I don't usually enjoy books about terrorism with plots involving ethnic factors. But these issues were side issues in this book, with the actual story involving petty criminals looking for a big score and an officer moving one foot in front of the other trying to survive a shattering loss. I would have given the story a 3 1/2 if I could have - 3 is too low. I loved the story until the end, when the book just seemed to stop. But I look forward to reading another by this author.
I don't usually enjoy books about war, but this book kept me interested throughout. The author seems to be a very honest person, although I still find it incomprehensible he could not have at least heard rumors of the concentration camps. His book, however, is very enlightening, being the memories of a soldier deeply engulfed in the German military and a prisoner of war even longer held by the Soviets.
I am such a fan of the Ladies' and Dalhousie series, but stopped listening to this one after a few chapters. Don't like Mom or her paramour, despite their noble inclinations, and other reviewers don't paint a hopeful picture for Clover and James. So, following my motto of 'Life is too short to listen to irritating books' - I sadly throw in the towel, even though the author is A.M. Smith and I think I could easily be a fan of this narrator.
I have a hard time explaining to friends how much I love this seriesI I found myself weeping today as I listened to Flavia's description of her mother's funeral with her sister's eulogy and choice of funeral music. Hard to believe I am so drawn into the this world. I am in such awe of the author who is able to write such wonderfully funny and poignant books from the viewpoint of a 12 year old girl. And he has the perfect partner in the narrator. I hope this series continues a long, long time.
After seeing the Mr. Banks movie, I was intrigued by PL Travers, so immediately looked for the book the movie is based on. The author appears to have done the best she could with the material available to her, and the book certainly added to my understanding of the complexity of Travers. I was left wanting to know more, so I will continue to research her as well as to read the Mary Poppins books. I did not enjoy the narration of this book, primarily due to the prissy tone taken any time Travers was quoted. Perhaps this was an impersonation - I don't know how she spoke. But to my ears, she was presented as a pouty child no matter her age, while other people who were quoted were not stuck with such irritating voices. Poor Mrs. Travers. I finished the book in spite of the narrator, simply because I was so interested in the story.
I've listened to the other Harry Hole books and enjoyed them. But I could not take this one - too graphic and horrible. The others were certainly violent, but in this one he seemed to be trying to one-up the others - gratuitous violence and degradation. I was hoping to be hooked like I was by the others, but finally gave up. Maybe I should give Nesbo's children's books a try - I'm obviously not adult enough for this one.
I had heard reviews and stories about this book that tweaked my interest, but was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. First, I love Jon Ronson's voice. His delivery reminds me of Ricky Gervais, and his writing is frequently just as funny. But his method of reporting the story he has uncovered obviously involves extensive research as well as his perception of the comic aspects of the story. This book explained the amazing increase in the diagnosis of childhood disorders that I observed in my own work over the last 40 years and made me even happier to be retired. I look forward to listening to another of his books.
This is a book that stays with you. Days after I finished it, I'm still processing the lessons learned.
Very creepy story that kept me interested during the first 2/3 of the book. Like others have suggested, I think the story could have been much better with editing. Loved her first book, but this one was a disappointment. Maybe less research that needs to be shared next time?
I didn't like the narrator's rendition of Carson's voice - always so angry, he became irritating. Enjoyed all the rest - story and narration. I like Frieda very much so I will check out the next in the series.
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