I loved Altered Carbon, but this book was a disappointment - full of endless infodump punctuated by short bursts of extreme violence. The characters lecture each other endlessly about politics and changes in social structure, to the absurd degree that a mobster lectures his intended victim at great length rather than shooting, fighting or even just arguing. Same thing with the lovers, endless general discussions of politics interspersed with graphic sex scenes that come out of nowhere and don't go anywhere. On top of that, the character's every motion is described to a minute degree (her smile curled slightly, reminding him of how he felt...he saw her hair move softly in the shadows, watched her shoulder twitch and on and on and on). Basically the entire plot comes to a screeching halt. I finally gave up mid-way. There are some very inventive ideas here, but no story flow and no engaging characters. This book badly needed a good editor. Even Simon Vance, who is an excellent reader, is miscast. He can't do Spanish accents - makes them all sound slightly Asian, and there are a lot of South American characters in this story.
I absolutely loved the descriptions of the characters- they were witty, engaging, humorous and above all they felt alive. The heroine was an unconventional independent thinker with remarkable courage and solid moral values, so that you really found yourself rooting for her. Meanwhile the depiction of the trials and tribulations of the impoverished British aristocracy was absolutely hilarious. The mystery was not very deep. I think most readers will figure it out well before the heroine, but it's hardly the point of the book. So if you want an engaging, highly entertaining depiction of the 1930's British upper crust wrapped in a very light mystery, well then, start reading...
for some odd reason the book reminded me of the Bridget Jones novels, perhaps because of an equally sympathetic, self-deprecating heroine, surrounded by many unsuitable and one suitable lover and struggling to make the right choices. The Bridget Jones novels also made me laugh out loud, just like this book
I am fairly picky and easily annoyed when it comes to narrators. Having said that, in my opinion Katherine Kellgren is an outstanding narrator in every way. I have loved every single one of her performances. She is without question one of my favorite narrators!!
Not sure about the tag line, but I would be first in line to see it! I'd love to see Emma Stone as Georgiana...
I absolutely loved this novel by Nele Neuhaus, which was as much a character study of the worst of small town life in Germany as it was a mystery story. Lots of engaging characters and interesting plot twists combined with good writing and atmospheric descriptions of the scenery and homes. I think it's not much of a spoiler to say that you know from the beginning that Tobias must have been framed, but listening to it all unravel kept me hooked to the very last minute of the highly satisfying conclusion. I grew up in Germany and can say that the scenes and descriptions are very authentic. The translation was well done and the narration was outstanding. Highly recommended!
I've listened to a few of the Elvis Cole novels and I pretty much like them all. They get me hooked quickly and I can't stop listening to find out what's going to happen next.Plenty of twists and turns to keep the story interesting. I love the characters, although I'd have liked to see more of Joe Pike. My main beef with this one is that the end unraveled pretty suddenly and left me unsatisfied. Too many loose ends for my taste, too little build up. Some very spooky scenes went nowhere. The narrator was terrific. I didn't care too much for the "authentic" sound of the phone conversations.
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I thought to myself that life must be really dull in Iceland, if murdering goose hunters is their idea of entertainment. But, since I still haven't gotten over the death of Stieg Larsson, I thought I'd give this book a try, and I'm very glad I did. It had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing to the very end. The story was fast-paced, well-written and full of believable intriguing characters, each with their background story. I liked the characters enough that I wish the author had written a second book with the same ones, particularly the same police officers, but unfortunately each of his books is a standalone. Narration was very good, not overdone, so that I could immerse myself in the story. Overall highly recommended
Sometimes books have a really eye-catching title, but the story is a disappointment. Not so here - for me this book had it all, suspense, atmosphere, superb writing, believable characters and outstanding narration. The book was full of tortured characters doing their best to resolve their hopeless dilemmas, but only getting themselves deeper into quicksand. I loved all the different points of view, which made the story richer and more fascinating than if it had been all told from one person's angle. The author had just the right mix of atmosphere/description and action for my taste, enough to make the story come to life, but not overwhelming the reader or listener with details. I can't wait to find more audiobooks by this author, who will hopefully be paired with the same superb narrator!
I loved one of the author's other books, "Daybreak", which was atmospheric and highly suspenseful, so this book came as somewhat of a disappointment. While it was certainly atmospheric, I found it rather lacking in action and suspense. The characters and scenery are wonderful, including an absolutely outstanding depiction of Asperger's syndrome in one character. I loved the (for me) colorful names and the rich descriptions of surroundings and people. The characters were interesting and believable. Unfortunately, for endlessly long sections of the story, all of these wonderful characters did absolutely nothing. There is some action in the beginning, although it doesn't really draw you in because not enough is known about the murdered person. The police interminably interview people, but only find dead ends. Then at the end, the story suddenly speeds to its conclusion, leaving me overall unsatisfied. I had to force myself to keep listening in the middle and, while I thought the way the story unraveled was interesting and believable in some way, it all happened much too quickly.
The best parts for me were the interspersed sections of the Flatey Saga, which were like an Icelandic version of Game of Thrones, with lots of beheadings and betrayals. But these sections were short and disjointed, and not enough to make up for the rest of it.
