Don't know if it's the book or the narrator, or both, but what a bore. I have long been a mystery fan and have read hundreds over the years. This one just doesn't get it. The reader is a drone. The writing is hackneyed. The suspense is non-existant. Don't bother.
Yes. The reader perfectly portrayed the individuality of each character. The story is compelling.
The vivid characters and the voice of each one.
I have not listened to her before but she did a terrific job in this book.
Yes, but my explanation would be a spoiler.
Get this book. As usual, descriptions about what the Nazis did boggles the mind and crushes the spirit, but the strength and determination of the French resistance is impressive.
Put it into first person of each character so the listener can picture her and know her as a person, not just a victim. Use dialogue instead of narrative. As graphic as the descriptions were listening to them over and over was boring.
Probably not unless it was a novel and she could play characters, not just describe them.
No. I found myself waiting for dialogue.
This book, while well written, is told exclusively in narrative form. There is no dialogue among the major characters and therefore listening to the narration gets tedious and I could not identify with the women in any way except by name alone. Also, the story is not for the faint of heart. I found myself turning it off several times upon hearing about victims, including children, being burned alive or dismembered, poisoned, or starved to death. I know these things have occurred and people should be made aware of these acts but not over and over and over in the same story. I have read many books of all genres about the atrocities of the Nazi soldiers and officers alike, but none were as graphic and disturbing as this one.
No, unless the friend is a World War II fanatic
The research is excellent but the reader uncompelling and there's too much detail and repetiveness. This story would be a much better listen if written as historical fiction.
The narration and the twists on who is the perp.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Same excellent writing, description, and intrigue.
Although I've listed to more books than I can possibly recall I do believe Barrett's narration was one of if not THE best I have ever heard.
Greater detail, more insight. This author is too young to write a memoir that reflects a true life experience gained from another twenty years of her life.
I found the reader's voice irritating, although its youth was authentic for the story.
The writing was rudimentary and a bore to listen to. Of all the outstanding writers out there who have received rejection upon rejection, how did this one get published?
Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria told Mozart his most recent composition had "too many notes". Although I really like Elizabeth George's books, this one had "too many words". Much of the descriptions in one chapter or another could have been left out with no damage to the story. Still, Havers is my favoriate...next to Salandar.
I did not figure out whodunit on this one and for that reason I give it 4 stars.
I still like EG.
This is a guy book, unless you like a lot of testosterone-based language. The reader is deadly; a monotone. Someone recommended this to me and I wish they had not.
I have listened to about 1 hour of this book and could bear it no longer. The story is old, the language is hackneyed, and the reader, oh the reader...dull, dull, dull. Can't think of a reason to give it even one star.
I don't know which is worse, the writing or the narration. Cornwell needs to drop the Scarpetta, et al characters and start over. She should begin by reading PD James to see how really good mysteries are written really well. As for the narrator, oy. So monotonous I could hardly tell which character was speaking. The last straw for me was the 20 minute sleep inducing dialogue between Benton and Clark. The text is hackneyed, the plot simplistic, and the writing and dialogue nervewrackingly tedious. What was the editor thinking? Wake up, Cornwell. Splash some water on your face and write something that does not cause drowsiness in the listener/reader.
This book is way, way, way, too long. It is filled with information that is useless and repetitive. I don't usually get abridged versions but this one needs serious editing, abridging, and whatever else to make it even remotely interesting. All you never wanted to know about the Masons. Use your credit or $ for something else, it does not live up to its promise.
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