Perhaps if there hadn't been quite so much hype I would have enjoyed this book more. It didn't live up to my expectations. The plot was predictable, the characters were unsympathetic and it was not the best psychological thriller I've listened to this year.
How unsympathetic ALL the characters were. you couldn't like any of them.
I read a lot of mysteries and this one was just okay. I paid $4.95 for the privilege of listening to it and that was about what it was worth -- if i'd used a credit or paid full price I would have returned it. The characters are okay but somewhat cliched. I never felt connected to Cork or any of the other main characters (before this I read one of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books, which I loved). I found the writing a bit stilted and the confrontation scene implausible. Based on the reviews I read here, I had expected something much more compelling. With a good mystery, I can barely stop listening; this one I had to force myself to finish. This author was compared to Tony Hillerman by other reviewers but I don't see that, myself.
No, I love mysteries but probably won't read any more from this author.
The read was just fine.
It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't particularly good. I would have loved to find another series to read.
I love the Barbara Havers character and would have liked to love the book but I found it to be overly long and under edited. I think that Havers is marginally within character and I welcomed her chance to bloom, but I found the plot to be contrived and trite (I figured out pretty quickly what had happened).
I suppose the bottom line is that Elizabeth George was not able to develop the plot and the characters enough to give Barbara the leading role. She still seems more like a secondary character and wasn't enough to carry the book for me. Sure, she's headstrong but I find it difficult to imagine her getting so intertwined with Mitchell Corsico and Isabelle Audry did an about face that was a bit too convenient.
Unlike some, I didn't mind the Italian as it wasn't too hard to follow the plot. I enjoyed the scenes in Lucca, as I've actually been there and can picture it.
I agree that the book is way too long. not enough happened to justify it. A tighter edit could have helped it a lot.
Sure, I would listen to some of her earlier novels as they were captivating. Will I listen to future books? No, I'll wait until I can get them free from the library until I'm convinced they are worth purchasing again. I only slogged through this one because I kept hoping it would get better.
fine, not great
Like many authors with long-running series I fear that Elizabeth George has run her course with these characters.
This is a very enjoyable book, well written and with an interesting premise. The story is based on real-life FSA photographer Dorothea Lange, Vera Dare in the novel, and the subject of her most famous photograph, the Migrant Mother -- Florence Owens Thompson (Mary Coin).Silver does an excellent job of bringing the two women alive and giving listeners a window both into their lives which were quite different but which were influenced profoundly by this image.I could have done without the Walter Dodge part of the story -- it didn't ring as true as the relationship and lives of Vera Dare and
Vera Dare/Dorothea Lange -- she was one of the few of the women photographers who worked for the Farm Service Administration. Her life story is fictionalized in the book but is based on real life events.
Definitely worth listening to!
Unlike many long term series, which run out of steam, the Dick Francis franchise continues to gallop along. Francis' son, Felix, does a very credible job or bringing Sid Halley back into dectecting. Sure, there are some weak point to the plot, but it's still an enjoyable romp.
This is a book that I looked forward to listening to and which ended far too soon.
This is a shadow of Grafton's previous books -- it's tedious, wordy, the mystery is not very compelling . . . the characters are flat.
Maybe. I am a long time fan. In the past, I've been quick to purchase her mysteries.
The scene where the lawyer strips in her office and then dresses in business attire. Why? If a lawyer walked into her office and took off all her clothes I'd run for the hills!
I hope Ms. Grafton wakes up and writes a better book next time!
Loved listening to this book. The audiobook format works really well here as the full cast gives a lot of depth and nuance to the story. This is a book that draws you into the story and makes you care about the characters. The way each of them is revealed through the correspondence to and from Juliette works very well.
How the historical details were revealed in the context of each character's life.
Isila. I love her desire to be Miss Marple
This is a case where the audio book is a much better way to "read" the book than the printed copy. I love performances with a full cast and each of the narrators here rings true to their characters.
The insight into college admissions -- it was an interesting hook for the book and gave a real sense for the pressures experienced by admissions officers. It's interesting to watch Portia Nathan grow from an "adult" who had cut off so much of her emotional life into a person who is ready for a more rewarding chapter, even though her actions may not be morally defensible. It's amazing how much a person can repress.
Portia's decision at the end turned her into a "parent" who was more extreme than any of the parents she criticized.
I wish the narrator would have correctly pronounced Bryn Mawr!
It was a tear jerker, for sure.
No, it was a disappointing read compared to his previous novels. The plot was tired and uninspiring, and the language seemed trite and over the top. I don't remember feeling this way about his previous books (I've read or listened to them all).
I absolutely hated the way the voice over talent read Milo Sturgis. It made him sound like a cheap Brooklyn detective. The rest of the read was okay but I found that part of the listening experience very irritating.
This wasn't really a mystery. I've read Jonathan Kellerman's books for years and he generally writes an entertaining book. The language in this book was trite. Too many metaphors, too corny. It's almost like someone wrote this one for him.
Cliched writing, unsympathetic character, uninspired plot. Some of the writing made me wince. This book got good reviews but there are so many more & better mysteries out there. I was hoping to find another series that I would enjoy, but I only listened to the whole book because I paid for it.
He was fine as the main character but when he gave voice to some of the others his voice was high pitched and grating.
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