The author's ability to create characters whom you can clearly see and hear, reflects his skill, as he is actually John Banville, the Booker Prize winner.
That he chooses to write mysteries is a gift to readers/listeners b/c his voice is so clear
and he paints remarkable pictures with his words.
the focus on the love affairs of Ambassador Dodd's daughter, while illuminating some of life in Berlin in the early 1930's, was too much a focus of the book. The writing, and
the pertormance at times, was pedantic and at times almost trite.
The subject, the gradual, invidious influence of the Nazi party in the early 30's and the brutality of the SS and the SA were startling against the backdrop of summer trysts in
the German countryside.
Some focus on the lives of other characters.
Narration seemed stilted.
The reader did a great job w/dialect and descriptions of Australia were interesting.
Understated mystery, minimum of explicit violence, and interesting local characters
Fun to listen to.
Yes, make the story interesting, and not so focused on issues having little to do with the
I have loved her books in the past, may go back and read an earlier one that I missed.
Not especially, never really engaged me
Too fantastical for me.
the performance was fine, it was the content I didn't enjoy !
Interesting construct w/people traveling back in time, trying not to change the the events.
Amazing depiction of London during the Blitz, well drawn characters, not the military,
but ordinary peoples they struggled to live their lives under amazing circumstances.
this was an interesting story, that captured the relationship between single mother and child who are confounded in isolation for years.
I held my attention and you could imagine the room they shared w/no difficulty.
It was ok, at best. predictable, story of young woman/s attempt to deal with untimely death of her husband by trying the 'geographical "cure, moving from a busy LA hospital to sa small town in Washington state.
rarely do I not finish a book, but I couldn't get interested in the characters and
Yes, it is sort of a mystery, but much more about his character's coming to terms with the life he has lived and facing the results of choices he made that left him emotionally cut off from others, as he is physically cut off on his island in northern Sweden.
Filled with interesting characters, and a giant anthill growing in the living room, it is
somewhat offbeat. I enjoyed it and was sorry when it ended.
Hopefully not his last book, but about growing older and making sense of
his life, while solving a mystery. Good fun to read.
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