I was a little leery at first, approaching this novel, having been bowled over by Fuller's initial star effort "Dogs" but also being slightly disappointed by Fuller's follow-on work. This book is a perfect compliment to "Dogs", full of insight, compassion, grit and finally, courageous in depicting one's irrepressible mother with such fierce honesty yet admiring love and by being, thank goodness, free of victimhood. I was hoping that Lisette Lescat would once again be the narrator, but Bianca Amato more than measures up to the task. Bravos all around!!
Rennie Airth, that is. Discovered his first John Madden outing purely by chance and was hooked. Liked the pacing, the historical detailing, the protagonist's character - were people really that civilized back then? - and the narrator's delivery. Usually, serial releases tend to loose there oomph over time and so I approached this, the fourth Madden outing with some trepidation. Wrong! This, imo, is Airth's best book yet. While the "surprise" conclusion was not totally broadly unpredictable, it's carefully crafted unfolding I found to be very believeable and yes, quite touching too. Great narration by McKenzie (of Chief Inspector Bruno fame). Kudos all around!
I read this book when it was first published in the US some years ago and was enthralled. Very familiar with the territory as I am, I have recently been severely disenchanted by the abundance of post-1994 revisionist pablum that now occupy the bookshelves of most bookstores and many libraries. One recent, well-acclaimed review of the new South Africa barely mentions pre-1994 history!
This audible book gave me a chance to re-explore the hows and the whys of the Republic's evolution. I enjoyed it thoroughly and was fascinated to, once again, re-discover how much the story parallels our own US history during a similar period (without King and Country, of course). At least those much maligned "white Africans", the Afrikaners, get a fair hearing here and one also begins to realize that their British Imperial overseers were as much responsible for sowing the seeds of apartheid as their Boer wards. Affirmative action, early twentieth century style.
The narration is, on the whole, very good indeed BUT is marred by the reader's absolutely atrocious and fractured pronunciation of Afrikaner place-names etc. Something that, with a little advanced vocal coaching could easily have been rectified, btw. Otherwise Highly recommended!
What an astonishing writer Ms. Atkinson is. Paired with a marvelous and pitch perfect reader too. Found myself "rewinding the tape" - sometimes more than once - just to relish the prose and the performance. Three cheers!
Being on special, I grabbed it. What a grab it was too. A very engaging story extremely well told that flags slightly though in Part 2, the Australian phase. What is most remarkable though is the telling. Simply superlative with the late Bailey's crisply deliberate and understated rendering of the English narrator and the his astonishing ability to flip back and forth into credible Japanese and Australian accents - leaving one to wonder just how many people were actually in the recording studio!
A "Bonzer" and touching event ll around "if you don't mind"!
This was my third Kate Atkinson book. But my first non-Jackson Brodie excursion,. Yes, there were times at the outset when I thought that this may be more of a "woman's" book - and in many ways it probably is - but the carefully braided storyline, the exquisite prose, the engrossing pace and, yes, the bravo narration by Susan Jameson, etc., all added up to this being an all-around winner. My best "read" this year. Ruby Lennox, Bunty and Patricia will linger for a long time.... Very well done!
Finely written and wonderfully delivered by Jameson. Disappointed in the resolution however, making me think I missed something.... But the journey was awfully good indeed.
I've been a big fan of Robinson's RFC/RAF graphic novels for some time. Often revisit them and still both laugh out loud at the sparkling repartee and cringe at the all too involving scenes of conflict. Narrator Tudor Barnes is simply terrific in tone, pace, comic timing and, the Robinson trademark, conveying irony. The Desert War will never feel the same after this.
More, much more, Derek Robinson...please!
Bought this on the recommendation of a Sunday New York Times book review as a great "summer read". Strong storyline, believeable characters, contemporary theme (Iraq, Wall Street), punchy yet believeable dialogue, well paced, and one terrific narrator in Sean Barrett! Kudos all around.
Loved "Bruno" and couldn't wait for this follow-up. Does not disappoint. Highly believable plot line and engaging characters you care about. Mackenzie's delivery is beautifully paced and very well suited to the overall mood of the work. In short, top notch!
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