When I have enjoyed a book, I can't wait to write a review. I enjoyed this book! A good detective who dunnit.... I had a idea of who had dunnit (the usual suspect) but I would have never guessed the complexity of the who and why. Like Janice of Sugar Land, TX said, it could have been a bit leaner, but since this is my first read by this author, and especially since it was narrated by Scott Brick (the best! and first or second on my list of narrators) I didn't mind the meanderings the lead character took from time to time. Some reviewers said to read the first book first. I didn't and yes there are a couple or three loose ends but for me the loose ends didn't distract from the story. Scott Brick's voices for the characters were realistic and not fake like some voices by other narrators. A good read.
I like listening to Ralph Cosham. Generally, he uses a calm tone and use increased tension and excitement in his voices when needed. For me, his voice makes the novel easy to listen to for 9.5 hours of narration. It is character development and personality quirks that help him to distinguish his voice for each character.
I did not read Book 1 first.. I read three of the novels before reading this story (book 1) and I have three or four more books in the series to go. So far, all the stories have held my interest throughout, however, I would strongly suggest reading this series in order if possible which will help the listener appreciate and fully understand the back stories that are referred to in each story.
What I've found is that Ms. Penny builds each novel upon the previous story in some way. Yes, I have had to "suspend my disbelief" a little too much but I think the stories give me what I am after and that is a good whodunit while transporting me to another place even if its a fantasy/made up place. Three Pines is described so well that I feel that I could find it. Character development is very good, you get to know the reoccurring characters very well.
In addition to the whodunit aspect which has good twists and turns, there are mystical and otherworldly undertones in this little village where everybody knows everybody and it's become a second home for investigator Armand Gamache.
Never read the printed version... please do not ask this question. we are here for the audio versions.....
No favorite scene, but an unusual scene is when Lord Crick's body exhumed and opened, a storm of flies comes out and catches everybody by surprise.
There is not much to be said about this story... it is pretty much one dimensional in that a man (Lord Crick) is dead and buried, his death ruled natural causes, but the town gossipers says that he was murdered and Lady Farrell's husband is the suspect. Lady Farrell calls on the best anatomist to investigate and -- you guessed it! -- somebody else killed him.
No, the plot did not keep me on the edge of my seat, but I thoroughly enjoyed the easy, relaxing listen.
I had not listen to Prebble before but enjoyed listening to his variety of voices. He has a good range of voices he produced for the characters. I look forward to listening to him again.
An Interesting Political Twist on Wire Tapping.
This suspenseful drama is set in England and is largely about the behind the scenes of horse (jumping hurdles) racing... the who's who among the owners, etc. and the back biting that goes on to get the upper hand over your opponents. There is no real sex scenes but a little talk.... The main character is a Jockey who investigates to find out who is giving a newspaper rag lies and misinformation about his sister and her husband's financial information and their horse training business. Interesting and Entertaining....
I like this writer. His stories are usually very interesting. This story had a strong beginning, middle and an ending that at first I thought "what the hell" does that do for the ending of a pretty good story and what does that have to do with redemption?!!. But upon reflection, I think the attorney did get his redemption afterall, but not in the way that he had hoped it would be.
Suffering the loss of his wife and child, this attorney agrees to take on a "hot button" case that he believes will help him redeem himself if he can save the defendant from a "death" sentence. He had just won a case even though he knew the defendant was guilty. And now he is suffering the tragic loss the his family. He is feeling guilty that he was a workaholic and didn't spend enough time with his wife and child before they was tragically taken away from him. He thinks that maybe if he could help save an innocent man's life, he could redeem himself in the process.
The story moves along at a good pace and had good twists and turns, and the ending had a good "didn't see it coming" twist. At first I was totally disappointed but after reflection I realized that, Yes, the attorney did save a person's life but not in the life or death kind of way he had hoped for, but from a more romantic kind of way.
The narrator did an excellent job with differentiation between male and female voices. Kevin T. Collins' voice is soothing yet with lots of energy. The kind of narration that I like. The price for this novel is low and worth the listen... Recommend.
A Great Page Turner. I found this novel to be very entertaining. If you like "tall tales" about the power of "seers, soothsayers or clairvoyants" dead or alive, then you will enjoy this book. Of course, I had to suspend my powers of disbelief to the maximum, but I enjoy stories that entertain and I must say that this story was entertaining. It is set in the South and as most of us know, southern Black folks have a way of speaking that may be annoying to some because they use a lot of "sayings" and "cliches" and this book uses cliches up the yang-yang!. Nevertheless, this was a page turner for me. The story is about how dead great-great grandmother is able to help and guide her grandchild and her great-great grandchildren through the use of her powers as a "seer." The back stories are good too... There are about two or three love stories with only one or two serious but appropriate love scenes. The story is written from three different generations points of view. The author did a great job of developing each generation's story in a way that it was easy to follow.
The narrator did a good job varying the voices of characters. He was able to give believable enough tones to each character and he didn't need use a southern accent because the influence of the southern words and sayings were enough.
