I hesitated to read this book, because I felt I didn't always "get" Erdrich's books. But I found myself quickly drawn into the narrative, the time period, the portrayal of small-town-midwestern life, and most of all, into the personalities of the characters in this book. Plot points are resolved, not always in the happiest of ways, but in a way that was true to life. This book goes onto my all-time-favorites list.
I was interested in trying this book because of the popularity of the Twilight series. As many others have said, the first part seemed slow, but the book became more interesting later. Somewhat formulaic with the teen girl-rivalry thing, and the motley group of almost-outcasts dethroning the beautiful-in-crowd, but formula can be a satisfying read to many teens.
I was a bit stunned with the b*** j** scenes follwing so soon after "This is Audible Kids." Some re-thinking needs to be done there.
I kept forgetting it was about vampires since so many references were wiccan.
And I know this is picky, but can't an author or her editorial staff use "lie" and "lay" correctly? I don't mean as dialogue from the characters, but when it appears in narration.
All-in-all, not sensational, but not terrible either. It's worth reading one more book in the series.
If you're looking to while away some time with a pleasant or exciting "story," this is NOT the book for you. Matthiessen analyzes and re-constructs the larger-than-life figure of E.J. Watson is great detail and from many points of view. Some mysteries about Watson's life are revealed, but ultimately, many questions remain. The pioneering "settling" of the Everglades is seen for what it was: a raping and destruction of what made it unique and beautiful. It stands as an object lesson of how lands and countries are settled or subjugated. Racial injustices continue this theme of "to the victor belong the spoils." This book is filled to overflowing with characters, history, and the raw dialogue and life of another century. The narrator does a great job of delineating the myriad of different characters. A trip into the Everglades today reveals that the character of E.J. Watson still lives in the memories and folklore of present-day Florida. That was where I first heard about him, and since then I've waited for Audible to carry this book. A GREAT read, but definitely not for a reader looking only for entertainment.
I forgot to mention what a great narrator Scott Brick is. He does dialogue particularly well, and is a master of creating mood.
The ancient Roman world springs to life in Harris' narration. Cicero is seen as a very real "hero," warts and all. The intrigue, pride, ambition of politics was just as true in ancient Rome as it is today. Harris portrays all this with a wonderful realism that will make you sorry when the book ends. If your only memory of Cicero is high school Latin or Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR, you are in for real enjoyment with this book. I just hope there will be a future volume, continuing the involved destinies of Cicery with Caesar.
The story was engrossing and often surprising. The narrator really did it justice, with his many voices and interpretations.
Only one criticism..........LOSE THE MUSIC!
Great book thought.
The Templar Legacy is an interesting mix of history, speculation, religion, and thriller. The reader has to be ready to suspend some disbelief: the secret-agent-type heroes are incredibly slow at times (evidently they had never heard of a transponder) and the evil bad-guy is uncannily lucky and able to pull correct hunches out of the blue. The end of the book leans a little toward the preachy side, but I suppose it's impossible for an author to leave his personal opinions out of a book. If you can get by those things, you will enjoy a lively, "page/turning" story with many thought-provoking perspectives on history and present-day.
This is a book with many twists and turns, exciting plot, the solving of a brutal crime, and yet lightened by occasional humor. The narrator's voice for the "criminal" was excellent...the childlike quality and pace matched the character's stunted soul. For me, the conclusion seemed to drag out a little, but that's being a little nit-picky about a really great read.
This was a fascinating telling of a good family, apparently living the American dream, until things get seriously off track. Each point of view shows another angle of a complex situation. Even when some of the characters infuriated me at times, it was the author's skill that made them very real portrayals of flesh and blood people. The ending was sad, but satisfying. Great book and GREAT narrator!
Lots of fun, snappy writing, and loaded with laughs. However, I was SO unprepared for the ending. Yes, ok, the plot lines were tied up, but still, it came so FAST that when the "Audible hopes you have enjoyed etc." came on, I sat there in disbelief.
Great entertainment, though!
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