Great book. Not too technical. Entertaining and engaging.
The writing (words actually used) is too mature for the younger crowd but the story line is too young for the older crowd. So, it doesn't really fit...
The main character is delightfully precocious but is mentally way beyond her age as the author tells it. (i.e. she notes a look of "contempt" on a man's face. Eleven year-olds -- even very smart ones -- are highly unlikely to note such a look, and even if they did, they wouldn't use the word contempt to describe it. I don't know many forty year-olds who really know what that word means.)
The writing is descriptive -- which I like, but some might think it unnecessarily wordy. And the dichotomy of characters being all good or all evil quickly gets boring.
The author puts every character into their neat little box: the curmudgeonly widowed father, the haughty butler, the simple cook, the mean older sisters, the evil actress, the jocular movie set manager. All laid out within the first few chapters -- all that is left to learn is the how-of-it. Not much fun when you're looking for a good who-dun-it. And because of the perfect boxes there are no character surprises to bring on a little serendipity.
(Narration was very good.)
My only complaint about Crais' books is that they are too short! This one was a page turner. I listened all the way through the night and was disappointed when it ended because I wanted more.
Contrary to some other posts, I thought the narration was good but the story is not.
It's full of holes and has numerous torture and gruesome scenes.
If you're looking for something adventerous and fun, this isn't it.
If you want to learn a little history of Italy and learn to speak some Italian, then this book might appeal to you.
Definite departure from his normal style. Much of the book is devoted to learning Italian and other very boring things that don't directly apply to the story.
Perhaps the unabridged is better...
It is well written, scripted and narrated, which is its only saving grace.
I'm new to this author and series. I thought from the reviews that it would be a good listen, but was certainly not.
The main character is bi-sexual. The other main character sleeps with a King to get her husband out of prison and each chapter begins with annoying music.
The narrator does a good job, but that's about all that can be said is good about this book.
Defintiely worth the time. It was easy to identify with the main characters and the narrative style was well done.
Two main reasons why you should pass this one up:
1 - The protagonist is a whinny, shallow, lying, unfaithful, cheating person. Very difficult to identify with a character like that.
2 - Some parts of the plot are highly unrealistic (alligators haven't eaten humans for many years, let alone three at once!)
If you can get past wanting to slap the portagonist and the unrealistic events,then the writing is not too bad, but ultimately not worth the time.
This is the first sci-fi series that I've read. I went through all three books in this series in about 4 weeks.
One of the best things about this series is Anderson's ability to bring the worlds and charcaters to life with believeable conflict and plot lines.
Warning...he ends each novel with a cliff hanger, which is madening now that book 4 won't be published for a few months. Book 5 won't be out for another year and book 6 in two years. Ick! I'm not a patient person and I can't wait to find out what happens to the characters.
Is definitely worth the time.
Don't waste your time on this one. From the first few pages you could easily plug the worn-out, tired old formula in and solve the murder without reading any further.
At one point in the book, Scarpetta says, "Why is he doing this to me?" (Patricia, please don't insult our intelligence!) Scarpetta is supposed to be a smart woman who has been called in to solve a murder, but Cornwell makes her more of a victim, and a stupid one at that.
Characters are two-dimensional and uninteresting, and style of writing is too dramatic when understated would be far more intriguing. The adulterous affair is a major distraction that only shows how weak the main characters are.
I kept hoping for some redeeming writing, character explanations, twist in the story -- anything -- to justify my continued time investment, but it never came.
I wish I could give it 0 stars.
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