I have read every "Percy Jackson" novel written so far. I thought this novel was just OK. I feel as though I'd like a little more originality. (Originality may be an unfairly tall order from the author who is basically re-writing Greek and Roman mythology --a clever way to craft a series of novels, in my mind -- I'm sure several people wish they had thought of it first!)
I did like learning about new characters Frank and Hazel, but I suppose the original appeal of this series (I love Greek mythology and was psyched to read the stories in a different way) is just wearing off.
"Any Other Name" is the 11th installment in the Walt Longmire mystery series. I got here because I have read the other 10 and really enjoyed most of them.
If you're planning on reading this as your 11th Longmire too, be aware: #10 was so incredible that it's hard to imagine #11 being anything other than a slight step down.
That said, this was still a great story. I liked that it takes place in South Dakota instead of Wyoming, which Walt calls home; the scenery, animals (buffalo), and cast of South Dakotan characters added to the entertainment value. I also liked that, when trying to unravel one mystery, Walt finds himself in the middle of another (and of course he is determined to solve them both). Despite the distance from home, Walt involves his trusty sidekicks, Henry Standing Bear and Victoria Moretti, who bring humor and clever repartee (and backup when the going gets tough) to the story.
I suppose when one reads a series, one assumes the star of it is going to survive (otherwise, how can there be book #12?), so in that sense this books is predictable. However, I did not see the end coming as far as how the mysteries turned out!
George Guidall was born to narrate this series. I cannot imagine trying to read these books and missing out on his amazing narration.
One note: I believe Longmire fans are divided into those who find the occasional forays into Native American mysticism/hallucinations entertaining, and those who find it annoying. I'm in the latter group, and so found one of the chapters painful to get through, but thankfully it was limited to that one section.
I am so glad this book was a daily deal recently, or else I might never have stumbled across it. This is an exquisitely crafted novel that follows the life of an amusingly self-involved young man, and the seeming chaos that happens around him as he moves through life unremarkably and largely unharmed. Doesn't necessarily sound like much... and yet, I found myself hanging on to every word, and even rewinding to listen again (and, unusually, I bookmarked several great quotes -- I love the Audible app!).
The writing is simply incredible, with the story (though dreary at times) and philosophical musings the equivalent of the "icing on the cake". Had I read it instead of listened, I might have given it four stars. However, layering on the narrator with his perfect cadence and inflection (and the British accent that automatically makes me like things slightly more) got me to give this five stars.
This caught my eye because of the narrator (Simon Vance, who is always fantastic), the time period (turn of the century 1800's France), and the genre (classic detective, in this case named Vidocq). The story got off to a slow start, but ultimately was an enjoyable mystery with wonderful doses of historical fiction. If I were rating just the second half, I would give it four stars. Worth a listen!
This is the second Peculiar Crimes Unit mystery I've read. While the first was not my favorite, I thought the characters had some endearing qualities, and so gave this one a try. London is once again at the center of the story (this time, its waterways), but in a less interesting way than in the first novel, which was partially set in wartime London. The storylines are at times hard to follow, and I found the dialogue tiresome because it did not reveal new things about the characters (rather, it reiterated what had been learned about them in the first book). The narrator does a fine job with what he's given.
I just can't get into this series the way I was hoping to (and the way I have with Louise Penny's Gamache mystery series and Craig Johnson's Longmire mystery series). Better luck to other listeners.
I question whether this book would have had such success if books like Ender's Game, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games hadn't been written first. But, you have to give Ms. Roth some credit, as I am sure there are thousands of authors who have been trying to ride those coattails and have failed. While it doesn't belong in the same league with the great books listed above, this is a fast-paced, entertaining story with a clever premise. The narrator is nicely functional; she does a good job of getting the story out there without intruding.
"Where humans were concerned, the only emotion that made sense was wonder at their ability to endure, and sorrow for the hopelessness of it all."
