Don't get complaisant.
The very, very end.
Excellent narrator, though he really can't sound like a four-year-old boy and shouldn't try.
The final lines gave me chills.
I'm going right back for another book by this author!
Despite some maddeningly slow passages (on a pair of expensive boots; a canal-boat trip; waiting in line), this book is an odd but interesting find. The story is far-fetched with its Deus-ex-Machina wrap-up, but the author seems to have leaned hard on the happy-ending genre intentionally. Nothing here is logical, but that might be a significant part of the story's uneven appeal. And the exasperation I felt at the final chapter vanished when I read the book's last sentence, which sort of explained everything.
A mildly interesting plot, but the story suffers because a 21st-century woman is the protagonist of a 1930s- or 1940s-style ghost story set in Cornwall, with all the fragility and deference to her husband that one sees in books and movies of that period. Daphne du Maurier's books seem to be the author's model, and, indeed, the main character is said to have been a fan. Unfortunately, Du Maurier's characters are anachronisms nowadays, so nothing rings true in this book.
I bought this because Koch's THE DINNER was so good. This book, however, has not one likable character, entirely too much philosophizing by the protagonist, and much too long a wait for something of interest to happen.
Riveting until the last couple of hours, when the trajectory slows to an excruciatingly slow pace. The only characters developed at all are Megan and Rachel, so all the potential killers seem to be interchangeable. There are no likable characters, which is not a significant problem except for the times Rachel's penchant for self-destructive behavior is enough to make the reader want to chew nails. All in all, worth a listen (or a read), as long as you are not in a hurry for something to happen.
An excellent book, and one dealing with the Bourbon side of the political upheavals in France from the 1780s through the rise of Napoleon III. While I was listening to this book, I happened to be teaching a history course on the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era, as well as spending a little time in Paris. The account led me to revisit many locations connected to the 1789 French Revolution and the Terror, and it gave these locations increased signifance. In addition, The narration is very well-done.
Any involving the snobbish father and sister.
A Jane Austen novel about dull people is still better than most novels by others.
Creepy story, but the creepiest character is the one you'll like best. Excellent narration perfect for the tale. Very well done.
There are many.
I have done both, and the book is excellent either way.
Diderot and His Times.
I use this in college classes, and my students enjoy it.
Really riveting novel, but narrator not good. Her English accent is overdone, all male characters sound like Bela Lugosi, and the American girls speak in scratchy monotones.
The story is a good one--buy the book and avoid this narrator.
Desite the author's occasional flash of genius at description, her dialogue is incredibly tedious. Each conversation appears to include sputtering sentence fragments, and characters ask "What?" any time they hear something unexpected or surprising. I almost wish I had kept track of the superfluous uses of "What." Except for a couple of lusty passages, this could easily have been a Young Adult book.
I can't really say that I know what genre this was.
I don't really know. Jacob does accents well, but her methods of expressing anger, sadness, surprise, and everything else are nearly identical and are over-acted.
Dimple and Jamie are entirely useless characters.
Not worth the hype.
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