I love Erdrich's writing. This is clearly not for adults, but for chidlren. I didn't finish it. Got too explanatory and simple.
A narrator who can pronounce the foreign words (and some English ones) correctly, or at least close to correct. And an author who checks basic facts. He claimed a major character could understand the jist of a Farsi conversation because he spoke Arabic, which is similar. Wrong. Farsi (the language of Iran and Afghanistan, i.e. Persian) is Indoeuropean, like Sanskrit, German, Greek, and Latin. Arabic is in a completely different language family and is a Semitic language like Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac.
I thought it drug on a bit, milking the suspense.
The first book by this author I listened to was OK. He's a mediocre writer with shallow, stock characters, but offers decent suspense. This one started to feel repetitive and did not sustain my interest as much as the first one.
Found the padding about biographies repetitious and too long, as if the editor had to sell the writers as good. Stories were too predictible with shallow characters. If this is the best of Swedish crime fiction, it is mostly mediocre.
If you know nothing at all about ancient history and like a slow paced, laboriously academic lecture style, this is a decent intro.
I don't like this canned approach to subjects, so I doubt I will try any more of these. /found the applause noise and loooong introductions to content tedious. Prefer well written books instead.
So basic as to be pretty boring if you've studied any archaeology, prehistory, or ancient history.
A better writer.
Simplistic romance novel. Not a great mystery.
I think the writing is the problem, so the narrator didn't have much to work with.
I didn't finish it. It bored me.
I wish there were a way to screen out romance books.
Near the top.
The morally agonizing moment when Bendrix reads Sarah's entry about why she had to give him up. It is one of the most emotionally complex moments in any novel, and Firth's understated reading made it perfect and powerful.
Yes. And relisten to.
Firth managed to disappear into the story, so that I cannot separate the two in my memory anymore. I've read other Bellow books, but the reading made this one especially memorable.
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