I love this series, and this third book was another delightful installment in the Miles Vorkosagan saga. At first I was unsure about the reader (he is a little nasal) but, but he grew on me. I finally decided that his voice is appropriate for Miles. The plots in this series so far are a delightful labyrinth of politics and intrigue.
This novel is another installment in this lovely series. The focus is back on Phryne and her little family, and less on Lin and the chinese community. Many old friends from other books make happy cameos, and Phryne is at her fabulous best saving lives and sorting out messes. The theme of fathers and family is also explored in an interesting way.
Well written, and my favorite way to absorb history; through an engrossing story! I got it on a whim during an Audible sale, and was delighted with the voice of Tiro, the slave stenographer narrator. The story of Cicero and the more familiar one of Julius Cesar were given a new fuller context, and the politics and social reality of ancient Rome were really fully developed. I always love it when an author manages to make a historical period seem peopled by real people who inhabit the period in a way that neither disdains, nor glorifies it. Well worth the credit! I can't wait for the rest of the series!
It was predictable and light, which can be great, but this one lacked the humor that made "How to Flirt with a Naked Warewolf"
The Stephanie Plum novels are always fun, but the last couple have gotten a little cookie cutter. This one starts off with a refreshing plot twist. Lorelei King is awesome, and is really the reason that I have hung on with this series! Her overall performance and the voices for all the characters really bring this to life.
This series is one of the best in the genre. This is a marvelously fully realized future universe inhabited by real and fascinating men and women. Miles, the main character, is complex and charming. This first novel is a coming of age story combined with the triumph of the under-dog. It took me a little while to fall in love with the narrator. He is not one of those that does lots of different voices, but he is very expressive, and has become one of my favorites. The rest of the series only gets better. It's never formulaic; the characters continue to grow and develop as the author explores the reaches of her universe. Enjoy!
Molly Harper has a wonderful knack for creating caracters. This novel, like the others that I have read, is a treat. The main character is surprisingly believable in her Romantic situation, there is the perfect spice of humor, and the dialog is very good. It's light, fun, and the romance is satisfyingly tied up in a bow at the end.
This stand-alone novel is an interesting follow up to Pillars of the Earth, Follett's first novel of the imaginary Cathedral town of Kingsbridge. It's an exploration of the social ramifications of the interaction of the Medieval Church and Government.
The novel follows a cast of characters through their lives in the town, and it is a very thoroughly imagined description of their lives. This novel, like the first one, is very well researched, and part of the appeal is hearing the very thorough descriptions of invention, architecture, medicine, etc. This includes some very graphic passages that would make this inappropriate for young listeners. Don't make the mistake I did, and leave it on your car speakers while the kids are in the car!
There is a very American slant to this novel; a celebration of the individual against the institution, the idealization of the middle class, the villainization of the military, etc. But, it's not so overt in most cases that it really detracts from the overall story.
The narrator is adequate. He's not particularly good at voices, but he didn't try to do too many accents. He read with enough general expression and tone that he's not distracting.
Overall, this was an interesting listen. It won't be on my repeated rotation, but it was thought provoking and sparked some interesting debates.
I love the reader, but this is not a stand alone novel. Either the whole novel or the editing job for the abridge left me feeling like I was missing a great deal of what was going on, and prevented me from caring about the characters at all.
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