This is fun, entertaining listening. The humorous portrayal of the English aristocracy, with a nod to real historical figures, was enjoyable, and the performance is flawless. But I don't know how long I'll be be able to sustain interest in the ever-thwarted romance between Georgie and Darcy.
Anyone who has ever looked back on his life and wished they had done things differently should be able to relate to Harold Fry -- a genuinely good, kind person who sometimes just doesn't think fast enough to do the right thing. The roots of Harold's pain and regret begin to reveal themselves as Harold sets off rather abruptly on a pilgrimage to save a friend, but really to save himself. The ups and downs of the journey seem so true to life, with Harold experiencing real highs and lows as he nears his destination.
Jim Broadbent was absolutely the perfect narrator for this book. In my mind, he IS Harold Fry. I so hope this book is made into a movie, with Jim playing Harold.
I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. It will probably make even the most stoic of readers shed a few tears, but it also has enough laughs to keep you going and to leave you hopeful that it's never too late to claim happiness in life.
Can suicide be funny? You wouldn't think so, but the chance meeting of this book's four characters kicks off a story that is both laugh-out-loud funny and thought provoking. It's easy to relate to the human frailties of these flawed individuals as they search for a way out from their various problems. The narrators do a fantastic job of giving voice to the characters.
A fan of the Harry Hole mysteries, I was reluctant to try "Headhunters," without one of my favorite protagonists. I got over that immediately. This is a fabulous suspense novel filled with exciting, original characters and a plot line that will keep you guessing until the very end. One of the best audio books I have heard. Steve West is the perfect narrator for this book. He so convincingly embodies the voice/personality of the main character. I will definitely be looking for more books narrated by Steve.
Bottom line: If you like suspense, surprise, lots of action, well developed characters, and a plot that keeps you turning the pages, read this book. It's quite obvious to me why this book has been made into a movie -- as I have missed it's US release date, I'll be first in line to see it once it becomes available on Netflix.
This book came as a pleasant surprise. I hadn't heard of the Dave Robicheaux series, so this Cajun detective solving crimes in the colorful city of New Orleans was a great find. The descriptions of Lake Ponchartrain and the outlying areas made me want to pack my bags for a vacation on the bayou.
Dave is a complex character with plenty of flaws, and Will Patton does a fantastic job of giving voice to Dave and the other characters.
The plot is complex, and the twists and turns keep you interested. If I had one criticism, I'd say that poor Dave gets heaped with a little too much grief -- more than one guy, or the reader -- should be expected to stand. The flashbacks to Vietnam, along with descriptions of human rights atrocities in Central America, coupled with the gruesomeness of the crimes being investigated, are a bit over the top. I also wonder why the author chose to make gratuitious slams at the US Govt's handling of politics in Central America: The US Treasury officer in the story is doing his job; there was no need for him to justify his actions based on his religious or political views.
In any case, this is a great detective story and well worth your time. I plan to check out other novels in the series.
This story held my interest, but the characters weren't really well developed. Too much happens at the end without sufficient story and character development to support it.
Most interesting aspect is finding out what happened during the suspected murderer's blackout. Least interesting is the character development of the victim and the murderer.
As usual, Simon Vance's performance was outstanding. He can modify his voice to suit a multitude of characters without sounding strange. He is just very easy to listen to -- one of the best readers I've heard.
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