Dog Lover's Must
When Maggie the dog explores her new home. We experience it from her point of view as a dog.
I believe this is the first thing I've listened to narrated by him. The narration is excellent. This book deserves to be listened to.
The scene in Afghanistan with the dog, Maggie. My eyes teared up!
This would make a fantastic movie! I hope it gets made someday.
This is a long listen, but I couldn't stop! I actually spent all day long one day in my PJs, crocheting and listening to this. (I was in bed a little sick.) This is the second book I've listened to by this author and she really takes her time and goes into great detail. It can drag a little and be a little repetitive at times. I saw that some reviewers suggested listening to it at a faster speed, but I don't think this is the answer. You just have to relax and enjoy. I look forward to listening to more from this series.
I debated between giving this 3 or 4 stars for the story. On the one hand, I quite enjoyed the adult fairytale, but on the other, there were times I was exacerbated by the author repeating things over and over and the "mystery" was rather transparent. This could have been edited down a lot more. I found myself sometimes thinking: "Yeah, we get it—now get on with the story!" There was a lot of build up to a revelation that was pretty obvious. There was a small twist to mystery that I hadn't guessed, but overall, no surprises.
In spite of the complaints above, the characters and world are pretty well-developed and I found it a relief after wading through a number of really bad fantasy and paranormal romances I've listened to recently to just read a nice, decently written fairy tale.
I wish this story's plot was a little more complex, but it was a pleasant and refreshing book and I will be checking out more by this author. This is a good book to listen to while you are doing something else.
The narration is excellent. All three do a good job and it was nice having different narrators reading the 3 main characters' perspectives.t
I got tthis based on the glowing reviews. I guess people look for different things in a book. This is one of the worst books I've listened to. I've listened to 3.5 hours thinking I'd give it a chance and was doing a task and wanted to liten to something, but I don't think I can finish it. I generally expect these type of novels to be escapist and formulaic, but this one doesn't have anything to redeem it. The dialogue is uninspired and the characters flat. The narration is also quite bad. The main character isn't too bad, but most of the other women sound like you would expect a Barbie doll to sound and the male lead voice is terrible. Sounds more like an elderly uncle than a man in his prime. I will run, run from any other books by this author or read by this narrator.
I agree with other reviewers that this is Grisham at his best. This story just flows along effortlessly and kept me completely engaged. I have to admit I had an idea of how the story would end long before the final revelations, but I usually guess the ending of most mysteries. It was still a great story. Absolutely worth a credit.
As usual, Grisham deliveres a well-written story. This was also very educational about the conditions of coal miners in the Apalachian mountains. Wow.
I hesitate to criticize the depth of information, but it sometimes made the story itself drag a little and at times felt more like a journalistic exposé than a novel. It was still a good story, but I listened to Sycamore Row right after and that story flows much smoother than this one. Don't let that stop you from listening to this if you like Grisham novels, just an observation.
I always turn to Lisa Gardner when I want what I consider a classical page-turner. I know she's going to spin a good yarn with a lot of suspense. This story was interesting. On a literary level, I thought the story had a symmetry and symbology that was intriguing. I won't expand upon that because it would give the plot away. As a story, it stretches plausibility pretty far - but hey - most likely you are looking for an entertaining who-dunnit and on that level, it's a winner.
I hesitated about giving this a 3 star or a 4 star review. It is an engaging story and definitely held my interest. I thought her descriptions of her children and animals to have rich details that brought them to life. I've held back the 4th star because even though this is an enjoyable story, I thought the storyline and plot development could have been a little stronger. It sometimes meanders and is a bit weak on developing a believable magical world. Even in fantasy, it seems to me there should be "rules" about the magic in it. This kind of seemed to meander around and pull ideas out at random.
Still, for an entertaining story it's worth a listen.
Kate Morton's books are delightfully written with wonderful characters and interesting social and historical views. She always weaves together characters and plots that span decades.
I have to say though that I can usually figure out the endings pretty early on in her stories. I figured out the "surprise" ending about 9 hours before the end of the book. Even with that, though I couldn't stop listening. I ended up spending the entire day in bed! I suppose that this shows how strong her characters and story is that I don't mind that the mystery part isn't the most important part of the story.
Caroline Lee's narration is excellent as usual.
Glad I followed the reviews and picked this up. I needed a lightweight mystery to entertain me while I do some mindless photo retouching. This fit the bill. A good romp with a burglar / mystery writer anti-hero.
I really enjoyed The first book in this series and this was just as satisfying. The detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott are characters that really come to life.
The writing is good, the narration is excellent. I was sad when this came to an end and can't wait for the next installment. One of the best reads on Audible. Highly recommend.
One tiny thing I didn't like. Each chapter begins with a quote from another book. I found them annoying. If I were reading the book, I could choose to read them or not and to possibly peek back at the end of the chapter to see how they were pertinent. In an audio book, they take on too much weight and didn't make a lot of sense to me. Minor annoyance.
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