I never thought I would like or could 'relate' to historical fiction, but I loved the characters in this book. The narration was great, the pace was perfect, and I wanted the book to go on longer than it did. Well done!
Couldn't stop listening.
It was a totally fascinating glimpse into a story and world that I knew nothing about, and I grew to care deeply about the characters.
No, I haven't.
All of it. Wow.
This book made me stop to look things up - see maps of the voyage and pictures of the Jeannette and the crew. It totally read like fiction, and certainly didn't seem like a story from over a hundred years ago. I'm totally intrigued to learn more about arctic exploration - a topic I totally had zero interest in before this book!
I haven't read the print version so I have no way of knowing. The audiobook was excellent.
Certainly hearing what was on the videotaped deposition was excellent.
I enjoyed when the 'children' were in the house right before the funeral and Letty was listening to them no matter where they went.
"You never know when the past will be repaid"
It's just nice to have classic John Grisham back. This was definitely one of those books that made me drive extra distances so I could keep listening!
Part history, part food love story, and part relationship - it was a fascinating voyage to a place I've never been before.
The food was my favorite character - the explanations and descriptions made it come alive and brought all the ancient principles to life.
It made me hungry - very hungry for Chinese food. The food I ordered had no resemblance to the masterpieces Sam made. I'm still hungry.
I listen to books in my car, and it is a rare one that has me driving around the block because I don't want to stop listening. This was certainly one of them. A wonderful story, and the subtle imagined insights into a dog's mind were clever and thought provoking. No wonder my dogs wag extra hard when I call them "good dogs". There were times I certainly had to pull over because of tears in my eyes, but when I finally did get home it was with just a little extra love and appreciation for my own canine friends. A super book, even if you're not a dog person.
I loved the post-apocalyptic parts of this book, and some of the interpersonal relationships were pretty good also. The idea of a virus, even one carried by vampires is okay, but all the paranormal stuff was a little over the top.
Meanwhile, there were so many different parts of the book and different people going in all directions that I would have liked a cheat sheet so I could keep track of everything. I definitely didn't understand the point of giving us long introductions to characters, only to have them die shortly afterward.
That being said, I thought the narration was great. The pretty abrupt ending certainly leaves room for another volume, and I'll definitely be listening to it when it arrives.
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