This book would be much better if it had been edited to half its length. There is far too much extraneous stuff, especially about what Lisa is thinking, feeling, and/or how her breathing is quickening. Come on! I'd like to know if any real person would be as aware of her every emotion, feeling, or quivering as Lisa seems to be. In fact, the character of Lisa, in spite of all the feedback about her response to everything, is not really well developed. I suspect that the author wants Lisa to come across as a strong, appealing woman. I came away feeling that I knew too much about Lisa's responses and not enough about what kind of a person she is. The character of Scott could use some rewrite as well. Rude and manly don't do it. There needs to be more to make the reader want to root for Scott to win over Lisa.
Then there's the plot or lack of it. When I read the reviews of this book, I thought the plot line had tremendous potential. When I got through the book, I thought that there has to be a better way to develop the plot. I am still confused about how some of the plot is supposed to have taken place. I would not have bothered reading this book had I known how boring it would be. I hung in there just to find out how the author would explain the mysteries. It was very unsatisfying.
Yes, the narration alone is worth a second listen. This is a complex story and I am sure that a second listen would catch nuances you might miss the first time through.
PK of course but there are many memorable characters including Doc, Hymie, even Grandpa Chook! I enjoyed the development of PK's character through the people who influenced his life.
Oh, my gosh! That man is a Boer, a Jew, an Englishman, a German, a Zulu and much more in accents that are spot on!
It's too long for that but I looked for every opportunity to get back to it.
Bryce Courtenay is a consumate story teller.
I will never read another Robin Cook book about Pia Grazdani. The first Pia book was interesting but one of Cook's weaker novels. This last book was a total waste of time and obviously designed to get you to read his next one. No chance!
George Guidall is an excellent narrator and I have no complaints about him.
George did well; it was the book itself that was weak.
It was interesting to learn something about nano technology. That was the only redeeming quality because the story line was non-existent.
I've read almost every one of Robin Cook's novels. The previous Pia novel, Death Benefit, was the weakest of his books up until this one. The character of Pia is difficult to believe or understand and her boy friend, George, is equally difficult to believe. Nano is obviously leaving the door open to a third Pia novel. I won't consider reading it.
It appears that Robin Cook is spending all his time researching and writing about interesting new medical technology at the expense of character and plot development. Well, it just won't sell books! Robin, give it up.
This book might have been more compelling if it had been edited down by half. If you believe the odd amnesia that Daniel Hayes is supposed to have and if the plot had not dragged on and on, it could be good. I hung in there but it felt tedious.
I think Alexander McCall Smith should stick to the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Everything else he writes is dismal. What plot exists in this novel is left hanging at the end. The characters are one-dimensional and uninteresting with the exception of the dog. Don't waste your time.
The plot for this novel is just not credible. Even if it were, the book drags on and is frankly boring. Grisham can't seem to come up with a new idea. This will be the last one of his books that I purchase.
I was happy to see another book in John Dunning's "The Bookman" series. I wish there had been more about book collecting in this one but the subject was certainly a key factor in the plot. The ending was a little weak but overall it was an engrossing read.
Having read Vanishing Acts and My Sister's Keeper, I expected more from this book. The plot was too weak to keep the reader involved. The motivation for the things that happened was not believable. I stuck with this story hoping it would improve, but the ending was a disappointment too. I would advise readers to skip this Jodi Picoulet novel and hope she does better with the next one.
I have found that customer ratings are pretty accurate on audible.com. The only reason I chose this book was because of the extremely high customer ratings. That's why I feel compelled to come back and provide my own review. This book is long and tedious. I got halfway through and gave up, which is unusual for me. The story is too absurd and the main characters are just not compelling enough to hold my attention. I don't understand what others liked about it.
I have read and reread all of Alexander McCall Smith's books about Botswana and the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I absolutely adored the series.
So when his new book came out about Scotland, I thought it would be the same caliber. I bought the book and immediately downloaded it for listening. Tonight I finished the book and I want to warn other fans to avoid this book at all costs.
First of all, the "Sunday Philosophy Club" is mentioned only briefly in the book and never meets. What is the point in the title???
Secondly, since Isobel, the heroine, is a philosopher, over half of the book is about her philosophical musings about ethics. This book has no real plot or action.
Finally, the murder, about which the entire book is based, is not a murder at all. Just an unfortunate accident. If I am giving away the plot, believe me, you haven't lost much.
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