I relived my own China experiences with Rob Gifford's trip, especially the mixture of admiration and frustration that was my, and seemed to be his, reaction to the country. His insights, and well summarized historical background, helped me to understand some of why China is the way it is. The narrator was very good except for not pronouncing Chinese words properly, which drove me crazy.
Having listened to a couple of books by Wilkie Collins, I am a fan. Dramatic story, not fast-paced, but occasionally with some very funny and astute descriptions. The narration is excellent and I got caught up in the story quickly and never got tired of it, even though (since it is a long book) I had to listen to it over many different sessions. I was finding excuses to listen so that I could hear more!
The main character lives in a polygamist community and has four wives and many children. As the story unfolds you learn about his personal history and how he ended up there, as well as the pressures he is under supporting such a large family. The characters are sympathetically portrayed, and you really come to care about them. There are some laugh-out-loud moments, due to the strange situations that unfold. The story is not predictable or trite. I definitely recommend this novel.
This book is well written and the search for antibiotics unfolds like a novel. The author brings the context to life - how some infections considered simple now (since they can be treated with antibiotics) were extremely serious or routinely fatal before such drugs existed. How the drugs were found, especially the testing protocols, was fascinating. The story is filled with familiar names, and for me it helped to link those individual names we know from science classes to a time and place. I really think that this would be a good book for a high school student or college student to provide a historical perspective on microbiology and chemistry.
The story is pretty predictable, and the situations are sometimes absurd, and you know there will be a happy ending. However, when I am on a long drive and don't want to have to concentrate too hard (and want a happy story), this series is good fun.
I don't read a lot of fantasy, and my main criteria in an audiobook are a captivating story and interesting characters - and it must be well written! Warbreaker provides all that. I enjoyed how the author provided details of this world bit by bit, so that you learn more about the people, the countries, and their beliefs as the story develops. The princesses are at the center of the story and I appreciated that they were not stereotypical female characters. Sometimes I found the narrator's voice annoying, but he did a good job switching to different voices for different characters. It was an enjoyable and satisfying book.
This book met my needs perfectly - a light and entertaining story to listen to while driving. There really aren't any plot twists that will shock and surprise, but the characters and story are fun and interesting. For the times when you want something that won't make you feel sad or stressed, or tax your brain too much when you're concentrating on driving, this is it.
I overcame my aversion to novels that "name-drop" contemporary people and products, and was rewarded with a clever and funny story! Aliens, Hollywood, and the media combine with an imaginative premise and a fast-paced story that had me laughing out loud. Lots of fun.
The 34th-in-line to the throne Lady Georgiana is a fun twist to the usual cozy mystery sleuth. The wry comments about royal restrictions and the odd habits of "toffs" add humor to these stories. There are times when one is frustrated with Lady Georgiana and her inability to see what is right in front of her nose, or how stupidly she wanders into a dangerous situation - but isn't that typical for this type of story? Overall, the characters are clever and the writing is decent. The narrator does a good job with different voices for the characters.
All the books in the series hold up with consistent quality - good story lines and good writing.
I recommend this series when you want a light, relaxing and fun mystery!
This is a long book, and I think it was good that I happened to be able to listen to it when I had long stretches of uninterrupted time. I was able to be drawn fully into the story. It might not be an easy book to listen to in short stretches.
I found it emotionally wrenching - the details were so vivid and the characters and situations so compelling. As others have noted, not all of the endings are happy ones. I couldn't wait to listen to more because I wanted to know what happened. I was very sorry to reach the end, and found myself thinking about it for weeks, and telling others about the book, too. (I did that also with Blackout and All Clear - highly recommend them.)
Connie Willis's attention to historical detail is amazing. I became fascinated by the particulars of daily life in the Middle Ages, which are presented in a way to make the characters and situations come to life.
There are parallel plots, one set in the current day of the time travelers and one set in the middle ages. The intertwining of these situations caused me to reflect on our attitudes towards medicine, technology, and faith. Each society's assumptions and beliefs play a role in the story.
This book continues the story begun in "Blackout." I couldn't wait to keep listening to find out what happened to the characters and how their problems were resolved. Once again a very engaging plot and characters, with amazing attention to historical details, in a way that brings the era to life.
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