This is one of my favorites. The tape is very restful to listen to and he has a soothing scottish accent. Wish there were more by him.
Only caveat? Would like a few more positive affirmations.
I've listened to a number of stories about Nursing during the time period, the grueling hours, the difficult co-workers the training, and this is pretty much all that you can expect and more. The writing as well-done, the heroine was engaging and the plot moved along at a brisk pace. I admit I liked it didn't get bogged down with a boring romance, this is all about nursing which was great. Other novels can get sappy with boring and unrealistic romantic plots.
The ending is a cliff-hanger, so it made me wonder where the sequel is. Overall, engaging.
I really liked the idea that in this village that the people could swap gender once a year until they hit 20 and are forced to choose. The exact mechanism and mechanics for this are revealed in the last 1 hour of the audio title.
The story attempts to explore the differences in the way gender affects our reality. The main character's point of view shifts between genders affecting his perspective and the way he views the world around him. This is not always a perspective I found enjoyable. At times I found the main character to be unlikeable, sexist and somewhat bloodthirsty. At times the way he feels about his girlfriend/boyfriend comes off as somewhat despicable and contemptible.
The ending was very interesting, but sort of an info-dump. I can't discuss more without spoilers... I guess I can say I liked the title but didn't love it. I felt the story could've been more interesting with a character I really could root for, and with a less violent/despicable actions of the culture involved.
I enjoyed it. The memoirs of a young woman who wants to become a cook. Be warned, the Servant's hall book contains a lot of similar content to this, so if you buy this one, be careful the sequel has lots of the same material.
Overall, liked it. well narrated, good listen..
I liked the book and it was a worthy listen. However, the author has written 2 stories, this one and below stairs and there is a some rehash of the same content. I was rather disappointed to hear the same stuff twice. I did like the book, and there is some new stuff there, but, I'm not sure I would've bought it if I knew it was basically the same story..
It is worth listening to, especially if you like to read about the lives of servants but if you have already read Below Stairs, be warned there is repeat content in this one.
I was disappointed in this. Too much recap from the previous book. I was more interested in the future than finding out what happens in the character's past. The author dwells at length on her backstory and given there is only 3 hours to go here, I was quite bored.
CONTAINS SPOILERS: Don't read if you haven't read the book.
I listened to the first 2 books and enjoyed them, but this book was simply about crazy Michael and crazy Cindy hunted the main characters through town. There was no real plot unless you consider picking off minor characters one by one to be actual character/plot. I sure don't. Plus too many deaths of children, and descriptions of kid deaths. Yeah I get it. Zombies kill people. I don't need to hear about their bodies being mutilated and children being killed and eaten in gory detail. I know it happens but less detail please. No point in introducing those characters in the first place if you are just going to wax them and go back to the original cast.
Plus, nothing ever happens. They are trapped in town. At the ending they leave the town, nearly the same group that enters.. Part of the fun of a zombie book is getting out and seeing what happened to the world. Being trapped in one place while psycho badies stalk you is rather boring. And plus whats the point of introducing minor characters just to pick them off. You know the main character and his girlfriend won't die, so there really isn't a lot of suspense.
Hated the ending with George. He was a great character. Just never thought him as crazy or suicidal. What a waste of time reading that.
Overall, this series should've been a single book. Broken into 3 parts, the ending felt absurd and more like a bad slasher horror flick.
Not my favorite.
I tried. I thought this might make an interesting story, however I felt the narration was very amateurish. I felt like I was being told the story, rather than shown, and although there is only 45 minutes to this audible title, I gave up. I just wasn't interested.
I love this series. This wasn't my favorite episode though. Felt a bit like a parody of Rush Limbaugh in the future.
I thought it was clever, but I didn't like the Segway into earth politics.
Uh, Rush Limbaugh.
This wasn't my favorite segment. It was still good, but not something I would listen to again.
I felt the main character, his wife and kids were pretty generic. There was no real personality to any of the characters. They could've been anybody. There was no real sense of danger. . Main character lurves his wife and goes across the country pulling a cart to reach her. Wife remains steadfast to hubbie, despite not knowing whether he is alive or dead. This just wasn't that exciting. The wife and hubbie were mr. and mr. generic.
The characters needed a personality implant. Loving your wife and hubbie do not count as personality traits. They all were just kinda meh.
The narration was fine.
I thought the characters were good people, and I liked the concept. I just thought it lacked oompf and the character development was weak.
Perhaps if the protag had been single. Or even if the wife felt hubbie was truly dead this would've been more suspenseful. Wife's unfailing belief hubbie was alive and coming back, just made his return just a matter of time, rather than a big surprise. The magic survival rate of the protags despite doing stupid stuff, gave the main characters a bit of a charmed quality. Nothing bad can happen- because they are the main characters.
I was intrigued by the plot summary
I found the main character bothered me at times. He spends too much time thinking of ways to romance his client instead of solving crime. The romance was cliche too, and honestly rather boring as the heroine was generic and beautiful, but didn't have much else going for her.
There is actually very little mystery, so having him be a PI didn't add anything. The reader is shown what is happening from the protagonist and antagonists's perspective so the main character really doesn't solve anything as he and the listener are told what is happening most of the time. The big bad guy and their plot were resolved too quickly so the suspense and impending peril were kind of anti-climatic.
Overall, this was ok. It could've been better.
The voices were decent.
Not really. This is a beach read. Easy enough to listen to, but nothing I felt I HAD to listen to.
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