This is the latest in the Anna Pigeon mystery series. Each mystery is set in a National Park - this one takes place in Yosemite. Even if you haven't read the previous books in the series, you'll find this a great read! All the elements of a great mystery - action, twisting plots, inability to stop listening! Better yet, when you're finished (and hooked on Nevada Barr) you can go back and read the 10 or so books that precede this one!
I wish I had counted the number of times women were described in sexual ways in this book compared to descriptions of men. On top of that, the plot was not very original. I wish I hadn't read it.
The reading uses a full cast, but the readings are overacted and there are weird pauses between the characters that make the whole thing sound awkward and uncomfortable. I tried several times to listen and get used to it, but it is impossible.
I was worried that I would finish this book and be depressed, but it wasn't like that at all. I found the reading and the story to be quite good and I was engrossed almost from the beginning.
When I listen to these Shopaholic books, I find myself groaning at the antics of the characters and yelling at my stereo, but they are entertaining and they keep me awake when I am driving! The reading is good and you can't help but get caught up in the drama (even if it is a bit superficial).
I first read the book while I was traveling in India, and I loved it! Recently I listened to this audio book while driving across the country. The hours flew by and the reader did such a great job with the mannerisms and accents that I felt like I had spent each day in India. Don't let the length scare you away. It's all good!
This is the first time I have really really disagreed with something that Audible has recommended. I can't tell you the number of times I have put this book away because the lengthy descriptions in the narrative just put me to sleep. It's not the reader's fault, the story just isn't all that great and I don't care about any of the characters. I'm 15 minutes from the end (god knows why I keep listening) and I'm just quitting here.
If you enjoyed "The Painted House" this book is more like that than the other Grisham novels. Although there is a court case in the book, the book does not revolve around it. The book focuses on the small town life of a southern newspaper owner during the 1970s and his friendship with an elderly black woman. There is not a cliffhanger plot, but the stories are entertaining and the reader is so good that you will find yourself wanting to continue listening. As long as you don't go into the book expecting a "courtroom thriller," you will find it very enjoyable!
After listening to this short read, I feel like I have been to 1600's Holland. The descriptions are vivid and unique - like poetry written in prose. The reader does an especially excellent job of capturing the main character, a Holland maid named Greit.
My husband and I used this set of audio lessons to learn some arabic before we went on vacation to Egypt. We found that from these lessons we knew just enough arabic to be polite, exchange pleasantries, and make the locals grin at us! Egyptians are very happy if you make an attempt to learn their language. We were the only ones in our tour group to know any arabic and often we had a much easier time negotiating prices and asking for directions. Even though we just knew a few rudimentary phrases, many locals commented on our excellent pronounciation of arabic! If you're going to Egypt on a vacation, I highly recommend this audiolesson!
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