I downloaded this book without even reading the description, because I have enjoyed all of the other Thursday books. Sadly aside from a few cameo appearances by Spike, Landon and Commander Bradshaw, NONE of my favorite characters appear - no Cheshire Cat, no Stigg, no anybody! After I got over the lack of all I have come to love and expect of this series, I was able to enjoy the book, though Thursday 5 is such a ditherer at the start tnat I nearly put the book down! Overall, not a bad read, but I was hopeful of so much more.
I have read and reread this entire series several times in print along with some of Roberts' books set in Ireland and, since discovering the convenience of audio books, have tried to listen to them all again. I love these books because they do take me back to village life in the west of Ireland and the endless inspiration I found there as an artist. Roberts writes artists extremely well, understanding the process as well as the way artists feel about their work. I love how she writes Maggie and Shannon, their feelings about their work and how it fits into their lives. It feels true, and that is a great compliment for me. This narrator actually carries off both the American and Irish voices well, unlike the reader of "Jewels of the Sun" who makes every Irish person sound like a cross between the Lucky Charms Leprechaun and an Irish Spring commercial. Having lived in the west of Ireland in the village of Ballyvaughan in County Clare, his voice "feels" like the Ireland I knew, and I savor these books whenever I want to take a mental trip back there. I'm sad to see that others under appreciate Fiacre Douglas' skill as a reader, because I think the other books ought to be redone with him reading them.
First a disclaimer - This review is actually written by James' wife.
Now, down to business! I love this book! I liked Katsa, Po, Raffin and the rest, liked the readers for all of the parts, too, which I haven't often found to be the case. I'm really looking forward to "Fire" which may tell about where King Lec came from, and "Bitterblue" and I really hope they will also use the full cast audio crew who did such an excellent job on this book.
I'm on my 4th "read" and I don't think it will ever get old for me. Buy it and enjoy!
I bought this today to while away the hours focusing on anything but the pain in my side (food poisoning). It was exactly what I needed.
Shatner is a wonderful storyteller, whether the tale be funny, self-deprecating, embarrassing, or heartrending (the death of his third wife). He pulls you into the moment, as though speaking to you and you alone...which frankly, I don't think he could have done before Boston Legal. Unlike previous memoirs - good as they were - this one feels like a deep conversation with a dear friend, rather than broadcast to a convention hall full of Trekkies. Which I as a Trekkie confess is also good, but this book - which covers far more biographical ground - benefits from the years of balcony epilogues with James Spader.
I agree that at times the audio was hard to hear. His voice goes low and fast and if you're not careful you can miss much. But in those moments, it seems the appropriate delivery.
I recommend this book highly to anyone who wonders what makes Shatner "tick". Rather than answer the question, it underscores how complex that question really is.
The character of John Cory is a riot, and Scott Brick brings him to life beautifully. It's not often I laugh out loud reading a terrorist thriller, but this book manages--repeatedly. I was reminded of Die Hard, with Cory as a sort of square-peg raw-meat John McClain rattling around the round hole of a Clinton-era federal agency, at once irked and amused by the ill fit. It's also a great thriller. Highly recommended.
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