If you like older adventurous women , who do not fear death , Mrs Polifax will charm you like she charmed me. I love her oh what the hell attitude. You only live once. The reader does a great job once again keeping everyone straight and I feel she adds to the story giving Mrs. Polifax wit and character.
What a story. Had my husband and I on the edge of our seats for the whole time. Just now found out it is book 2 of 10. I wish Brandon Sanderson long life! The readers were wonderful. Each character felt authentic and separate. Great work.
People raved about this book. So I listened and listened and listened. I never was able to differentiate among the voices , so to me it sounded like one big whine. The characters are cardboard motifs of themselves and never become more so. Patronizing missionaries go to the Congo and the expected results occur. Again seen much of that before. The reader sounds like she has too many words in each sentence and is eager to get to the end of them. The pace even at normal speed is fast. There is little change in inflection which again adds to the whine factor. The only interesting part to this book is the place setting. The Congolese women are interesting , though we never get to know any of them. All in all I was glad to get to the end of it.
I didn't have high expectations for this book,but the preview intrigued me and I figured at worse it would be an old biddy spy book. Cute and not too exciting. Well, Dorothy Gilman delivered a plot that was more involved than anticipated and Mrs Polifax was gutsier than I would have thought. Let's hear it for women in their 60s.
The reader did a great job even with the male voices. Can't wait to hear book 2
I have to agree with Andrew this is a fast-paced book. Flows easily and the readers good to listen to.
My husband and I both really enjoyed this book. One of the criticism I have about fantasy is the amount of fighting there is. So much so that often there is nothing else. Here there is meat. The characters are well developed and the fact that this is a matriarchal society makes it even more interesting. The hours just flew by. the reader was exceptional, there are many voices and many accents here but Mr. Kipiniak delivered them all. Great Story!
I kept listening to this story eagerly, as the author lays out a lot of groundwork for each character. However, I felt , that for all that background not much developed. It is well written but left me wanting more....maybe the Jinnie and Golum book 2? The author paints a lovely scene I just wanted to stay there.
I worried that this story might be a replay of ground hog day, where the same events keep repeating themselves. It wasn't though it does replay. Our lives happy or not are based on our choices. To make choices based on experience now that is a treat. This book was such a treat we listened eager to see how each scenario would develop. It was entertaining.
When I bought this book, I made sure that it fell into the category of novels as I did not want a self-help book. While it is not a complicated plot it does unfold as a story. It was laugh out loud funny in spots but also very thought-provoking in others. It is the kind of book I will listen to again.
There are not a lot of characters here , nor is there much action, but the reader did a good job of conveying the right atmosphere for the book. I think he added to the story .
I was a little concerned when I discovered that this story is told from the detective's chauffeur's point of view. However , the narrator does not leave any colour or detail out of the story. I also got a feel for the detective from him. This detective has as much character as any put together by Nelson Demille or Robert Parker. A good story kept me listening and guessing. Jeff Woodman does a wonderful job keeping all the individuals apart for great listening.
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