Having missed this book when I was younger, I am glad to have read it now. I recommend it to everyone, not just its intended young audience.
I have read several accounts of Lincoln's murder, but this one contained many more details of the time leading up to that night, the night itself and the weeks thereafter, as well as those who were involved on both sides of the law. Mr. Pitch masterfully recounts these details to the extent that I could practically feel myself on site as an observer.
As a narrator, Milton Bagby did a superb job. This is a narrative full of intricacies, personalities and emotions, and he kept all the threads of these where they belonged as he wove them together following Mr. Pitch's pattern. His delivery was smooth, appropriately modulated, emotionally correct, and subtly -- but definitively -- varied between the characters.
Between the writing and the narration, it was easy to remain engaged with and entertained by this book.
While the author and mother of the murdered woman titled this "An Ordinary Murder", her journey to discover the truth about her daughter's death and to learn about a death row prisoner a world away takes her on an emotional and introspective journey that is compelling and praise-worthy.
The book was easy to listen to and flowed nicely. The story itself held my interest and made me want to hear each next step in Lesley's journey.
My only criticism is that, while narrator Cori Samuel has a lovely and easy to listen to voice, its youthfulness kept throwing me off. The story is about a middle-aged woman's experience, but I kept slipping into thinking I was hearing the experience of a much younger woman; when she would read certain portions I would have to remind myself that this was written by the mother, not the daughter. That said, Ms Samuel reads very well and I will gladly listen to her again.
This book deserves a better narrator!
Janey Ivey sounds like she is reading from one of those horizontally scrolling banners one sees at the bottom of television news shows, complete with hesitations, mispronounciations and misplaced emphasis as she waits for the next syllable to appear before her. Add to that her attempts to 'brighten' her narration with forced enthusiasm as she describes towns, celebrations and such...it sounds like she is reading a children's book rather than the story of a murder.
The story itself was interesting, but it was too much to bear listening to it poorly read as I was trying to concentrate on my long highway drive. As it was written this was a somber account, but this version didn't flow well and I couldn't settle into the story. It was simply too hard to mentally edit what I was hearing so that it made sense and drive at the same time. I think I will download the printed version and 're-read' it.
I want to start by saying that I listened to the entire book and I very sincerely attempted to have an open mind about it. Ten credits to me. I understand why some people would liken the stile that this book was written in as a “comic book”. If I wrote comic books, I would not take this as a compliment. I like, and periodically read comic books. They most always have a plot or a theme that can be understood clearly and the pictures complete the experience. This book seems like it was written by three 12 year olds, with possibly a 17 year old as an advisor. The plot is thin, there are English problems that are not simply dialog based but global, there are twists that have no reason, events that pop up out of the clear blue that are never explained, and character development is incomplete. In contrast, The Diamond Age was weird, but written well enough for me to not want to ban the author for life, hence I gave Snow Crash a chance thinking the genre needs to be explored. I do not recommend this book. I will also avoid the author.
The author and reader have both done another excellent job. Can a leopard change its shorts? I don't think it needs to! Thank you for the perfect book.
This book is as darkly written l as any I have listened to. The author’s use of sparse dialog and expansive description worked very well. Coupled with an expansive vocabulary this book was a joy to listen to.
It was like travelling down progressively more darkened steps and at the end of countless steps instead of light at the end of the journey, I went back up two steps and no matter how dark it was, it was just a little lighter...
An interesting read.
Don’t let the length or nature of this excellent book dissuade you from listening to it. I was concerned that I would loose the author’s trail(s), but was pleased to find out that everything that makes a book good makes this book good. Clear plot lines and a logically evolutionary story make this book an exceptional read. The author also made a good seam for the follow-on stories, in that I don’t feel like I MUST HAVE the next story to feel fulfilled about this story. I look forward to the next volumes. Well done!
This story had me in stitches from the start to the end. It is hilarious and extremely entertaining.
As with all of his books, this one is also exceptionally entertaining, but too short.
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