Unlike any version of history I've read. At first it seemed odd, since I had not read Wolf House (first of the trilogy). Soon the storyline and narration fell into place and I could hardly stop listening to it. Compelling, dramatic, illustrative of life in the court and country of King Henry the VIII. I am no history buff, but this book made me eager to learn more about Old England, its monarchy and politics.
His intriguing voice and intonation. His ability to portray the characters distinctly.
Never having read a Stephen King novel, I chose Under the Dome with some apprehension. I don't mind some necessary bloodshed in a story, but having heard about the excessive violence and gore King is known for, I was worried. I had good reason to be worried. It is gory and bloody. However, I was determined to listen to the whole story no matter what. I am glad I did as it is not without compassion, great sensitivity and plenty of dark humor. The plot was ingenious and cleverly developed. The characters in the story were archetypes that most readers will have encountered somewhere in their lives--the good, the bad, and the totally despicable. The reader did a superb job in differentiating among the many characters in the story as well as the various accents and dialects required to add depth to the drama. Under the Dome describes a microcosm of our future society if allowed to continue on the path currently underway. This is my personal interpretation and not that of the author's. According to the prologue, Stephen King had no such notion in mind when he began the novel, then left it, several decades ago. I highly recommend this book based on the excellence of the plot, the compelling mystery as it unfolds, and the general excitement that is generated at every turn. In hard copy terms: It's a page-turner and almost impossible to put down until the very end.
This is a book that is not only fascinating to listen to but so replete with information that I am going to buy a print copy too. I have already recommended it to many friends. The audio version is exceptionally engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed the reader's style of presentation. It is hard to describe briefly how the book covers the millennia beginning with the inception of the entire Universe and continuing on to the present century. To say it is thought-provoking is an extreme understatement. Anyone who is even mildly interested in life on this planet, evolution, the sciences, history, politics and so much more will be informed and entertained to their heart's content. It is difficult to stop listening for even awhile as the pace carries the reader to more and more discoveries throughout the course of time immemorial. I want to emphasize too, that despite the prodigious amount of information, there is humor on every "page." The author ingeniously infuses humor into every aspect of revelatory research and describes factoids and details most of us would never have known from reading other works. I LOVED this book!
Jane Eyre was ahead of her time while also living by the social and religious mores of the era. A strong character in every way, I couldn't help but feel frustration for her choice to accept or tolerate the unjust treatment she endured over the course of her life. I had to keep reminding myself that for the times, she had few choices and made the best of what was available and possible. Charlotte Bronte effectively incorporates a clear picture of the oppressive circumstances of the age by the intellectual originality of her main character's internal dialogue and the actions she takes. Jane Eyre is always true to herself. It is a classic novel and a must-read for women of any age or stage in their own lives.
Quirky, crazy characters again are on the loose to right some wrongs committed by selfish, self-serving sociopaths. I always love the way Hiaasen weaves his sense of humor, social conscience and environmental awareness into his creative mystery stories. His blatant disdain for the rampant hypocrisy in our industrial/political system warms my heart. He is my kinda guy and I love the way he thinks and writes. My only complaint is that this book was ABRIDGED. I try to get only UNabridged books and didn't notice this discrepancy until after the purchase.
I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. I had not read anything by this author before but look forward to getting another of his books. The mystery was a "page-turner" but the addition of a great dog was a special treat. Obviously the author knows the significant traits and instincts of dogs and it was easy to relate to his interpretations of the interactions between the protagonist and his partner. It made me wish I again had my own dog companion. Thank you Robert Crais.
Kay Scarpetta continues solving grisly crimes and arguing with Benton. There are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep the reader interested, I just did not really enjoy the story as much as I have enjoyed other Scarpetta novels. The narrator, Kate Reading is also not an appealing element of the audible book. She has been the narrator of all the Cornwell novels I have listened to, so it must be because she is the preferred "voice" of the stories. Still, I find her reading affect flat and monotonous. She does do an excellent job of the Bronx accent of Scarpetta's colleague.
I mistook my earlier review of The Last Boyfriend as the first in this series. However, my reviews for all three of the books is the essentially the same. I liked them ALL very much and would recommend reading all three in succession, as I did. Most of my comments about this and the other two are covered in my other two reviews. Nora Roberts is a "new" discovery for me, and I enjoy her style and look forward to reading many other of her books.
I loved this and all three books of the series. At the beginning of the story I did find it difficult to embrace the expanded paranormal element to this final book. As the story went on, I was better able to just go with it and enjoy the fantasy of it. In several reviews the narrator was highly criticized for his slow delivery of the material. I did not find that to be the case and felt he did an excellent job distinguishing the various characters in the series. One exception was that of the children's voices, intonation and general expression. Having raised my own child, and being the teacher of hundreds of young boys and girls, his interpretation of the kids was the weak point of the narration. It was mildly distracting but only for short periods as the boys had far fewer lines than the adults in the stories. Overall, another engrossing story.
I had only read one Nora Roberts book before this one. Loved it, so felt encouraged to begin another. After listening to about half of this story, I decided that I would definitely want to hear the other two that followed, so ordered them both. I listened to all three in succession even though each on could stand on its own. However, I enjoyed prolonging the pleasure of following the characters throughout the series. Now, despite recognizing a degree of formulaic style to Nora Roberts' novels, she has such a great imagination and ability to find new plot lines, believable characters and challenges for them, I don't mind her formula for entertaining her fans. I plan to read many more of her books.
You might like this book/series. I expected to be rapidly engaged with this story after reading several positive reviews of this book. I have read nearly all of the Charlaine Harris "Sookie Stackhouse" novels and enjoyed them very much. However, by Chapter 4 in Driving Mr. Dead, one of the main characters was revealed to have been a British soldier in the Revolutionary War, it just smacked too much of a main character in the "Sookie" series, and that was enough for me. Besides that similarity, the plot line so far has failed to entertain me even at the most superficial level, so I will not even waste my time finishing the book.
Skinny Dip by Carl Hiassen. I need some laughs.
I thought her narration was very good and her characterization of the players distinctive.
Maybe I would have enjoyed the series beginning with the first of it, AND if I had never read the Charlaine Harris books as they seem so much more entertaining than this one was.
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