Loved this one, which I got based on the synopsis alone, as I usually wait for listener reviews to come out.
It is a great story, which is what a novel is all about, right? But well told in different eras of time with an interesting plot twist at the end.
As this story entered a more modern era, so did many unnecessary descriptions of sexual encounters.It didn't add much to the story line. It was interesting to learn from a different perspective the political machinations behind the actual historical events of the last 30 or so years. As much as I have liked the story lines of this series of three books, I am not enthralled with the author's writing ability. He overuses the literary device of questioning a character's motives and choices. The narrator doesn't help here by stating these questions as expository statements as opposed to the questions they are intended to represent. E.g. "what was he to do?" over and over and over stated as a sentence and not as an actual question.
My 19 year old daughter and I listened to this on a 1000 mile get-there-in-a-hurry road trip and loved it. The narrator does a great job and has an authentic accent (I know because I spent about 10 years in the south although I am not a native of that accent.)
On the way home, we had to drive till 1 am to get to a place with an open motel booking and hardly noticed our fatigue because it is such a good story even though told in the form of letters to various people.
Perhaps you had to know the back story to Mallory as this is a series, but I found it difficult to fill in the gaps coming in right now on this series.
I got to the point where I did not care what happened, never good in a novel.
Without a clear understanding of all the intrigues of Henry VIII, I found this book very hard to follow and understand.
I gave it several hours, but it just did not hold my attention.
Although the narrator gets good reviews, I found many of his voices to be so similar that I wasn't sure who was talking.
The story is interesting but I am surprised critics have not picked up some sloppy writing habits on the part of the author. He uses the word "however" and the phrase "all the same" constantly through the the book. He also asks questions, usually in pairs very, very frequently throughout the story almost to the point that it seems like a pattern.Examples like "But what will happen?" "Would the outcome be different?" (not word for word from the story but you get the picture). Maybe it was the reader who frequently spoke the questions as if they were statements and not questions at all that made this so apparent.
This book did not live up to the reviews. The storyline was predictable and the characters reminded me of the cartoon Scooby Doo characters.
Overall I thought the book was dull and dumb. Maybe this was geared to tweenagers?
I am sure people were wondering why I was laughing out loud as I rode my bike through our neighborhood listening to this.
If you need a break from the stresses of life, listen to this!
Funny and quirky, this story engages from the very beginnig.
The cast of narrators all were excellent.
The author did a great job capturing the pathos of adolescence as well as the older characters.
Right before I listened to this book, I listened to The Paris Wife which details Hemmingway's first wife and the era in which he wrote The Sun Also Rises. Seems he took much of the plot for The Sun Also Rises from his actual experiences although he left his wife out of this book completely.
Wiliam Hurt, the narrator capture's the machismo of the bullfighting and Hemmingway himself perfectly.
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