La Porte, IN, United States | Member Since 2001
While at times, it was a bit gorier than I'm used to, it was still a lot of fun! The characters are well-written and well-narrated, and the plot is a great twist on a very old story. Overall, I'm really glad that I listened to it, and it just might become a new holiday favorite of mine!
I loved this book so much that I instantly restarted it the moment I finished it!
Be advised -- this is NOT a dry book about the derivation of English vocabulary. This is a witty, well-written, well-narrated history of why we speak the way we do. So it's more grammar than vocab -- and it's terribly interesting because the author puts everything in the historical/geographical context (which sounds dry, but it's done well).
I'm also really glad that I listened to the audiobook version of this because the author/narrator gives many examples of where our language comes from, and I think it's easier to get his point since he pronounces those examples on the audiobook version.
There were many times that I found myself laughing during this book. It's such a great mix of wit and information. Definitely worth the listen if you have any interest in the history of our language.
Delightful - Witty - Entertaining
There's sufficient intrigue to keep you interested -- not only the mystery but also what I call "social horrors" :) The characters get under your skin (in a good way) and just won't let you go. It's perfect for the time period, and there are no dull moments!
I'm picky about narrators, but Katherine Kellgren did a great job of bringing this story to life and giving each character his or her own voice (and like the best narrators, those voices carry over to the subsequent books in series).
I definitely didn't want to turn it off, but in the same way, I didn't want it to end. Luckily for me, I knew I had other books in the series to look forward to when I was finished.
This series kept popping up in my recommendations, and I kept ignoring it. I only listened to it because I got it on sale. Eventually, I will start paying better attention to those recommendations because they're usually amazingly correct. In this case, I'm sad that I went so long without having read it. What a delightful start to a delightful series!
WOW! The way that Brown incorporates fact and fiction is fantastic; it keeps you hooked until the end! It is so well-written that I actually felt like I accompanied the characters from beginning to end...I felt what they felt. My heart was beating so fast as I was listening to it. I highly recommend this roller-coaster-ride of a book! I hated to turn it off. After I finished it, I had to start listening to it again. It's a must-read for anyone who loves a good thrill ride!
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