Emily Gray’s narration as always is great she gives each and every character its own unique voice and quality. I am so glad the rest are available with this narrator on audible. Between this series and Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate Series Emily has become one of my favorite narrators.
This one was a bit different in that it seemed to end many different times but then didn’t. Loved the ultraword storyline, a book can only be read 3 times; it cracked me up as such a jab at the e-book publishing world. But considering this was written in 2003 it made me wonder does Fforde have ESP?
It is also a hard book to review because there are a lot of plots going on at the same time. But I guess we are in the well of lost plots so Fforde had to mash as many in as he could, but it was almost too much. As I said the book felt like it ended a couple times when actually it kept going so this threw off the rhythm of my enjoyment. I still loved all the literary references and the writing still makes me laugh but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the previous books. I did enjoy the addition of the generic characters they are the people in books you just see once, the person passing on the street the shopkeeper and such, kind of like extra’s in TV shows that can be changed into whatever character is needed for the next book that comes along. And I think Lola & Ronald and Grandma Next were my favorite characters in this one.
What I do love about this series is all the literary references and this had them shooting left and right and I still feel that you need to have at least some knowledge of the classic (even if it’s from PBS Masterpiece Theater) which is how I knew Miss Havisham as I just watched Great Expectations last week. Because I’ve honestly only read a few Dickens novels but have been meaning to read more (really I have).
All in all this is a fun book and I will continue on with this series.
3 1/2 Stars
Ooof this book is like a gut punch but so beautifully written that you need to continue on. I honestly am not sure how to rate this book because there was no redemption, one can only hope that this family got better that they cherished the children they had left and started communicating with each other but I’m afraid I this did not happen.
Cassandra Campbell’s narration is very well done as always.
Thanks to the Ford Audiobook Club for the chance to listen to this one.
What a fun book I didn’t want to stop listening, it was rip-roaring fun on the high seas! These two ladies are so different Martin/Mary dresses like a man and fights in a war and goes to sea and ends up on a Pirate ship. Anne Bonny on the other hand is all woman all the time, she ran away from her husband and became mistress to a pirate though in all honesty I think Anne ran the ship and just let Captain Calico Jack think he did.
When Anne can’t seem to get Martin to pay attention to her and then Calico makes the comment that Martin is in love with her Anne sets out to find out the truth, these scenes are hilarious because as readers we know Martin is really Mary however Anne Bonny is not used to a man who wants nothing to do with her. I loved how she couldn’t comprehend a man not falling for her feminine wiles, and poor Mary trying her best not to cross Anne because she is a pirate after all and has the temper to go with it. And Mary as Martin is a gentleman she is tough as nails and can fight and shoot and do the jobs on the ship but she always tries to be a gentleman.
However our dear Martin/Mary is in love another seaman Peter who has no idea that she is a he, this complicates their relationship, so she moons over him from afar and tries her best to keep him alive because he is not much of a seaman and not a fighter at all, he came to sea because he is the 2nd born or the spare as they were known in the day, wanting to learn about longitude and clocks because at this time in history it was sailing by the stars and I believe people went of course a lot.
All the characters in this book were very interesting, and it made me want to know even more about these ladies and as I always say a sign of a good historical fiction book is that it makes me want to research more and this one definitely did that.
New to me narrator Shiromi Arserio was very good she had many different accents and I liked how she had 2 different voices for Martin and Mary even though they were the same person. Very well done and I will be on the lookout for anything else she has narrated.
This was a new author and narrator for me and I truly enjoyed them both and if the author writes any other historical fiction books I will be reading them for sure.
If you enjoy the Jackie Faber/Bloody Jack books give this one a try I think you will enjoy it.
4 ½ Stars
I received this from the author for a fair and honest review, and I am so glad I said yes!
This was a great edge of your seat thriller! It was just what I needed to get me out of my reading slump; it was very hard to stop listening!
When Mike was 4 years old his father dropped him off at a school playground and told him he’d be back but he never returned and Mike spent his whole life wondering why? And what happened to his mother? Now a grown man with a child of his own strange things are starting to happen to him and his family, Mike thinks he is being followed and from there things go from bad to worse as history repeats itself in an awful way.
This book kept me guessing all the way to the reveal; because Mike was so young when he was abandoned he has no clue about his parents so he decides to hire a private detective to help him find out who they were and what happened to them but this one decision changes his entire life.
After things get really bad Mike reaches out to his foster brother Shep, (I loved Shep!) who is always there for Mike no matter what, I don’t think Mike would have made it through without him and I loved his last line in the book! Shep is a great character because we see in flashbacks what it was like for him in foster care and how he and Mike bonded and became true brothers but Shep is also a criminal and he and Mike had a bit of a falling out but he was right there the minute Mike called him and that just endeared him to me even more.
