Mostly. I wouldn't re-listen though, because of the accent issue. I would instead find the paper book or eBook to re-experience it.
Probably, but not one with British characters. Her overall style and pace are great, but she has an underlying accent--I think Midwest or maybe Canada--which doesn't work for a main character who is supposedly from Boston. The characters from northern England sound like either confused cockneys or in one case, like a man from Northern Ireland.
Also, the pronunciation of some of the Mayan/Mexican names and places didn't sound quite right. My knowledge on the Mayan/Mexican is from a couple brief visits to the area, so it is real, but slight. On the other hand, though I am American, my father was English and from the north--Lancashire, and I watch tons of British TV including things set in Yorkshire (James Herriot series for one) so I have pretty darn good sense of those accents.
Probably. The book is interesting and fairly well paced. I like the combination of locales.
Overall a good mystery/thriller. Some aspects a bit far fetched.
Funny, heartwarming, hopeful
Weaving of many different stories.
Helps to have the dry British accent to remind one that though most of the book happens on this side of the "pond," the writer is a Brit. Adds to the dry British humor. And Simon Vance is just wonderful, as always. He leads the listener by the hand through the intricacies of the language and the stories.
I laughed, I cried, it had cats, (and dogs and a turtle). Actually mostly dogs.
To clarify my title, I refer to James Herriot and the _All Creatures Great and Small_ books, which I love and clearly Nick Trout loves. He refers to the stories and the author (and the TV series) several times. This book brings the spirit of those books to modern, fast-paced veteranary surgery beautifully. It is still about caring for animals (and their humans) and making the difficult calls with both empathy and practical intelligence. (And seeing the humor in between.)
Only listened to any of these. For me Ralph Cosham is part of the experience. He is already missed.
These books blend the "cozy" of Agatha Christie nicely with a more modern psychological tone really well. They look at difficult human situations and still have hope and love in them.
The ending--saying more would be a spoiler.
Though these books stand alone well, I think reading them in order adds much. And while Louise Penny is very careful not to specifically give away endings of earlier books in later ones, there are pieces of information that will change the experience of earlier books if you read them out of order.
I enjoy this book and this series because for me it balances the best of the old fashioned mysteries (Christie, Allingham, Sayers) with the more realistic and psychological aspects of recent mysteries. The characters have depth and the stories look at difficult issues, and in the end I feel good and hopeful about the world. I think this is a conscious choice of the author. She has characters discuss old mysteries in several books and she talks about how mysteries can renew our faith in justice and the potential power and influence of individuals. For me, these books do that.
I love both Duncan and Gemma. I like the way their relationship is developing. For me there is a nice balance. We see their struggles and faults and mistakes, and we also see them learn from them. I for one feel hopeful.
I forget I am listening to a narrator. I am just in the story.
None that I can describe without risking "spoiling" it for others, but I will say, I felt much empathy for several characters throughout.
Really good solid mystery series. I have yet to guess an ending . Each story is a good mystery and I am enjoying getting to know Duncan and Gemma as the series progresses.
Scott Brick, absolutely. He is always fantastic. Robert Gregory Brown, absolutely not. The way that women are treated in the cult is described with too much detail--detail including way too much description from the point of view of men who enjoy it and justify it.
Already described above. The writing is overall good and the story compelling. I listened to the end, but I am returning it. Really creepy how much the writer seems to want to describe the details of the cult and how it regards sex and women.
No, not really.
Very high--top 10% at least.
The whole combo--Dr. House meets James Herriot meets Murder She Wrote meets movie starring Hugh Grant. Beautifully voiced.
Not sure, other than the first of this series. Both of these great.
Cyrus. If he weren't fictional, I would wrestle Amy for him.
Moving, informative, entertaining
I've heard it compared to FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON, which I agree with somewhat. Fortunately it has a much more upbeat ending. I also would compare it to THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTIME, though Edward is much more lucid and self aware than the narrator of CURIOUS INCIDENT.
Yes. He is always great. I am really impressed at how he voices the subtleties of character and emotion in this book. Also, there are some repetitive elements, key to Edward's character, which Luke Daniels handles beautifully, honoring the truth of Edward and the listeners' needs (for variety or at least acknowledgement of the repetition).
