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 deliberately delayed seeing the movie because I wanted to hear the book first, and I am glad I did. I still have not seen the movie, and I will be interested to see just how the book was altered, if it was, to create the movie. The book has a framework of Philomena's story but the heart of the story belongs to her son, Michael Anthony Hess. His story is an amazing saga not to be forgotten. It is a story of the 1980's and 1990's in America, a story of success and heartache. I highly recommend the audio book. It does the story justice.
Sue Monk Kidd has outdone her own previous best. I cannot remember when I have so enjoyed a novel. Every beautifully written word rings true; every aspect of the story enthralls; every character lives. Historical fiction it may be, and well done, but the story and the characters are timeless. I am buying copies for each of my children and hope they will share them with family and friends as well. I want to buy copies for all my friends. I simply cannot think of enough superlatives. Do yourself an immense favor and read or listen to this book, or both.
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 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.
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