Just thrilled to find that one of my favorite actors is now narrating one of my favorite mystery series! Wow! What a great Listen!
A little nostalgic but the interweaving of the Great Depression, the dust bowl, and the rise of hitler into the story of the Olympic crew team was fascinating.
The book interweaves stories of the main characters, playing with the chronology in a surprising and masterful way.
The first comparison that came to mind is the Book Thief. Loved that book too and loved this book just as much. Found that I really cared about the characters: French and German.
At first I didn't care for Appelman's voice--it seemed too dead pan American for such a European book, but he had the German and French right, so after a while it ceased to bother me.
Two big thumbs up for a highly enjoyable book. Couldn't stop listening to it and found myself "binge" listening (e.g. inventing household chores to do so as not to interrupt the narration.)
Loving the Sci Fi author Lois McMaster Bujold I was intrigued by her dedication of a Civil Contract to Jane (Austen), Georgette (Heyer), and Dorothy (Dunnett). I knew the former two but who was Dorothy Dunnett? Turns out she's written character-centered series set in historic Europe. Niccolo Rising, book 1 of a series is set in Rennaissance Flanders, France, and Italy and is a wonderful, engrossing tale with characters you grow to love. Any Bujold fan will love this first book setting up the series as will any fan of historic fiction. If you don't mind a few battles and narrow escapes, Austen and Heyer fans will enjoy the book as well. The characters are well drawn, the story engrossing, and the narrator is perfect. I hope Audible makes the rest of the books in the series available soon--I can't wait for the next one.
Katherine Kellgren just makes this audio sing! Irish, cockney, plummy aristocratic accents were dead-on. I laughed and laughed.
I can't decide who my favorite character is--but the Queen and Belinda are hoots.
Any thing with the Queen, or HM, in it.
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