremely great listen that kept me interested to keep cleaning and doing laundry well past bed-time.
Narrators were fine!
***SPOILER ALERT ABOUT END OF BOOK. STOP HERE IF YOU HAVEN'T LISTENED** And I write this for folks who like to read reviews post-listen (like me). I've read others complain about the ending being too far-fetched or ridiculous, but totally disagree. Weird things and coincidences happen every day, and the truth behind the murders did not make the story seem less credible. I always think about the guy who hit the lottery the day he died of a heart attack. His family didn't find the ticket until a couple of months later. It's just life.
This is one of my favorite audiobooks this year. I found it on the Audible "book duel" thingy that was going on several months back. Sometimes I read a book description and think "meh". That is the initial thought I had when I read the reviews for The Chaperone. The whole idea of writing fiction around a culturally significant personality irritates me for some reason. Like cheating, but I know that doesn't make much sense. And since I LOVED "A Good Hard Look", in which Flannery O'Connor has a part, I thought I would let my prejudice slide. And I am so glad I did. The story is absolutely enjoyable from beginning to end. Not so much about Louise Brooks, but about a good, solid, practical mid-western woman of the early 20th century whose life brings unexpected events that change her notions of what is expected and normal in being a "good" person. Thoroughly satisfying.
I am a huge Tana French fan, and was chomping at the bit for this audiobook - especially with so many reviews ranking it as the best in the series. And of course, her writing is brilliant. The setting of the crime takes place in one of the ghost-town neighborhoods of McMansions that were left to starve after the recession. I felt like I was there...the despair of the neighborhood is palpable with the writing. The characters, as always were great - I really liked Ritchie - but not Dinah (which may not have been so bad had I read instead of been exposed to narrator's interpretation....fingernails on chalkboard). And the actual unfolding of the crime was engrossing, too.....what IS that thing in the attic?!! Ms. French is a force of talent and imagination. However...however, I thought it a bit slow in the way that the time I spent listening felt like it was moving more quickly than the action in the book -- extremely meticulous conversations and insight into the main character's thoughts and background. While this may have been my least favorite of the Dublin Murder Squad series, I still recommend it to crime fans and look forward to the next.
It is the turn of the 20th century and 12-yr old Calpurinia Tate lives with her family on a somewhat prosperous farm in Texas. What follows is a year in the life of this curious girl, who has more interest in shadowing her botanist-loving grandfather than learning the duties of a proper young lady of that age (embroidery, knitting, cooking). This is a light-hearted read which is reminiscent of classic coming-of-age tales such as Little Women and An Old Fashioned Girl, but with an updated voice. I found this an appealing feel-good read and would recommend to anyone interested in historical fiction.
The narrator was fine... I didn't care for the sound of her voice at first (seemed strained or like a free LibriVox recording) but I became accustomed to her about halfway through.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks. A LOT. And I have never, ever reached the end and immediately started it over again. I simply loved this story and mourned the ending...I want more! Superb writing paired with excellent narration brought all the characters to life. Brought the island to life. A very human and flawed, yet sympathetic cast. Starts just a tad slow, and the Trinidadian accent can be tricky (if you aren't accustomed, like me), but stick with it. Look forward to more from this author.
I think Alice Hoffman is an incredible writer and have enjoyed many of her stories. The Dovekeepers was interesting, historically, but I never really cared much for the characters, and the oppressive tone, however accurate, seemed to drone on at times. The story is told in four parts from the viewpoints of several women, acquainted in different ways. Some parts were so intriguing (the third story from Aziza was my favorite), they kept me out for walks or household chores longer than intended, but more often, I would be distracted from the story by the narrators. One was strong and halting, and another sounded like a low-throated yoga instructor...ohmmmmm. I get the tone they were going for -- no lightheartedness here -- but it just wasn't my cuppa. I suspect I would have enjoyed reading the book more.
I loved this story...a great fun mystery in the English countryside, but more colorful and whip-smart than your average cozy. I'll admit, I tried this first as a preview on my Kindle and just couldn't get caught up. I had a feeling the audiobook would work better (I love a British accent). Then I noticed quite a few reviewers had trouble with the narrator. This is such a subjective thing, but taking a gamble, I decided to give it a shot. Well, you guys are right! To an extent, anyway. Thankfully, about half-way through the recording, Ms.Entwistle seems to tone down the overly used high lilt at the end of Flavia's sentences. Sometimes she sounds like a grand old dame in a broadway play instead of our heroine...brilliant and sassy as she is. And now I am used to her "voice". I am about to download the next novel! Hoorah!
If only I could find more audiobooks like this. Well-written, interesting characters and plot. Well narrated by Hope Davis. 12+ hours of great listening passed too quickly.
This is my first Bryce Courtenay book, and wow, can he spin a yarn. I enjoyed the hours of sturdy storytelling, and the narrator's voice (although painful at times for Billy Simple and Jessica's whispered "no's!"). However, I didn't expect the last third of the book to go where it did (SPOILER!!!)...the aborigine rights...thought it might concentrate more on where the first of the book led up to: Jessica's baby...that story line completely fizzled. I don't need a nice happy ending, but it just seemed a little disorienting. Nevertheless, I look forward to further exploring the works of this author based on other reviews!
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