The Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James books always provide a story that works on several levels, enough tension to keep things interesting, and a mystery that holds you. Combined with excellent narration, this volume provides an enjoyable listening experience. I especially like the way Crombie handles all her recurring characters so that each grows and develops additional dimensions, providing a second story that moves apace with the mystery and enriches the whole.
What fun! Everyone should have the privilege of knowing these people. They have a zest for life and know how to live it! I wouldn't mind living to 100 if I could be like Alan. Maybe I can be.
While this book does move along the underlying story of the major characters, and it does solve the central crime, it leaves so many open story lines that it is not quite as satisfying as most of the books in the series. Still, I do enjoy this series. The characters feel like old friends. Hill's stories always move along at a good pace, and this one raises some interesting questions. All in all, I enjoyed the book but it is not the star of the series.
DCI Banks is a great character. I am always disturbed by the fact that his physical description does not at all fit the actor who portrayed him in the BBC versions, but nonetheless, he is an engaging character whose personal and inner life provide a good counterpoint to the stories of crime and detection. I found the narrator's super deep voice not the best choice for Banks, and he does not do well on reading many of the other characters, especially the female ones. I found these issues detracted from the overall impression, but still I enjoyed listening to the book.
The Simon Serrailer series is a well-written, engaging series of mysteries that feature interesting characters and enough suspense to keep you engrossed. But more than the mysteries, it is the characters themselves that keep me coming back for more.
I love this series with its many interesting characters. This may not be the best book in the series on its own, but it carries the story of Simon forward in new and interesting directions. I highly recommend that you start with the first in the series and continue. Delightful hours of listening.
Guido Guerrieri is a fascinating character, a nicely flawed reluctant hero. While working his way through his own problems and weaknesses, he manages to engage the reader with his style and grace, and to remain a thoroughly nice guy while rescuing his client from false charges. The glimpse into the Italian system of justice and way of life adds a special interest.
I recommend the book to those who like fully realized characters and who like solving puzzling cases. The story and the narration were both enjoyable. I plan to continue the series and I am pleased to have found these books.
I just listened to this first book in the series and intend to listen to all if they maintain this level of entertainment. Engaging three-dimensional characters, interesting story lines, multiple viewpoints handled with care, good use of the language ... in short just what a book needs to be entertaining. And did I mention the narration? Also well done.
I started this book but only listened to about 30 minutes of it. I found it a silly premise for a silly book. When I selected it I did not take the description to mean that the "fairies" mentioned were to be actual fairies in some imaginary world. Just not the stuff for me.
If you are a listener looking for something good and perhaps a little different, spend your money on this one.
I downloaded this little book really not sure about it, not being much of a fan of memoirs. I am so glad I did. Rick Bragg in his own voice, his actual voice, the one that shines through all his writing. His voice is genuine (my father grew up in the same circumstances only 30 years earlier and not much had changed in the interim), he is firmly rooted in rural Alabama, but his story is universal, his experiences unique and yet eternal.
Thank you for sharing this story, Rick, and I feel I know you enough to call your first name. You have made me proud of a heritage I have, to my shame, sometimes disparaged or embroidered. You have had the courage to reveal yourself and given your readers and listeners a real treat.
The Sound of Broken Glass continues the story of Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James in a most satisfactory way, this time focusing more on Gemma. I find it hard to pinpoint exactly what makes Crombie's novels so much more satisfying than most others in this genre. Many combine engaging characters with interesting story lines, but somehow Crombie makes hers come alive. I feel as though these fascinating people exist somewhere, doing things of interest that I just cannot wait for Crombie to tell me about. The narrator also does an excellent job, moving easily from one character's voice to another without the disarming jolts that sometimes come from a male voice reading both male and female characters. I am always delighted to see an addition to the series coming out, anxious to listen to it (or read it), and sorry when it ends. If you don't know these books, start at the beginning of the series and give yourself the treat of many hours of engrossing story telling.
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