I found it fascinating. A plausible autobiography of a Russian girl from a meager background who becomes a maid and confident to both Empress Elizabeth and Empress Catherine.
Varvara's growth and maturation through stages of survival, hero worship, fascination with political intrigue, friendship in all its various hues through loyalty, betrayal and eventual independence accurately portrayed the arc of a woman's life.
Empress Catherine was an amazing larger-than-life political figure who dominated an era, foreshadowed by the examples that life presented her, her mother and Empress Elizabeth, both of whom embodied the very best and worst in human traits.
This was a great story, excellent narrator. It kept my attention throughout. I don't want to ruin the tale but I really always wondered what happened to Danny. This was quite a satisfying "next chapter" of his life and introduced new characters with whom he could have additional adventures. I can't wait!!!
Will Patton is extraordinary. Perfect for this type of story; doesn't yell at you or get hysteric, even at the scariest parts. That somehow adds to the suspense in a more believable way than a narrator who is seeming to goad you into a reaction. He was pitch perfect throughout.
I'm not going to reveal the story, but there were many moving parts, especially the love and protective instincts the protagonists had for each other. I also valued the way King has of not telling you every single thing and instead showing you the events unfolding.
Everything rang true!
I have been a fan of Stephen White's series for years. Very disappointed at how poorly the narrator's voice works for the Dr. Gregory character. He sounds just right for the older, jaundiced cop sidekick, but not for the fit, youthful, vigorous Alan.
Younger sounding narrator.
I will continue to follow Stephen White. He is a super story teller and always has done enough research in whatever related topic (in this case, suicide) the story brings in so that you really learn something besides being entertained.
Really really wish they would find a narrator that fits the Alan Gregory character. This guy doesn't deliver as a young, vigorous, intelligent Doc.
Gripping, engrossing suspenseful tale interwoven with such strong visual images of the degradation caused by the oil blowout makes this one of my favorite James Burke novels, right up there with "In the Electric Mist."
I was completely involved in Clete's reconnection with his daughter and her finely drawn and complex character and what that whole scene added to the continuing relationships that anchor this series. For a while, I was worried that the dear old grumbler wasn't going to survive this story.
He absolutely personifies Dave Robicheaux. These stories wouldn't be nearly as compelling without his rich performances.
The challenge that Alafair had with living up to her high standards of friendship with Clete's daughter were very true to life.
Historically accurate, the story kept me engrossed and the personalities rang true.
Just very well done.
The emotions were presented honestly, sometimes sweet, sometimes horrific, but never mawkish.
Can't think of a better name.
I hate this choice - wish I could return it and warn everyone else not to buy it unless they are into porn.
Fury at Audible for not warning me this is porn, not literature.
Either change the description or delist it.
The story is a captivating and very real combination of sadness and euphoria - so true to life. The dialog interactions suit the times and the nationalities and the narrator has perfectly pitched the voices; he disappears into the story and the characters shine through. I didn't sense a note out of place. It's going up on my mind's top shelf next to "The Help" as the best hours I've spent listening in the last two years.
I was looking forward to the "back story" of a period I lived through and artists I admire. The narrator was so annoying - couldn't even pronouce correctly some of the names and word she was saying. On top of which her lame attempts to emphasize the lyrics to the songs was so bad that I couldn't even finish listening. A real shame.
Good yarn, but Bascome's tone gets whiny after a while.
I can't hear the story because the narrator is so caustic and cynical in her presentation of everything that I am fighting my reaction to her throughout.
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