Predictable, soapy story. I like the narrator's voice and reading but there as not a lot to work with. Best decribed as a light summer 'read'. Ideal to listen to when lying at the beach, by the pool or near the lake.
The premise is interesting but I found the naration to be very wordy. The Irish story telling did not translate well to an audio presentation. Perhaps it would read better. The voilence was graphically described and I found it most unpleasant listening to the details. Reading violence allows one to censor the impact, but oral presentation leaves no room to soften the details. Overall, a lengthyy novel that did not engage me.
It was so engrossing I had to put off doing things so I could continue to listen. I had to find out the answers - loved every minute of it.
Ideal listening for a winter afternoon in front of a roaring fire. Delightful characters who one gets to know well. I missed the characters when I reached the final chapter.
Cindy said it was the best mistake she ever read ... there was nothing about the Publishers Summary that pushed my buttons - but Cindy's comment jumped out ... and I purchased it. Love love love it. Can feel the warm water and the sun, and live with the characters. Well worth the credit.
As a non American I found the politics of the American agencies interesting - and perhaps this became the central part of the story for me. . The story was well constructed and the history of Yemen helps one understand how the Middle East situation continues decade after decade or century after century. My confusion about why the allied forces are in the Middle East continues, and my heart breaks for all those men and women who are fighting a seemingly un winnable war on my behalf. While the book was not just a political comment, mainly it raised political thoughts and comments for me
I like the humour and found the narration engaging. Perhaps I could best sum it up as a typical DeMille book - good story thread with interesting background that can keep you thinking about the wider issues.
Great story, with twists that added an enjoyable depth to the narrative. The writing captured the feeling of the Irish countryside and the romance of the Irish fairy tales. I love the character developments.
The narrator was great - loved her style and ability to breath life in to the story.
Would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries - of the folk story kind as well as murder/police investigation kind.
I thoroughly enjoyed the production.
I found the narration of a high standard and it only this professional input that kept me listening to the end. The story was alarmingly honest - and did little to improve the image of Amercians abroad. The Peace Corp and such institutions have done great works around the world in the the past, but this sort of story undermines their contribution by focusing on the spoilt princesses and their ignorance about life outside New York state.
As an Australian travelling in the USA I have always been surprised at how ignorant of other states and countries many American's are. Unfortunately this ignorance is displayed - loudly and proudly - through out this book. She was in Africa at a critical time in its history and at no stage is there any insight into the politics, or ramifications of the politics on the local villagers. The constant complaining about lack of luxuries and decent coffee soon lost its appeal, and my frustration grew as I found the story more and more frivolous.
I found the book to be extremely disappointing - shallow and self absorbed.
I found it very hard to listen to. I was not at all engaged with the story. The narration was pleasant enough - but the book was not to my likeing. I think it is a personal preference (or lack thereof) rather than a bad book. However, I will not be rushing off to buy more Sebastian Barry books. Remember, my taste is not the same as everyone else - so do not be afraid to buy and try if the synopsis appeals.
I found the story was a little long. I felt that some good editing would have been beneficial. However, having said that the story is true Faye Kellerman and therefore does not disappoint if this is a style that you enjoy. Good narration which certainly assists the reader to keep listening.
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