Most murder mysteries follow a set formula, especially those with a central protagonist whose history and mannerisms become familiar to their readers, and Cara Black's Aimee Leduc series is no exception. What makes hers especially interesting are the historical, geographical, architectural, and cultural details of her carefully researched settings, each mystery set in its own Parisian neighborhood. Her plots move swiftly and she sustains our interest to the end. Cara Black's stories, though,deserve to be read by someone with a more colorful voice.
Absolutely. This is a fascinating and deeply moving story of a relationship that might easily have failed, but for the loving endurance and perseverance of Greg Bellow, Saul Bellow's eldest son. As a mature man, a father himself and a clinical psychologist, Dr. Bellow writes with a distinct authorial voice which bears little resemblance to that of his famous father. It is clearly his own! Greg Bellow's capacity for self reflection are remarkable.
I can not think of another book like this one.
The aspect of the book that seemed to elude the author, but seemed evident to me, is the importance of Greg Bellow to Saul, the man. His son's loving attachment, his strong intellect and independent point of view, and his deepening psychological insights must have been vital to his own well-being over the decades. I like to imagine his silent, heartfelt gratitude for the gift of having such a son.
Yes, of course it was Mr Bellow's last visit with his bedridden and soon-to-die father. The last words he shouted over the phone to him, weeks later, were most touching: "I love you, Sweetheart!"
I was disappointed by the narrator's slightly breathless, saccharine interpretation. I think the story deserved a stronger and more straightforward empathic reading.
No way to redeem it, in my eyes. Genghis has been made into a character straight out of a JRR Martin novel. Perhaps this is historically correct, perhaps not. I did not enjoy the story.
Hmm. Good question. I keep returning to Ellis Peters and Patrick Tull to soothe my soul after a listen like this.
I just enjoyed Harlan Coban's "Six Years" (despite its corny ending). Maybe I'll try another.
Actually, I appreciate the way the author generates images of the landscape of Mongolia. But I became very weary of all the violence. The author seemed to be aiming for sensationalism. I really don't like that attitude.
AS I said above, the landscape is magnificent. And I believe that the narrator gave a credible and creditable performance.
No. I am really disappointed in the parts I was able to bear hearing of this book and I would like to return it.
I am a lover of Javier Marias novels. I might have stayed with this listen beyond the first ten minutes, had I been able to tolerate the narrator's voice. She sounded drugged!
Absolutely, with an alive narrator.
The timbre of her voice is rather pleasant, but she gives the reading absolutely no life!
I really could not say. I gave the story only one star because I would have to have read the text to rate it fairly.
Yes. I want to return this book, and I understand that I need to give it less than two stars in order to do so. I wish there were a way to do so without jeopardy -- for instance, a "can't judge" option, when one can not get past the opening, for one reason or another.
Had it been read by someone with a more interesting voice and had it been pitched for older kids, I think it might be a winner. My 5 year old granddaughter, who loves listening to stories, didn't like it. Coaxed to say a little more, she said it sounded too scary and sad.
It is a very lifelike adventure of the big, scary cruel world of nature.
A too 'schmaltzy' voice, which adds to tits scariness!
Sadness and anxiety -- me, a psychiatrist!
None. I think I have made a point.
Women who really like historical romance
The reader did her best with a disappointing book, but she sounds bored!
Most of them. Save the old guy who rents the cottage. At least he sounds real.
Yes, my 4 year old granddaughter and I have listened to the book over and over again, as we drive back and forth from her house to mine.
This book is incomparable. A classic
She has a musical voice, very clear and pleasing to the ear. Much of the pleasure of listening is her perfect intonation.
No, one chapter at a time is usually best for a four year old.
I think this book teaches children very quietly and indirectly about what it means to have an imagination and about the ways that children can entertain themselves without many toys or outside forms of entertainment.
Yes, be reminded of Lincoln's values and of what it means to be a citizen in a democratic society.
The leadup to and the reading of the Gettysburg Address. Despite my familiarity with the speech, hearing it presented in context and listening to Lincoln's simple, direct, and eternal message was inspiring all over again.
Hard to say.
Yes, at many points.
The deplorable writing. It is a decent idea and I have appreciated other dark stars in literature, but they must be represented in prose that is alive.
Not, in all probability. Life is too short to waste.
Probably did as well as could be expected, although the nastiness was emphasized overmuch
I thank Audible for allowing me to return a book that I would rather not have in my librray
certainly. But not the combination!
His diction was incomprehensible to me because of its indistinctness and blurring of words.
Usually, I enjoy his voice, its timbre and color are pleasing to me and his speed of reading is comfortable, I believe that it is the accent he was using. It sounded as if he had a plug of tobacco on his tongue.
I honestly can not tell. I had to stop listening very early because I could not understand what was being read.
the first thing that bothered me was the narrator's diction, emphases and pace. Although her voice has a fine timbre and tone, she reads at the top of her voice and her speech is pressured -- throughout. I thought I would adapt, but could not. Then I began to read at double speed to evaluate the story itself. It was a disappointment, too. At first I thought I was reading a Cinderella tale for disillusioned teens; the search of a fatherless son for his paternity and a place in the sun is an archetypal motif that deserves better treatment than to serve as a vehicle for the author to focus on the exploitation of youth by radical Islam parties. Surely the plight of impoverished and unemployed Moroccan underclasses in this age of political and religious strife deserves a more thoughtful exploration than she offers -- which was why I chose the book in the first place.
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