I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone so I don’t want to give too many details away but if you are looking for a great thriller look no further than this book. This was my first book by Hurwitz but it definitely won’t be my last!
Scott Brick’s narration was as always amazing and he really brought the pain, worry and anxiety in the characters voices to life beautifully. I love Brick’s voice for mystery/thrillers he always gives a great performance.
4 ½ Stars
This book was just ok for me, I wanted to really like it, heck I got the paperbook in a Goodreads giveaway but wanted to get it done so listened to it on audio.
I liked these girls much more as children than I did as adults I felt neither one was very likeable. Annie a put upon southern housewife with an eating disorder (no they didn’t delve into that too much but it was so obvious by things she said) who has been desperately trying to get pregnant with no luck. She doesn’t seem too happy with her life when a chance meeting with her best friend from 2nd grade Starr (who she hasn’t seen since). Starr is in the middle of a scandal she is pregnant by a married man who is also a society bigwig and when Starr asks for Annie’s help Annie lies to her husband and goes off with Starr to help her out. And as you can guess things don’t go as planned.
I felt these characters weren’t very fleshed out, I like a book where I care about what happens to the characters and that just didn’t happen in this book , I think I liked the secondary characters more than I liked the main characters. I liked Annie’s mom and Annie’s aunt Tuti in the flashback scenes and the girls’ friend Betty.
And the ending was just well blah, I think if we had seen them from childhood and the story had been more linear instead of the alternating chapters I don’t know maybe I say that because I really enjoyed the parts where they were children but neither grew up to be very likeable.
So I guess what I am saying is I enjoyed parts of this book and other made me cringe, from the choices these two women make. Also if you haven’t seen your “BFF” since 2nd grade don’t you think they may have changed and just possibly you don’t have anything in common anymore? In this day and age of Facebook I know I have found that out when re-connecting with people from my past that maybe once we were friends but now they are a wackadoodle (and they probably think the same of me).
Now onto our narrator Kate Baldwin her voice is fine but for the love of god she needs to learn to control her breathing better there were times she sounded like a fish out of water gulping for breath and it was very off-putting. If she learns that, I would listen to her again because her voice and characters were well done but I had a hard time getting over the gulps of breath she was taking.
2 ½ Stars
This was an interesting book I have a son who is mentally handicapped with shades of autism and I saw him in parts of this book. If you are interested in learning more about the mind of someone with autism I recommend this book!
Tom Picasso’s narration was very well done I think he truly brought this question and answer book to life.
I so wanted to like this book, the description sounded like something I would really like but this one fell short for me. I won this book from librarything early reviewers but had a hard time getting into it so got the audio hoping it would be better but for over half of the book all I wanted was for it to be over.
I love dual storylines in historical fiction and that was what I was expecting but this book is Romance, lots of sex (very descriptive) and once you get through that there is a little bit of a historical fiction storyline but not enough to save this one, IMHO. Also the characters are all pretty much unlikable and the whole stupid romance in the 1964 storyline is ridicules they fell in love in 5 minutes?? Give me a break! This book may have been better served if it just told Violet’s storyline because Vivian was annoying and her whole storyline revolved around this convoluted romance with someone she met and supposedly fell in love with in an afternoon.
Violet’s storyline started out strong then dwindled into idiocy, with many unbelievable things happening and I wanted more of the actual story of how …( no spoilers) than just the whole romance crap.
And the ending was all tied up in a little bow that made me throw-up a little in mouth, it was so saccharine.
Kathleen McInerney’s narration was very well done but couldn’t save me from wanting this book to end!
I may be in the minority here, this book has gotten a lot of buzz but, don’t be fooled by the historical fiction moniker this is straight up romance and not a good one!
2 Stars (barely)
I do not read/listen to the Stephanie Plum books as the great American novel, I read them because they are fun, enjoyable and like reconnecting with old friends.
I enjoyed this one because it had lots of Grandma, Lulu and Ranger ,who we actually got a bit more background on than we have before and we saw a little snippier side to him which I liked because it made him more real.
As usual Stephanie has a car or two blow up, grandma’s up to high jinks, Lulu is Lulu, but what I thought was interesting in this installment was Ranger was the main target for bad guys and you almost saw a little crack in his facade.
I loved grandma and Bella’s spats those made me laugh so hard and now grandma has a bucket list and lord all mighty you can about guess what’s on it, I loved at the end when she actually got to cross one off, leaving her speechless, it was hilarious!
I also think I saw touches towards Stephanie actually picking between Joe and Ranger, I think she knows who she will end up with maybe she’s just not ready yet.
