This obscure little book is the first in the Smiley series, introducing our unlikely hero, along with Mendel and Guillam. For fans everywhere, this is a must-read. Michael Jayston, who played Guillam in the original BBC versions of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People does A wonderful job as narrator. Not to be missed--I am reading all my favorites all over again.
Overall, I am a Grisham fan. His ideas on race relations and his progressive critique of the legal system are worth considering and, in large measure, taking to heart. But he is a hamfisted writer, and this novel's length puts tolerance for that flaw to the test. Fortunately, the narrator is excellent.
In this case, the apple falls too far from the tree. Tony Hillerman's daughter is just not as good as he was--not even close. The writing is like a sledge hammer, the characters one-dimensional and the story violent without nuance.
I did not like the narration--choppy, abrupt, but it could be the writing.
Joyland was a piece of chocolate after dinner. I enjoyed it thoroughly, found it relaxing to listen too, but not boring. Stephen King is a great writer and the narrator was terrific.
He reads with great animation and emphasis. The performance brings the characters to life.
Winspear tends to be quite repetitive when she is sitting in Maisie Dobbs' head, having a cup of tea. Maisie frets and frets, worrying about marriage, not marrying, the dark mists of war, her dear old dad. It gets very tedious. And in the hands of this narrator, it devolves intyo treacle, running down your ears. Far better are her character profiles, and her evocative descriptions of London society at the time.
Stay focused on racism in London society, how India viewed its relationship to the Britain. The anxiety about the next war. Make it a genuinely historical novel not the ruminations of a 30-something introspective fretter.
She chirps and breathes like an ingenue when reading passages about Maisie's inner thoughts. Yuck!
I have listened to five Monk novels, and now have had my fill of Anne Perry's verging on shrill condemnation of the British class system and its reactionary attitudes toward women. The Sins of the Wolf ends up ensnaring the charming Hester Latterly in the criminal justice system--and I was disappointed to suffer through what seemed like hours of Hester's terror at her plight.
The plot itself was very interesting, the social commentary repetitive and tedious.
There is a book six in the series, which picks up the thread of Latterly and Monk's gradual romance, but Audible does not stock it.
It will be awhile before I do another Anne Perry. On the other hand, Davina Porter is great so I will keep an eye out for her.
I enjoyed this book because the narrator was excellent (none of us chronic Audible devotees think the narrator is of marginal importance, of course). But the story got off to a VERY slow start. Once it got rolling, it was worth the wait, but persistence is required.
He has a wonderful facility with the differentiation of accents and gender.
Depending on the casting, the book would make a good movie.
I would not listen again. I am hooked on Harry Hole. But this narrators id dreadful, He even gave Muller--Harry's boss--a fake southern accent. It was all I could do it get through the recording.
The Christmas scene, a very brief moment of happiness in Hole's chaotic life was great,.
This is a quiet comfortable listen that still provides some mystery for the time.
The book reminds me of Agatha Christie work. Intricate plot, but low social tension.
Robin sachs is a great narrator.
The book is very pleasant without being insipid. The narrator is great, as is the story.
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