This is a hard book to review.
Does this sound familiar? Mary Magdalene, information hidden in paintings in the Louvre, secret societies, an eccentric aristocrat hidden away on an estate in the French countryside
Add to this: designer suits, Manolo Blahnik shoes, an "unusually petite" protagonist.
I almost gave up more than once, but the "bones" of a good story are there and I wanted to hear more. The narrator does an excellent job of covering many characters with a variety of regional accents -- though the Scottish burr and Irish brogue overlapped at times. There is enough passion about the story of Christ, and respect for the story, that it is neither offensive nor dopey.
The author's afterward is worth a listen and says a lot about her motivation for writing this book (excellent) and the amount of serious research she put into the project (commendable). Fiction it is, though she implies that it is only marginally so. Clearly, there are sequels either out or in the works.
Ultimately, this was decent and not a waste of time, but rather painful to slog through at moments.
This is my first zombie novel. Were it not for the zombies, it would be a classic terrorist thriller -- a pretty good one. So the zombies just added a bit of scary humor to the story, without really distracting from it. The science as written was pretty accurate (but taken to the next degree to make it unreal). I plan to read the next in the series. There are some good laughs, some creepy bits, and a few times when you are desperate to find out what happens next. The reader is perfect, too.
As a historian, I wasn't sure I would like this book. However, it was pretty good and I recommend it. Each beverage is a really useful vehicle to discuss the history of a particular era/culture. Standage did a good job of transitioning from one to another and letting us see the evolution of his concept. I like his vision of the next important "glass" (probably water). The book isn't long, and it is a worthy listen.
I was embarrassed to actually pick this book, and I am glad I did. There is "real" history here, albeit embroidered with a goofy vampire story. It was compelling and entertaining, and I'm glad I listened. The reader was great. That said, I'm not sure I'm ready for "FDR: Zombie" or whatever the next book is.
Another in the Prendergast series, with enough twists and turns to keep you engaged. The storyline was a bit unrealistic (aren't they all?), but enjoyable. This one seems a bit darker than some of the others, but not hard to listen to even when alone at night. If you like the series, this is a good one to include. Rene Auberjonois is the ideal reader!
This intelligent and entertaining novel seems to be the start of a great new series - new to me, at least. Glad to find it! And, as usual, George Guidall is outstanding as a reader. He could read the phone book and I would listen.
The story itself isn't bad, but this is unlistenable. The narrator just kills it. So sad.
I didn't know what to expect, but this long, fascinating saga kept me at the edge of my seat. Just when you think things can't get worse, they do, and they you're laughing out loud. The writing is rich, the characters are well-developed, and the plot is intense and intricate. The narrator did a fantastic job of voicing many people. I really enjoyed this book.
As an accounting professor, and being familiar with the author's work, I had high hopes for this book. However, the producers apparently decided that they needed a "serious business voice" for a humorous book, and the narrator killed the content. I was hoping to use this for my classes, but would never consider boring them to death with it -- somehow they seem to find accounting boring enough!
A fascinating subject, dragging only a bit during the romance with the "object", but it was the reader who made this a great listen. His voice was charming, entertaining, and sympathetic, and I laughed aloud a number of times. Not something to listen to with children in the car, though!
I knew nothing about this book or the author when I purchased it on a friend's recommendation, and against my better judgement. Was I surprised! A book about death and the meaning of life and all those serious topics with a sense of humor. George Guidall brings this story alive (no pun intended) and makes it a truly enjoyable and thought-provoking experience. I'm not a Sci-Fi or Fantasy fan, but just purchased the next Audible in the series. Give it a whirl!
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