Western US | Member Since 2012
I am a fan of David Sedaris but thought this book was definitely not one of his best. The stories early in the book were OK with some humorous moments. The stories at the the book were horrible. Unlike earlier stories they were not based on reality and consisted of "bashing" some people's priorities and life style (particularly women). Not one bit funny,I found them offensive!
Initially I thought listening to this narriator for several hours would be annoying but she grew on me and it turned out she was a perfect Flavia. Flavia was an interesting main character as she was only 11 years old but very intellegent and quirky. The mystery was well orchestrated with plenty of action and questions regarding who was the murderer not to mention the identity of the murdered man. In the end things were wrapped up nicely and Flavia and her family continued on with their funky life and typical family relationships. The other characters in the book were enjoyable and interesting even though Flavia was often presented as the most intelligent of the lot.
I loved this young adult fantasy book. The animal characters in the book had definite personalities and real relationships. The characters are endearing and the story moves along at a fast pace. Lessons are taught and learned and there is lots of action and adventure! I loved the good versus evil aspect of the as well as the clever and intellegent way problems are apprached and solved. I read (listened) to a sequel and will definitely read more in this series.
This was a very light and frilly book that had no credibility. The premise that an elderly woman would have gone through what she did is unbelievable! I did like her feisty nature and how she manipulated her captors as well as almost everyone else. I might try another Mrs Polifax book when I am looking for mindless escape!
Many of the characters in this mystery were easy to like. The mystery itself is a rather predictable format with a predictable resolution but fun to read non the less. I definitely will look for other books by this author when I want a pleasurable light mystery.
Although a bit slow at the start this novel definitely picks up the pace as it goes along. The difficult dilemma presented here is problematic to resolve. There are very few "bad" people only bad decisions. The choices made by the characters are very understandable as we all "make up" stories to fit our reality.. Throughout the book one is kept wondering how any resolution can be made that is realistic yet not totally depressing. The end is sad but realistic and so bitter sweet.
I am not sure I would have finished this book had I been reading rather than listening. I don't know when I have met such unpleasant people. You are kept interested only because you want to find out what despicable things these people can think of next. I do not necessarily recommend this book but some might find it interesting. I cannot decide who are worse people these characters or those in The Dinner? You be the judge.
This was a fun read about WWII espionage with engaging characters and lots of suspense. I have read other Follett novels and this was different, less complex yet kept my interest until the end. I loved the characters. Although not all of them survived the war their you are left with the impression that they will not be forgotten. The aviation theme running through the book seemed mostly accurate although some of the story was a bit difficult to believe. That's what marked it fun and not too serious.
I found this mystery novel tedious, long and a bit boring. The main character was depressive and the mystery was not particularly interesting. None of the characters seemed well developed or engaging.
Very well written as well as factual this novel was an interesting listen. I learned interesting facts about a lessor known president as well as medical practice of the times. Well worth "reading"
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