As always Lorelei King’s narration brings these characters to life for me I always listen to these on audio because Lorelei is the voice of Stephanie Plum!
I enjoyed this installment it was the perfect vacation listen, and I look forward to the next book.
3 ½ stars
This is a powerful book, and at times hard to read. This is definitely a ripped from headlines book, when the unthinkable happens to social worker Ellen, how do you get people to understand that it was an accident when the guilt of it is ripping you apart. Then we have runaway Jenny whose dad is in jail and her mother ran off with the man that beat Jenny when she was younger but luckily she is found by a kind woman who also happens to be Ellen’s mother Maudene.
Ellen has seen the most awful things in her career as a social worker but one moment of distraction changes her whole life and the life of her family and she ends up on the other side of the fence wishing with everything that she could go back and start the day over. This book shows the difference between outright abuse and neglect and accidents but sometimes social services and the media don’t see the distinction between the two. My heart broke in Ellen’s storyline when the awful thing happened my heart was racing and it was just really tough to read.
Jenny is spunky and courageous and luckily pretty street smart I liked her and was rooting for her to find a better life. Although her storyline was a bit too happily ever after and felt a little rushed I was still happy for her.
Tanya Eby’s narration as Jenny was very well done and believable but Kate Rudd’s narration was so hysterical it got really old, I can understand that in certain moments of this book the hysteria was needed but it was constant and it seemed to be all the characters are just screeching and whiny. I do understand this was a taut emotional book but I wish Rudd had dialed back a bit.
As I said this is a powerful book, I think this would be a good book for a bookclub because I think it would bring about a great discussion. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending I felt both stories were rushed and a bit too tied up in a bow for my taste.
4 Star narration for Eby
2 1/2 Star narration for Rudd
This was a different story than I expected, it turned out to be a darn good thriller and Amy Rubinate's narration just made it all the better!
Ruby is a much damaged woman after a bad affair she drops out of college and moves home when one day a delivery is made to her house of a suitcase belonging to her former roommate Beth but when Ruby sets out to find Beth she instead finds out that she is missing. This mystery takes her back to the scene of her heartbreak, Tarble College, where she finds an even bigger mystery that also seems to revolve around her own heartbreak.
As I said I wasn’t expecting this book to be a thriller I was expecting a sister story, (the title is explained towards the end of the book.) But I did really enjoy this one once I got over the fact that I hadn’t read the description very well. I enjoyed the use of authors Woolf, Plath & Perkins as plot devices to tell you how some of these women felt. The mystery of it all kept me guessing as to the cause of the disappearance and other things happening on campus and the reveal completely threw me, which is a great thing! Every time I thought I had it figured out things would swing in a different direction, which I enjoyed.
Amy Rubinate’s narration was as always impeccable her soft southern accent was perfect with just the right amount of accent as to not become overdone. All of her characters and voices were well done and I feel her narration made this book even better. If you haven’t listened to Rubinate’s narrations I highly recommend anything narrated by her.
I would recommend this thriller to anyone who likes a book that will keep you guessing.
5 Star narration
This book is not my usual fare; however I truly enjoyed this hilarious story starring the dysfunctional Chloe AKA Blunder Woman. This book is humorous first then a bit of romantic comedy, Chloe has fallen head over heels for MMM-Matt , as she calls him, but she is getting very mixed signals from him but some of those signals give her hope that he feels the same way. However as the reader of the book you know she is barking up the wrong tree and there will be times you just want to shake her and say he’s just not into you, wake up! When Chloe finds out Matt is engaged to the gorgeous Amber, she follows them to Mackinaw Island with her best friend and mother in tow to show Matt that it is really her he loves. This is when true hilarity ensues!
The other characters in the book include Chloe’s best friend Megan and Chloe’s mother who is a great character all on her own, from her Reiki to tarot readings she is hippy dippy and hilarious. There is a whole cast of interesting fully fleshed out characters each one with their own quirks and personalities.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tanya Eby on my blog but had never had the pleasure of hearing her narrations so I decided to do one better and listen to a book she wrote and narrated, I was not disappointed the story is great and the narration was fabulous you always knew exactly who was talking and everyone had their own voice. I look forward to listening to more by Tanya.
I didn’t realize this book was set in Michigan when I chose it for one of my vacation listens and I was vacationing in Michigan, so it was fun knowing all the places they went.
If you are looking for a light listen/read that will make you giggle, snort and guffaw this is the book for you! Be warned listening to this book in public will get you funny looks because you can’t help but laugh out loud at some of the great lines and situations. I would definitely read another book by Tanya and would read another book with this cast of characters (hint, hint).
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