This reader makes Agatha sound like a b_tch all the time. If you've kept up with these whodunits, you know Agatha has softened through the years. You couldn't tell it by listening to Davina Porter! Very disappointing performance.
Masterful storytelling - I could actually visualize life in the circus during the Depression. Having 2 readers (old Jacob and young Jacob) really added to the authenticity of the characters. I never saw the movie & don't know if I will - I might be disappointed after this thoroughly satisfying rendition. I highly recommend this novel!
I didn't know that Marion Chesney used the pseudonym M C Beaton to write the Hamish McBeth and Agatha Raisin murder mysteries - I purchased this book based on the fact that M C Beaton wrote it, and thought it would be along the lines of Agatha Raisin. I was very disappointed to learn it was a Regency romance novel. If the author had been listed as Marion Chesney I wouldn't have purchased it, although I did enjoy Chesney's vivid descriptions of life as it was in England in the early 1800's.
This was a long book, but the closer I got to the end, the more I didn't want it to end because it was so well-written! I became completely invested in the characters, especially because the 5 main characters were read by different people, which helped give them their own personalities. I imagine this would be a good read, but it was an excellent listen! The author either has first-hand knowledge of autism, or has done a masterful job of researching the disorder. Combine an autistic 18-year-old boy with a murder mystery, and you end up with an exceptional novel. I can't recommend this book highly enough!
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