I haven't finished digesting the entire book yet, because there is tons of information spanning just about two hundred years. The author, Hartmann, ties previous political events to present day happenings in ways which are kinda shocking to the system and it is a bit overwhelming. Unless you are an American political history buff/expert or a member of the Billion Dollar club, some of this stuff is mind boggling. Hartmann ties the Boston Tea Party and the Revolutionary War to the present day Tea Party group that hates Obama.
For me, I had to read the material in small doses (and re-read) because it is too much information to fully comprehend and memorize at one time. I had to make notes and review the information and particularly make mental notes of the Who did What and When which caused some, if not all of the present day high prices for food, oil and gas, and most importantly the housing market that was created with full knowledge of the devastation it would cause to families and particularly to the middle class when that bubble burst. We all know part of the story: The Bank Bailouts!
Listening to this book in small doses was necessary for me so the lessons Mr. Hartmann set out to teach could be absorbed and digested into my memory bank... The most important thing to say here is that in order for the citizens and voting public to stop the devastation this book predicts, we as a nation needs to come to one accord and demand that public official (particularly in Washington DC) re-establish some of the Regulations that Franklin D. Roosevelt put in place to protect the rest of us from the Billion Dollar club. These Regulations were taken away a little at a time by our elected officials and presidents such as Reagan, who really got the ship moving along for the Billion Dollar club, then continued to be given power by the two Bush's who got the ship moving full steam ahead, and then Clinton who gave the ship the most power of all with all of his programs (international programs) such as NAFTA!
Did you know that the "Billion Dollar club" does not want the U.S.A. to have a middle class? Hartmann calls the Billion Dollar club the Economic Royalists. Royalists like Royalty as in Kings and Queens....
If you are concerned about the direction that this country is taking and why... read this book! The Economic Royalists are gutting this country from the inside out as well as other countries around the world. Oh by the way, the Billion Dollar club is made up of people from around the world, not just within the U.S.
Also you might want to read "Bad Money" by Kevin Philips (May 2008) who wrote about why the housing market would crash as well as other very political stuff associated with countries around the world ganging up on the United States of America in order bring it down. I read that book in September 2008 and immediately knew that we were headed into a depression and was still devastated when I learned later that year that the housing market had already crashed.
Oh by the way, the book is well narrated by Dan Woren... nice voice... I will continue to listen to this book until I can break it down well enough to teach to middle and high schoolers so they will understand that we Americans go through The Great Forgetting about every 50 years or so and that so far in this nation we've had devastating events about every 80 years... that's why this book is titled: The Crash of 2016....
Richard Ferrone's voice is an excellent match for this mystery. The grittiness and deep tones of his voice says "get ready, a mystery" is being told here." I enjoyed the novel. My first read of John Sanford and the Prey series. There were a couple of points where I thought the author went off in a weird way, ie, getting his daughter too involved, etc. But overall, the book held my attention until the very end even though we knew who the killer was about mid-way or so into the story. I am not sure if I'll read another of the Prey series (kinda long) but since I tend to like novels in a series, I may read another one because you can get to know the repeat characters better, I just might try one more to see if it is a go with John Sandford's Prey series, especially since Richard Ferrone will be narrating!
A good read about the religious biases of North Korea. A young girl is sent to prison and raped and beaten over the years because her father was a Christian activist. This is the beginning of her journey that will ultimately lead her into father's footsteps as an activist but now, 10 or so years later, she has a baby daughter she must leave behind in order to take up where her father left off... spreading the gospel. Thus, she write a diary to her beloved daughter so that her child will know how much her mother loved her. Mother does not expect to return to her daughter. A feel good read... okay narration.
The future of college education seems to be on the horizon for some and already here for many others. I have listen to this book once and on my second listen because the information is critical for my family's teens and 'tweens to know now. The future of college education seems to be in "online courses" or a combination of online and on campus, which means less money spent and to some extent, the best education that money can buy. Some of the Ivy League colleges and universities are getting on the bandwagon even though they continue to tout the physical campus as the best "experience" for the student.
According to this author, some colleges and universities are holding on to the "status quo" because their jobs are on the line. I liked what this author had to say and he gave plenty of supportive evidence to backup his premise.
Fred Stella's narration is a good fit for the material... his voice and tone keeps your head in the book. A good read for anybody who is interested in the future of college degrees: i.e., the bachelor's degree is now the high school diploma and the ph.d is becoming the master's degree! So, how does a student standout from the crowd of bachelor's or master's degrees? The author had a couple of suggestions on that too. Good info.
I enjoyed the novel, a great diversion. It held my interest from beginning to end. A story about a teenage boy and his pals stealing drug money and thought that they would get away with it. They had a good plan on how to keep the truth hidden. They did for about 30 years! and then the truth came bubbling up when the housing bubble came crashing down. There were a couple of spots where I thought the leading character made some rather stupid moves that not only got himself into grave danger but also got his teen daughter kidnapped by the folks who wanted their money back... it all came together decently in the end. The narrator did a wonderful job. I enjoyed listening to Eric Dove.
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