Linden, VA, United States | Member Since 2002
Not a Tess Monaghan novel, but I think that this is one of Lippman's best. Plot, narration were all well done.
My one complaint was listening to the book, I sometimes got confused by who was telling which part of the narrative. There was an omniscient fifth child who kept appearing, as though she were narrating the film of the events.
Lippman does a wonderful job of capturing mid-70's Baltimore and Linda Emond is a true gem of a a narrator and actress. I hope that she doesn't get so popular that she no longer has time to narrate Lippman's books.
As Sue Grafton's alphabet is nearing and end, I'm looking for detective novels featuring strong women to keep me entertained. J.T. Elison's Taylor Jackson seems to meet this need. A clever plot, interesting characters, and I want to know where Taylor and S.A. Baldwin end up.
Narration is boring, plot is non-existent, seemingly no end to this long, long, long winding road.
Allison McLemore's narration was so charming that I couldn't resist using a credit and I was so pleasently surprised. Yes, there are zombies in the book, but mostly they're pretty nice folks. This is really more of a "cosy" mystery -- who's doing what to whom in small town Louisiana.
Don't know whether readers looking for zombie horror will like this, but those who want a southern style mystery will be delighted.
Sharon McCrumb is so talented, and I was hoping for some insight into the ballad, but this gave me no more than the song, really. I don't understand the reason for the two narrators. I was originally intrigued by Pauline, but she quickly dissolved into a one dimensional villain. Zebulon Vance provided history of the 1860's, but didn't provide any information or insight. I don't know what his purpose in the story was supposed to be.
We all know that the South lost the Civil War, that rural life is hard in the 19th Century, and that Tom Dooley dies, I wanted a better back story than this.
Well narrated, but I have no love of sailing and my knowledge of 1970's Irish rebellion is spotty. But even in all my ignorance, I found the plot lines predictable and pretty dull. I chose this book because I was delighted to find that Woods had written a series on Will Lee. This one focuses on a year during law school where Will hangs out in Ireland and goes from being a boy to a man. Romance and tragedy about, but he comes out stronger for it all in the end.
Almost a mystery, almost science fiction/fantasy. Overall well performed, in fact, I think that narrator helped keep the characters separate for me, but it seemed to go for a very long time in an investigative phase, and then, all of a sudden, the world changes, and it's over. It almost feels like there was a really good outline for the novel, but due to deadlines, the characters and plot could not be fully realized.
Good characters and more twists than a pretzel factory working overtime. The long exposition is well worth the wait, but toward the end the story starts getting bogged down in feelings and thoughts rather than moving the action along. Well executed performances, story just needed a little less conversation and a little more action at the end.
Clever story -- sort of June Cleaver meets Xaviera Hollander, and right in Maryland! Linda Emond is a jewel. She takes Lippman's perfect prose to the level of high art. This is one winning combo, especially for those who remember Maryland in the '70s.
I expected better audio quality and that the anecdotes would be funnier. I did get to learn just how far apart Liz Lemon and Tina Fey really are as people. Never noticed the scar on Tina Fey's face -- now I keep looking for it. Amusing, but I wanted more from an award winning comedy writer and actress that blue liquid into a maxi-pad.
DuMaurier spends way to much time inside the head of the idiot Phillip, which is the only way to justify the length of this book. Fortunately, Johnathan Pryce's perfect narration makes this a delightful listen, even though the story is kinda lame.
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