I had read this book as a teenager. I thought I would enjoy it on audio. However, the narration is poor. The whiny voice of Jonas was totally grating and the the narrator did not even bother to read with the inflection when the tone of voice was described with adjectives. Even more annoying, possibly, was the music. I don't even know how I got through this one...if it weren't for my nostalgia, I wouldn't have.
I enjoyed the heck out of this book!
It is creepy and twisty in all the right ways.
The main character is very relatable-- a great portrait of a life coming apart at the scenes due to a set of misfortunes and character flaws.
This isn't just a great mystery. It is really well written and well narrated.
This book blew me away. It is a slow satisfying burn with great character development.
The main character, Blue, is very compelling. And her father's character is super engaging if not likable.
The book is formatted as a course curriculum and it really works. It is full of interesting, fun, and obscure citations and references-both fictitious and non.
The narration of this book is brilliant. Perhaps the best I've heard and I listen to several audiobooks a week. I think the narrator is both talented and superbly cast.
If you are looking for a fast paced and action packed listen, this isn't for you. But if you are looking for rich character development and a story that unfolds at a natural pace, give this a listen.
I've listened to the entire series. I normally enjoy historical fiction. But this series just didn't do it for me.
I did, however, find the narrator to be fabulous. I think I could listen to him read the phonebook. Without Simon Vance, I never would have gotten through.
This is the second Louise Penny book I've listened to. I know they are wildly popular.
But I just can't get into them. I've been bored by both and had to force myself through.
Another case of me wanting to like the books but not being able to for some reason. I feel like I should as it has all of the elements of a book that I would like. But it just doesn't come together for me.
This is the exact type of mystery I love. I quickly flew through this entire series.
The character development is phenomenal. And while they move slowly, they are far from boring.
I highly highly recommend the series and the narration it top!
I just did not enjoy this. It felt dated and I found it to be quite boring and difficult to get through.
I just didn't care about the characters. I didn't find them interesting or compelling.
Normally, I don't mind a slow moving mystery. I actually quite enjoy many. I'm not entirely sure why this book didn't totally do it for me. The character development was pretty good. It was fairly clever. The narration is fabulous.
But something about it just fell a little bit short. I'm currently listening to the second book because I feel like I should enjoy this writer more than I did based on my typical preferences.
This book was enjoyable for the most part to me. I loved learning about elephants.
I did not love the supernatural element in the book; although, it didn't ruin it for me.
This book is excellent! Great character development. More Ann Cleeves on Audible please!
I've listened to all of the books in this series and was pleasantly surprised by how engaging they really are. I loved hearing a different perspective than the typical of Henry II--although he played a relatively minor role in the books. I never knew much more about him than that of his involvement in Beckett's death. Hearing about him from this perspective sheds a new light on his important role in history. Similarly, it is always nice to read about a woman pushing the the feminist envelope centuries ago...even if she is a fictional character, one has to believe that such women had to exist. I was really disappointed to learn that this would be the last novel in the series due to the death of the author.
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