I've read a few times that it's a bad idea for authors to narrate their own books, and I have to say now that I've listened to all 3 of Karr's, I think that's mostly right. I first read Liar's Club and then listened to it, to Cherry and then Lit. The first was a hard one to listen to, but the second was better and the third was best of all. I hope now that Karr is really comfortable at narration -- and really good at it -- that she will do some more. She is one of my all-time favorite authors.
As a lawyer, I have to say that I like Michael Connelly's legal books more than any of the other legal fiction writers, even Scott Turow (whose secrets are sometimes too easy to figure out). I was shocked when I learned that Connelly is not an lawyer -- his work is that good. He has a fine command of how criminal trials really work, always has an interesting yarn, and keeps me guessing to the end. I agree with the reviewer who was surprised by the testimony by a key character (or a couple of them, actually), and who was moved by the ending. I teared up as well. Peter Giles is a gem and I've followed his narration in other non-Connelly books just to hear him talk. One question -- in this book Mickey Haller talks about getting a couple of women killed by freeing a perp who then murdered them. For the life of me, I cannot figure out which earlier book that appeared in. Any Connelly fan out there who knows the answer? Thanks!
I really enjoyed listening to this story -- narration was excellent and had exactly the right tone for this nourish tale ... Not quite gloomy not quite despair not quite hopeless but always right on the verge of being lost forever or being redeemed. This one keeps running through my head again and again. Highly recommended.
Oh, I cannot tell you how much I loved this book and the excellent narration. I do not know where Wendell Berry has been all my life, but I have already given this book to half a dozen friends who love excellent literature and they all loved it too. More will be gifted during the holidays. If you loved Our Town, guarantee you will love this one too!
I think I understand that narrator Mary Beth Hurt was trying to sound brittle and arch like the main character, but her narration was way over the top. Grated on my ears (and nerves) so badly that I didn't make it any farther into the story than one hour... after I forget that voice, then I'll try to read this story myself... but that will take a good long while. Too bad. I was really looking forward to listening to it!
Lots and lots of background about Harry in this one, plus a very interesting story otherwise. Highly recommended!
First Harry B book I ever listened to was this one, and now I'm going back and picking up the earlier ones. He has definitely gotten better with time. Nice when that happens.
I wish they did this with a few more of Connelly's books. Felt like 3 novellas rather than full length novels, but that was just fine with me. I liked every one of them.
I enjoy winding down at bedtime with a M. Connelly listen... I enjoyed this one, but not as much as some of the others. The climax was a little too deus ex machina for my tastes. That said, I'm using my new credit on another Connelly, so I'm still a huge fan!
I must say, I didn't like the last book (Sing You Home) and started this one with some trepidation. No worries; JP is back as before. Her plots always have so many thoughtful elements -- very gestalt -- and with that one exception have always been a satisfying story. I have to say that I really didn't have much interest in wolves before listening to this book, but now they fascinate me. The way that JP wove wolf packs, families, misfits, reconciliation, alienation and end of life issues was truly wonderful. Enjoy!
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