The Australian Jesse James and Abe Lincoln all rolled into one; perhaps those with more knowledge of the tale will enjoy this book; it is "historical fiction;" the known facts are all in there, but the rest (childhood, Ned Kelly's relationship with his mother, etc.), are made up. So it is sort of an interesting psychological profile of the man who dared to stand up to the English; and to take on the corruption which resulted from Australia's beginnings as an English penal colony. But in the end, you don't really know why he did it; even with all the psychological profiling. So, what was the point of all that?
The work is supposedly based on writings by Kelly, newly discovered. And, in fact, some of his writings were discovered in the late 1980's. Perhaps some judicious abridgement would help this book, but I struggled to finish it.
The narration is ok; but it is troubled by some repetition of the word "adjectival" . . . reminiscent of the use of "expletive deleted" in the Nixon tapes. Even if that is how they really talked back then, it was a bit much.
This magical book allows you to escape into it, and then sigh with both satisfaction and disappointment when you are finished. Satisfaction for a well told story in a world you want to stay in, and disappointment because the circus tent has come down and you must go back home.
Many of Ms. Rice's books go on for hundreds of pages and then stop -- no ending. This became annoying, especially with the Mayfair witch books. This one wraps up quite a few stories and has an ending. Bravo! The appendices gives a brief outline of the characters and a chronology. . . (Hint: Audible, it would be nice to have pdf versions of these for reference)
It was a bit difficult to recall all the details of the other books in order to make sense of this one. (see hint above)
And the descriptions get a bit tedious at times, but then, these are the sorts of details that characterize Ms. Rice's best work. I enjoyed her use of the English Lit professor to take a shot at the proliferation of vampire lit out there.
But really, Ms. Rice's writing is what started it all, and this book shows you why. The story is good, the characters are intelligent and act within the logic of the book. I got lost in the book, which to me is the hallmark of a great book. It made me want to go back and re-read the other dozen novels and then read this one again.
The story was very good -- a few surprises but one could figure it out along with the detectives. I was at first disappointed that there was a new narrator, but Mr.Welliver has a nice deep voice, and I enjoyed the telling once I got used to it. Others complain that Mr. Welliver was monotone, but I disagree. The story is a police procedural and much of the procedure cannot be narrated in an excited tone. I enjoyed the book -- couldn't put it down, and as usual, am looking forward to the next installment.
Not one of Grisham's best; but for the ending, might have been a romance book. . . . heroine gets laid off from fancy pants new york firm goes to Appalachia, describes abhorrent conditions, finds the joys of working for real people.
If you are at all a fan of the movie, and want some insights into the making of the movie, you need this book. Cary Elwes does an excellent job reading it; his stories are both funny and touching, like the book itself. A gem. I listen to many books. This one was special.
I enjoyed the book. There was enough history of mapmaking to put the story in context. Indeed, the short history was probably the best part of the book. One gets some insight into the main character, and there are also interesting details regarding those in the business and the libraries which were victims of the crimes. I only wish there had been some illustrations or photos included.
This collection of stories was great. I really enjoyed the historical stories, as well as the more current ones. The writing was excellent; and unusually, the author was a good narrator. If you are looking for something different, try this out. The story on Geeshie Wiley was the best thing I have read all year.
In this book, hero wakes up in unknown place and tries to get back home. He is chased by all sorts of bad guys. Then he finds out "the truth". Just wasn't for me. I thought it might be like Shutter Island, which I enjoyed.
great story, great narration, did not want to put it down! There are two intertwining stories, nicely done; Rudnicki is wonderful as always. I have only read a few Orson Scott Card books, but will definitely look for more.
The writing is awful; the narration is like listening to a poor reader being forced to read aloud at school; don't bother.
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