Linden, VA, United States | Member Since 2002
I got this because I wanted to learn more about the Autstrailian anti-hero, Ned Kelly. The story is sadder than I thought it would be. Ned Kelly and his family certainly have more than their share of bad luck; but I got tired of the Kellys believing that they were always the victims of circumstance and corruption. This story makes it clear that the Kellys and their families were mostly criminals, which is why they were harassed by the police.
The story also makes it clear that there is NOTHING glamorous about being an outlaw.
I really liked the Austrailian narration, but didn't understand a lot of the slang (maybe there is a glossary in the dead tree edition). And it would have been a bit less distracting if the narrator had either used the cuss words, or dropped them, but the "adjectival" frequently interferred with the flow of the narration.
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.
I owned "I'd Know You Anywhere" when I downloaded "Don't look back". When I start "DLB" I get the story of Eliza and Isoo. Anyone else have this? Can Audible fix it? My e-mails were ignored.
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.
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.
This is a history of Atlantic City, from it's beginnings at a mosquito filled wetland to the glitter of the Trump Tower. It's just the facts with no romance or cliffhanger endings -- and it's a very good history. It's clear why HBO opted to serialize and fictionalize the life of Nucky Johnson -- its an amazing story and I think the most interesting part of the book, but don't give THE DONALD a short shrift. Before he was a joke with bad hair, he was an egomaniacal businessman and he turned AC around. Well narrated by Joe Mantegna, it's a very interesting slice of American History.
I'd heard such rave reviews of Dennis Lehane that I was expecting a really terrific detective novel. Characters were thin and plot predictable. I was hoping for another Michael Connelly, and got a hard-boiled Miss Marple. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was really disappointed and don't think I'll look for any more by this author.
Perfect novel, Perfect narration. It's not Tess Monaghan -- but terrffic character study of a victim and her kidnapper -- how they came together, and how the rest of their lives were changed by a few weeks.
Laura Lippman has a sharp writing style (probably her newspaper skills) but also is able to create full bodied heroes masked as ordinary folks. And -- unlike her fellow Baltimore scribe (Ann Tyler), Lippman provides enough action & plot to keep her stories more than just character studies.
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