Perhaps I expected too much after seeing the many five-star reviews. I liked this book but did not love it.
Somehow I wanted more. More depth, more from Sarah, more of the relationship between Sarah and Handful. Perhaps because this is based on the lives of two real life sisters, the author did not want to presume or invent too much. For whatever reason, I was a little disappointed.
I did love the narration of Adepero Oduye. I felt she portrayed "Handful" with just the right touch.
I would best describe this book as "pleasant." The characters are pleasant; the narrator is pleasant.
If you're looking for any sort of crime thriller, this is not it. The "mysteries" are pretty minor and easily solved by our ladies.
The narrator had a very pleasant voice and represented each character well and captured the book's nuances very well also.
I should say that this was my first book in the series (even though it's no. 6). I didn't feel that I'd missed a lot of background, but when I'm in the mood for a light listen, I will probably go back and start the series from the beginning. All in all, a lighthearted, pleasant listening experience.
If this were fiction, I'd have to say it was a little implausible. Being a true story, It's amazing. I think it's amazing that the incident occurred in the first place, and secondly that they were able to resolve it so many years later as they did.
It was interesting to see two opposing sides but not necessarily two opposing conclusions.
I think the story of these men shows there are good, noble people all over the world and that there are more than two sides to every story.
A worthwhile listen.
Wonderful story, wonderful characters, wonderful narrator. All interwove to create a memorable and fulfilling listening experience.
With an audio book in particular, it is sometimes difficult for me to keep track of person, time, and place. I think both the narrator and author skillfully eliminated any such confusion for me.
Oddly enough, as much as I enjoyed the book and loved the characters, this is not one of those books I hated to have end. I felt there were no loose ends, so to speak. Each character’s story and the overall story came satisfyingly full circle.
I liked this audio book a lot, although I can't say exactly why. It's not action-packed, not compellingly dramatic, not hilariously funny. The characters are not flamboyantly magnetic. All the same, I was drawn to the main character, Jean, and and her story and wanted to keep listening.
The narrator is delightful. He brings the voices of each character to life and sets just the right tone for the story.
I thought the story was very well done. It had me trying to figure it out from the beginning. I like that all the details are laid out; we just need to put them together.
I like that the characters are smart. No "oh-don't-be-stupid” scenarios. Professor Joe is particularly likeable. Very glad to realize this book is one of a series.
I thought the narrator portrayed the gender, age, and emotions of the characters very well. He also captured “creepy” in the narration very effectively. Maybe a little too effectively for me.
I think that the creepiness factor may be the reason for my less-than-four-star overall rating. I liked the story, the characters, the narration. Yet overall rating, I would have to go with a 3.8.
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Riyria series. I usually like everything to be chronologically in order, but I'm glad I read the books in the order that I did - Revelations first, then Chronicles.
As I was listening to The Rose and the Thorn, I enjoyed feeling like I was receiving insider info and making connections with what comes later. I liked learning more about Royce and Hadrian, the connections they made, and how Riyria came to be. I also liked the glimpse of Hadrian's future that was revealed through Gwen's eyes.
Having now listened to the entire series, I think the narrator has done a remarkably good job. Royce and Hadrian's voices have remained consistent throughout. He imbues each voice with just the right touch of whatever is intended - sarcasm, humor, etc.
I would highly recommend this series to anyone. Oh, I guess I should mention there is sometimes a bit of gore. But I definitely would not let that deter me from sharing in the adventures of these wonderful characters.
I generally like a good mystery, and this did keep me trying to figure out what was going on. The ending, though, was a little disappointing. Although it did provide food for thought, it leaned too much in the sci-fi (as opposed to mystery) direction for me.
I thought the narrator did a good job. He resisted any temptation to go melodramatic or spooky. He handled both male and female voices realistically.
Glad I took advantage of the Daily Deal on this one.
I had this title in my Wish List for a very long time, and when it came around as a Daily Deal I finally downloaded it. Even though the topic of the novel was very serious and upsetting, I found many parts of the book to be humorous and charming.
The scene that lingers in my mind is the beach scene (not humorous or charming). I would have found it very difficult to judge as Sarah did or to do what she did.
It was a very worthwhile listen, and I'm glad I finally downloaded it. Thank you, Audible, for the Daily Deals. Definitely showed me one I might have missed out on.
I'm not sure how to rate or review this book. I admit to being a sucker for a good love story, but I felt the circumstances here were too contrived and the naivete of Della was unbelievable. I was thinking that the book was getting a bit tedious when the situation arose where Cullen had to "prove he was who he said he was." With that, I almost stopped listening to the book because it was beginning to feel like a not-well-done romance novel. Nevertheless, I kept listening, just for the sake of resolution, I guess.
Having been to Chicago a couple of times and having read Devil in the White City, I was initially hoping to learn a little more about Chicago or the world's fair. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to glean much information about either from this book. The author readily admits to taking historical license (and I do appreciate her telling us where she took liberties), but I felt "gypped."
Hurrah for Michael J. Sullivan! He has taken so much care with his characters. He has maintained their essences while allowing them to evolve into the men they are in the Revelations. The author also has taken great care not to reveal anything prematurely in the Chronicles while at the same time providing us with greater insight into both the characters and the plot.
I was very hesitant about listening to the prequels, but I enjoyed this almost as much as the Revelations. As always, I was engaged from the very start. I was amazed that I liked Hadrian and especially Royce as much here as I did in Revelations. I'm giving an overall four stars instead of five, and I'm not sure why. Maybe because it ended way before I was ready (it is shorter). I do know, though, that I'm very glad I decided to give the Chronicles a try. Thank you, Michael J. Sullivan, for your wonderful craftsmanship and care you have taken with Royce and Hadrian and their lives (and thank you to your wife for loving Hadrian, too!).
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