First of all, I would like to send a heart felt "Thank you!" to anyone who participated in the decision to produce this in unabridged format. That made me very happy! I also cannot say enough good words about Holter Graham. His capture of the mid Maine accent is very nearly perfect, and the other Maine accents he uses are very good as well. Having myself had family here in Bethel for many generations, and being someone who laments the loss of our cultural heritage in our "lingo", I sincerely appreciate his nuanced performance. I hope to see more of his work! Now to the story - Mr. Connolly has created another book I will read again and again, as I do the others in the Parker series. I was grateful to find some of the action set in Western Maine, and I hope he used the large archives of the Bethel Historical Society for research. Thank you to all for this enjoyable "read"! I am already looking for the next in the series. *nudge, nudge*
It is doubtful I will try another Preston/Child book. However, I adore Rene Auberjonois!
While I, as always, thoroughly enjoyed the performance by Rene Auberjonois, the content was disappointing. I found the intended tension of the perils faced by the young lady not only pedantic but also frustratingly disrespectful to women. The little Holmesian story fell far below his standards. The "magic" of Pendergast, so potent in the first part of the series, has fallen short of those standards in more recent stories. In short, I found this story to be, sadly, expedient and superficial, and the many "twists and turns" predictable. I fear this will be my last Preston/Child book, as the last few have been similarly disappointing. It is a loss. In short, if all you want is to fill in some time, this book is fine, like a summer romance, soon forgotten. If you are looking for something which moves you, look elsewhere.
His is a masterful performance. I adore him, and consider his narration a selling point.
Not really. Mild entertainment. I did get a lot of housework done. ;)
First of all, I should say I love James Lee Burke's stories. This one, however, I did not. I don't know if it was the content, or the lack of any attempt to "perform" from the narrator. I can only hope Will Patton was just too busy to narrate, and that this stumbling, passionless performance will not be re-created. Perhaps I am just spoiled. As far as content is concerned, this is another time when the people whose stories are being told make poor decisions time after time. While that is a recurring theme in JLB's novels, in this one there seems no saving grace in the lives portrayed. The characters are rich and the descriptions of the environment are evocative. I usually read JLB stories over and over. This one will not be re-read for a very long time.
I would only recommend this story to my strong of heart friends. It is too discouraging for any lesser mortals.
While his singing of the songs was entertaining, he read the stories without changing voice, pace or inflection. These are highly emotional stories, and the lack of any of that makes them much less powerful. With authors who do not identify the speaker in their dialogue, it is imperative for the chosen narrator to give the speakers different voices. He did not. It was confusing.
It's James Lee Burke! The imagery he uses is always entertaining. For someone who, like myself, has never been "down South", I feel as though I have, after reading his descriptions.
Surprising, intricate, colorful
It surprised me, showed that beauty can be evil and portrayed ordinary people in a kind light.
Serena's partner, whose name I do not know how to spell!
What do you think is immoral?
The narrator did an exceptional job with the different accents. This is one I would listen to again, even knowing how it turns out.
Thank you for another great book! The narration was very good. I am still bothered by a one dimensional feeling about most of the women characters, but since the stories are told from a man's perspective, it seems natural enough. The subject matter was very disturbing, but was so well written, it was bearable.
I will not be purchasing any more of Ms. Paretsky's novels, after staying with her all through the V.I. Warshawski series. I do not want to be hit over the head with her one sided political agenda anymore. Other writers seem to manage making their views known without it interrupting the story to make the point. She does not seem capable of that, and I do not want to read it. It's not that I disagree with her, but the disparaging way in which she speaks of those who do not agree with her guarantees I will not be back. I get enough of that on the news. The narrator did a good job, though, so she gets the stars.
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