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I was excited to see this first book of the Lewis Trilogy because I had heard so much about these stories from the media and friends over the past few years. I listened in one sitting as the story was so interesting and the description of the Lewis Island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland was so poetic and atmospheric. The harsh landscape, wind and weather affects the residents tremendously. The younger population are looking to escape to anywhere off that island. The narrator did a fantastic job with the speed of the story and beautiful pronunciation of all the unique words.
I enjoyed this book a great deal, but have some reservations as far as recommending to others. You will find it to be a great story as long as you are OK with these parts of the book:
-- The story is very dark, almost crushing. Even now as I write this review, I am aware that my mood is so melancholy. I need to make sure my next listening choice is up-lifting.
-- The investigation of two similar murders, one in Edinburgh and one on Lewis Island, are somewhat incidental to the main story of detective Fin McLeod’s previous life on the island. Yet, in the end, that back-story allows for the many twists and turns and resolution to work. May is a genius writer at pulling several threads together to make sense.
-- Of the two May books I have read, I have found his books are so irresistible from the beginning up to the point where the resolution of the story is told. May has to use too many “just in time” revelations and coincidences to make the ending work. I hope that is not a trend for the rest of his books.
-- The description of the gugga hunt was a hard listen at times. Whew!
I will definitely plan to finish the trilogy, but need some time between each book. That is a good thing since the other two audio books are not available by Audible yet.
Erik Larson has done it again. I knew that the sinking of the Lusitania was one of the causes for America's entrance into WWI, but was never curious enough to find out more details. With Larson’s fascinating reenactment of all the facts, he was able to show how so many people had a unique part of the history of the tragedy of the Lusitania. Larson’s facts and anecdotes about President Wilson, Churchill, the German U20 pilot, the Lusitania capain and so many of the passengers and crew made for a full history of events. He also gave me a clear view of life in 1915.
Larson has done this brilliant re-telling before with his many history books of which “The Devil in the White City” is my favorite. If you have any interest in history, be sure to get this audiobook. I enjoyed it immensely.
If I was in serious legal trouble, I would want Guido Guerrieri to defend me. He accepts cases that have no obvious solution, yet he finds alternatives and fights to the end. If you enjoy intriguing legal stories, you will enjoy this series. I can honestly say that the closing arguments between the prosecutor and Guido in this story is one of the best listens I have had with Audible. I am still thinking about those words several days later. The narrator, Sean Barrett, did his usual outstanding job.
I am glad I got to know Guido better. His life in Bari, Italy is just so fascinating to me. He loves his music, wine and bicycling to work or walking the streets during the evenings. Due to recent events, he is very vulnerable and makes bad decisions that he genuinely regrets and tries to fix. Imperfect as he is, I wish there were more people like Guido in this world.
I am nervous that it appears the next book (4th) in this series is the end. I hope that Mr. Carofiglio will publish again soon. It will be a sad day when I have read the last story with Guido.
I love a book that has me researching the internet and my atlas for more information about the place. The Shetlands was the perfect location for the moody feel of this story. I can see why Ann Cleeves is a beloved author of thrillers from the United Kingdom. I particularly liked how the mood and place were as much a part of the story as the people and plotting. All were developed gradually and consistently. Jimmy Perez is a detective I will follow for as many selections that Audible will provide -- which I hope will be many. The narration was excellent.
Sometimes the story slowed down, but in the end, it all makes sense, and I was surprised by the outcome. I noticed in my research that the BBC has a 2014 TV series called "Shetland" that is based on Ann Cleves stories of Jimmie Perez. This TV series is not available in the US yet, but I will be checking regularly. I would love to watch them, too.
This book was on my "must listen" list because I actually take the 8AM train into work each day. Like "Rear Window", I can easily imagine looking into the windows and backyards while imagining what kind of life the occupants lead.
Three characters tell this story from their viewpoint. I am so glad that Audible chose three different narrators for Rachel, Anne and Meghan. It made this story much easier to follow when each scene changed. Like "Good Girl" none of these characters are candidates for citizen of the year. In addition, can you rely on their viewpoint? Rachel's life is a drunken shambles, Anne is the "other woman" and Meghan goes missing and we are not sure why.
