This suspenseful science fiction novel is written for a younger audience, but thoroughly engaged me. Catness is a likeable and worthy heroine, competing for her life with a number of other adolescents in the sadistic Hunger Games. The author treats all the children with at least some compassion; there are no all-bad-guys or all-good-guys.
Catness develops a rich, nuanced understanding of the despotic system in which she must operate, and maintains her hold on humanity, compassion and love, while sometimes making choices that set these aside for the moment, in the hope that she will live to love another day. Though the situation is life-or-death, the decisions she must make are not black-or-white.
It was a good story, but I actually think this time I have to give props most for the performance. Dick Hill really makes it all come alive.
Whenever the assassin was in a scene, it was very creepy. He was a really scary man.
He changes voices to suit all the characters and even with a female protagonist, it never sounds corny.
I had no idea it was an ideological club that the author was going to beat me over the head with.
Okay, but sorry he had such awful material to work with
The first rule of good fiction writing is to "SHOW, DON'T TELL." Unfortunately, this book is preachy, ideological, smug, and condescending to the reader. It's poorly written, the dialogue is stilted, the characters are 1-dimensional. For example, the protagonist's dad isn't just an abusive alcoholic, he's a freakin communist. What does that have to do with anything? Apparently lazy, unemployed socialists knock their kids around, but hardworking capitalists don't? I could've told you that! LOL.For whatever reason, I did not notice that this book is the stuff of underground extremist podcasts, or I never would have purchased it. Bleah.
Yes, I've listened to a few by Jo Nesbo and think they're great mysteries. Love Harry Hole.
Yes and no. Yes, I would recommend it because it's part of the Harry Hole series and gives us a lot of history and insight into his character. No, because it was short on plot and long on social studies essays. A lot about the culture, economy, political environment, and history of Australia. Some of it went on and on and while interesting, it was hard to suspend disbelief that in the course of a conversation at a bar, someone would launch into a 10 minute monologue about the history of the treatment of aborigines.
I hesitate to give it 2 stars because it's much better written than the mysteries I normally would give 2 stars, but honestly, I'm not sure it's worth 3.
The narrator was very good! Not too heavy handed with the accents but still was able to convey them.
Not that I remember.
See if there is another mystery writer out there similar to Nesbo, not because I won't read him again, but I was bored with this one and didn't want to bring my negative feelings along with me into another book in the series.
Probably not. It was a fun listen, but not my favorite mystery in the world. There were some loose ends I would have liked to have seen tied up. However, I would read more by the same author.
I liked Sgt. Hammersmith. He was a real hero.
Great performance. Really drew me in, even though there were a few weak points in the story.
Just the way Hammersmith was so dedicated to the work, especially as an advocate for children.
The treatment of this story in light of the murders by Jack the Ripper was a little weird. First, the author made a claim that the Ripper was the first of a whole new breed of killers. This is just not true. Second, there was some claim that police approached crime a bit differently in the aftermath of the Ripper. Was there a distinct "end" to the Ripper's crimes?
The ending was pretty fantastic!
Yes, but...the accents were really weird and I'm not sure they were necessary. The characters sounded kind of goofy and it was hard to get past. I don't think Danes really sound that goofy when they speak English.
Yes. It was a pretty great story.
The bad guys were just as crazy as they come and what they did was horrible, yet the author made it seem believable.
Absolutely. The writing is beautiful.
The characters have become too one-dimensional and less is said about their backgrounds to help us understand their motivations. Where Thomas Cromwell was heroic in Wolf Hall, he has become a petty villain by the end of this novel. Is he really just getting back at people who wronged him and Cardinal Woolsey? It seems such a step down for him and without explanation. For instance, it's difficult to understand why he tried so much to save Thomas More from himself in the first novel while he almost seems to enjoy killing the various courtiers who had much less or nothing to do with Woolsey's downfall.
Probably where Henry lost consciousness and the ambitions of the courtiers came right to the surface.
As another reviewer noted, this novel has been edited more than the first, which has its upside, but at the same time, I think we've lost something of Cromwell that we needed to understand his transition here.
It was quite different from the movie, and the differences made it really interesting. I guess I hadn't noticed when I purchased it that it was more of a novella, though. I was a bit disappointed at how short it was.
believable, engaging, realistic
Well, yeah. Will Smith!
Yes. It was an engaging story, even if not entirely believable.
I think it was the same. Without giving the story away, the "twist" is both interesting and yet, pretty unbelievable. I just found it impossible to believe that the bad person got away with everything they did for as long as they did.
Huh, I didn't really like any of them that much, now that I think about it. I guess Nick's sister Margo. She was likeable and believable, though not central to the story. I didn't like the main characters very much and the peripheral characters were not especially complex.
Listen to something a little more substantial the next time.
It is really difficult to say much about the book without giving the center of this story away.
I loved how the characters were developed -- rich portraits of Thomas Cromwell, Cardinal Woolsey, and Thomas More in particular. Really interesting (and unflattering) take on the Boleyns.
I liked a lot of the home scenes with Cromwell and his family. He had great affection for his family and wards, and treated them all very well. Somewhat different from his public face.
Also, I'd want to revisit the scenes with Cromwell and More again. They had a complicated relationship, and their interactions were fascinating. There was some affection, yet they were strongly opposed to one another.
Not really, just thoroughly enjoyed it.
I would make it shorter.
Yes. The writing is really good. The characters are all so weird and broken, though, and it's a little difficult to believe the trajectory of some of them.
I listened to it, but I have to admit my mind started to wander around the 30th hour or so!
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