First of all, the narrator sounded like he should be doing tv infomercials for reusable paper towels. Second, the story should be very interesting ( I am a history buff) but strangely it isn't. Perhaps it was the need to constantly refer to the painting at issue during (especially) the beginning of the book; the inability to see what the author was talking about. The first quarter of the book seemed to be a description of the artwork; the second quarter was a general history of the artwork up to the first world war, the third quarter was about the theft of the panels in the 30's and the last part was about its rescue from the Nazis in WWII.
Some of the symbols were discussed, but not the mystic symbolism, other than the obvious. Even the parts which could have been exciting and suspenseful were not written to keep one's interest.
I wanted to like it, and I did learn a bit but was irritated the whole time. Perhaps it was the narrator -- listen first and decide if you can listen to hours of the guy.
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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