Charles Todd just gets better with age - like a fine wine he is. Begin in Audible with the first of the series (confession: I've only listed to the those narrated by Simon Prebble - he is "The Man" as far as I am concerned) and work your way through to the end; they only get better and better.
Hamish MacLeod was quiet in this novel and I admire Todd for that. The best hope in life is that, no matter what the ailment, a person gets better, survives, and that is where I felt Todd was taking Rutledge in this one. It made me want to read the next one, a new facet to Todd, a hope for his character.
To sum this up, the best Ian Rutledge story yet. I loved every page of it. Now, saying that - this was the first novel I figured out "who-done-it" (about 2/3 in) but it did not ruin the novel because I was never 100% sure I was right, Todd kept me guessing and ultimately that is what I want in every mystery.
I cannot wait for the next one.
Louise Penny is the ultimate in bringing you into the book
Christ - all of them. He is the best.
Really? Want it all - it is here.
Good story and good narration.
Enjoyed this series quite awhile ago, up through the last one written. Checked back for a period of time and then forgot about them. By accident, ran across the series again in Oct. '12 and realized there were new ones to enjoy. The new ones are better than ever! Great book to take your mind off everything else. Narrator is superb and I am glad he is back to read the rest of the series.
Love the way Deborah Crombie braids the past and present together throughout the book. It took great skill to write a novelette within a novel that takes you through some fifty years of storyline so well. All believable and interesting. Many surprises in this one and a bitter sweet ending.
Confused by other reviewers' remarks and curious as to why some could not get into the characters of this novel. Thoroughly enjoyed this one, got more into the characters in this one than in book #2, which I also enjoyed. Looking forward to starting book #4 next week.
Will be interesting when I get to the audios that change narrators to the Gemma James character as the primary. Normally pass up women narrators (not because they are not good - some are the best) because I don't hear a high voice as well as a low one and tend to miss words.
I'd recommend this series of non-violent murder mysteries to all that like that genre. And, thanks to Audible for adding the "Series" feature, makes it easy to go through them.
Oh no, no, no, Louise Penny. Before all you Louise Penny fans kill me, let me say I have loved this series since it first came out and preordered a hardbound copy back in May. Bought the audio book the day it was made available. Louise is exceptional in her ability to bring the reader into the scene. You can taste the food, see the location, and smell the environment. She still has that ability in this novel and I was transported to Three Pines once again. BUT where is she going with her characters? I am so unhappy with the direction she is taking the main characters that I'm not sure I have a desire to buy or listen to her next book. Felt like we were ending up a soap opera . . . will little Billy kick his drug habit or sabotage his mentor in the process, will Jane take Dick back, did Spot come home - is that spot there? I think she was trying to create a cliff-hanging ending that would draw us back; but, to me, all she did was trivialize her characters.
As always, Ralph Cosham did an outstanding job of narration!
Just could not take this book seriously; but then, I've never been one that needed a guru to follow and worship.
I really enjoyed this book and the more I knit the more I think of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's experiences and relate to them.
Writing this in hopes you will not make the same mistake I did by ignoring the other reviewers comments about the narrator, whom I am sure is a very lovely man. However, his breathing and mouth noises ruined the book for me. I could not finish it because of his personal "sounds" which really ramp up after the Audible clip. And it is too bad because the story was good enough to make me try a couple more times to listen to it. Just could not do it. If the book was re-recorded, I'll bet it would be 4-plus stars.
What a different book. I grit my teeth at the beginning because it begins vague (on purpose) and weird compared to my usual selection in audio books. But I was hooked not too far in and really enjoyed it all the way through. A couple "dull" moments which I fast forwarded through but a delightful tale. With Neil Gaiman reading his own book, you realize you are hearing it as he intended. Which is sometimes a question in audio books. So, grit you teeth, hang in there, and enjoy.
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