This story has so many charactersit would be easy to confuse the listener. However Davina Porter is so masterful that each one comes alive with his or her distinct voice. If you are a fan of Elizabeth George Lynley mysteries be aware this novel fo cuses mostly on Barbara Havers.
The trajectory follows one evil act by another and a series of bad if not evil acts by most of the characters. There is a lot of Italian which is not translated but adds to the story as a counter point to the constant miscommunication that occurs between/among all of the characters.
I have been following Dept Q in all the novels and especially like the fact that these are not one dimensional characters. However in The Marco Effect we are asked to believe that a 15 year old boy could be captured, escape, almost captured, escape, surrounded, escape. After too many of these close calls you want the story to switch away from Marco. The opening was intriguing and there are some surprises. The narrator is wonderful and the established characters keep the story going somewhat. But I do think the reparteeis getting tired and perhaps they need a good and well deserved rest before the next adventure
These characters are self indulgent, living in a summer camp past that continues to shape their future. None of them have any redeeming qualities. They are self described "interestings" but only if you are interested in self absorbed characters. I think the lesson here is don't send your kids to camp--unless you want them to be totally incapable of living a life postcamp.
This series is well researched and well written with compelling characters. However all of this is marred by the narrator who cannot do either male voices or accents. Everyone sounds the same so it is difficult to tell who is talking. This novel deserves better
This book is a mish mash of teenage unrequited love except the protagonist is not a teenager. The narration is so breathy and dramatic it actually underscores the flaws in the story. By the time we weave to the end we actually hope the "hero" fails and, that the long lost Natalie stays lost. Further very little hangs together in this book or makes sense.
After the third or fourth beating I wondered how Jake was still vertical or why he just did not find a new girlfriend. In this case, his persistence was not noble just annoying. Usually I love Harlon Coben;s books--for their humor, surprise endings, and semi believable characters. Nothing redeeming in this one.
I have just discovered Reginald Hill and now am moving through his works via Audible. The Faithful Spy respects the reader/listener on so many levels. The characters are fully drawn, the conflicts real and set against the backdrop of September 11 when so many Americans were murdered and terrorism and Jihad, Al Queda became words of the realm. This could have been called the lonely spy as we watch the protaganist undercoverr in Afghanistan and America as the outsider in danger from real forces and his own emotions.
Robertson Dean is a masterful narrator when it comes to dialects, tone, definition of the characters.
Perhaps I am the only person who has not fallen in love with Beautiful Ruins. The basic premise is that our lives and in fact, each of us, are/is a beautiful ruin. We lurch through our lives which comprise chaos, creativity and achievement, loss and sorrow. In this story the personal ruins are played out against the beautiful ruins represented by Italy following WWII. The story involves so many characters anchored by an unlikely premise: Richard Burton has an illegitimate son -- and never knows he has a son. We follow the life of his
lover through many and not so interesting permutations. It is never really clear why she never told her troubled son about his parentage. The other characters are cardboard characters introduced to fill out the story. This was tedious.
West Virginia unvarnished, the communities ravaged by poverty and a meth invasion coupled with prescription drugs rampant. Compelling characters, narrator, two stories
intertwining. Unexpected ending and overall job welldone.
I felt it moved too slowly. Appropriate for the time portrayed, 19th century England. The formalities and speech patterns, dining habits and overall environment of a Britain poised before great change were pitch perfect. But at the end of the day, I was not very interested in either the story, (did not hold up) nor the characters.
If you have read William Boyd's novels you know you can relax and be taken away by the exceptional writing, the humor and the commentary artfully presented throughout the story.
Restless is a novel you won't soon forget--if ever. Rosamund Pike is brilliant--really felt there were a cast of characters beyond one narrator. What is it about? A love story, a story of betrayal and intrigue. Restless--the state of not feeling at peace, always moving, either through one's thoughts or random or purposeful activities. The path we are all on with love, lonliness, and betrayals along the way. I am going to buy this book and add to my William Boyd library.
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