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Interesting ideas expressed well.
Variety of examples.
Especially since this is non-fiction I dearly wish the (British) narrator had not attempted an American accent for any quote from an American. He does the usual things Brits do when (poorly) imitating Americans, for example very hard Rs and super flat "a" sound.
Probably not. Lots of ideas and history. One could, though, especially on a long drive or other trip.
Overall I like the narration. I am a half-Brit and Anglophile so I enjoy the basic British accent. He keeps the story moving and interesting. The writing is good, but it is non-fiction so it helps to have a good story-teller keeping it lively and supporting the writing.
Without saying any thing that might "spoil" the ending, I love the way in the end the loose ends come together/pay off. Every character has a purpose.
Yes. Very compelling.
I just started watching the TV series having first listened to this. And I keep feeling like I have already SEEN it. The way this is written and narrated I experienced the story completely, including visualizing it.
No. I haven't read the print version, but the accents are confused. I wish the author had stayed with one of the earlier narrators who knew how to do southern rural English accents. The last straw was when the innkeeper kept complaining about the "east-Enders" in a broad Cockney. (Ie the very accent that would have been the main way to recognize a Londoner from the East End--and not the accent a rural Kent-er would have.)At first listen this narrator passes for British. But some pronunciations rang false so I looked her up, and she is indeed American. For an American, she does a remarkable job, but the lack of distinction between urban and rural accents is a big problem.
Not in a British book.
I love this series, but I will be searching out the print version for the rest of the series since I see the rest are all recorded by this narrator. I am surprised that the author, who is British, and seems to well-understand the urban/rural cultural differences, has accepted these narrations.
I don't read many real Ludlum-style thrillers, but this seems to be a good example of one of those, but with a female protagonist. I love this idea. And Kitty Hendrix does a great job with Meg, the other characters, and the style of novel. I think true fans of this type of thriller, men or women, will enjoy this book. It has great descriptions of action. There are some really creative versions of cliffhangers and chases--worthy of a Bond movie. I don't know enough to know if they are realistic, but again, as with a Bond movie, I was willing to go along for the ride. (I purposely say Bond movie, not book--more like the movies than the dry style of the original books.)
One more. I wanted to love this book for all of the above reasons, and I did like many parts. I applaud this writer for the idea of a female protagonist. Meg is generally smart, a quick learner, gutsy, and persevering. However, she sometimes stubbornly pushes through against informed advice (like the classic joke about men refusing to ask directions). To maintain respect for her, I wanted to understand her reasons for this. I like the dynamic of a woman having win respect from men used to a men-only world, but the way it played out in this book was unsatisfying and didn't ring true for me. Again, I applaud this writer for the idea of a female protagonist and I'd love to see him team up with either a female writer or male more adept at writing female characters.
I love the way Kitty reads this book. She bridges the gap between thriller style and general fiction style perfectly for me (more so than the book itself for me). She is a great story-teller. Her pace and tone vary perfectly to bring out the most from the text. Her characters are both clear and subtle--ie, you know who is speaking and don't feel like you are listening to a cartoon.
Again, I don't read many thrillers like this. This seems like kind of like the Gray Man books or Bourne. When I read those I tend to read one or maybe two of the series and then not read more. So I think readers who really love those books will enjoy this book more than I did.
Yes, while I don't re-listen to mysteries often, these books have wonderful details about life and traditions of Lieberman's community.
I have recently discovered some English mystery series that bring modern procedural realism to "the cozy." This series brings "coziness" to the procedural.
Great storytelling. Subtle but distinctive character voices. I find that with great narrators, like Richard Ferrone, it is hard to say why they are good--they just are. I forget that I am listening to a narrator--I am just experiencing the book.
More thought-provoking that directly heart wrenching, but no criticism in that. I felt compelled and interested in what would happen.
I'm just hoping Richard Ferrone will record the rest of the series, the sooner the better. I am interested enough to switch to paper, but I really enjoy what Richard brings to the stories and characters.
Yes, it is a great combination of a good thriller and history.
Kind of reminded me of The Maul and the Peartree, which makes sense since both discuss the same historical mystery.
Not that I know of, but this one is great. I really appreciate that he didn't attempt an American (or Canadian) accent when reading the afterward.
