I did finish it, but it was a tedious read for me. I had seen this book recommended in Forbes. Understand that the story follows the true diary of events. So...with relavely few twists or turns in the plot you have cold starving men, worrying about the ice, killing some dogs for food, killing some penguins, killing some more dogs, finding more penguins and so on for a long time. I will say that I developed a fondness for the character Shackleton, the crew's captain and I appreciated his leadership skills. He was a great man and a great leader.
It's an enjoyable read. The ending surprised me I certainly wasn't expecting it. Having read many books by these authors, I would still say that my favorite was Fever Dream...though this is definitely among their best books. I had stopped listening to the Pendergast series as I found the writing quality inconsistent throughout the series.
It does not suitably follow The Gold Coast. For one thing the first 7-8 hours are wasted in a slow rehash of the prior book and I found that there was just way too much rehashing throughout. Plot and character development are lacking.
yes so several books later I still remember the main characters' names: John and Susan Sutter and Frank de la Rosa. What makes this book great is the great, likeable characters and their development throughout...John Sutter is irreverent and sarcastic and funny. The Sutters have a very adventuresome sex life, which is risque and quite entertaining throughout. The ending seemed inconsistent to me for her character however I can't really say why without writing a spoiler however it pertains to Susan Sutter. John Sutter keeps saying that his wife 'is a bit nutty' though this doesn't really come across in her character development. I enjoyed this so much that I immediately bought the sequel, which was a disappointment.
So when I first joined audible I purchased a book based on the 'recommendation' of David Baldacci I believe - a book by Thomas Greanias, Raising Atlantis which I hated so I decided to never read anything from Baldacci. Then I read some really glowing reviews for this book and decided to try my first Baldacci. I actually enjoyed the pace of the story. However, too often there seemed to be implausible events or characters did stupid things which bothered me. I also felt that the stereotyping of women's behaviour became a bit grating -- although I suppose that women might be more likely to suffer from a breakdown or to cry or to exhibit signs of emotional frailty. Finally, the tone of Scott Brick's narration for some reason was a bit flat and a little annoying and he seemed to be reading a little differently than usual. I usually enjoy his narrations. Overall though, this book is engrossing and it's relatively long which is nice too so I would recommend it.
The plot is fairly simple throughout most of the story where an investigation is underway. The action picks up at the end. And, if you are not familiar with Nelson de Mille he is one of the best thriller/ action/ adventure writers out there. It is a well-researched book. Both protagonists John Corey and Kate Mayfield are likeable and get the job done!
So i skipped to this one because of the reviews and I was not disappointed. I can be a bit squeamish however this book is not overly graphic. Based on the summary I put off getting it for a while and in this respect it really exceeded my expectations. It is fast paced throughout. I will only say that the ending seemed a bit abrupt to me, though this is only a minor gripe.
This was excellent. I was very engaged throughout and even though it's a shorter one, at least we don't get bogged down in any rambling. The final twist at the end came as a surprise. There is plenty of action. The narrator is great, just not my favorite.
Slow going, still trying to finish it after many months. I occasionally come back to to it in between books.
Not much of a plot, characters are likeable and I appreciated the author's sense of humor.
This book I've heard said is a classic of its genre which I would say is crime/ mystery. It is set in England in the 1900s, at a time when women had not yet gained the right to vote and marriages especially among the rich and titled were arranged. I say this because it is a common thread throughout the story sometimes I found this theme a bit overdone, whereby the stereotypes were pushed a bit too far. Did she really say/ do that?!
The beginning of this edition starts out with very lengthy preamble that goes on for about an hour. When I figured this out on my 3rd attempt to listen to this book, I skipped it and finally managed to get into it. The narration of the story is told by many different characters, including the servants though the two main ones are the Walter the drawing master, Ms Holcolm and towards the end Count Fosco. I won't say more regarding the plot to avoid writing a spoiler.
Just know that after all that preamble the beginning narration by Walter the drawing master is also quite slow... Be patient! The story does pick up and becomes very interesting and I was very curious to know what would come next. Then towards the end I lost interest a bit again. On balance it was a good story with strong character development, intrigue and solid performances by some of the best narrators (I like John Lee).
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