The history and characters were interesting.
The pacing could be better and the characters more rounded.
I don't think I would have finished the paper edition because of the pacing.
Maybe but I would rather see a documentary.
I listened to The White Queen to fill a void in my understanding of the War of the Roses and because the audio version was on sale for $5 at Audible. To that end, the novel did a decent job although I still would like to find a good history of the era. While Philippa Gregory did a better job of rounding out characters than I remember she did in The Other Boleyn Girl, the novel is very much one-sided. I don't recall any racy scenes which for some is an improvement but may disappoint others. The story mostly held my interest but after about the first third or half, I checked out the historical time line because the action was dragging. The ending was not all that satisfactory because it felt too abrupt. I am not a historian so I am on the fence regarding Elizabeth Woodville being too modern.The circumstances she faced may well have made her appear ahistorical because she needed to be. There is a scene involving a solar eclipse to which she added the detail of the horses lumbering up and down because they could not figure out if it was night or day. Most horses sleep standing up, so that just seemed wrong. I have not made up my mind about reading the other books in The Cousins War Series. I can say I am better disposed of her writing than after reading The Other Boleyn Girl. The narrator did fine job.
I offer a qualified recommendation for people with an interest in the War of the Roses and historical women. Not a bad book but I am more interested in reading an actual history or something by Sharon Kay Penman. In the meantime, I have started Daughter of Time again and purchased Thomas Penn's The Winter King.
(Note - I wish I had a pointer to the review but one other reason I listened to this book was because I read a review by someone working on a masters or PhD who didn't appear all offend about historical gaffs).
The Panic virus provided a detailed history of vaccinations and various outbreaks. I thought it was fair because it covered the mistakes governments and companies made while still debunking the lunatic fringe and those who would profit off of the fears of parents. The two theme that stood out the most for me is the way in which the media enabled individuals, groups and doctors like Andrew Wakefield pushing junk science in part because outlets like CNN decided to fire their science staff. No one was vetting the stories! The other theme that stood out for me is the AVOIDABLE infant deaths that were caused by parents who decided not to vaccinate their children. Those stories are incredibly sad and I wondered if any of those refusing to vaccinate feel any guilt. I also couldn't help but think of all the money being wasted because children get sick due to preventable diseases making a return because parents decide to ignore valid scientific.
Ethylmercury - it is not going to cause mercury poisoning.
Michelle Cedillo exhibited signs of autism before she was vaccinated.
Just because someone "feels" they are right should not be taken as seriously as what can be verified through repeatable experimentation.
The time period is not commonplace and the characters are charming.
An unfortunate surgery.
I always look forward to what Ruso and Tilla are up to.
Lovely mystery, characters and dry humor.
The Fool may be my favorite character of all time because he is so unique, lovable and profoundly moving. That being said, Fitz carries the story with his integrity and rich inner life. Bee is also fascinating and lovable.
Elliot Hill was a good choice and allowed me to listen to the book during every free moment when I could not read it. I found the accent for the Fool wrong and at that point switched over to the hardcover edition. I simply prefer Paul Boehmer's narration.
Please don't make a movie. Books are much better.
I have missed Fitz and the Fool a great deal and was so sad when I finished the Tawny Man series. I admit to a mild concern that this book would be a letdown. Instead, this novel exceeded my high expectations.
I found the storytelling wonderful and the nearly 700 pages flew by. Robin Hobb is truly gifted at world building and creating intriguing plots. I fell in love with the new character Bee. I had the Audible edition to listen to but I succumbed to the lovely U.K. edition when I saw it in London at Loncon 3. I listened to the audio version while falling asleep, walking, & flying from London. I thought I could pace myself but I read it whenever I had a free moment. The narrator for the audio version is good but reading the story is better. I cannot wait for the next book to come out
I finished this because I was stubborn. Sections involving the children's storyline were good but overall the novel was too long for my tastes. I enjoyed "The Library Police" more and would recommend that instead of It. I was bothered by some of the grating racism of one of the "good" guys. The climax and followup scenes were not that believable.
King captures the nostalgia of childhood.
I enjoyed this novel. Zoe Miller is a likable protagonist. The story is fun, light and well done. I loved Cameron's colonial noir short stories and the Emma Fielding series. Paranormal is not my favorite genre but Cameron pulls this off and I liked the archaeology theme.
No. The pathos in her voice should have been dialed down.
Original plot and characters. A storyline that is not contrived.
I listened to The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. It had a very good balance of an original story and interesting characters. Howe has a nice writing style and Kellgren did a fine job as the narrator. There was even romance - one I liked.
The narrator was not up to the task of keeping in character. One minute she had a faux Scottish accent, the next a bland American one.
The question is which one to keep in? I cannot think of any except for a secondary child character.
I rarely buy romances. I decided to try this one because it was on sale and had so many 5 star reviews. Why anyone would give this a 5 stars is beyond me.
This is for kids but not so much for adults who enjoy the YA for straightforward storytelling, fun and sense of wonder.
The narration was fine but no one character wowed me.
There are a number of YA books I enjoy relaxing with (most recently Allen Steele's Apollo's Outcasts which is not currently at Audible but worth reading). Alas, The Fairy-Tale Detectives cute but not the sort of YA that worked for me but I think kids may like it.
A kind women loves her husband and dogs.
A sensible and bittersweet ending.
In general the theme of love and and the desire to work with the dogs as intelligent beings instead of mastering them as beasts.
This could have been a great book with a bit more editing. There were times when it was repetitive and would have been improved by some of the biographical information saved for a second book. I think Lisa Edwards and her husband Laurence are to be greatly admired for being so patient with Boo. I had never heard of cerebellar hypoplasia and it is amazing how well they did by Boo in giving him what he needed. While I knew that therapy dogs were good for people, I was amazed by some of the stories she related about how effective the dogs were.
I recommend this book for people who are recovering from abusive childhoods. I also recommend this book for those who love dogs or helping people with disabilities
It is saccharine and vapid,
Not bothered to write it.
Drop the forced cheeriness. Performed it as camp.
Amazement that such domestic shlock sells.
I can see why this is favorite book for many. It is intelligent and imaginative. The atmosphere is superb. I purchased a hardcopy of the book and read about 90% of it. I picked up the audio version because it was on sale and I was having a hard time finishing because of a busy schedule and for me, it was not quite a page-turner. I found the narrator to be to slow, so I sped up the reading speed on my iPod which worked out fine and glossed over some of the shortcoming of the narrator.
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