Truthfully, I'm not sure if this is a good story or not - given how popular this series is, it's probably not bad, but I couldn't get very far with this narrator. If all he had to do was read text, no dialogue, then it maybe could pass as moderately ok. When the dialogue kicks in, I almost cringe at his interpretation of the characters' voices (oddly, Jack Reacher's isn't terrible). Bad, bad, bad! Jonathan McClain goes on my "automatic pass on this book" list.
I didn't get very far into this to be able to rate the story itself. Candace Thaxton was too distracting - speed up, slow down, speed up again, all in one sentence. Returning this one. (but I LOVED Hatvany's "Safe With Me" - I'm not giving up on this writer, just Candace Thaxton)
Loved this story - at times it moved me to tears, and at other times made me want hit him (listen and you'll find out who!). The 3 narrators were perfect, especially Rebekkah Ross. This is my first Amy Hatvany, and I'm looking forward to trying more.
It took a while to get into this story, but as I got to know Ove better it dawned on me that this is a really sweet story. I laughed aloud a few times, and was deeply touched some, too. Narration is good - just the right amount of gruffness for Ove, and the accents and inflections of the other characters were well done.
Riveting story, great narration. Seems a bit faster-paced for a Gabriel novel, which makes it that much more thrilling. Many of the same characters from The English Girl appear here, and play more involved roles. Really love this series, and this one is top-notch.
Set in the early 90's, this isn't old enough to be historical, but old enough to make me impatient. ("...he was even known to take a cellular phone with him to the movies..."). Also, 95% of the books I've listened to that were narrated by George Guidall have been great, but once in a blue moon he reads in a sort of slower, prissy style, and this is one of those. Maybe I've been spoiled by more modern spy thrillers (such as the unsurpassable Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series). I might have loved it if I'd listened to it when it was new.
This would have rated "riveting", if it was maybe two downloads instead of three. Good characters; interesting to have "real" ones, such as Bowie and Santa Anna. Bogged down at times; some scenes were just longer than they needed to be. Still a good enough story to stick with it, and George Guidall's narration was great, as usual.
I've been a fan of Zombie Lit forever, and this ranks right up with the best. No new angles really; the usual order of walking dead and survival, but it's very well written. Fast paced and believable, and Jay Snyder is pitch-perfect. Looking forward to the sequels.
Story is simple and straightforward; a nice glimpse into early 1900's New York, especially for newly arrived immigrants. Nicola Barber is good as the main character, Molly, and various children's voices. Her way of reading male character's voices, especially American accents, and certain older women, borders on cringe-worthy. Still, I like the story and care about the characters well enough to stick with it.
Moving account of a family's tragic loss of a beloved daughter. Mr. Rosenblatt's calm, even narration of what had to have been an incredibly painful experience was remarkable. His writing style is both simple and gracious. He chronicles events after his daughter's sudden death: how he and his wife stepped right in and smoothly as they could helped their grief-stricken son-in-law cope with life and their 3 small children. He speaks freely of his and his family's pain, help from wonderful people in their lives, and also stories and events from his children's early lives.
Wasn't sure I'd like this one as it doesn't feature Erlendur, one of my favorite literary characters, but was pleasantly surprised. Sigurdur Oli turns out to have a lot more depth than previously portrayed. I like his no-nonsense, straightforward style, with a streak of compassion where it counts. As usual, lots of interesting, sometimes desperate characters, a plot that methodically moves along, with some unexpected turns. Great narration by George Guidall.
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