This is an engaging story that moves back and forth between time periods, similar to a Kate Morton story, with mysteries unfolding. The excellent weaving of romance and history was similar to Diana Gabaldon's work. If you like either of those authors, you will probably like this book as well. The narrator took a little getting used to, but once I got into the story it was easier to listen to her. She's not awful, just a little wooden in her delivery. The story was enjoyable, and I've just purchased the author's other book available in audio.
Lincoln Child, when writing solo, tends to have difficulty bringing a story to closure. I will love the first 90% of one of his books, and then the story will go on and on for a bit, dragging out the resolution. So I went into Mount Dragon fully prepared for that. However, with this book I found that all the story of interest to me was in the first half to two-thirds of the book. The whole survival in the desert and Scopes vs Levine "battle" were like a never-ending bore. I tried listening on a fast speed. Then I tried skipping ahead 30 seconds at a time. I finally bailed with an hour left in the book. At that point, I didn't care how it ended.
No spoilers here! Just saying that I didn't like the ending at all. It seemed like the author didn't know how to wrap up the book. After being so engaged throughout the book, I found the ending a let down.
I purchased this book because I so enjoyed Bahni Turpin's narration in The Help. I am so glad that I did! I absolutely loved the book. It's an incredible story of one woman's past and another's present. The story and the narration are wonderful. I only wish Ms. Kibler had other works on Audible. I'd buy them in a heartbeat.
Bought this title on a special sale. So glad that I did! I have enjoyed this book so much. It is a delightful combination of nerdy science knowledge, McGyver-like ingenuity, and dry humor that makes me laugh out loud. The narration by Andy Weir is wonderful, and really is an integral facet of this most enjoyable listen.
I can't believe I let this sit so long in my library before listening to it. This is the best listen I've had in a long time. I couldn't stop listening, but also never wanted it to end. Beautifully and flawlessly performed. I laughed and cried. I had memories of my own childhood and the maids who worked for families like mine. I recalled how I heard my mother and grandmother talk to them, then about them. I recalled how frustrated I was with the racism my family couldn't even see in themselves as they congratulated themselves on how accepting they were of "those people." This story is so truthfully and artfully crafted, I feel like I know these women. I just finished the book, and already feel like I miss them. There aren't words superlative enough to adequately review and recommend this book.
I love Kearsley's stories. But the narration for this story was painful. The reader has a "haughty" tone when reading as the main character. Miss Jane Hathaway from Beverly Hillbillies came to mind while listening. Then there's the way she runs sentences together - as if punctuation is merely a suggestion that can be ignored. Makes it hard to follow the story. It's like she was in a rush to get through the book.
A different narrator.
Kate Morton's stories are wonderful. I love how she moves between past and present, telling the stories of two women in different times. And I adore her use of language. So wonderfully descriptive. When I saw this audiobook was released just the day before I was to take a road trip, I purchased immediately - even though my monthly credit wasn't available yet! I am more than happy to pay the cash price to hear one of Ms. Morton's books. And a Caroline Lee performance makes the experience perfection.
The ending was superb. Just when I thought the story had reached its end, there was a wonderful surprise!
I love Caroline Lee's performances. She speaks as if telling a story from her own experience, rather than reading it from a page.
One of the tensions for me with Ms. Morton's stories is always that part of me can't wait to have the mysteries unfold, but another part of me never wants the story to end.
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