I don't want to give too much of a spoiler. The letters throughout are great: entertaining and moving. There is one in particular kind of near the end.
Really moving insight into the world of an individual with OCD/Asperger's. I was fascinated by how much I related to and how much I came to relate to as Edward revealed his thought process. Also huge story about parents and children and expectations and independence. Incredible book, beautifully read.
Fair to middling. I found myself wanting to keep listening and I am eager to hear the next one. At the same time, there are some aspects of Tapply's style of story-telling that irritate me.
I think I like Brady's secretary Julie best, though she doesn't appear much in this book.
I have just binge-listened to all the Coyne books to this point. Obviously I find them compelling. Though it is kind of in a "I keep eating peanuts" kind of way. I prefer Robert Parker and his Spenser and also Phillip Craig and his JW. Tapply has some good elements that remind me of each of those writers. I know Tapply purposely chose to keep Brady romantically footloose from an interview I read years ago. The women therefore end up a bit like Bond women. Also, like any series about an accidental/amateur detective, the writer has to keep coming up with reasons and ways to explain the main character's repeated involvement in solving crimes/mysteries. And the other characters have to keep complaining about it or warning them or whatever. And then the main character starts to seem like a jerk for ignoring them and they start to seem like nags. All that said, I am hoping that audible will soon have the rest of the series so I can binge some more. (Would also love to see/hear the Phillip Craig series and the Brady/JW books too!)
Possibly, especially if it takes a long time for the missing books in the series to reach Audible.
Tapply tells a pretty good story. I got hooked on him when he co-wrote a few books withe the late Phillip Craig. I adore Craig's Martha's Vinyard books. I found Craig just after he died, though so shortly after I didn't know it at first. I like Tapply mostly because I have run out of Craig and Robert Parker books. I like them better, but Tapply and Coyne are decent and similar. I confess I am beginning to want to take up fly fishing after reading Tapply.
Hoye has a wonderful voice and overall good style. I have now listened to about 10 available Coyne novels in a binge, so obviously I find him fine to good. A few peeves: His variation for characters are kind of limited to Baahstan or not. I'm not from Boston and his Massachusetts accent sounds pretty good, but it is pretty much the same for all characters and I think he uses it for some characters that wouldn't sound like that. The other thing that gets to me after a while is he has a distinctive drop at the end of some sentences. I've listened to other books he has read and it is definitely a pattern for him. But again, I just binge-listened to ten books by him, so obviously the good outweighs the slightly irritating.
I like Tapply and Coyne pretty much, but I am not crazy about how "they" perceive and describe women. In one book, Charlie, Brady's best friend who always tells long groaner jokes, tells one about the difficulty men have understanding women. It is interesting as a woman to hear this perspective and I also have to say that both Tapply and his male characters suffer from this difficulty. The female charachters just don't quite ring true. Still, both Tapply and Brady seem to keep trying, which is a hopeful sign.
I only listened to it, but Kate Reading brings so much to it. The story itself is great, but the audio adds tons.
Sandra, the narrator, by nose, with Flip, the irritant, a close second. And then about five other characters in a cluster right behind. Sandra is smart, witty, frustrated, and still hopeful. Flip is the airhead hipster we love to hate.
Yes, and I like all the ones I have heard. And still, I think this is my favorite so far. I cannot imagine anyone else reading this book.
Laugh. Out loud. Medicine for our PoMo world.
I was already a Kate Reading fan. Now I am a Connie Willis fan. Would love to hear them together again.
I only know the audio. Simon Vance is a marvelous part of it. Print version might be more useful for reference and jumping to the best bits.
The parts about interactions with the elephants.
The mothers with their newborns.
Title is a bit misleading, as the author clearly indicates in the introduction. Clearly a marketing ploy to get on the "whisperer" bandwagon. I'm kind of glad of this, because I enjoyed the book and might not have chosen it otherwise. It is more of an overall memoir. One gets to know the author and his wife and colleagues, which is enjoyable in its own way. Worth the listen. Could maybe have benefit from a bit more structured editing.
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