I purchased and listened to this years ago, and I have gone back to it several times. I scored it, but never wrote a review.
It is just one of those kinds of listens. Caroline Lee is just wonderful but even a lesser narrator could not ruin this plot. It is complex but not complicated. Emotions from this book is very memorable. I love most of Kate Morton's books, but this one and "The Secret Keeper" are my favorites. Her others and memorable and at least 4 stars each.
I don't know if this review is of any help to anyone except to say that you will not be disappointed. A worthy listen over and over again. It is nice to revisit old, well loved titles.
I could not put this down. Ms. Picoult did a lot of research about elephants for this, and the stories and people were well developed. I finished this a while ago and remember it well. The narration was excellent. A surprise ending, very surprising. Definitely credit worthy; I will listen again!
I was pleasantly surprised at how MUCH I liked this book. His stories that lead him to an acceptable form of spirituality for him was excellent. (I have to caveat this by admitting I feel very much the same about religion.) The results of being a war correspondent were not so surprising, completely understandable, and educational. I recommend this book and have already listened to it twice.
A good half of the book was about the last of the Civil War - which if you know anything about it comes as no education. The rest held little to no surprises about how the perps were captured and dealt with. I actually found Dr. Mudd's eventual release completely missing as to why. He was a humanitarian and much admired as a doctor among his captors!
This is lacking and I won't read/listen to any other Mr. O' books.
I really loved this book. It is loosely based on the WWII Soviet pilot Lydia Litvyak who never went into battle without her lipstick and powder. She was brave and audacious. It is a story about Stalin's sick reign that has forever left its mark on Russian society; it is a mystery; it is frightening in a way most cannot understand thankfully; and it is a love story. Well worth the credit. I will listen to it again. Belinda Alexandra has become a favorite author, and Caroline Lee has delivered her usual stunning performance.
The story was a repeat, but if you listen to these books for the hot scenes then Chloe Lynn's interpretation will be good for you. I felt like I was listening to porn even over a cup of tea. Her Scottish accent was fleeting at best, for the most part, just breathy and slow. If you had not listened to the other books, the character development was poor, then again, if you had not listened to the other books - why would you pick this one out of the line-up? Not good at all, going to return.
I could not stop listening to this book.
First, Angela Dawe is one of my favorite narrators; she has the ability to tell me a great story, even if the story isn't so great. This one is very good!
Second, this is a very good story told in an interesting way, as I'm sure you have read, from 26 well earned psychiatric visits. The twist at the end was not surprising to me, it had to be one or all of them, but an excellent twist it was.
The book covers some disturbing aspects of abused and abusers that apparently disturbed some listeners, I found it compelling, heart wrenching, and plausible, which made the story all the more compelling.
I see you have some more to offer; I'll be checking them out too.
Very credit worthy, I will listen to it again, perhaps now. Enjoy.
I was so dismayed to hear the narrator for Jamie to give him a lisped high pitched voice. The background (sort of) of gay men was uncomfortable. The story was somewhat confusing. I really had a hard time getting into it, and honestly never did. The story provided a distraction from my rather raucous thoughts. I didn't like this book and plan to return it.
Dr. Siri Paiboun is an entertaining character. I hope I can be half as openly and politely cynical as he is at 72. He has a great cast of characters that are parallel to the mysteries if not in front. I have no idea what life was like in Laos in the '70s but I'm taking the accounts as somewhat accurate.
This is an entertaining tale, with good mysteries. I will be listening to other books from this collection.
The only thing I can complain about is the names of the characters. There were quite a few with unfamiliar names, but good thing there is rewind.
It's okay. It definitely isn't Her Royal Spyness series. At least I don't think so; I'm not going to listen to any more.
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