This is the closest I've ever gotten to the end of a book and bailed out. I quit listening with 47 minutes to go.
As others have written, this is a book about words and descriptions. Maybe if I were reading the words on the page I would have enjoyed the book more, with my reading pace matching the pace of the book.
Mary Norris is very funny, both as a writer and a reader. While the book is mostly about stuff like pluperfect subjunctive gerund clauses and such, her hilarious asides were what I most enjoyed. I had to skip over much of the chapter about crude language, but was rewarded in the following wonderful chapter about pencils, the only downside being that it cost me a $40 order of Blackwing pencils.
This is a book that I will enjoy hearing again.
Quirky and funny, but thought-provoking. The last half hour or so got to be a bit preachy, but still I was glad I listened to the book and some bits have stuck with me.
I enjoyed this book very much, in no small part because my great grandmother was at Highland during the period of the novel. Lee Smith gives us her usual rich characters with interesting back-stories. The reader is quite good, but some of her mispronunciations makes one wonder if the editor was out for bagels.
I can't express too many superlatives for this book. Alan Cumming uses cuts from the present to the past, along with occasional wild humor, to tell us a disturbing story in a way that allows the reader to take it in a bit at a time. And what color and detail he brings as a reader!
This is one of my favorite Audible books, along with Cumming's reading of "Macbeth".
While this was a well-crafted and very complex plot, for me the book really suffered from the female reader, from the cheesy background music, and from the ridiculous sound effects which assume that the reader is too addlebrained to figure out what the readers are saying without assistance. The worst was when a room with one lightbulb was mentioned and we heard the sound of the light bulb. Spare me.
Books in this series always make for a ripping story, and this one was especially good.
On a a different subject, a fun drinking game would be to have a shot every time the authors mismatch a singular subject with a plural verb, as in, "No one knows what the active ingredient in these botanicals are." Down the hatch everybody.
I had never read a Robbins book, but I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. Whether or not you like what he has to say, his writing is a tsunami of simile, a monsoon of metaphor, with witty bon mots bursting forth like slick new-born puppies or ... well, you get the picture.
I am a big fan of the Preston & Child books, but this one struck me as rather silly. But if nothing else, I learned the plural of "cyclops".
As these Pendergast books go, I thought this was one of the best, and a book that could almost stand on its own without reading others in the series. There was none of the red herring supernatural plot twists that are in other books, and none of those annoying mind journeys. Just a ripping good mystery with lots of bad guys and swamp mud. I said that the book could almost stand on its own. There is a sub-plot involving Pendergast's ward that would not make much sense if you didn't read the previous books, but it is not crucial. If you're tired of Sherlock Holmes, it's time for Special Agent Pendergast.
I was ho-hum about the first book so I don't quite know why I ordered the second book, but I'm glad I did. The characters were much more developed and there was a great deal more dramatic tension in the second book. As others have noted, it's hard to say much more than that without getting into the plot, but I'll just say, if you find yourself rolling your eyes in the first book, hang in there to Book Two.
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