This sentence from the book more or less sums up how I feel after finishing. The setting of the story is India in 1975 (with several brief jaunts to earlier parts of the 20th century to explain characters' backgrounds), and it paints an entertaining, at times amusing, and yet often bleak and disturbing picture of how the political situation in India affects people of different backgrounds (Hindu, Muslim, Sikh), different points of origin (mountains, village, big city) and different socioeconomic statuses. The fact that the reader gets to know the characters so well makes the good times particularly heartwarming, and at times makes it difficult to hear what is happening to them.
I found the story to be well crafted and nicely paced. There are several characters and story lines that cross when you don't expect it and are easy to follow. The narrator, John Lee, is excellent; I might not have embarked upon the audiobook version of this novel if I had not seen his name in the narrator slot.
What a great debut novel! This is the enchanting story about two supernatural creatures and their unlikely paths to regular human lives and, eventually, one another. It takes place in turn of the century 1900's New York. The people and places are equally well-developed and key to the novel. It's a charming story that keeps the reader guessing throughout. I would highly recommend this even if fantasy/magical stories are not typically your thing. While there is a supernatural aspect to this story, it does not overwhelm the fact that this is just a well-written, heartwarming, historically intriguing story.
The narrator is one of my favorites, and met my already heightened expectations effortlessly.
I stumbled upon this book while searching Audible for another mystery series. Right off the bat, this met several of my criteria:
a) significant number of books in the series and on Audible (8);
b) takes place somewhere interesting that I don't know much about (London)
c) has the added bonus of a fun accent (British)
And then, once I read the book, I could add well-developed, interesting characters to the list, as well as two cases for the price of one. The case in the present has to do with Arthur Bryant, the eccentric half of Bryant & May (John May is the straight arrow), who is trapped in a building when it inexplicably explodes; and the case taking place in WWII London delves into theater life, the prevailing culture, and Greek mythology to solve a host of murders. This book does a nice job of setting the scene of the WWII times without getting overly emotional about it: Yes, it was unfathomably awful; but Londoners were doing their best to keep calm and carry on. The story follows the detectives as they stumble their way through the 1940's case (their first one) and in turn updates the reader on progress on the modern-day case, all the while being easy to follow.
The narrator does a very good job with the several voices and accents.
Note: I use the Goodreads rating system (three stars = liked it, four stars = really liked it).
My recommendation: Go download this book immediately!
In the past, I had come across this book, read the description, and passed on it. Then my co-worker insisted I would love it, so I got the audiobook... and I AM SO GLAD I DID.
I had trouble putting this one down. I laughed, I cried, I learned about medicine and Ethiopia. The characters and their relationships are richly developed and even lovable, despite some horrific actions; the surrounding culture (whether Addis Ababa, New York, or Ethiopians in Boston) plays a very important and fascinating role in the story; some of what I believe are realities of life in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa are eye-opening/gut-wrenching; and most of all, it is incredibly well-written. There are several different threads, which all are easy to follow and end up tied up neatly (but not too neatly).
The cherry on top is the fact that the narrator is fantastic.
This is the first Neil Gaiman book I read. Frankly, I found it difficult to understand what exactly I'd be reading from the description, and primarily was persuaded to download it per the reviews.
I wish I had realized that the 10th anniversary edition meant there were 12,000 additional words added (that the author thought should be in, but the editors had cut before publishing it originally). The last thing this novel needed was more words!
I like sci-fi/fantasy/thriller books, as well as mythology of various sources, and this gives you a little bit of all of that. It's a nice survey of "gods" from diverse cultures and also a little travelogue of the United States through the eyes of someone who does not live in the U.S.
When there's action, the story moves really well, but there are plenty of parts of the story that drag.
In the end, I thought this book was just so-so. The story is big on good/clever ideas but not superbly written. The full cast aspect was nice but uneven (some narrators were better than others). I'm glad to have experienced a Gaiman book after hearing so much about them, but I don't think they're for me.
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