Good writing which held my interest throughout but the narrator ruined this book for me. It was like listening to Captain Kirk with dramatic pauses in the middle of sentences where none was needed; very little enthusiasm coming through in the reading. This book deserved better narration. : (
For a first book, which I understand this is, the author has done an amazing job and I hope he changes his career to author permanently. The story weaves back and forth through seemingly unconnected events which gradually intertwine into a story you won't want to put down; I agonized every time I had to stop listening and couldn't wait to get back to it.
The narrator does an excellent job and the only improvement I think he could make on his read would be to have a greater difference between the accents of some of the gruffer, male characters as I found myself having to concentrate on occasion to determine who was 'speaking' as he went from one character to the next.
The depth the writer provided to his characters and the life given them by the narrator was a great combination and I can't wait for another book, hopefully the second in a series.
Some of the reviews ask which character you'd like to speak with in real life if you could, hands down I would choose an afternoon with the author so I could hear his mind at work.
Well written, Mr. Hayes! Thanks for the great read. : )
I'm a fan of well written books. It doesn't matter what the topic, whether it's long or short, if it is well written I'll enjoy it. Regrettably, and despite what might have been a promising story line, this is not one the of the better books I've listened to.
This book is defintely directed at Tweens who love novels written in the mould of Twilight and Beautiful Creatures; teenage heros & heroines, multi dimensions, demons, vampires, etc. I've enjoyed many series directed at non-audult audiences, Harry Potter not the least among them, but this novel seems to have been written more as a coming-of-age, boy-meets-girl, I'm-not-a-kid story which, unfortunately, never makes it up out of the teenage point of view. Sadly the choice of narrator didn't help either; whether it was the author's intent to have a narrator who sounded as though she were the 15 year old protagonist of the novel I do not know but it was the wrong choice. I actually couldn't wait for this book to be over but am hopeful for fans that other novels in the series may be better, the author having learned from this foray into the genre.
Having read so many of Anne Perry's novels in which Thomas & Charlotte Pitt figured predominantly I truly enjoyed going back and reading this, their first encounter. Davina Porter is the quintessential narrator for Ms. Perry's books; she imbues each character with unique traits, qualities and patterns of speech which help bring them to life as you listen. This combination of author and narrator is one of the best on the market.
Not only is this the story a wonderful period piece of detecting, it is also the background for the entire series of books involving this crime solving duo and through this novel you come to understand a bit more about how each of these individuals became who they were and how they were destined to become so much more together.
You will notice almost immediately that part of Ms. Perry's writing style involves the inclusion of mundane, day to day happenings such as problems with the tweenie or cook and how the lives and expectations of society during that era are very much removed from those of today. Far from slowing down the novels these references give the story line a better sense of context, allowing the reader/listener to understand the situations and perceptions as they would have seemed to residents of Victorian England as opposed to the impressions we, living in 2013, might entertain.
If you are a fan of Ms. Perry's books and haven't done so you definitely need to read the Cater Street Hangman. If you have yet to experience the writings of this talented author you are in for a treat!
I would recommend this book, and it's predecessor, to anyone who enjoys well written, thought provoking historical fiction. Although obviously not alive during the time in which this novel is set I felt when listening to this book that I was there, smelling the rain on the cobblestones and the smoke wafting over from the window where Stevie Taggert sat smoking yet another cigarette. The narration and writing were of a quality that at times inspired me to imagine I could hear the background noises in the streets as the characters progressed from one scene to the next. The dialogue and story were both so well done I couldn't read quickly enough and felt almost as though it was me sneaking into a cellar or hiding from an unruly mob. If you haven't yet listend to this novel I recommend you do so now, you won't regret it
The plot was well written and cohesive. The characters were all very unique and the narrator did an exceptional job giving each one a well defined personality and manner of speech. The narration was key to keeping the level of suspense consistent and relateable; this in combination with the Author's story telling ability makes this a book I will likely read and/or listen to again just for the enjoyment of it.
Any of the scenes involving the brothers Isaacson made me smile. Their sibling rivalry coupled with the fact that they could set it aside to get the work done added to the realism of the novel for me. I have an older sister with whom I do not always agree but when the going gets tough that's all put aside, just as it was for Marcus and Lucius Isaacson. Very 'human' characters. P.S. Heath, Mum still loves me more :)
It wasn't so much a single moment which moved me the most while listening to this novel; Dr. Kreizler's coming to terms with the suicide of the young boy in his care at the institute during the opening chapters of this book developed into an ongoing issue throughout the story and somehow became as big a part of the plot as the abduction of little Anna. It was impossible for me to listen to this book and not be affected by the pain and inner struggles the doctor goes through despite his attempts to keep it hidden from the other characters
I had read The Alienist many years ago and enjoyed the story very much despite believing it was a stand-alone novel; I was exceptionally pleased to find the characters making a second appearance in The Angel of Darkness and hope there will be another in this series sooner than later.
