I have purchased a number of books over the years from Audible, and this one has become one of my favorites. Gerritson combines a number of story lines and characters ably without confusing the listener. Within amount of space allotted, she does an exceptional job of bringing the characters to life and reality. The history is impeccable, the present is believable, and this will be one of the books that I return to over and over from now forward.
It is difficult for us in this day to realize the prejudice and poverty that Irish immigrants faced, just as most immigrants to the United States have over the years. Now many of us point to our Irish ancestry with pride.
The addition of people from history that we recognize, such as Oliver Wendell Holmes, is a flash of genius. I had forgotten that he was a physician as well as a poet.
I found it difficult to pay attention because the pace was so slow, and at times erratic. If I were editing this book, I'd recommend that the author reread what he'd written and consider the coherence of the manuscript.
Sometimes this technique can increase the suspense, but it failed in this case. Someday when I have lots of spare time and a better tolerance for extended plot lines, I'll listen to this again.
Oh, I travel by car a great deal and listen to many audio books.
Suzanne Brockmann, to her fans, creates books with an extraordinary link between romance and fact. This one is more complex than usual with a number of extremely well drawn characters. Of course, steamy romance is included, and Ms. Brockmann deals with her favorite Navy SEALS.
I enjoyed it enough to keep it in my Audible "to listen" section.
I enjoy Amy Tan's work because she is not only a terrific storyteller, but a master of the craft of writing. This book is fascinating and Ms. Tan's cool voice adds to the enjoyment of listening to it. It kept my attention all across Iowa and Nebraska.
This book is not odd at all. It is one of Dean Koontz's best efforts at creating characters and plot lines. I enjoyed listening to the book, plan to listen to it again, and will anxiously await more books about Odd Thomas and his experiences.
Koontz is truly a master story teller and his work converts easily to the audio format. This book can take you from the Midwest almost to California, interested all the way.
Nora Roberts has a talent for creating characters, and it is exhibited in this book very well. Tucker is a fake. He appears to be a lazy southern-style Lothario who lives to add women to his list. Gradually the reader begins to wonder about Tucker. Caroline resists Tucker's charm through murders, assaults by crazed minor characters, and her own attraction to Tucker. The ending is almost unthinkable. If Roberts had not created the endng with such style, we might be complaining about her ethics as a mystery writer. Nora Roberts' best books draw the reader into the life of her characters with the romance and sex almost added as an afterthought. This is one of her best books.
Dorothy Sayers' character, Lord Peter Wimsey, was a favorite when she wrote her mysteries, and, for some of us, still is. This book is the first of the Lord Peter books and fills in the character of Lord Peter as an amateur detective. This book is a good sampling of Ms. Sayers' writing and immensely entertaining.
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