Loved this book and Maisie's developing personal dilemmas with wealth, with love, with her own self-definition. Either this is a wrapping up book (I hope not!) or this book is setting up some changes for future books.
Leaving Everything Most Loved has a nice summary of all her cases at the end - but not the type that gives them all away. This seems to indicate the end of an era for Maisie.
One note: do not listen to this book before Elegy for Eddie. (I made that mistake.) This book gives away the person responsible for happenings in the previous book. Usually it doesn't matter too much to skip around a little bit with a series, but this one flows better if you don't - especially because of the parallel story of Maisie's personal life.
The premise was interesting - taking the point of view of the butler, but the story lacked in depth and soon became merely gory.
This was an entertaining, light book on the science-fiction side of fantasy. I love puzzles and riddles so I enjoyed the beginning. This leisurely beginning gave the book a casual, fun feel. Most of the action comes at the very end of the book. So close to the end that I was expecting a cliffhanger ending where the characters get in trouble and it isn't resolved. Not so. In a way, this book could be a prequel to the series. I expect the pacing will probably pick up in the following books.
I was surprised by the way this book pulled me in so quickly. The author's writing style made events suspenseful even though I knew from history what was going to happen. She built up the odds against Abraham so that you wondered how he accomplished what he did. You'll also learn a lot about his character and his contemporary's characters. The narrator did a fine job. With such a long book, it is important that the narrator's voice be expressive and easy to listen to and this narrator accomplished this with ease. Abraham Lincoln has become one of my heros as a result of this book. Beautifully done.
This book will keep you guessing as it moves through several twists. It's a nice fantasy tale with characters you'll love. Everything works out satisfactorily in the end, although there is a death of an innocent.
When life goes the way of a cake mix gone bad, Ruth rises above it all in an exciting romp.
Mix hope, family, and reconciliation; bake in a cast of qwirky characters; frost with humor; and you have a recipe for success.
The narration is good considering it's the author doing the reading. Occassionally she stumbles or hesitates, but this is rare and easy to overlook when the story is so enjoyable. She captures the feel of the story and each character naturally.
Although you can listen to just one of these books, they are more fun as a set. Each story builds upon the others. All the companions of the previous volume return. The theme of this book is sacrifice.
With each book, Taran matures and so does the story. This time Taran is becoming aware of his feelings towards a certain young lady. The reader continues to find voices for all the new characters in a satisfying way.
This is the first book of a series in which we are introduced to wonderful characters, the primary of which is Taran, a young boy who longs to be a hero. But adventure isn't what he imagines it to be. I enjoy seeing him learn as he journeys and the entertaining companions he aquires along the way. The messages in the text are relevant to adults as well as the young adults who are the primary audience. The only thing I wonder about is the title since the Book of Three doesn't play a very large part. Maybe Assistant Pig Keeper would have been better.
Although I enjoy this series, I've given this part of the story 4 stars because there are a lot of times the author reverts to writing that things are best left unsaid and sometimes the urgency is slowed down by too much discussion.
I have read the book. Listening to it instead taught me how to pronounce all the names. I feel that James Langton's depiction of the characters was true to how I imagined them when reading.
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