I've read several of Laurie King's Holmes novels, and while entertaining, they are not as clever as they think they are. The problem with creating a novel with Holmes in it, you have to be as smart and sharp as Doyle.
I've listened to all of the Susan Hill/Simon Serrailler novels. I can't say what makes them so engaging, but they are. They are not the best mysteries, but it hardly matters, since the characters are so real and engaging, that I'm happy to follow them along as they do their day-to-day activities -- be that cooking meals for their families or solving murders. They are like those long BBC detective series that are long on detail w/o much action, which for me are a great pleasure to watch.
Any P.D. James
This was such a delight to listen to. I love how wonderfully Ms. Willis captured the exuberance and fun of the period without ever sounding like pastiche.
Wasn't expecting to be so moved by this book, but I was. Very sweet, tender and sad.
As a gay man, this book made me utterly depressed. Hey, i'm all for shallow fun. But when your shallowness - and wit -- is paper-thin, what's the point.
What of the most delightful experiences, listening to this sad, sweet and smart story of one man look back on his life. Melancholy and marvelous.
I've read Bolano, but I think his novels work even better read out loud. The long lists of esoteric knowledge, the rambling thoughts and literary analysis, and the internal observations flow beautifully when read.
Ngaio Marsh writes such classic stories that it reminds me why I like reading mysteries to begin with.
although we hear less and less about the privatization of the American military, this books provides a great reminder of what is going on behind the scenes.
Trollope is really the perfect novelist for audio books -- graceful, leisurely, comic, and human. Such a pleasure to float in his world.
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