This is a twisty, well plotted mystery that will keep you riveted and guessing to the very end. Occasionally, I listened to a chapter again and continued to make links with other information I learned. Listen carefully and you will be rewarded. This book will be a huge success. Enjoy!
What a macabre beginning! Why are all these left feet showing up on Norway's shore? Steig Larsson's legacy continues as we get exposed to more Scandinavian mysteries and procedurals that are worthy of our listen. Horst has written a good book that includes lots of details about Norwegian life, criminal system, banking and other topics. I thought this police procedural was well paced and the reveal of information made sense. Kudos to Horst on his writing and well developed characters. I struggled with keeping up with the numerous names. Fortunately, the chapters are short in case you have to listen a second time.
I feel very neutral about the narrator. He did a fine job with the pronunciation of difficult language. He voice did not distract or enhance -- just neutral.
Whenever I listen to a Scandinavian book, I find myself spending lots of time on the internet researching vacations in Norway and Sweden. I will get there some day.
I had to listen to each chapter multiple times as I found the thick Scottish diction / accent hard to understand. The author, William McIlvanney, narrated his book. I wish someone had told him the accent is fine, but more enunciation is required for the average listener. I love books with strong accents, but this one was too difficult for me no matter how hard I focused.
I like the character Laidlaw a great deal, but the story was mediocre. There is a twist or two, but you know who the murderer is early in the book. It is more of a story how multiple people looking for the same person come together in the end.
I will definitely try another McIlvanney book in the future, but may have to read it on my Kindle instead of listen on Audible.
This batch of short stories all have a holiday theme with Longmire and his associates. I enjoyed listening to each of them so much during the Christmas season. During this listen I laughed, was touched and was filled with joy. George Guidall did his usual great job as narrator. I now have a new Christmas tradition as I will be listening to these short stories during the holidays every year.
Please keep writing, Mr.Johnson. Your work means so much to me.
After cheering for Sheldon and drying my eyes when this book ended, I gave it a few minutes thought that I might have to update my "All Time Favorite Books" list. Why isn't everyone talking about this book? It was so good, yet different from anything else in the "mystery / thriller" genre.
Within minutes of this book starting, I became very invested in the life of 82 year old Sheldon and later to Paul, his neighbor's 5 year old son, as they are on the run from pure evil. Sheldon recalls his Korean War sniper days and uses that knowledge to out-wit his pursuers and survive. While some of the story is sad as Sheldon looks back over his life, I remember chuckling several times from the great wit that carries through the book. The writing and narration are worthy of the praise from many reviews.
The last 2 hours had me sitting on the edge of my seat, heart pounding. I envy all those just starting on this book. You have a great journey ahead of you. Enjoy.
After finishing this audio book, I checked out this author and found out this is the start of a trilogy. My first thought was -- "only 2 more books with Max Wolfe!" I can honestly say I will be grieving halfway through the 3rd book if this character's story ends. I imagine by that time Tony Parsons will be selling lots of books and his editor will be thinking up ways to continue the story with DC Wolfe, his young daughter and their dog.
I don't know this author but he must have a strong writing background. I particularly loved how there were violent, heart-beating scenes, but no goriness. The author's knowledge of police procedure and his strong plotting of the story was a delight to me. I didn't want to stop listening as I drove closer to my home. I thought up errands in order to continue my drive and the listen. Colin Mace is a wonderful narrator -- top notch!
Even if you think you have it figured out, you will still want to hear every word. Especially since a twist is awaiting you in the end. Loved it!
I have read several Virgil Flowers books and understand why his character is much admired by listeners. The best part of this book was keeping up with the character.
Yet, I can't recommend the listen because I lost almost all interest once John Sanford revealed the identity of the killers and the mystery before I even reached the half-way point of the book. I enjoy true whodunits and want the go through the gradual reveal of clues. I listened for another hour or so, but my mind kept wondering and I wasn't willing to re-listen to parts I missed. I finally threw in the towel. Do you do the same? Under what circumstances do you stop listening to a book that used up a valuable credit?
I will say that Eric Conger did his usual outstanding job with the narration of this series.
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