The plot's fine, but the writing is so staggeringly melodramatic--with long, cliched descriptions and forced language--and made worse by the overly dramatic reading! Wanted to scream several times. Stuck with it just to find out whether my own prediction of "whodunnit" turned out correct.
I first read this book as a teenager and now many many years later I still enjoyed it, even though I knew how it turned out! Also I hadn't remembered how very funny some of the dialogue is.
One of the best narrated audiobooks I've ever listened to! Tightly, wryly written with great turn-of-phrase. Yes, it's quite gruesome in spots, but the humor and dry wit gets you through those places. The narrator uses tone of voice and artistic pauses to perfection. A "fun," decidely different read--especially for a murder mystery/cop story. Will definitely be listening to this one again, soon.
I repeatedly experienced what NPR Radio calls "driveway moments," sitting in my garage or work parking space, unable to bear the thought of turning off this audiobook. I found myself thinking about the characters during the day when I couldn't be listening and praying for their outcomes. The marvelous writing allows such an attachment to the characters that my heart would pound in anticipation of the next scene. And the author uses the clever time traveling literary device to play out the story in a riveting way. Even when you know what is going to happen (because Henry has already knows about it from the past or future) you hang on every word to hear it happen in the main timeline.
This is one I probably listen to again, something I rarely ever do.
One of the best books I've listened to, ever! As the war progressed, I eagerly anticipated Anne Garrels daily reports on NPR and was fascinated by her astute observations and analysis. This is the story-behind-the-story, the experiences and personal emotions that shaped her view of what was really happening before, during, and after Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ms. Garrels husky, familiar voice reading her book makes the words come to life in a phenomenal way. Months later, I find still find myself thinking in quiet moments about some of the vignettes and scenes she described: fearing discovery of her unregistered sat-phone, saving an injured man in the street after a bombing, trying to get her visa extended at the Ministry of Information even as the American tanks were about to enter the city... This book makes a lasting impression. Truly an addition to the "must-listen" list. Thanks.
A wonderful insight into the background and makings of our friend, Julia. But I, who insist on only unabridged versions of books, wish this had been a bit shorter. The lengthy descriptions of Julia's grandparents and great-parents was of limited benefit later on.
All in all, though, a fascinating insight into this great, boundary-busting grande dame.
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