San Tan Valley, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012
I was intrigued by the premise of the story but quickly lost interest. I thought the dialogue was repetitive and the storyline boringly predictable. The narrator's performance was fair, but I think her creative talents were hindered by the author's inability to escape circular character exchanges. This storyline might have been improved if written in novella form.
I never expect Kearsley's novels to awe or inspire me, but they generally fulfill the need for a light read. Sadly, this book is pervasively dull: dull characters, dull romance, and dull attempt at suspense. Narrator was decent. I wouldn't waste a credit on this book or take it along with me as a beach read.
Kearsley fans will recognize her tried and true formula: a mix of historical and contemporary fiction based on romance. The characters and plot points aren't deep, but neither are they overly frivolous. The narrator tends to become piercingly shrill when portraying excitement or tension, but this only occurs four or five times. It's a good choice for light reading: it will occupy the mind for a short while without taking up memory space.
I thought Skye's writing was clear and concise. The story seemed more of a coming of age story than a murder mystery or thriller. At times the plot was flat, but character development was adequate. The narrator provided distinct voices for different characters without shrillness or overt volume (big personal bonus). Overall, the book was built on a strong foundation, but it would have benefited from a little more excitement.
Above average writing especially considering Norman finished Franklin's work after Franklin died. Historical relevance, character development, and plot are nicely balanced. Kate Reading delivers the story and characters with a clear, strong voice. The subject might not appeal to everyone, but the book should be on the list of any reader who enjoys historical fiction set in the Middle Ages.
The author took great pains to achieve historical accuracy (he pompously describes his efforts in the afterword), unfortunately, character development suffers. I was hoping the characters would be fleshed out in the second book, but they remained one dimensional. I knew exactly how each character would react in every situation. I began to experience tedium and boredom after the first hour. I did finish the book, but I won't read or listen to a subsequent book. This book might be enjoyed by a reader who favors fiction heavy with historical detail.
Heavy in the true crime arena with some gaps in character development. Overall, solid read with decent narration. I will read the next book in the series and hope for more character development.
Anne Baker certainly isn't Georgette Heyer, but Ms. Baker does possess a clear writing style that surpasses many contemporary regency romance authors. It isn't a standout book but overall, a pleasant listening experience without gross sentimentality or hyper-sexuality.
The book does have a few flaws: the hint of a southern drawl in the narrator's Danish accent, some small holes in the plot, and one too many noir cliches (the cliches may be due to translation). Nevertheless, the strengths, detailed character development, deep plot twists, and a sprinkle of humor, outweigh the weaknesses.
The plot is predictable. The dialogue is forced, witless, and without charm. The narrator's work does not rise above simply ok. An underwhelming book.
I am stingy with five star reviews, but five stars it must be for this book. It wasn't perfect, but there weren't any weak points. Kudos to an author who writes a mystery with near perfect tempo, strong character development, and an intriguing plot. And, Cleeves accomplishes this without overt gore, profanity, or sexuality. I hope subsequent books in the series do not become rote. Audible, please more Cleeves.
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