A charming glimpse at an Irish village - filled with characters and curmudgeons - people whom I would love to know in person. Spend some time in BallyBuckleBo (sp?) - you won't regret it.
Yes, I have read all of Elizabeth George's Inspector Linley books. And Davina Porter is excellent.
She is usually just "spot on" in depicting what's happening. I feel like I really know the characters.
This is a story that started out well but then devolved into a story that seemed to be searching for a "point". George has used lots of Italian in the text which is often not translated, [or other wise made clear] so I felt like I was missing the "flavor" of so many lines. And sadly it just ended. It was clear that more was to come re Linley, but B. Havers and Azhar were just left. It was so disappointing.
Other reviews seemed less than enamored with this Mary and Sherlock mystery. I must say it was distinctly better than the Pirates story, although I'm not all that crazy about the history of Morocco. The second voice, for Sherlock, didn't bother me as much as some other listeners. I won't give King up just yet.
How long must we wait to learn more? Louise Penny is such a marvelous story teller and she has me totally "hooked" by the end of the book. So leaving quite so many loose ends made me want to just cry and yell. I kept hoping that things might resolve, as I watched the minutes tick down to the ending. I hope she won't keep us waiting long.
It is complicated and approachable all at the same time. Her stories are are written on multiple levels and keep you fully engrossed.
His performance is clear and without being exaggerated, very exciting. His presentation of the French makes it clear even to me - a non-French speaker.
Yes, because Penny makes you want to know more and more. Instead it is wonderful to dole it out in smaller bits and make it last longer.
I can hardly wait for her next book - especially because she left so many loose ends (which I don't think she did in previous stories)
Louise Penny just improves with each book. Each of her characters becomes more human, more complex and thus more approachable with each story. With essentially three story lines going at one time you do have to pay attention, but it becomes just gripping with a couple of hours left to listen. Dinner, television - everything got put on hold to finish up and hear the resolutions.
How will it all resolve itself? And what really happened all those years ago? Penny leaves clues along the way but you must become engaged in the whole affair.
He does a stellar job - moving seemingly effortlessly from French to English. I associate him totally with Inspector Gemache, so should find something else he has done and compare.
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