You care about the characters in this story of a man caught in a web of other people's intrigues, and forced to act in the interest of a very nasty pair. the good guys are good folks. That's why you care. You care about the mystery. Nicely historical, the sights, sounds, smells, and almost the taste of the time and place.
I manufactured instances to listen
Yes. I like her characters, and I usually can allow myself to be let along through the plot of her books
ho hum ... because I didn't believe in the main challenge .. the threat of Bubonic Plague .. Getting plague no picnic. World wide pandemic, no way. Oh me of little faith. The author's seduction of the reader not sufficient for me in this book.
When the two detectives descend into the bowels of the sailing ship near the end of the book.
I hope not. Good series of books, but bad plot in this one.
The protagonist was too stupid for words
Dance for the dead by Thomas Perry
He didn't get in the way, and his different characters sounded different from each other
the main character
The conflict proceeded with all the subtlety of pro wrestling. It was like the tv ad where people in horror movie make really bad decisions about where to hide.
nothing. This is the second book of the series I have bought, and I bought it by accident. Snobbish and silly. I didn't finish it.
going to the old resort on the salton sea
all of them
for people who would like to inhabit a rich person's world .... of three generations ago. Daddy Warbucks. The original 1930's version.
audio was confusing. you need to flip back to cover the confusing points in the middle
ending a bit predictable but he does it so well. Shades of Gabaldon. How could I fall for this? And yet I did.
"male" voices just croak
my reaction to the book was against the narrator. they should have used a guy or a better girl.
really good use of Native American motif. The character is good, really good, and from living on a rez ... out west ... seemed realistic and wholesome. A good way to learn about eastern native american culture. The adventure moves in the midst of it gracefully with nary a false note.
Makes a really good case for exercise for what ails you, with lots of up to date information. Fun listening worth the time. Is accessible without being condescending. worth listening and keeping
I credit Pimsleur for being able to test out of a Spanish class even though I had not worked with Pimsleur.for years. they introduce present, past, and perfect tenses by using model words in conversation. You are tested continually but so that you are very often right .. positive reinforcement very positive very nice. Every day I take my mp3 player for a walk.
An interesting version of the round up article. Lots of good information ... probably lots of questionable information. Interesting to listen to. It is a compendium of what scientists think right now about what one could do to sort of bail the brain out by making new brain cells faster than it can leak and sink.
the author repeats herself, and it is not clear from much of her evidence, that it is evidence for anything more than association. An increase in the chance of getting Alzheimer's is associated with eating more red meat. ... but is it a causal association, or do meat eaters also engage in other behaviors and dietary habits that increase the chance of Alzheimer's. If the association is not one of cause and effect then say eating less meat will not affect one's chances of getting the disease.
My favorite was the fact that problems with balance predate Alzheimer's by some years. But does it follow that practicing standing on one foot will heal your brain? Both the dementia and the bad balance may have the same cause.
When listening to this book, one should look for more than something like: "5000 women smoked more and remembered less." Often there is more .. animal experiments and direct observations of human brains before and after the beneficial or detrimental diet or behavior. One should look for these in addition to the association of a substance or behavior with the disease
One should google her references and even look at the clinical studies themselves if possible (They are usually way technical and choked with arcane acronyms... but worth the effort to see what the experimenters were really measuring and how..
I rarely buy any other fiction, and so was blessed to read this. Genre books often express the worst of contemporary vulgar in the sense of popular outlooks. They reflect their time the way 1930's fashons reflect their time. You put up with the banal parts for what's good about the story ... as you do with run of the mill TV.
This book is literature ... readable all night, non-putdownable, even rereadable. I leave the plot to the other reviewers. Her books are worthwhile in almost all ways, but are not easy on their heroes and heroines. Oh well, in the end life isn't. But fiction like this can be very easy on the reader who savors character and atmosphere all tied up in a compelling story.
Burke is a bit like Gabaldon. He is able to get away with murder figuratively and in his plots actually, and in octuplicate ( or more ). His prose is poetic and passionate. His plots and his characters are getting predictable,and he indulges in a bit in the pornography of violence. (Actually, a lot. But he gets away with it, as do his cops till it strains credulity.
His villains are all the rich or the poor who are uncannily (wicked) and ugly. They are his dark and stormy night. They look like monsters. In this book he throws the reader several curve balls though. Are the uglies as evil as they seem? Are the beautiful people beautiful indeed? Will Dave and his Womenfolk survive? Don't bet on it. This may be Burke's last Robicheaux book. Maybe it should be. Still his characters are originals, and his prose is fine to hear.
Dave is investigating the murders of several young women, very young women whom no one seems to care about since they were homeless, and/or black. Bad, powerful rich guys (any other kind in Burke's universe?) are behind it. Dave and his sidekick, are out to get them. If your really like Robicheaux you will hear this out to the end. If you are new to him, earlier Dave Robicheaux books might be better.
You ping and pong between the reporter and his FBI girl friend, at one end, and the scare crow, a particularly nasty serial killer. The killer is a computer wizard who can snoop on and reach out to hurt people using the internet in a rather disturbingly realistic way.
It is typical Connelly, and if you like Connelly, you will like this one.
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