I like most of the books by this author, but this one didn't hold my attention.
I'm a big fan of Anne Perry's writing, especially her "Charlotte & Thomas Pitt" series, so I thought I'd also try this series. I very much enjoyed this book, also, and I plan to continue the series. The only SLIGHT negative for me was that, at various points in the story, I found myself asking, "why doesn't he just TELL this person that he was in an accident and has amnesia?" But I realize that Perry was trying to explore the difficulties that would arise if a person did not know. At any rate, it's a good listen. Davina Porter is, as usual, a fantastic narrator!
I purchased this book because many people found this to be funny. I didn't. I thought it was dumb. Couldn't listen to more than 1 hour. It's the story of a dog's life from his perspective. Nope, just didn't do it for me.
I'm currently listening to the stories in this series - thoroughly enjoying each one. When this one started, I had misgivings about whether I would like it or not. I'm not at all interested in politics, which is why the beginning of this book put me off a bit. But because I'm enjoying the series so much, I decided to stay with it, and I'm glad I did.
This was the first Pitt book I listened to with Michael Page as the narrator. I was accustomed to Davina Porter's voice and superb narration. However, I must say, Mr. Page ranks right up there with Ms. Porter in my book.
I have been thoroughly enjoying this series! Already looking forward to the next one! If you like "cozy" mysteries, this series is not to be missed. No offensive language or sexual situations. Orlagh Cassidy is surperb!
I am finding it very difficult to express how much I enjoyed this book. I've been a born-again Christian for 33 years. This book gave me a fresh view of my Lord and who He is. Folks, this is NOT church as usual. John digs deeply into just who Jesus is and presents us with a fresh drink of water. He helps to shed light on some of the questions I have had about the gospel stories. "What did the Lord mean when he said......" or "why did he say (or do) that?" This book is well-worth your money and your time. I've no doubt that I will listen to it multiple times. I plan to buy the book also, for my husband, who is not into audio books, but will definitely read this. I also plan to recommend it to friends. I enjoyed John's narration of the book very much - I came away with the feeling that he'd be a wonderful dinner guest - a winsome personality. Just in case you don't know who John is, here is his bio from his website, "Ransomed Heart Ministries":
John Eldredge is an author (you probably figured that out), a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God's love, and learn to live in God's Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles (which he hated), and spent his boyhood summers on his grandfather’s cattle ranch in eastern Oregon (which he loved). John met his wife, Stasi, in high school (in drama class). But their romance did not begin until they each came to faith in Christ, after high school. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theater at Cal Poly, and directed a theater company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado with Focus on the Family, where he taught at the Focus on the Family Institute.
John earned his master’s degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, under the direction of Larry Crabb and Dan Allender. He worked as a counselor in private practice before launching Ransomed Heart in 2000. John and Stasi live in Colorado Springs with their three sons (Samuel, Blaine, and Luke), their golden retriever (Oban), and two horses (Whistle and Kokolo). While all of this is factually true, it somehow misses describing an actual person. He loves the outdoors passionately, and all beauty, Shakespeare, bow hunting, a good cigar, anything having to do with adventure, poetry, March Madness, working in the shop, fly fishing, classic rock, the Tetons, fish tacos, George MacDonald, green tea, buffalo steaks, dark chocolate, wild and open places, horses running, and too much more to name. He also uses the expression “far out” way too much.
I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
I agree with the other comments. I don't think it's fair to Dr. Smith to compare this book with James Herriot's series. When all is said & done, we are all unique individuals, after all. That said, Dr. Smith's stories have their own warmth and attraction. I especially enjoyed it because, for me, it was a trip to the UK. (I've never traveled beyond North America.) No, you won't laugh with tears running down your cheeks, but you might chuckle a bit. I recommend this as a comfortable, enjoyable listening experience. I don't usually like books that are narrated by the author, but Dr. Smith's voice was pleasing to me. If you think you might be interested, you can always listen to the sample first. This book has no objectionable language, IMO.
I'm an Anne Perry fan, and since Audible was offering this for $3, I thought, "heck, why not?" I listened to about half of it and gave up. Basically a history lesson, IMO. Didn't care for the narration, either. I recommend listening to a sample before buying.
I've developed a habit of checking the reviews on Amazon along with those that are here on Audible. Most of the comments were favorable, and since Audible was having a sale, I thought I'd give this author a try. First off, I'd say that it DID hold my interest until the end, however, I found the story to be mediocre. I continued to listen because I wanted to find out who did it. Would I listen to more by this author? Maybe. But I'd save the money and rent from my local library.
For those who are interested, this book contains some language that may be considered offensive, but it's not often - just a sprinkling here & there. No F-bombs, though. Some of the people are having affairs, but it's not described in detail.
I am currently enjoying this series from Jacqueline Winspear. This series takes place in the early 1930's. I've enjoyed learning about how the people in England lived during that time - in the aftermath of WW1. Maisie is a lovable character - a person whom you would be happy to call "my friend". She is compassionate and loving, yet takes her job seriously - a person you would admire. Everything you could want in a cozy mystery is here, and there's a bit of romance, too. It's one of those series that draws you in, and you can't wait to get to the next book. No objectionable language. I was able to get the earlier books from my library, but they didn't have this title, so I got it here on Audible.
I learned something from listening to this book. From now on, I plan to read the comments on Amazon before choosing a book. I do not agree with the comments that were posted on this page when I made my choice. I listened to more than half of this book. I kept waiting for something to happen. I honestly thought this was in the “mystery” genre, because the publisher’s summary said, “Robert Whitlow’s legal thrillers draw favorable comparisons to the works of best-selling author John Grisham”. I found the protagonist to be very shallow, and quite childish for a woman finishing 2nd year of law school. She meets a Christian guy when she takes a summer job at a law firm in Savannah, goes on one date with him, and feels it necessary to call home to find out if she should continue a relationship with him??!! I’ve been a Christian for more than 30 years, and I must say that I’m not aware of any Christian families who believe that women must always wear dresses or skirts and never wear make-up. I agree that we must use wisdom in all things, but I found this family that Mr. Whitlow has created to be totally unrealistic. I will not be purchasing any more of this author’s books.
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