It is one of my favorites. I also loved Swan Song by the same author, though it was a little harder to get into than Speaks the Nightbird.
Matthew Corbett is a fresh and unique character to join the ranks of other serial detectives. The historical setting also provides a fresh take on the detective story. I also loved Mrs. Nettles, the sturdy and brave housekeeper!
The voicing of the characters gave the book a feel of theater which my own reading would not.
I couldn't stop myself, and it got in the way of my other obligations!
I can hardly wait to start Queen of Bedlam....
I thought the first 2 parts of the story were a little slow going and repetitive, but the story really picked up at the end.
This book is enjoyed most when one has read all the preceding books in the series. It can be enjoyed as a stand alone, however it is much better in the context of the other books.
I think what fascinated me the most was how little humans had changed over the thousands of years covered in this course.
The history of English is fascinating, but even better when narrated by someone who seems able to fluently read in all the different dialects. I am sure I would not have enjoyed this book reading it myself and struggling to attempt the various dialects, since I am not a student of those languages. Hearing the old languages spoken fluentlyadded another dimension to the experience.
If you are curious about the Tao, this is an excellent introduction, because the explanations by analogy are so easy to relate to. It helps if you are a fan of Winnie the Pooh! but any true Pooh fan knows that Pooh is only a children's book on the surface...I have listened to many direct translations of the Tao, and other interpretations, but Pooh is by far the clearest....
I have not read the print version, but I believe having the voices doing a bit of accent / dialect make it much better than anything I could envision in my own mind.
This is like seeing Animal Farm or 1984 come alive. The sad part is that so much of it was based on research, that this could possibly be the life some people have to live, or at least an approximation of it, since it is fiction after all.
The intonation for the speaker announcements and the character voices were very colorful.
It is hard to pick any singular moment in the book. The main character is very touching, and it is difficult to stop listening, even though you know his life is essentially a long train wreck....the power of the story keeps you listening, and a curiousity about how this character can rise above everything that comes his way and yet continue to develop, and maintain his essential goodness and humanity in spite of it all.
I have always had the vague suspicion that all the hype about positive thinking was not as harmless as advertised, but attributed that to my natural tendency toward skepticism. It was nice to finally hear from the 'dark side'. The ideas discussed were thought provoking.
A bit of a slow and wandering start, but once the hero starts telling the story of his life, I could not stop listening. The supporting characters are engaging and the action is great.
totally enthralling; characterizations were engaging.
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