I LOVE this book! The title is perfect. Even some ruins are just as beautiful in what they became as how they started out - completely different but beutiful. I???m still crying because???the book ended? the book/end was so well done? because I could have never imagined it would end this way. YES to all.
This book has so many great elements ??? and the narration of Edoardo Ballerini ??? spot on!! I laughed until I cried (especially the Richard Burton scenes ??? but so many others!), and I cried and didn???t want to stop. I lost a whole weekend because I could not stop listening ??? this is a warning. The only critical thing I can say about it is some parts start at the end and work back, some parts don???t, but in the end it was perfect. Rest assured you end up knowing what you need to know ??? and I would NOT change a thing. DO NOT SKIP THE EPILOG.
I would buy this again if I had to; thank goodness I can listen to it as many times as I want. Thank you Jess Walter and Audible!
Jess Walter - I will read anything you write from now on (I say that now...:).
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Dr. Siri Paiboun is an entertaining character. I hope I can be half as openly and politely cynical as he is at 72. He has a great cast of characters that are parallel to the mysteries if not in front. I have no idea what life was like in Laos in the '70s but I'm taking the accounts as somewhat accurate.
This is an entertaining tale, with good mysteries. I will be listening to other books from this collection.
The only thing I can complain about is the names of the characters. There were quite a few with unfamiliar names, but good thing there is rewind.
I purchased and listened to this years ago, and I have gone back to it several times. I scored it, but never wrote a review.
It is just one of those kinds of listens. Caroline Lee is just wonderful but even a lesser narrator could not ruin this plot. It is complex but not complicated. Emotions from this book is very memorable. I love most of Kate Morton's books, but this one and "The Secret Keeper" are my favorites. Her others and memorable and at least 4 stars each.
I don't know if this review is of any help to anyone except to say that you will not be disappointed. A worthy listen over and over again. It is nice to revisit old, well loved titles.
It's okay. It definitely isn't Her Royal Spyness series. At least I don't think so; I'm not going to listen to any more.
This installment has A LOT of characters, at times I had a hard time keeping up. The mystery was bizarre and I still am having a hard time figuring out what happened, or more likely why. The mystery aside, I enjoyed getting to know the main characters better, and the side stories were fun - birthday dinner at his sister's house was very funny, his bread and butter cases were good too. The author's style (I know who it is...) is very descriptive without being to wordy.
I'm not sure I like the narrator. I liked him more in Cuckoo than in this book. Don't hate him either.
I will read the next book if there is one. Worth listening to again.
This is a sad but triumphant story about a sad state of affairs all over the world. Little children from desperately poor families selling their daughters and sons into slavery. Maybe they were deceived, maybe they knew full well what was going to happen to their offspring. The end was hopeful but I would have liked a few paragraphs on what happened.
The author was kindly vague about the sex, but sex is the purpose of this practice so it had to be there.
Credit worthy, though the price was perfect.
I wanted very much to like/love this book. I didn't, I may return it for my credit though I cannot get my time back. I kept turning it off but after all the great reviews I thought it might ends up better - what was I missing? switching it back on. I never gave up but should have.
It has a great story idea. The opening, particularly once they got to the museum, is very well done. Most of the rest of the book I found incredible repetitive and overwritten. The author uses seven descriptive terms rather than choosing the best. The protagonist often walks around dazed, confused, blasted out of his mind, stoned out of his mind, and did I mention dazed and confused? It is hard to believe that someone this drug- and alcohol-addicted could make it to the age of 27 or 30 able to function in his job and without the people around him noticing. I wanted to send him to rehab.
There is some good in the book, certainly. Boris is a great character and David Pittu does such a good job with him.
I feel the book is at least half again as long as it should have been. How many detailed and exhaustive scenes of teenage boys getting blasted, stoned and drunk do we need to convey this part of the narrator's life? It just goes on and on. I wondered if I needed rehab after listening to this.
Some reviewers referred to the author rehashing old story lines, but I found it somewhat helpful since the series started - how many years ago? The 'soft porn' that is also frequently referred to was pretty annoying - filler I agree. I have not heard any of the Lord John books outside of this series so it was nice to hear and learn more about him and his side of the family. I liked getting to know William better - but - as another reviewer put it - he really needs to grow up - then he is just gone. The end was exciting though a good deal of that was filler too - obviously not the last book in the series. Three of the story lines just ended so I found that very frustrating.
Of course I will listen to the next book but I sure hope Diana ties it in a bow and calls it done. I can always go back and revisit my old friends.
This was more of a bio of Michael Hess than about his birth mother and her search for him. I felt deceived.
First - the narrator is horrible. Second, I don't mind some hot consensual romance and but abuse is over the top. I won't be downloading the rest of this book, nor any of the others.
I have to first say that Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye did a beautiful job narrating this novel. The story was very interesting and has inspired me to read more about Sarah Grimke and her sister. Sue Monk Kid's explanation at the end of the novel was very enlightening and I enjoyed that almost as much as the novel itself.
Having said all of that, the fictional slave characters Handful and her mother were the most interesting characters in the book; I found myself anxious to get back to their story. Sarah Grimke's part of the story somewhat faded - though I'm not sure why. I think Ms. Kidd was trying to stay true to the real story without moving to many facts around. I'm not a literary scholar so analyzing what happed with the pure fiction and the fictionalized biography would be futile.
I liked this but didn't love it. The Grimke family has a few interesting historical characters but honestly - the fictional parts are where the author shines. It is worth the credit and I will listen to it again; but I am more inspired to learn more about Sarah.
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