I throughly enjoyed Julia Glasses "The Widower's Tale," but, then again, I am of a certain age.
Mark Bramhall was the perfect, slow, almost drawling voice of an older man, but far from boring. He made Percy Darling jump to life with his gently sardonic wit, and insightful self deprecations.
The book was a little slow going at times, and its punches were slow to build rather than a constant bombardment of action, but I think it was well worth the listen.
Sometimes it feels as if the author is trying a little to hard to stuff this novel with drama. Too many breakins, several attempts at murder, a few successful, but our main characters, after spending some time in emergency, or the hospital itself, seem to come out a little too seemlessly.
Then there are the almost car crashes, and one overturned car in snow, with it's too easy rescue. And what's with all the touchy, feely relationships with so many different women, not to mention the strange relationship between psychologist and police detective, which, for me, is one of the more pleasing aspects to the novel.
I found Dick Hill's voice and style to be distracting, rather than pleasing. The main character seems to be in his late 30's, maybe early 40's, since he is still hankering after fatherhood. Dick Hills voice, with it's odd pauses, sounded too old for our main character.
I have heard many narrations by Dick Hill and usually enjoy his style, but for this one, he just didn't work.
I wouldn't kick the book to the curb. It was interesting enough, but not one you will remember for long.
Even though the story is dated, Stalin era and after his death, it is still a powerful story with many insights into the mind set in the Soviet Union.
The story of the murders was fascinating and well done. I throughly enjoyed the listening experience.
Not quite spellbinding, but well done none the less.
I was very entertained by the reader's voice. A perfect old man's voice, and had an easy to absorb manner when speaking the thoughts of different male & female characters.
Some twists & turns and a clever ending I hadn't expected.
Overall a very engaging story.
John Grisham is such a great writer that even a slow book like Sycamore Row has its good moments. The narrator, Michael Beck, was the perfect voice, but even so the story dragged, with a very predictable outcome, where the good guys and gals win in the end, and all is right with the world once more.
I'm glad that "The Bat" was not the first of this series I've read, or it would have been the last. In general I have enjoyed the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo, but this one, for me, was laborious to listen to. The characters lacked the form and depth the other novels have, and again, another deep love affair begins and ends in a week.
The narrator was Ok, but nothing special. Some voices were well done and others not as well done. Over all it was a good try but no banana.
"Gun Church" kinda says it all. Bizarre but intriguing. I hung on till the end, but can only mildly recommend. The characters were not the inspiring sort, rather short on morals while creating their own unlikely principles, sense of community and belonging, while devaluing life in general. Sort of a William Tell with guns, and much deadlier.
Nice narration by David Pittu, however the characters in "Salvation of a Saint," tended to be without much depth, even one dimensional. The book was still interesting enough to listen to. I never felt the need to stop in disgust, but was able to listen all the way through. Just not a first class work of fiction and not much mystery there either.
A modern day rewrite of Dumas should find any book writer quaking in his boots, but Archer does a good enough job of it. I wouldn't award him any prizes for insite, and his version of vengence and justice was rather feeble, but all in all you might not want to pass it up completely. It was decent, but bland entertainment.
I liked the way the author introduced our main mystery and interwove other cases making quite a basketweave out of the book, but I did get tired of the constant whinning of our main protagonist. My wife left me, I drink too much, my daughter avoids me, my father is nuts, and on we go. I like reality when I read (or listen), but all dark and no laughter gets boring after a while.
Dick Hill did a credible job with his narration. He did a good job of finding the voice of Kurt Wallander, and I enjoyed the resonance his voice gave to the characters.
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