The story starts in Boston, and then moves to Tampa and Cuba. The history was well covered , and as I live in Florida I found the scenes in Tampa and Ybor City especially interesting.
All the characters were well developed, except for the lesser players.
The gangster genre is always difficult in some ways in that most of the characters were amoral, and many are sociopaths, but this makes the moral dilemmas they face, if there is such a thing among thieves, always compelling.
Beware as of course there are many graphic scenes of violence and some sex scenes as well.
Narrator did an amazing job with all the voices. I believe I wouldn't have enjoyed this book nearly as much if I had simply read it.
The relationship between father and son was complex! A crooked cop and gangster son.
Better than the husband!s secret because characters were more fully defined and the story was more compelling. I finished this within two days! Highly recommend!
Yes, it's a book I would revisit every few years.
Perhaps The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Swet due to,the clash between cultures.
No, but they were both outstanding.
It would have to be the chef himself. I would want him to explain the meaning behind each dish.
I'm looking forward to listening to other books by this author.
Anything that Julia Whelan narrates is so much better in the audio format.
It was all entertaining. Comparable to a travel movie with suspense, romance, and intrigue.
I love everything Julia Whelan narrates.
No, but I did finish it in 3 days.
Typical formula for Nora Roberts, and you have to suspend disbelief at the end, but it was fun and entertaining.
Yes, but of course the second time around I will know how it ends. This was, as another listener put it, a thinking man's thriller. Really much more than a thriller. More of a meditation on aging, materialism, and what matters in life.
The ending, which I will not give away here. Listen to this for yourself.
I thought the narrator did an excellent job with the voices and his style was well suited to the material.
It did not make me laugh or cry, but it did make me THINK. That is what good fiction is supposed to do, isn't it?
One of the best books I have listened to for the past few years.
Yes, I would definitely listen to this again just to experience his lyrical prose . I can only say that this author writes in a way that brings every character to life, and makes the reader feel exactly what the character is feeling. What an amazing gift!
Jake. I think deep down we all have a little of Jake in us.
Never, but he is a narrator of exceptional talent.
Frank, as he was the main protagonist.
I am now going to start listening to all the Cork O'Conner books! Bravo, Mr. Kent Krueger!
The overall story and unexpected twists and turns! The character development was excellent as was the insight into the mind of the killer! Very disturbing...This was written by a Scandanavian author who people are comparing to Henning Mankell. This book is just as good as Mankell, if not better.
Just when I think I figured out what was coming next, the author proved me wrong time and again. The plot twists are what will keep you on the edge of your seat and up late at night!
I don't want to give away any of the scenes, just enjoy!
This wasn't really that type of a book..
I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I only hope the other books are this good.
I loved Jenna Lamia's narration, as she brought Velva Jean to life. She made this wonderful story that much better. I understand she did not narrate the sequel, so while I plan on reading the sequel, Velva Jean Learns To Fly, I will read it, as I can't imagine this series without her narration.
Just entering into the main character's world, which was the Blue Ridge mountains of NC in the depression years of the 1930's, was a revelation. It's hard to imagine that kind of poverty and that kind of life, but Jennifer Niven took me there and I loved it.
Her accent and voice was so beautiful. She brought tears to my eyes more than once.
When Velva Jean was talking about the time she accidentally killed a firefly and how it parceled her own marriage to Harley.
I knew nothing about this book and purchased it based on the many glowing reviews. I'm so glad I did!
Yes, and I have already done so. I had no idea of the suffering those patients, staff, and family members at Memorial Hospital endured for those 5 days after Hurricane Katrina. Like everyone else, I was transfixed by the post apocalyptic scenes seen on television, but until you read this book, which is so well written, you feel like you could almost be there, then there is no way of knowing what it was Like to be in such horrific circumstances and to be faced with decisions no doctors or nurses should have to face.
The events of the final two days, as conditions deteriorated, and the ethical dilemma the doctors and nurses had to face.
The narrator does an efficient job. She kept me interested.
As a registered nurse, and having worked in the ER and ICU, I could understand both sides of the ethical dilemma. One thing I do know is that unless I actually walked in those shoes and was faced with those conditions, I have no right to judge or condem anyone's actions or decisions. I do believe that in the event of an extreme disaster, that the normal standards of medical,practice should not apply.
I have already recommended this to all my family and friends. This is Grisham at his finest. When he writes like this he is a master story teller, and I was transported to rural Mississippi.
The premise of the story, in which an older white man leaves millions to his black housekeeper, and the subsequent discoveries by Jake Brigance and his team make for a fascinating story.
Michael Beck was outstanding! I lived in Memphis for 14 years, and his accents of all the characters was spot on! I would not have enjoyed the story nearly as much if I had not listened to Mr. Beck narrate.
I won't give away what that moment was, but suffice it to say it was the climax of the trial.
If you want to listen to a book by a master storyteller and a narrator that is perfect for this book, then this is for you!
Poignant, hopeful, and bittersweet.
Sarah's Key in that the book flows between World War I in this case, and the present day. Both involve fascinating stories in both present and past.
I loved both narrator's as well. They really brought the story to life.
A painting is never just a painting.
One of my favorite listens of all time, just like Sarah's Key was. Loved it!
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