Story had a lot of potential and the author picked a very unique setting for the mystery. Additionally, the author's descriptive skills proved to be very good. Very easy to envision oneself standing in the scene. Unfortunately, the ending just petered out as if the author ran out of ideas. It was so unfulfilling that the author had to have the guilty party confess everything simply so she could tie-up loose ends. Most disappointing; however, was the narrator. No personality, no emotion. Just a stiff cardboard reading of the book with no animation or enjoyment whatsoever. Very disappointing.
What the heck? Just when the story looks like it just might be going somewhere - BOOM! - it ends. If these guys were planning on writing a trilogy or something, they should at least let the reader know ahead of time because the story ending in the middle of nowhere is a HUGE disappointment.
Don't waste your money...
I've read numerous books on the life of G.W., but I find this to be the most comprehensive and honest work yet. I truly learned much about Washington the man I had not known.
As usual, Scott Brick performed superbly as narrator.
Partisan politics is nothing new. Well worth the purchase, this book provides the political insight to Lincoln's winning the Republican ticket for the 1860 presidential election and how the power of personality brought together an administration that met the test of a lifetime. Couldn't have picked a better narrator. Richard Thomas was the perfect choice for depicting the times and politics of Abraham Lincoln.
A landlubber myself, I found this book enthralling. Action-packed from beginning to end, I simply couldn't turn it off. I'm definitely going to get the next book in the series.
Not worth the $53 asking price and marginally worth a monthly book credit. The author excels in some aspects of his writing, specifically in portraying the serial killers and their evil deeds; however, he fails miserably in providing a main character who the reader could cheer or at least feel sympathetic for. Instead of being a great detective or exciting sleuth, Stella turns out to be such a pathetic, indecisive, emotional basketcase that she needs a pair of dice simply to decide which of her two lovers she's going to sleep with that night. How the author thought this character would be a convincing detective is beyond me. Rather than solving the mystery, the killers practically solve it for her as if they couldn't stand her bumbling around the streets of London anymore. Additionally, there are time and location disconnects the editor should have caught as well as the author's obsession with flies and maggots and stinking flesh even though bodies are barely a few hours dead (Hello! London's not in the tropics!). Finally, I would say the narrator is almost as much at fault in detracting from enjoying this story as the author. While her English accent is quite appropriate for the setting, the narrator's breathy voice, disinterested pitch and tone, and inability to help the reader distinguish between characters in a conversation contributed considerably to the failures of this recording. I would recommend this book only if your interest is in how to portray psychotic killers, which is the books only strong point.
While the premise of the story takes considerable open mindedness to swallow, the plot is well spun with unexpected twists and is fast paced enough to keep the reader wanting to listen to the "next page." I was especially impressed with the narration as it was drew the reader into the story not unlike the radio-shows of old - only thing missing were the soundeffects!
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