I have enjoyed so many P D James novels but after "The Private Patient", I'm over it.
This book is ponderously slow - it is simply boring. There are detailed descriptions of every face, house, piece of furniture culminating in a description of traffic lights changing. In the meantime the plot inches forward.
Baroness James - time to retire from published writing - it's over!
A real old time gunslinger story with plenty of goodies, baddies, saloon girls, whiskey and, above all, the dry quip. Uh huh! Yep! There were many "I said" followed by "He Said" statements which should have been edited out as they are obvious from the character voices but overall it is a good narration. Light and enjoyable.
I am yet to be disappointed by a Michael Connelly book and "Brass Verdict" was no exception. Connelly combines Harry Bosch and "the Lincoln Lawyer" in this story which has many twists and keeps you interested all the way. Classy and well narrated!
Suspend reality anyone who enters here! This book makes "Indiana Jones" look like non-fiction. If you can cope with man eating snake on a Carribean Island then this is for you.
How could this book be a best seller - it defies imagination?
This was my third P D James after Death in Holy Orders and the Murder Room and I thoroughly enjoyed it - as I did the other two. It is a little slow to develop but by a quarter of the way in it really has you hooked. The pressure builds to a big finish. Michael Joyston as narrator does not have the superlative English dialect skills of the narrator in the other two books but he is certainly no slouch. For mine it dead heats with Death in Holy Orders as an outstandingly good listen. Highly recommended.
I'd previously listened to Robert Parker's "Potshot" and enjoyed it. This book has the same mix of old style private eye, tough guy, glamorous and intelligent girlfriend, sexual references etc and it all works - and works well. The narration is first class and fits the character of the book; the plot gets you in and is well developed. I really enjoyed this listen and recommend it to others who want a light and stimulating thriller / detective story.
No subtle humour in this one. Just loud, raw, smutty, toilet humour that's not particularly funny. Not memorable and very missable.
This is the best audio book I've heard. The narration is excellent, perfectly paced for the subject, with great accents. The plot and characterisation sustain interest throughout.
I found these "period piece" short stories an absolute delight. Imperialism, racism and class culture are rampant throughout - not "politically acceptable" in today's world but they define an earlier period.
Few authors can observe and write as well today.
The pace and quality of the narration compliments the high standard of the stories.
Most enjoyable listening.
Initially I found it difficult to follow the time travelling sequences in this book. When I did pick up what was going on in "time travel land", I became bored with the continual sequence of time changes. It works as a love story, its concluding stages are poignant and emotion stirring but the narration does not do the characters justice. I am fascinated that so many reviewers have appraised this book so highly. Individual differences, I guess. Not for me - I was glad when it finished.
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