Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning are interesting characters by any standard. This fictionalized tale as told by her lady's maid makes fascinating listening for anyone who finds the romantic poets of interest. Best of all, it is a marvelous period piece about the life of women in the first half of the 19th century and a look at the difference class made in the way people lived. All in all, an enjoyable listen.
I am currently in lesson 21, but I decided to write the review for lessons 1-5 since this is where beginners begin!
A year of Spanish in college years ago and a number of sessions with Coffee Break Spanish did not provide me with the useful knowledge that just the first 20 lessons with Pimsleur have provided. I recommend giving it a try if you want to learn some conversational Spanish that you might actually use at some time. I am searching out every Spanish speaker I can find to practice on. What fun!
I love the period piece aspects; I love the characters; I love the stories. Perhaps not deep but always interesting! This part of the story serves well as an engaging and enjoyable "read."
Do not think of this book as a romance. Romance there is, but so much more. I classify it as imminently readable historical fiction. No matter what the classification, the story is intriguing, the writing first rate, and this production enhances an already enjoyable experience. A realistic depiction of 18th Century Scotland seen through the eyes and sensibilities of a 20th Century narrator makes for a fascinating read.
The story, the characters, the settings - all enjoyable. I am happy to have found a new series. I only hope the rest I've up to this one. If so, I anticipate many hours of pleasant listening.
I love this series. The characters are real people - just more interesting than any I know. The stories have a ring of truth. Fascinating stories, but the continuing story of these people I really like is the best part of all. Start at the beginning of the series and enjoy them all. Can't wait for another!
The mystery in this book is an intriguing one, as are the others in the series. But what makes Griffiths books most enjoyable are the very real - warts and all - characters who make up her cast. In the ability of these flawed people to face the issues in life with dignity and just the right touch of humor lies the real charm of these stories. Hooray for Grffiths. She has provided me many hours of enjoyment.
Griffiths flawed characters are interesting and ring true. The stories are engaging - enough mystery to satisfy - but the best part is the story of the ongoing characters.
Chatty, catty, childish . . . these descriptors fit the writing style, the characters, and the story. I gave it a couple of hours - my rough equivalent to my 50 page limit - but just could not listen to any more. So many good books, so little time, and no time for wasting on books that are a waste of time.
This book is Grisham as you probably came to love him, almost as though he is continuing a series. But that is also the problem; you feel that you have read this before. The courtroom drama and all the legal wrangling are interesting, but the characters do not seem fully drawn. I did not come to care enough about their lives. If you are looking for legal drama, perhaps you will be satisfied, but I found myself feeling that it had all been said and done before.
Green may be classified as YA, but his stories certainly have an appeal to adult audiences. His teenage stars are well drawn, fully realized, and remarkably true. His insights into the minds of those dealing with life crises are compelling. Do not be put off by thinking that this book is for middle-schoolers. Indeed, I would recommend that parents of middle schoolers read it first to help younger readers deal with its difficult themes. But read it for yourself. I promise you will come away carrying thoughts provoked by this well-told tale.
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