As a chronic reader of Pride & Prejudice, I was excited to entertain the idea of a sequel to this amazing story.
To my horror, Ms. Winslow managed to flatten Jane Austen's brilliant characters (much like one of those giant asphalt roller things) into one-dimensional dichotomizations. Each character was either:
-"an admirable character" (Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bennet, Charlotte, Jane & Mr. Bingley) -dripping with virtue,
-some loathsome, despicable wretch (pretty much everyone else).
Listening to this book was an absolute agony! By the time I got to the third chapter, I couldn't bear it any longer.
It was a complete waste of time and money!
....a tabloid magazine & a crispy cream are more satisfying than this book.
It wouldn't have mattered *WHO* narrated this book. It was the story that was unforgivable.
I would pulp the entire mess -and next time I would be sure to read both books (Pride & Prejudice *AND* this "sequel") before publishing.
can I have my money back?
There were far too many (long and insufferable) details about the protagonist's personal life and all the wonderful women who wanted him and would give him their love . . . -if only he would let them . . .
Steven James' insistence upon including all the personal side stories seriously distracted me from his otherwise quite decent story.
Also, I wonder if James isn't something of a misogynist…? His treatment of the FBI executive "Margaret" was a bit concerning. Was this (I must ask) because Margaret wasn't interested in *loving* his protagonist?
Yes. Without the personal details, there were plenty of plausible twists & turns and a seemingly well-thought-out ending.
Sure! -I already have. Sycamore Row is a great yarn with excellent character development, unanticipated plot twists, and tidy, meticulous disposal of all leads and loose ends.
I know that using "the N-word" is historically accurate, but it still hurts to hear it used.
Lettie Delores Lang -a kind and tenacious Southern Lady.
Mr. Beck's ability to portray a range of characters -with accents and feelings intact is just incredible!
Harry Rex is brilliantly written. I loved getting re-acquainted with both Judge Ruben Atlee and with Jake Brigance.
Mr. Grisham could have been a bit more sympathetic towards Seth's two children and in so doing, created a bit more of a conflict. These two characters -along with Ramona's husband, Ian were a bit flat and portrayed without *any* redeeming characteristics. No one is *ever* all-good or all-bad.
. . . probably not . . .
Overall this was quite a decent yarn (and I would have likely rated it much higher), . . . HOWEVER . . . while narrating the story, the protagonist's incessant self-flagellating comments regarding his relationship with his spouse (i.e., "Corny. I know.") ruined what otherwise would have been an acceptable & entertaining story!
The narrator's self-flagellation was entirely unnecessary the first time. It was distracting the second time, irritating the third time, and so utterly exasperating by the end of the book that I won't likely buy another by this -otherwise rather decent author.
I would advise the narrator to have requested some edits on the self-flagellating & call it "abridged". Even he seemed exhausted by all the self-depreciating comments.
Character development was wonderful! Elegantly and expertly written!
The Shining was much more tense -and more intensely frightening! This was quite wonderful, but would really have appreciated hearing more about Wendy and about Danny's Shining Mentor.
I couldn't (certainly) put it down until the conclusion!
Mr. Patton plays Steven King's wide range of characters quite brilliantly! He adroitly alters his voice -accurately capturing social classes, regional accents, and age-specific intonations -without a single hitch or ever distracting from the story.Mr. Patton steps inside of and plays each and every character -as if he actually *IS* that character (-ranging from the young girl Abbra to the Italian Grandmother, the 40-something Danny Torrence, men in AA -sponsoring each other's sobriety, and the cast of evil-doers in "The True"). Mr. Patton's transitions from one character to another are so smooth that they seem quite natural. I will certainly be looking for more of his work!
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