Humorist, storyteller, caustic self analyst, Sedaris spins the stories of his life. His observations of a seemingly normal experience shows the twisted gift he allows us to share with him. It makes me wonder how many of those incidents pass me by each day; untapped material for a book just slipping through my fingers.
Keep up the good work Mr. Sedaris - it is a gem I will listen to more than once.
I listened to this book on a very long flight and it was ok. The story was slow mid-way, but I kept with it because I wanted to get to the suspenseful resolution. I agree with the complaints people have had about the abundance of dog training information - but that's her style, research of topics and then putting that research into writing. It did fit within the story, even if some readers were annoyed by it.
The narrator was good, a personality emerged that was distinctive.
This book was entertaining, if not the great American novel, it was ok.
This is a simple book, simple story, you've heard it before don't waste a credit.
Why, oh why did I waste a credit on this? Lame storyline, narration overkill, weak writing - ugh! I would say more, but I have wasted enough time on this book.
This is the first of 3 in this series, and it sets the stage by character development and then creating interest in them. Narration was expressive and well done. The book went quickly, it was an easy and pleasant listen.
Didn't like the lame story, the narrator, plus the fact that I wasted a credit on this book.
Following an accident, Monk is left injured and without memory of either the accident or his life. Struggling to find himself, he is thrown in the midst of a murder he is expected to solve in his role as a police detective. As he unwinds the death, he also unwinds the mystery of himself.
I was SO hoping for a new series to sink my teeth/ears into and William Monk will be it! I really like Davina Porter as a narrator and I'd love to learn how she prepares for a reading. Her subtle changes of voice are as good as her reading of mood and action. I am also listening to the Outlander series with Ms. Porter.
But, about this book, the development of a character with memory loss was well accomplished! His anxiety, pride, fear in discovery, complicated by the intriguing death of a charming war veteran set up an entertaining page-turner, so to speak. Plus, the ending! Thank you Ms. Perry, you have a new fan!
First, I must confess that I don't usually listen to or read books about vampires/supernatural beings, but I bought this book because it was a daily special and had a lot of positive reviews.
So, I had to spend a very long day in a very big garage project and the book was my companion. It entertained me, I laughed out loud, and when the book was over, my garage was done.
The narrator was excellent, really made the book, in my opinion. BTW, how do authors think of things like these characters and situations? I'm constantly amazed at the imagination of so many and the benefit I derive from their willingness to share their crazy ideas! I will probably listen to another of these books because it was good entertainment.
I read/listened to this book after having read/listened to a few in the middle of the series. I enjoyed each one and, honestly, each gives enough of a historical perspective to Maisie, that this isn't necessary to enjoy any one of the books - but it is a great place to start. It is a gentle series, punctuated by twists and turns, mystery and character flaws - enough to make each book interesting in its' own right.
Narration makes a book and the narrator of this and others in this series is quite good. She imparts the sensitivity and stability of Maisie, complementing the character development Ms. Winspear so carefully brings to the reader. I also enjoy the period descriptions, I feel the coldness of the flat she returns to, the warmth brought to her by her kettle and tea and well as the social comfort a good, warm cup brings to an unfamiliar situation. Tragedy, social unrest, the aftermath of the Great War, all from the eyes of a witness to the turbulent time.
That all sounds very serious, but it's not. These are engaging and I finish a Maisie book and am eager to download another.
I was convinced to buy and listen to this book because of the reviews. You can read many of the other reviews if you want to know what will occur in the story. I want to praise the author for the depth of the character development that is the true success of this novel. The setting is so well described, you can see the dusty paths, you can smell the kitchens, and the curtains of the main house and much more.
This will always be a painful part of the history of our civilization, and frankly, that puts me at arm's length to some of the books about slavery. This book is about the humanity of this time in our not-so-recent past.
Listen and become a part of this story. The narration is excellent, Orlagh Cassidy is one of my favorite narrators and again does a great job bringing a voice to these well-developed characters.
This is an aging Vonnegut's take on life. The reflection was a bit depressing, sorry for all of you who are Vonnegut fans. The good news - it's short.
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