I was excited to listen to this 'take' on Moriarty and Moran and enjoyed most of it. I especially liked to pick out the parallels between Moriarty's life and that of the "thin man from Baker Street", ie: the hound, landlady, the Woman, wasps vs bees, etc. It was occasionally cumbersome, however, with so many details and characters who had no part in the story. My only other complaint was the author's treatment of Irene Adler. Added to that was the narrator's voice of The Woman as a whiney Jersey girl.
Having said that, it did hold my interest. The ending was PERFECT!
In addition to the fast paced action, I enjoyed the character development; some a bit flawed, distinct personalities. Their motivations dovetailed into their actions which influenced the actions of those around them.
One of them was when the cocky deputy realized he had forgotten to take the tape off the hostage and then that she was the wrong hostage after all.
Mr. Arthur was incredible; without using exaggeration, he changed the voices of the men, sounded believable in the women and girls' voices and had a credible Alabama accent. He was the best narrator I have heard to this point.
Anything involving Katie.
I had purchased this book quite a while ago, but kept postponing listening to it because it sounded only mildly interesting. After the first chapter, I was hooked. I have never stayed up all night before to listen to a book, but I couldn't stop myself.
I have not read the print version. I suspect I would like some of it better because of the unusual male voices interpreted by the narrator. Buck, Chester and Chester's dad's voices were on target, but others were choppy with strange inflections.
Hmmm, not sure.
Never heard him before. I enjoyed his story narration and main character Texas accents a lot. He did the female and Hispanic voices well also. But his attempt to make the other male characters distinctive was distracting.
Don't think I would rename it.
Actually, I was exhausted after completing the book. There were so many tragedies emergencies and danger that I was cautious about starting each new chapter. That being said, the story was interesting and fast paced. The history of the cattle industry after the Civil War was well researched and fascinating. I did enjoy it, but maybe not enough to continue the series.
I love Georgie, can't get enough of her approach to life.
The plot flowed well, always a new event or clue around the corner.
Queenie in the dungeon.
In a way it was, but I also wanted to savor it and look forward to my next morning's walk.
This is a pleasant series. I space out my listens to each book, but look forward to escaping into Georgie's world.
I like the story, the plot, the mystery. I couldn't understand why a male narrator was chosen for a book with a female main character and primarily female supporting characters. While the dialogue was at times well done, many more times it was boring and a bit trite. Really though, the descriptions of the sex scenes were not necessary and a bit too graphic for this old lady. The romance could have been beefed up and sex played down.
Probably not, although I admit I might be missing something good (better).
He was a little sing-songy, but pace was OK.
I think the character of Kenna has potential for future books, maybe with a bit more continuity and less description of body parts.
Dedicated, abandoned, victorious
All the moments describing individuals, their dreams, their pain.
I might have put the book down in tears, but the Mr. FitzGerald's performance lured me further into the story.
Little known story of bravery
This is not the sort of story I usually go for, but I was hooked by the second chapter. What a "Greatest Generation" these young Australians could have been.
My first reaction after finishing this story was that I wished I hadn't started it, so I could listen again for the first time. It has been described as the 'best mystery story ever written", IT IS!! REALLY. I am not articulate enough to describe all it has to offer, just that it has everything. Get it and get lost in it.
I guess I failed to read far enough into the ratings. I assumed the book would be sort of "Tres Navarre does Egypt". I love mysteries, but not fantasy. It was both fantasy and geared toward teenagers. Having said that, it was well done for the genre...just not for me. If you are a teenager into magic and fantasy, you would probably give it 5 stars. The performances were that good also.
While I have seen dozens of Bradbury's works on film, this was my first to read/listen to. If this is typical of his prose, we are missing a lot in his films. I gave the story four stars, really should have been 4 1/2, but I was too confused in places to have enjoyed every moment. I often use my audiobooks to put me to sleep (using the sleep button) and closing my eyes to just focus on the words. I was not able to do so with this story because I felt the need to be alert (and yes AWAKE) to really listen and 'protect' myself.
Mr. Berkrot is the best narrator I've yet heard. I had no doubt who was speaking as he read. EXCELLENT.
I do recommend the book, but you must be in the NOIR mood.
I am reading the series in order and have loved each one in its time. My favorite was 'The Likeness', but I still rate this one five stars.
I especially enjoy the author's technique of introducing a fairly minor character in one book who becomes the main character in the next. I erroneously predicted "Steve" would star in book 4, but look forward to learning more about "Scorcher".
Each book was full of twists and turns that I was unable to predict, but became a seamless part of the plot. During all 3 books, I listened well past my bedtime.
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