No, it was more of an intellectual journey, but a good one of those. It is pretty graphic about violence and crime scenes, though. I advise caution about eating while listening to it. (Or maybe I'm the only one who eats while listening to audiobooks;-).)
Not for the extremely squeamish.
Hmmm...I don't want to "spoil" this book, but I'd like to have seen it go somewhere else. As someone who has lived and worked with alcoholics, this is tough to listen to. Sutter is the worst kind, in that he is charming and funny and smart and clearly has many good intentions. He seems to care about other people to the degree that he can, it's just that alcohol gets in the way--big time. But it is so frustrating that he can't see this. It is a great book for al the reasons it is painful and frustrating.
The main problem I have is that this book, like drunks like Sutter, makes drunkenness and alcoholism look in many ways funny and charming. The dark comes through, but maybe not enough.
No, but I would like to hear more. Great tone and story telling. (Almost too good in a way for this book--adds to Sutter's charm even more.)
I gather it is. I am curious to see it, though like many first person narrations I suspect a film will lack something that the book has. I also hope that the movie doesn't romanticize substance abuse any more than the book already almost does.
I'm sure some people would not see this book as making light of/minimizing/romanticizing alcohol abuse. The reader sees consequences that Sutter either misses or minimizes. Still since we are in Sutter's mind, we are inundated by his justifications and "spin." Brilliant look through the eyes of a young alcoholic. Also sad and frustrating, and to me, too close to an (attempted) justification.
I only know the audio--I do love the way Steven Pacey narrates.
This book resolves much of the unfinished business that left me irritated by the previous one in the series. On the other hand, Simon's reputed horrible treatment of the women he dates is revealed in full detail. I know protagonists need to have flaws, but this one of his and the way both his sister and the author deal with it are frustrating to me.
This book seems to be about "this is just how some people are and they can't be understood or changed." Not my favorite, but at least facts get resolved and Simon finally gets to experience being dumped. On the other hand, he can't seem to have empathy for the women he dumps even then. He still seems to see himself as a blameless victim of all women--incredibly self-centered.
There are also almost too many story threads and it gets hard to keep track of them. But I do find myself wanting to keep listening/reading to find out what will happen.
With a caveat...I found the ending very frustrating. I get what the author intends, but it defeats the purpose of written mysteries to me. And the first one was irritating in a different, but in some ways similar, way. I'm going to try one more in the series, but if I don't get more of a positive vibe, I'll leave it there. If you like modern, depressing-equals-real, mysteries/procedurals, these are well written and interesting. I look to written mysteries to in the end give me a sense of hope and order, so far these don't. Side note--if you want proof that the British system of socialized medicine solves the problems of modern medicine--don't look in theses books. Simon's sister and brother-in-law constantly complain about paperwork and government oversight and how no one else is willing to be a GP...
I'm going to try one more.
Just this series, as far as I know--he is great.
Great to get a sense of classic romance. Light and predictable (now--probably because everyone copied Georgette Heyer. Kind of like a bridge between Jane Austin (and Thackery and Trollope) and modern romance. Reinforces for me also that though legally women may have not had full rights, decent men respected them and treated them well.
Sophy, of course. She isn't perfect and she isn't quite believable, but her spunk and directness are wonderful.
Not that I know of. This was certainly excellent.
I wanted to keep listening, certainly. It wasn't a stay-up-all-nighter, but I wanted to get back to it.
Enjoyable classic romance--not WAR AND PEACE, but much more than a Harlequin (and yes, I have read a couple of those...)
I'm not sure how I would change it. I love books with historical characters, but somehow this didn't hold me. I found myself having gotten distracted and not having taken in anything for five or more minutes. I think it could have been structured/edited better. The basic plot is fairly good and the writing style is enjoyable, but it both drags and doesn't quite hold together--for me at least.
Really hard to say. I liked it in many ways, but it just didn't quite hang together or come together. Sorry to be so vague.
Late in the book a cool historical thing about (some) Boston churches comes out, which I enjoyed. (Saying any more would be a spoiler.)
Um, no. Except maybe return the book. I might try listening again in a month or so though, to see if it is just that I am distracted at the moment in general..
Narration is pretty solid. I hope this review is perhaps useful to some in spite of my vagueness.
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