The Mad Sculptor, The Stranger Beside Me
Pretty good reader, fine overall. As some health professionals have said his pronunciation of "dig" as an abbreviation is annoying to even me, (should sound like dijj, not dig like digging a hole and I'm not even a nurse) but otherwise he does a fine job.
Creepy and fascinating, well reported and especially gripping when it comes to Amy's point of view in the second half of the book.The author does his very best to delve into the mind of Charlie Cullen, to answer the unanswerable question: why why why? One of the better true crime stories I've read.
Got choked up near the end.
Okay, I'm not a fan of so-called "cozy" mysteries. My tastes run to darker writers in the Celtic Noir vein: Stuart MacBride, Adrian McKinty, Stuart Neville, Tana French, etc. I gifted my sister a McKinty novel, she gifted me the first Molly novel. I thought I wouldn't like it, and the reading of male voices annoyed the heck outta me so I kept thinking I'd read one and say thanks and stop. or two and stop. Or maybe three or four. But the central character is so bleeping engaging (and well read) I'd even say inspiring that I can't stop reading these. And now that she's gotten into the Irish fight for self-rule . . . This is her best yet. Sooooo hooked, despite the "light reading-ness" of the books, I do find something more substantial lurking in the writing, in the main character's bravery, her choice of friends, her open mind . . . A lot to admire and aspire to!!! So I surrender. I'm officially a Molly Murphy fan.
This young actor couldn't be better: wonderfully convincing as so many characters, sliding effortlessly from accent to accent and making the most of the author's stylish wit. It just wouldn't be the same without his warm cockney baseline narrative as Peter, the fledgling magician/cop or his plummy professorial tones as Nightingale, his mentor.
Laughed out loud a number of times.
Very witty writing, very human hero and wonderful descriptions of the darker corners of London (not for kids - sort of like Torchwood was to Dr Who, same DNA but meant for a mature audience) make this a fast and furious read, even better than the first of this clever series. Great fun! I'm a fan.
Too creepy to be called a "cozy" murder mystery - maybe that's why so many reviewers seemed rattled by this entry into the series? I thought it was just fine, in the tradition of many other macabre Victorian murder mysteries. Well done. Still a fan of Alex Grecian.
Really well written page turner. Left me wanting more. I would love to read a series featuring the lead character. A credit well spent!
Not her best book, but this is still Tana French and has much to recommend it. The descriptions of the teen's woodland mystical experiences, real or imagined are delicately rendered, and so much about that indefinable, oh-so-perishable shared experience of adoolescent wonder is captured beautifully. That said, I was horrified to learn that 80's Valley Girl Speak has now traversed the globe and polluted Ireland, land of witty,exquisite language. (And OMG, I hear enough of it here in the states!) I though the reader did a fine and sometimes hilarious job of mixing the Irish and ValSpeak dialects. I was very happy to have Frank Mackey back in the mix again,one of French's most interesting characters. The structure was intriguing as well, with the detective's view of the story starting the book from the miiddle of the tale, and the girl's story being told from the previous year and ending with the start of the book. Conclusion? Not my favorite of French's work, but worth the credit. Dying to see what she does next. After the brilliance of books like Faithful Place there's no way I'm taking her off my list of favorites.
Beautifully written and read, a wholly character-driven mystery and love story that was full of surprises, little jewels that I never saw coming. This one will stay with me. Well worth the credit - you won't be sorry.
When I read the first in this series, "Medicus," I just had to binge on all the rest of the Russo and Tilla books in a row. Creating wonderful characters and carefully researched settings, Ruth Downie combines mystery with history in a most satisfying and entertaining way. The clash of ancient Celtic and Roman cultures provides a background to her stories that I find endlessly fascinating, and this was no exception. Always beautifully read by Simon Vance - Only bummer is waiting for the next installment. Loved it.
What a magnificent story of idealism and bravery.
The reader is quite good. My only nitpicky thought is that I wish he (or the editors) would have paused for a moment when venues, viewpoints, or subjects changed, without running them together. Otherwise great job.
I did get very choked up, and found myself searching YouTube and Wikipedia for more information and images of the characters.
Beautifully rendered, tragic chapter of Irish history, very moving. Wish the next chapter was available on Audible.
Another wonderful production and a terrific job of storytelling by Michael Koryta. Lots of surprise moments and wonderful characters made this a great read. I love that this author researches the heck out of his subjects, always pulls me in to the story and offers a whole new fascinating subject to frame and support the ghost story.
Anne putting on heels on her way to see . . . can't spoil it!
The one mentioned above, along with the curious interview Eric has with the bedridden elderly gentleman early in the book - again, no spoilers here.
Anne, so graceful in her old age and so brave in the face of her losses, threats of violence, and primal fear of storms. She'll stay with me.
This is a really good ghost story made even better by the unique location and well-drawn characters. Very different than the other books I've read by Koryta, and what a difference a reader makes. (I wish Petkoff read the Lincoln Perry series as well - I get tired of Scott Brick very quickly). Anyway this was extremely well read and the unusual production integrated music and sound effects beautifully, in a way that greatly enriched my experience of the story. Also must mention the poignant violin piece "Short Trip Home" played by Josh Bell which haunts the reading throughout. I had to download it from Itunes as soon as it was identified in the authors' acknowledgments. I became a fan of Koryta's with "Those Who Wish Me Dead" and this one sealed the deal.
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