Even though this book may not be his best, it is still pure Baldacci and a good read (or listen). It twisted and turned a lot (maybe too mch). I dd not care for the female narrator or the sound effects. But the suspense outweighs it all.
This was my second "course." As much as I absolutely loved the first one, this course was a huge disappointment. I expected more of a literature appreciation type discussion of great titles. This, however, was the instructor just telling the story of his favorite books. Yeah, every so often he brings up his list of characteristics of why a book is great, but there is not the literary discussion I craved. His narration was animated, for sure telling a good story. But when bringing up the discussion points was awful.
Charming children's story. Introduction was full of praise for the author, but Iam not quite sure the story was worth all that praise.
There is nothing to sway any real passion either way about this story. Adam was wronged with a murder trial but found innocent. The town apparently disagrees with that finding. He goes away but comes back. The twists and turns that follow are largely not believable. Or involves something that I don't care about. The explanation for why it all happened (and I won't spoil the ending) is the craziest of all. Truly good police work would have discovered some of it out. But apparently that is what this town was lacking, and that definitely includes Robin, Adam's lover.
Everything about this title is mediocre. The narration is fair but male voices are significantly lacking. The storyline is good enough but has so many "Really?" type moments that is just isn't credible. It never appears as if the heroine is in danger, but the storyline just wouldn't' go that way! The characters were likable but still middle-of-road. I just wouldn't bother with title.
If you like ancient Chinese literature, this is a book for you. Despite the difficulty of strange names, it is easy to follow the players. Three young women's lives come together by way of family connections. Times go from plenty to poverty. The women have no power yet they are the ones to strategize their survival. Narration is well done.
This was a good enough story but definitely does not rank in my top choices. Each of the characters were well developed but what wasn't developed was the relationships between each. For example, Tess becomes very loyal to Lady Duff-Gordon. That happens very quickly so I reckon that is a strong character trait of Tess's. There is no story-line to promote that loyalty. In fact, if anything, the story lines would create the opposite. None of the relationships that are developed have any explanation to them. Explanation really isn't the right word, but none other comes to mind that is any better. A good story is good because of how it comes about.
The historical details of the story are interesting. I did not find the narration as distressing as some other reviewers.
I have never read anything of Mr. King's before. I doubt I will again. I was mystified with this tale in the beginning. For all the hype about the connection to the Kennedy Assassination, it took forever to see how it did connect. I won't be a "spoiler" but the book had me hooked until the end. It did drag on and on but was truly worth it ...until the climax.
I have read several other time travel stories and this one had a very interesting twist to it that added all the more suspense and twists. The love story was delightful. The quirks of being from a different time period truly added a humorous and suspenseful dimension. He should have stuck with that. I was so disappointed by the final conclusion.
The narration was well done. There was a little bit of Maine, not much of Texas, but great differentiation between characters.
Despite reading reviews ahead of this purchase, I thought this would follow more along the lines of a story even if not identical to the movie by the same name. That title along with the picture do misinform people. So I am of a mixed mind about this selection. The information comes from real sources: letters and diaries (so sad this is becoming a lost art). If anything, it plays up this relationship between the royal family and speech therapist. I am sure they had a good working relationship and were very friendly, but I would not conclude that Logue "saved the British Monarchy." The narration was superb. The story so-so. I enjoyed it and learned a lot, but would not make a steady diet of this selection.
For the number of installments in this series and the praise of so many reviewers, I was so let down by this book. I couldn't get into any of the characters. McGee went back and forth, depending on what his current company said, between brute and savior. The female characters were mostly sluts but more stupid. The scene descriptions in some were so detailed but in others ...nothing. I do not need to have sexual encounters described with lurid minutia but several times I had to rewind to be sure that is was what it was.
The narrator was decent but his female voices were all irritating. In reality, I don't think he had much to work with.
I'm not wasting anymore of my credits on this series!!
I remember owning tis book in a beautiful set as a young girl. As an adult, I had no recollection of why I cherished the book, but I did. So when I saw this as a choice, I grabbed it and am so glad I did. A delightful tale, moves very quickly and surprisingly. This is not your typical cast of characters but they are so much fun!! Narration is well done. This could have gone on forever and I wouldn't have minded.
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