Gerard Doyle makes this book just as he did the first novel in this series, The Ghosts of Belfast. He is simply superb. He manages Irish accents, differentiates characters and keeps the story moving brilliantly. Thirteen was an incredible book. It would be hard for Neville to match it. This is a good book but not quite as good as the first one. And for readers who are unfamiliar with the intricacies of the plot of The Ghosts of Belfast this novel will be uninterpretable. Almost all of the action in Collusion stems from incidents and characters in the first book, and not a lot of explanation is provided for the novice reader. Neville is the best at writing short, action packed chapters that switch points of view among characters. He is a pleasure to listen to. If Doyle reads his next one, I will for sure be a listener.
Richards is an amazing writer all but unknown in the US. He should be much better known. His characters are complex and fascinating. The situations are presented with all the nuances and overlapping realities of actual life. This is a book of powerful forces and counterforces; a single incident unleashes a cascade of events that eventually has little to do with the original event. Richards explores moral behavior and integrity in a world of shadows and compromise. This is a story with implications and applications far beyond the events it portrays.
I am not sure that I would. The prose is wooden and it could be a translation issue. On the other hand the plot was convoluted and seemed to take forever to resolve all the different threads, and not always very convincingly.
This is a good, interesting, complex story about family history and the way it draws a person back years later. What made the story incredibly compelling was the performer. I have seldom listened to a reader as perfect for the story as Reynolds was. He was so good, it is hard to evaluate the story apart from his rendition. An award performance.
This is a thriller -- or at least a suspense novel. The premise is interesting, current and important -- sex trafficking in young girls in India (and other countries). It is the kind of book I would often pick up at the airport before a trip. I could then read it quickly, propelled by the story, which would allow me to ignore the illogicality and poor writing that abound in this novel. But the narrator of this novel reads it ponderously, solemnly, forcing the listener to attend to all the little things that don't actually make sense and preventing the story from developing any energy. A third of the way through I abandoned the effort. Perhaps if the narrator had been different, I might have stayed with it, but the combination of a questionable story and a very poor narrator made the enterprise very unsatisfying.
This is a long book but it actually seemed short. The adventures are remarkable and come tumbling one after another. The narrator is terrific, having brilliantly captured the variety of dialects and voices in Bombay at that time. I am sure this was far better to listen to than read though I have now recommended the published version to many people.
The writing is strong and it is easy to see why Balzac is still read. However, the society about which he writes is so unlikeable and Balzac is not writing ironically about it (so it is not clear he knew how narrow minding it was) that listening became quite tiresome. I did not finish it.
This is a riveting book, a great one to listen to. The descriptions of the Canadian Northwest and living conditions are in great and realistic detail. Although it has some aspects of a novel for Young Adults, the complexities of the life and the ordeals faced by the main characters take it beyond that genre. Highly recommended.
Having invested many hours listening to the first half of this novel, I persisted and finished it, but am pretty sure that was not worth it. This is a silly, contrived, artificial story that ceases to ring even a little possibly true half way through. Of course, in fiction readers (or listeners) need to "suspend disbelief," but the suspension required in Glass of Time is beyond my willingness or ability.
The structure of this book is unusual and very interesting, making an excellent audio book. The book is told backwards, in a sense, with different sections of the book being told by different narrators. The story is never completely resolved until the last few pages of the last installment. What seems initially simple becomes more and more complex and thus interesting.
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