I downloaded this audiobook because, like the protagonist, I'm a "dog lunatic," but in addition to the canine appeal, I also found an engaging story and a main character with a surprisingly sympathetic, yet amusingly wise-ass personality. Could anyone else pull off, with a straight face, a client meeting with a German Shepard? I'm going to start from the first in the series now that I've found this author. In addition, the reader has a great voice that seems well matched to the story. Definitely two paws up!
Spencer Quinn's other Chet and Bernie mysteries
Jim Frangione does the perfect voice for Chet! Definitely brings the doggie high-jinks to life ("A lot of barking started up in the room. Oh, was that me?"
Yes, it was a fun listen
This is a great series! If you are looking for a mystery story to make your day go by faster, from a unique perspective (especially if you're a dog person) this book won't disappoint.
Haven't read the print edition
To fans of historical fiction, yes, but with the caveat that I really didn't like how Mr. Clavell ended the book.
Chung Mei Mei
Yes but it was way too long for one sitting. I do like long books though! You get loads of housework done listening for several days.
This is my second historical epic by James Clavell. Not quite as good as "Shogun" (which is one of my favorite books ever) but a good read nonetheless. (Except a bit bummed by the ending, but it could have been worse...would have given it 4 stars across the board if not for that)
Intriguing Plot Twist
With the father as protagonist, he wants more than anything for his son to be innocent... But do the facts support that hope?
I really like his reading. He's done the Andy Carpenter books and its like an old friend telling you a story.
My Son Is Innocent... Isn't He?
A good who-done-it story to make house chores or a drive fly by. Brings home the effect of having a suspect as one of your family and how torn it can make the loved ones feel, and how it can drag up things you really didn't want to know.
Yes, absolutely, it is a fascinating and dramatic true story.
If anything maybe "Into Thin Air" because it is a true story of humans going to extremes in pursuit of an obsession.
When they first get into the U-Boat and realize the magnitude of their discovery. But really the whole story is interesting.
Is it worth their lives to find the secret of a WWII U-Boat?
Well written and holds your interest from start to finish. Should bear repeated listening! Worth a credit.
Again, did not read the print version v
The conclusion of the story that began in "Blackout". Reviewers said it "dragged on" but I feel differently. What may have dragged for some people, to me reflected the mixture of anxiety and tedium that must have been felt by Britons sheltering from the bombs in the subway stations. I enjoyed the stories about British citizens, military and civilian alike, who stepped up and put their lives on the line in circumstances that they certainly never asked for nor had control over-- the fire-watchers, ambulance drivers, and Enigma decoders among them-- and how close the outcome of WWII really was. It makes me appreciate all the more what ordinary citizens did, and how one small change here or there could have turned the whole outcome.
Ms. Willis sounded so enthusiastic about her story both here and in "Blackout" it made me enthused about it too. Ms. Kellgren is an excellent narrator, especially the feisty kids Apf and Binnie who make a welcome reappearance.
It made me appreciate the efforts on the "home front" in wartime Britain, everyone from shop girls to Agatha Christie did their part. I hope I could serve as bravely if it came to that. And their "stiff upper lip" attitude in the face of rationing and destruction made me realize how lucky we have it now.
The time travel aspect of it was fun and gave an interesting perspective, but I found it secondary to the story of the everyday heroes of WWII. Although the post travelers trying to get home did provide a key part of the plot.
Did not read the print version
The book transported me to the day to day life of British citizens during the Blitz in WWII and how resilient they were.
Katherine Kellgren is a fantastic narrator and an excellent choice for this story, especially the voices of Alf and Binnie, the incorrigible evacuee children.
Trapped in the Blitz!
Many reviewers said this story dragged, but I never found that to be an issue. For me it was interesting throughout and gave an unusual perspective on WWII London, through the eyes of a visitor from the future.
This story will introduce the reader to the little known world of extreme deep-cave exploration. And you thought mountaineering was tough? At least they could see what they had to climb and rappel! The author and narrator do a good job of transporting the listener/reader into the grueling, dangerous, and often terrifying pitch black darkness of the cave, as well as character studies of some of the modern-day Hillarys and Shackletons who voluntarily, and eagerly, descend. Well written, fascinating, this book made me both search online for videos and websites of extreme caving to learn more, as well as thinkig that this is something I'd never want to do!!! Highly recommend to fans, like myself, of adventure stories like "The Worst Journey In The World" and "Into Thin Air".
Ms Zackman is great. She brings the characters to life!
I love the Sophie Katz series, they're fun adventures that stand up to repeat listening, and the cast of zany characters is fantastic! Somehow, I don't find this installment quite as enjoyable as her previous ones. It may be due to the plot stretching the edge of disbelief; or that it lacks some of the lighthearted interludes of the previous tales; or that Sophie seems to have lost a little of her edge and feistiness. That being said, it's still an enjoyable listen with some laugh out loud moments and I'm eagerly looking forward to Sophie's next "situation"!
A gentle tale of the not-always-smooth road to becoming a vet. At times I laughed out loud and any story that can do that is a gem! I could relate from med school days! The protagonist is a likable fellow who you want to see succeed.
An enjoyable story, the author is not overly technical but I could really relate and draw parallels to med school ( although he was much more confident with his exams than I was; he described himself as "fatigued" after exams, where my mental state could better be described as "despondent"!), portraying the overwhelming volume of information, the excitement of learning hands-on clinical work, and the quirks of professors and classmates (such as his bird-crazy roommate!) Vignettes both funny and poignant, and he's not above laughing at himself too; medicine is a humbling profession and sometimes you have to laugh at yourself. I'd recommend this story to aspiring young would-be vets as well as anyone who enjoys a good story.
As a student I really enjoyed the "Iliad" and the character of Achilles so I wanted to like this book. I had several issues with it however:
1. The author turned Patroclus into a near-total loser. In the Iliad, he and Achilles had the same skill set, but Achilles was just far better due to his being half-immortal. The portrayal of Patroclus as an awkward rather dorky guy was disappointing.
2. The Iliad did not portray the two as having an intimate relationship, and in fact Achilles was pretty into Briseis (and i believe Patroclus was also described as having a female partner at one point). However, for the sake of the story I can understand the artistic license here.
3. The scorn the other Achaeans showed to the pair's relationship, seems more of a modern take. In Ancient Greece, however, I was always led to believe that such relationships were not only tolerated, but common.
On the whole, I could see what the author was trying to do, and she did so pretty well, I just wish I could like the story more.
Actually, the ending was pretty moving and well done.
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