Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2005
Would surely have been better if she weren't running. The book MUST be playing it safe. I can't believe the actual foreign policy events were as dull as the recounting here. Any question the narrator might have salvaged it is moot: I've never heard a more killingly monotone performance. Still, I love Hillary - she's smart and pragmatic and will make a superb president - she will most certainly have my vote. But I wish I hadn't offered up my credit.
Since I am a big fan of Donna Tartt, I was determined to be surprised. I read it the day it came out having intentionally avoided previewing any synopsis or advance reviews and am so glad I did! It was such a pleasure to move through the turnings and revelations with no expectations. Every element I value in a novel was rendered so satisfyingly: characters, plot, prose (exceptional), intricate themes, a sense of place and time… I’ve read both her previous books at least four times over the past 20+ years. I find them very rich and layered and compelling. I’m unashamed to say that I’ve read this one twice already in its first 6 months, a re-reading record for me. Truly great!
The dialogue/prose is terribly dated and distracting. To redeem such a bleak story, there needed to be at least one genuinely likable character. It doesn't seem to know what it's about; I didn't get it.
An unexpected treasure. It's reminds me a bit of a Kate Morton book, but with better prose and more original characters. Just a dash of erudition, in a good way - subtly employed. And some moments were brilliant - conjured up clever images and incidents I'll not forget. I'll definitely listen to this one again in a couple of years or so.
Utterly unoriginal in every way. Just really bad. The dialogue was pitiful, the attempts at humor were just embarrassing, and some (too many) of the voices the narrator used for the characters was almost unbearable - might cause seizures in some listeners. Just really bad. Curse the daily deal! I keep getting suckered in!
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