Three words only? Characters are real! The fictional hero and heroine of this book aren't perfect, which is what I think makes the novel better than most; whether the reader is male or felmale they are able to empathize with Ms. Westerman, the reluctant sleuth who simply wants her husband and her quiet life back.
Harriet would have to be my favourite character, both from an emotional and entertainment perspective. She is a woman living in a time when wives/sisters/mothers stayed at home and ran the house; they did not keep company with men other than a relative for prolonged periods of time nor did they engage in "unladylike" pursuits, regardless of the reason. Our Heroine finds herself in the position of behaving in a way society finds unacceptable yet she is not afraid to continue, believing the benefits outwiegh the deficits and uncaring as to how her reputation might suffer so long as she is able to keep her husband, children and way of life safe from harm. I admire this character as she has been written by Ms. Sterlin.
I have not yet had the pleasure of listening to any of Ms. Sterliin's other novels but will definitely be dowloading the remainder of this series.
As to what moment in the book moved me the most I cannot say without spoiling the end for those readers who have not yet experience this well written, entertaining novel. Those of you who have read the book, or listened to it, know the moment to which I am referring and doubtless have been moved by it yourselves. Suffice it to say I was moved to tears, whether those tears were brought on by sadness or joy I will leave to future readers to determine for themselves.
Only one additional comment; please, please, please find a way to include the first volume of this series in your list of available titles There were so many references to the first adventure in this second installment I would love to be able to listen to the original.
Dan Brown's writing is always a pleasure to read; he keeps you interested through his "everyman" approach to story telling and always provides interesting little historical tidbits that have you running to your reference library to check things out and learn more about the topics he references.
I enjoy the character of Robert Langdon and look forward to the history and folklore Dan Brown includes in all of his books; Inferno was no exception and has inspired me to read Danté's Divine Comedy from start to finish.
Paul Michael is a capable narrator and I enjoyed his interpretation of how each character should sound, write down to the consistent rendering of emotion in each one's thoughts and speech pattern. Mr. Michael's narration made this book better than it would have been on its own.
Although I don't often have an opportunity to listen to a book in one sitting I was eager to start up again whenever there was a lapse. Dan Brown is a talented wordsmith and I love the way he combines historical fact with fiction to come up with his plots, the character of Robert Langdon is also quite endearing.
Although enjoyable I didn't think this was one of Dan Brown's better novels. While listening to the plot unravel I felt it was rushed, as if publishing the novel was more important than a plausible story line/ending. Perhaps there was a deadline to be met which prevented this story from coming to fruition at a better speed (less rushed and frenetic) with a more practical resolution or perhaps I have simply been spoiled by Mr. Brown's other novels. Still a great listen and I will definitely continue to purchase any book published by this author.
Having listened to the first two books in this series I'm holding off on the thrid because I don't want the storyline to end. At some point after I finally cave in and listen to that last book, Monster Hunter Alpha, I'm going to go back to the beginning and listen to the entire story again from start to finish.
Oliver Wyman gives each character in the book a unique, well defined personality; the characters speak in a manner which suites both the dialogue and their reaction to each scenario. The writing is obviously the key but I don't know that any other narrator could have given these characters life better than Wyman has done.
Listening to this book as I drove back and forth from work I caught myself giggling at some portions of the dialogue and at the unusual circumstances the main characters found themselves in. I also found this humour to be tempered by moments of "reality"' in the book which seemed to sweep your feet out from under you because you weren't expecting what came next.
When I saw this title on Audible's web page I originally disregarded it as just one more supernatural novel but then I started reading the reviews and decided to take a chance; I'm very glad I did. : )
The story line is not the most original (the literary world seems flooded with witches, wizards and vampires lately) but Kevin Hearne manages to write a novel which is both entertaining and interesting thanks to his references to many old and oft overlooked Gods and Goddesses. I know I'll be listening to this book again in the future.
Despite numerous interesting characters in this novel I have to be honest and say that my favourite is Oberon; I live with a Labrador named Finnegan and I swear that was his voice I heard in the character, especially the parts about the pooodles and sausages. The addition of Dog Logic in the story is unusual and very welcome.
Luke Daniels does a great job narrating the story and his interpretations of each character are distinct enough that the story line is easily followed and you don't find yourself replaying portions of the book trying to figure out who just said what. I don't think many other narators could have brought to life an old Irish widow, a wolf hound, a centuries old Druid and assorted werewolves, Gods & Goddesses as well as Luke Daniels has done it here.
I bought this book out of curiosity and after listening to it have already downloaded
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