This was one of Anne Perry's best; a well-crafted story, with references back to other characters and times, but only just enough for the story at hand. The narrator was excellent; the way he changed characters was good, but the inflections of his voice for the story kept it alive. I am only sorry that I have finished the book!
The storyline was good, but I found strange inconsistencies in the book that were frustrating. Example: in the beginning of the book, the Mother Confessor's ability to touch someone and make them totally love her to the point of doing anything and everything she asks enables her to travel confidently, knowing that it would take several people to capture her, etc.. yet near the end, she is in a situation where she is captured, yet does nothing to use her power, with no explanation of why. I also found it increasingly violent, which bothered me. I expect that listening to the book made it more difficult, because if I were reading it, I could skim through the parts I found objectionable, whereas when I listened, I could not. The narrator was generally good, but when it came to narrating Scarlet, the dragon, he made her sound like Mae West. A little strange. If you can stomach a lot of perverse torture and violence, the book is not bad- but I would advise reading, not listening.
I have read all of Jo Nesbo's books, and enjoy the continuity of characters. This book is a deviation from his other books. I did finish the book, but I did not enjoy it nearly as much as his others. It is written in first person from the main character, who is a "headhunter" in the business world, and a shady character who delves in illegal work to provide additional money for his adored wife. It is a mystery, and developed fairly well, but just not up to his normal standards.
I bought this to read for long road trips and was not disappointed. The characters are developed well enough to lure you into the story, and entice you to buy more. I began the book in mid-January, and one month later, I am on book 7. I have to agree with others who have reviewed the narration; the narrator is particularly good when he narratates the story line and is not trying to read as a character; but his narrations as characters are simply appalling. Sometimes you will hear what purports to be an Irish accent, or a Scandinavian or German accent, occasionally even a Southern accent; but the characters are not from particular countries, so their use is unnecessary. Yes, you could assume that the Skandians (I don't know if the the spelling is correct because I have only listened) could be Scandinavian, but don't assume and try to place them into real countries; it only makes the characters less real. The Southern accent is particularly horrendous, I believe he uses that for Halt. If you can get past this, the books are delightful.
I loved the story idea behind this book, and basically enjoyed the story itself; but there were too many "romance story" interjections for me, and I couldn't skim over it like I would in a printed version. I enjoy mysteries, thrillers, literature, and historical fiction, but generally don't care for the light romance novels, and this tended toward the latter, in my opinion. There was also a conversation at the pub that disgusted me because I thought it was just thrown in for the language alone, The F word is thrown around quite casually, so if it bothers you, beware. That in itself didn't bother me as much as the unnecessary bar conversation. I did like the turn the story took at the end, so that it did end well. The narrator was excellent for this book.
I have enjoyed all of Lisa See's books. They are well-researched and beautifully written. The narrator is clear and speaks succinctly, but sounds as if she is just a step away from bursting into tears. With the dramatic content and the whiny narration, I cannot listen for too long because I become depressed. I still have about 5 hours left, and had hoped to finish it today, but I have to stop and give myself a breather. I'm not sure who I would suggest, but I think that I will read the next one on my iPad rather than listen to it.
I bought this because I graduated from high school in '70 and began college- and couldn't remember a whole lot of details from that year. The author has researched it meticulously, giving quotes from members of the bands and setting political backdrops. The narrator is also very good. I have a very hard time putting it down- it is as if you have someone in your living room with you, telling you about what was going on as if he knew these people well, and remembered it perfectly. I have told several people about this book and may give it as a gift, along with some of the music. I find myself playing the songs he describes-
I enjoyed listening to this book again (have read it before), but the narration became irritating to me when the narrator tried to pitch his voice higher to read the women's voices- he just couldn't carry it off. It sounds better reading it all straight. Also, I noticed a few mispronunciations- earlier in the book, Menolly was pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable, whereas later in the book, it was emphasized on the first. I have read it with the pronunciation on the first syllable (in MY head). I noticed it with one or two other names, also. It makes me wonder, do the readers find out from the authors how to pronouce certain names, or just wing it?
JP did not disappoint with her newest book- it was as well-researched and thought-provoking as the majority of her other books. The homosexual element was presented realistically and as unbiased as anyone possibly could, I think. Picoult presents Zoe as a woman who desperately wants children and cannot carry them to term; when her husband of nine years divorces her, she finds solace in a woman who becomes her best friend. As the friendship grows, Zoe realizes that she is happier with her friend than she has ever been, and the homosexual element begins to come to light. Picoult delves with the material in a realistic and sensitive manner, and the story she weaves presents a number of issues. Because Zoe is a music therapist, Picoult has co-written songs to go with the different chapters of the book, and they are sung at the beginning of the book and each chapter. We are reading this for our book club, and one of my friends told me that she enjoyed the songs. I personally felt that, for me, they were distracting, and after several chapters, began fast-forwarding to the reading. The singer sounds a bit like Carly Simon, and although I like Carly Simon "ok", I felt the voice grated on me after awhile. If you find you do not like the songs, don't let them deter you from the book, just skip over them- the book is definitely worth the read.
I read A Long way Home, thinking this was the second in the series, but they are the exact same book. (downloaded both, and when I began listening to this one, realized they were the same. Audible graciously credited the second and agreed they were the same book, different publishers) The characters are fairly well-developed and the storyline was good. It was an easy book to listen to, good narration.
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