Beverly Shores, IN, United States | Member Since 2014
I loved this book. Reading could have been better--but great enough. Kennedy wrote it after all. A beautiful job of putting two kind-of-like things (the Cuban revolutions & Albany NY street "riots") together--the whole becoming more understandable than the sums of its parts. It also helped me understand Chicago 1968 better than ever. I almost forgot how delightful musical writing can be.
The blend between Sebastian Barry's exquisite prose and Wanda McCaddon's beautiful Irish brogue is absolutely fabulous. This is better than one of the best plays you've ever seen--and it gives you a real sense of the America of the 20th Century and immigrant life. I was so excited to hear the cadence of some of T.S.Elliot's work in Barry's prose. McCaddon must have heard it too. Don't miss this one.
PETER TEMPLE IS ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITE "DETECTIVE" WRITERS. HE'S SMART, INSIGHTFUL, AND READING HIM IS LIKE A TRIP TO THE INNARDS OF CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN LIFE. PETER HOSKING READS IT LIKE HE JUST THOUGHT IT UP. FABULOUS.
Sara Gran is my new fave detective author. Claire DeWitt seems to have grown up on hard-boiled dicks & Gran has invented the perfect "best friend" to share insights and prod action: an old French how-to detective book. Carol Monda is a superb reader--just a great combo. I loved Claire D-W & the City of the Dead. This one is great too. We need more, more more!
--if you haven't listened to George Guidall read Craig Johnson's detective series. It's just perfect: great stories, memorable wonderful characters (you look forward to the next book like you look forward to going home)--read by a guy who gets the understated emotions and humor of all the characters.. Walt Longmire is a Sheriff-of-a-Certain-Age in a Western state, whose best pal is a native American he knows from serving in Viet Nam. Plots are believable and intersect small-town Western life with life on the reservation. Old cowboys (and young ones) and older Indians (and younger ones) cross paths in unexpected ways. What a treat. And the women, including Walt's daughter, are smart & complicated & surprising in real-life ways. I'm a fan of Hammett & Chandler & Adrian McKinty & Tana French & Elizabeth George--Craig Johnson is right up there with the best.Another Man's Moccasins focuses more on the Viet Nam life of the main character.At first I wasn't into it, but Johnson writes so well, he drew me in. He mixes the perfect martini--delicious plot & characters, with just a waft of nature & a pinch of spirituality. One is not enough--five is not enough.
I listen to an awful lot of books. When I saw the latest Longmire mystery was published, I looked it up and am so glad I started with this series at the beginning. I am totally entranced with Walt Longmire's character as interpreted by George Guidall. I saw an episode of a TV show based on the series and they got it ALL WRONG. I toil in those fields myself, and I can't believe producers didn't study Guidall's work and realize that he had created the guy who should star in the show--screenwriters should also have paid attention to Longmire's fabulous sense of humor. Let alone The Cheyenne Nation, Ruby, Vic, the whole crowd is just wonderful to listen to. Previously I knew next to nothing about the "new" West--now at least I have a starting point to learn more.I'm listening to As The Crow Flies now--and it's as great as the others.
Anybody who ever worked in Hollywood, or tried to write anything, will find special pleasure in this book. Anybody who ever spent time in Italy or Spokane will, too. Even if you didn't, it's a nice break from murder mysteries. Well told, extremely well read. A big treat. DD
This was a very good book; fascinating to listen to. The story moved along exploring the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist, as he was trying to figure out what he WAS thinking and feeling, and how that related to what was actually happening. The narrator was first rate. Not many novels manage to investigate those wiggles in life which could move a person this way or that. I'd like to see the sister's story. Bravo. Thanks, guys.
I started reading (listening to this book from audiobooks) when I was in Dubai recently for a short visit. I also found her book listed in The Week, upon my return home.
Since I was distracted by a lot in Dubai, as I walked and photographed faces and places I had never seen, I got lost a lot in the first part of the book. This made it all the more enjoyable.
I kept restarting it and listening again to the story in different parts, and the words kept giving me new pictures to envision and new phrases that gave me a singular view of a character, an experience, a spiritual view, and a connectedness of of the lives of many people I know, and might have known. This is a book to read again and enjoy for a long time. I keep wanting to jot down crystal phrases of feelings. Many thanks, Carol, for giving us this story of love and mystery.
Ann Declue, MD
Falling Waters, WV
Great characters, insider info, story, fabulous narration. Now I have to read Collusion. Love detective stories; this one has oomph.
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