Simon Vance is an excellent narrator. His voices for each of the characters are pitch perfect--not too over the top but unique so that you know throughout the book who is speaking. I love his narration of these Ruth Downie books and it's why I intend to listen to all of them in order.
No. Ruso and Tilla make an excellent romantic duo, but they are not together much in this book. Instead, Tilla is off doing her own thing. I found that a bit disappointing since the beauty of the earlier book was the romantic tension between the two.
This book has some moments where I felt Ruso was out of character. He questions a suspect to a murder by dunking the man's head in a barrel of water. Ruso it seems to me is supposed to be the hero of the story and better than that--he's a doctor and will not beat his slave when they disobey him. Aside from that this is an interesting murder mystery and the characters are believeable.
I look forward to Persona Non Grata, the next book in the series. I'm very glad Simon Vance is narrating all four.
The relationship between the main characters is romantic and charming.
I would compare it to a Jane Austen book. Not quite as well written, but still worth listening to.
Lord Richard is my favorite character. He's a bit complex and still keeps his Corinthian veneer and uses it to his advantage.
I couldn't say without providing spoilers. There are a number of twists to the plot that kept me listening. It's a romance with a mystery.
I've read a lot of complaints about books with sexually overt content. This book has none. I wouldn't mind it but if you are looking for good clean romance/adventure with no bad language or sexual situations (the worst swear in the book is 'The Devil!') this is a good book for you. Georgette Heyer is an accomplished writer; I wish she had not introduced so many different characters thoughout the book. A character appears late in the book for no reason except for the lead to have someone to talk to out loud. Otherwise they have NO purpose in the book. If you are looking for pure escape rather than fine literature, though, this is excellent and I really enjoy just relaxing and knitting while listening to Heyer's books.
Wade, the hero of the story, is a believable high school senior. The virtual world in which he
Wil Wheaton is the perfect narrator. He brings both the science fiction cred and high school young man to life in his reading.
I loved how Wade combined vehicles from the pop culture 1980s - Kit from KnightRider, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the oscillation overthruster from Buckaroo Banzai, and of course the GhostBusters mobile. to make his virtual reality car.
Warning for parents: While my 13 year-old-boy did like this book very much, sensitive parents should be aware that there are occasional obscenities in this book, just as there are in most high schools.
Susie is never so awesome as when she's merging the personal with the political. So many insights even I haddn't thought of, and thank God Susie never sugarcoats it. Highly recommended episode but then again I have subscribed for a couple years now and she never disappoints.
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