I wasn't expecting this to be one to be up there with the best when I first purchased, but what a nice surprise. The story is captivating, filled with accurate historical facts, and the narration was appealing. I hated for it to end. I know I will listen to this book many times. I put it up there with "Cutting For Stone" and "Shantaram" which were books I also wished would never end.
If you've read/listened to Roger Crowley's "Empires of the Sea", you know just how horrible the seige at Malta was for it's inhabitants as well as the Knights of St. John when they were attacked by the fighters of the Ottoman Empire. They were nearly abandoned by the rest of Europe until it was almost too late, for many it was.
If you like long, historical fiction with a great ending; a book you won't want to put down, this is it.
Good story but not as captivating as some, but very different. Good enough for me to just have purchased the first book in the series, "In the Woods". I really got into the characters and felt like I was right there with them. I adored the narrator's accent and will be searching for more books where she is the reader. She could polish up on making the male voices more masculine but overall did a satisfying job.
I gave it four stars since the descriptive narrative had me thinking the story was going to have something to do with the dead girl's looking like the female detective and that issue kind of fades out as does the issue regarding a journal. Those two aspects in the story kind of lost me after thinking more could have done with them after the build up.
If your looking for a long book, with a very different type of story,and well developed characters, give this one a try. To me, it's definetly one you can listen to a second time. There are some books I listen to once, and decide they couldn't be a future re-read, but not this one.
This is the second of Goddard's books and I couldn't take out my ear buds. The mystery deepens as the story evolves and it never seems to end. Michael Kitchen's narration made the book even better.
I stumbled onto this book by reading reviews of others. I'm so glad I did give it a try. I couldn't put it down and then after finishing I purchased Goddard's "Painting the Darkness" which was just as great. The author keeps you guessing and in suspense. I'm searching now trying to choose another book by Robert Goddard.
What a story! So many psycho-sexual overtones. Freud would have loved it! Strong characters, good story. Poor kids. Poor adults. Very cleverly written. Glad I gave it a listen. It made me stop and think about how revenge can be so scornful and never lead to anything good.
I didn't realize until after finishing this book, that in 1984 it was made into a tv mini series starring Ben Cross, in 2005 a musical, and in 2011 a radio drama for Britian's BBC. The author used her personal childhood experiences and parts of her grandfather's biography to create this memorable masterpiece. I'm now searching for another book to fill it's shoes, no luck yet. I might have to listen again.
It takes place during the British Raj (British domination) in India. Ash was born Ashton Pelham-Martyn to two British citizens living in India shortly before the Indian Rebellion of 1857. By the time he's a toddler, both are deceased and he's left alone with only his Hindu nanny, Sita, to care for him. She disguises him as Hindu to basically save his life. After Sita dies, he becomes Ashton once again and the story deepens as does his life. Sit back and get ready to go on this "page turning" adventure with this impulsive young man who wears his heart on his sleeve, upholds fairness and justice in all he encounters while he thumbs his nose at authority, periodically. His love for a princess from his childhood, Anjuli, eventually becomes his driving force. She's a lucky girl, and you'll see why..
The book is an education in British-Indian history interlaced with love, friendship, loyality,
race, religion, bigotry, racism, a look into Indian royality, and the caste system. Don't be overwhelmed by the many characters and their names. Don't be afraid to rewind. I really don't think you'll mind. The narrator was great, but I wasn't that swept with the female voices. It wasn't enough to detract from the book however. It is one I'll remember and recommend.
I couldn't stop listening. The narration was excellent. The story heart wrenching. Even though it's painful to listen to what people who were victims of slavery went through in the USA, I think it's part of our American history that should never be forgotten. Especially during this last election where Afro Americans in particular, in some states, were given a hard time casting their vote, all should read/listen to this book to see just how cruel slavery was to our Black fellow Americans ancestors, and how tactics like making it hard to vote is truely racist, even though voting wasn't an issue in this book, just that current voting event pulls us back to the mindset of some in those days.It shows how slow some are to change for the better.This book points out both the good and bad people of that era in our nation's history. It provides a clear picture of to what extent people in bondage had to suffer and what hell they had to rise out of to be free Americans.
It was very balanced in portraying the types of people there were in those days, and truely how all men/women are equal. I will defintely be telling people about this book and listening to it again and again. The narrator should get 10 stars. All of my grandkids will be getting this book from me. They should make it a movie like they did "The Help".
People in mixed race relationships will definetly be able to identify with the main character and why she felt like she belonged, like she were family, which she truely was. Being able to indentify with that myself, all I can say is that in a lot of areas we still have a long way to go. Promoting reading/listening to this book is a way to enlighten those that are open to it and hopefully some who aren't yet. Buy this one with your next available credit, you won't be disappointed.
This was another book that was hard to stop listening to. It reminded of novels written by Stephen King. So if you enjoy King's long books, you'll love this one. It's not your typical American apocalyptic story like some out there, it has a mild sci-fi twist to it that weighs good vs.evil throughout.
The characters were stong, and I felt like I was right there with them. When bored with the rest I'd definetly give this one a second listen. It was a credit well spent.
This book is full of new information and quite different from others I've read. It deals with a more scientific basis for entrapping liars, like how just how the brain/speech/body language work together when telling a lie and it teaches you what you need to know to spot when lies are being told. You have to utilize their technique for it to work for you.
Every parent, especially of a teenagers, significant others of a cheating partner, employers, teachers, probation and parole officers, well heck, everyone needs to listen to this informative and well written book with good narration if they want to be one up on those who lie.
I just can't get past the narrator in this story. I've tried to listen over and over, but just can't get that far before I switch to another book. The story isn't that great, hard to follow at times, for me, and I've been generous in giving it four stars. I just can't get into this one. This isn't my favorite genre to begin with, but it's the narration vs the story that keeps me hitting the switch the book button even though I want to stick with it to find out why all of these club members are having the same dreams. so even though I'm eager to move on, I just can't.
As with other Phillipa Gregory's books, I couldn't stop listening, and when bored, her books will be the first I choose for a second or perhaps a third listen. Between the accurate research and strong character development by Gregory and fantastic narration of Jill Tanner, I felt like I was a fly on the wall throughout the book.
To me, Catherine lead a lonely, but not boring life, as she was sent to England to wed the short-lived Prince Arthur, and later married King Henry VIII. For years she was used as a political pawn and learned to be a real manipulator herself. Even though I felt, through Gregory's writing, that Henry really loved her, but wanting a male heir, something she couldn't give him, so like a lot of guys, his eyes wondered to Anne Boleyn, after having a couple other affairs. Here the plot gets deeper when Henry VIII splits from the Catholic church in order to divorce Catherine to marry the bewitching Anne. Here Catherine shows her real strength, and she was lucky to keep her head intact in the end.
I learned so much historical information from this book, and it had me researching for days to learn more. I find this with all of Gregory's books, and love the persoanl slant she adds to the characters which differs between authors of this genre. I just wish she would write about ten more books for I can never get enough.
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