If you like the "No 1 ladies detective agency" with lots of atmosphere and not much action, then this book is for you - just skip the gory Flatey saga parts. On the other hand, if you are looking for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", then go for "Daybreak" or "The boy in the suitcase".
The narrators were very good - no issues there.
I've read two previous quadrilogies 's by Tad Williams and have always had the same experience-he has a great imagination and a very well developed fantasy world, but the stories are just not tightly written or perhaps I should say lacking in editing. Way way way too much introspection. As soon as the story becomes a little bit Interesting, it grinds to a halt as the characters endlessly bemoan their fate. I also agree with other reviewers who said that there are way too many miraculous rescuings of the characters without their doing much to help themselves. Lots of interesting, tortured characters, and some very wonderful evil antagonists, but they only had small parts and very little background story about why they had become the way they were. My favorite parts were the sections about the autarch, but they are short and far between and the character that is in his hands leaves it very quickly, leaving me disappointed. I hated the Bonefall oracles and I hated the overly melodramatic, whiny narration. Perhaps I would've liked the story better if I had read it, and had been able to skim over the dragging sections
Delete 25% at least. More about the Autarch and the shadow people
The story kept me interested enough to finish the first book, but I had to keep forcing myself to listen and I won't be getting the sequels
I loved loved loved Heroes Die, but I couldn't stomach this book. It was unrelentingly depressing and brutal. If he had only lightened it up a little bit and left out the unnecessary scenes of torture, that do nothing to further the story. I particularly hated the cannibalism and the sexual arousal of every evil doer at the time of committing acts of violence.
Probably. He is a great writer and story teller, but I would like to put some Prozac in his corn flakes and have him rewrite this book
I couldn't get through it. the only good part was that he finally got rid of Pallas Ril, my least favorite character. I finally quit when I realized that I had to force myself to turn it on.
Mostly disgust and depression
i understand about spinal cord injury, but nowhere in this book (at least as far as I got) was there a point where Caine/Hari comes to terms with his disability and moves past it.
1. Well developed quirky characters you quickly love and care about. 2. Colorful, psychotic, inhuman murderers that you make you hate them passionately, although you also come to understand how the horrible brutal life they lived made them this way3. The real culprits are the the complacent burghers, who don't care about justice or truth, and only want their comfortable life to continue, no matter what the cost to the helpless people they torture and whose lives they destroy. This hasn't changed in modern times as much as one would think...3. A very satisfying ending. 4. I particularly loved the contrast between the village torturer and hangman, who is the most compassionate, caring, ethical individual in the story versus the politicians, who should be the ones caring for the town, but who are the real torturers and inquisitors. 5. The horrible helplessness of women in those times, who were victims of superstition, ignorance and greed. It makes you appreciate how lucky we are to live in this day and age in America, where we enjoy freedom and liberties unimaginable to women in medieval times or even as recently as the 19th century6. I am a physician myself and can really appreciate the hard life of a physician in those times, who had to fight inconceivable ignorance and superstition to further scientific progress. Things haven't changed as much as one would think here either!7. Historical accuracy8. and finally, great story telling! Nothing beats that!
As a woman, I liked Magdalena's escape from the soldiers who were trying to rape her, but there were so many memorable scenes, it's hard to say which one I liked best. the
The narration was clear and easy to follow, but this is not one of my favorite narrators. I found the narration a bit dry and unemotional for the story
Without question! It was the kind of story that makes you late for work, because you can't wait to find out what happens next. I found myself turning it on every second i could. I'm about to devour the sequels.
I had a hard time with the scenes of torture, which were mercifully cut short just at the point where I was going to have to either fast forward or shut down the book. I know that torture was common place in those days, but it is still hard to stomach with modern sensibilities
I have mixed feelings about this novel. On the one hand, The writing is spectacular. The characterizations are absolutely brilliant. I was fascinated and couldn't stop listening to it, particularly near the end, when it became increasingly clear that this story was unraveling like a Greek tragedy. On the other hand, the story was too true to life for my taste. I read and listen to books to escape. WARNING SPOILER ALERT. I get very frustrated when none of the "bad guys" get what they deserve. I also get frustrated with antiheroes, protagonists who don't evolve or learn anything from their experiences and instead end up as miserable and lonely as they were at the beginning of the story. I was also a bit frustrated that the first and original mystery was never resolved, but only served to explain the Protagonist's psychological problems. He, of course, did get what he deserved and there was a certain bleak satisfaction in that.
Cassie, no question at all, it was Cassie. She was the true positive hero of the story, courageous, intelligent, quirky, the one who finally figures everything out and who has the courage to face her demons. I also loved Heather, who added the right note of comedy.
I thought the narrator was the best performance, just the right combination of self recrimination, self-pity and self destructiveness. In general I thought Steven Crossley was terrific.
I did have a very strong reaction to the book. The end caught me by surprise. It took a very long time to arrive there, unusually long for a mystery novel, but perhaps well-suited to the character novel that it really is. Overall it made me feel very sad. It also make me think about the missed opportunities in my own life and more importantly about the ones I want to avoid missing in the future. It's a book that will stay with me for a long time.
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