I read the book back in early 1980's, and now I have thoroughly enjoyed the audible version. What a wonderful job the narrator did of getting so many individual voices, sometimes in the same scene, and making them unique and enjoyable. The book captures many, maybe most, of the low-life New Orleans city living in the 1960's. I know because I lived there in the 1970's, and not much had changed. I have read a hundred reader reviews of this book, and the sum is this: if you like this sort of thing, then this is the sort of book you'll like. An anti-hero that has no redeeming qualities. A collection of characters all around him that are not much better. Even if you loathe the book, you'll come away with a feeling, "Well, I'm glad I'm not like THAT!" Just read it, it is one-of-a-kind.
In this book our 16-yr-old heroine is presented immediately with conflict and choices. We are quickly drawn into her world and her strange life in this place of 'factions', groups of people with common tendencies and goals (that's a simplistic explanation) but Tris is 'Divergent' meaning she doesn't fit into one of the factions, but must choose one anyway. This story is about a person striving to be who she is, and not who society says she should be. For that, it is fantastic. I am currently in book 3 of the trilogy, and I am still enthralled by the writing, the descriptions, the emotions, and the story. I highly recommend this. And as a bonus, there is nothing in here that would embarrass your grandmother (no cursing or blasphemy).
Anne's performance was the top. By creating different characterizations of the dozens of people in Oz (mice, stork, soldiers, witches, munchkins, wizard, and most importantly, Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow, and my favorite, the Lion), she made the story we know so well memorable again. Thank you for your talents, Anne.
Short stories by different writers, so you get different styles and characters. These are SO MUCH FUN. Sherlock and Wyatt Earp. Sherlock and Teddy Roosevelt. Don't tell me that the purists would wince. Let us have some fun with our favorite consulting detective and his trusty side kick. Love these stories.
I enjoyed finding out about the musical experiences and insights that the author had in his young life. But really, with each mention of Beethoven Sonata number such-and-such, I really wished that a few measures were played for the listener to hear, recognize, and enjoy. I have not memorized the works by number. THis is an audio book, and it would be greatly enhanced with a few musical interludes.
The best thing about this book is the way it can set your mind at ease. Have you been fretting and worrying over things like your salvation? Your behavior? Your attitude? Your ideal self vs. your real self? Let Father Rohr explain it all to you. It will be so much clearer. I'm so glad I let him in because things I had taken pains over, he eased up. Some of his quotes are memorable, such as from St. Augustine: "unity in essentials, freedom in non-essentials, charity in all things." It may be all I recall, but it is powerful.
The author starts the story off with interesting characters that I started connecting with almost immediately. This is a great accomplishment for the author who has to build an entire futuristic world and introduce terms and settings that are not immediately familiar. But it works, and the story just gets more and more interesting with twists and hopes. There is a lot of groundwork at the beginning that pays off in the end, so that the story ties together neatly. There is room for a sequel, but make no mistake, this is a complete story in itself. I saw it recommended on Audible, and took a chance, and I'm glad I did.
I enjoyed this book, and it builds pace and accelerates, so be prepared to plod through much of the first half of the book. But then, some unexpected twists and turns and some real danger for our duo, it becomes a very exciting mystery. The solution was excellent. Bravo, Laurie King. I went out and bought the audio book of Rudyard Kipling's KIM after this.
This radio play is fun and confusing. The author introduces many characters in a short time, so for listening it gets a bit busy.
My reaction to the book was to wonder how far Perry Mason will go when he can't be that certain, is told so many lies, has so many conflicting issues to deal with. It is a wonder he didn't just sit out the rest of his law career in jail.
I cannot give away one of the most memorable moments without spoiling the final chapter, but this book is excellent and paints a very real unidealized picture of our favorite heroine Mary Russell. Who is she and where does she come from? This will answer many of those questions for us, and most importantly for her. Mary when she is away from Sherlock and among her peers is a very different Mary and we are both shocked and pleased.
Mary left her heart in San Francisco
Be sure to read this book after "The Game" so you understand the references. Locked Rooms is a wonderful book, delving deep into Mary's innermost thoughts and feelings, but always with a purpose. Our detecting duo meet with interesting characters and they are given sufficient space for enjoyment. The book moves at an exciting pace for some of the time, but takes a slower stroll when needed. As much as I complained about "The Moor" I want to praise Laurie King for this book, Locked Rooms. I think she has reached a high point. I will proceed to the next in the series with high hopes.
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