"The Lost Quilter", one of the Elm Creek series, was riveting. I just wish the author had not stopped at Joanna's freedom. I credit the narrator with part of the kudos I give this book because of her ability to change her voice and make the characters come to life. Not only is Chiaverini a great storyteller, but her knowledge of quilting history has provided quite an education for me.
I have been reading the print version on my Kindle and listening in between to the audio. I love the audio for its drama. My only criticism is that the Scottish accent is sometimes difficult for me to understand, making the print version easier to follow.
Of course I would compare the book to Outlanders, the first book in the series. Gabaldon is an excellent writer with a wonderful command of the English language. Dragonfly is just as good.
I am not finished reading it, but so far my favorite scene has been about Claire and her meeting with King Louis. Spoiler: The bad guy got what he deserved.
This book is very long, about 24 hours. I don't think so.
I am generally more a fan of contemporary mysteries, but this story line really has me captivated. I highly reccomend this book.
I have read/listened to some bad books but this one takes the cake. A lot of it makes no sense. It is as if he jumped in to the middle of the story and never explained how, why and what, until almost the very end. I read other reviews that make similar comments, but unlike those reviewers, I will NOT go on to the rest of the series.
James Dickey has a powerful grip on the English language. His ability to describe what is happening to the main character of the book, Ed, is in no way superficial. Dickey has captured the power of the river and how it changed Ed forever. The narrator of this novel was outstanding. I had seen the movie many years ago, but reading, as it usually does, brought "Deliverence" up to a high level that can only be accurately understood by those who have read the book. POWERFUL!
David Rosenfelt is a good writer, and his stories are just perfectly balanced between intense drama and light comedy. His knowledge of dogs is obvious as seen in his writing. I enjoyed listening to the narrator of "New Tricks". His voice is perfect for emulating the persona of a middle-aged man from New Jersey. I found "New Tricks" to be good entertainment for driving around and doing my errands.
Generally speaking I like John Grisham's books, but it seems that they follow a pattern, especially in the way he does his endings. I know he has come out with some new novels recently, and I hope he has been able to change that.
However, I like his writing enough that I have been reading everything he wrote, despite the endings. The story lines themselves have explained a lot to me about the legal profession.
In the King of Torts, the main character makes millions by filing class action lawsuits against drug companies who manufacture drugs with bad side effects and then he loses it all. Find out how, the John Grisham way!
I might try another one, but it would have to be one without any French. Maybe it was the narrator, but she made it hard to understand when she was speaking French. It would probably be easier to follow in book format.
The most interesting aspect of the story was the involvement of forensic anthropology. However, some of that could have been explained more clearly as well. Again, it would probably be easier to follow in book format.
She did, except for the French speakers.
Bones is already a TV series.
I am finding this audio book to be intriguing. I have seen some mediocre reviews of Michael Crichton's work, but I definitely do not agree. If you enjoy science fiction and fantasy, jump on in as I did. Even though the book was published in 1996 it has not become outdated and I have found it to be far better than the Jurassic Park movies.
I listen to this while I am driving. The narrator reads clearly and smoothly. His voice is easy to listen to, and his tone is excellent.
Definitely a great listen!
Having been a lover of animal stories for several years, I picked up a copy of one of Herriot's books at a thrift shop. Since then I have been hooked. Herriot's writing is terrific and his sense of humor is ageless. He has great insight into human nature and his ability to put that into words makes him a writer worth reading and/or listening to.
"All Things Bright and Beautiful" is definitely worth the listening time. I have been taking Mr. Herriot with me in the car when I am out driving. His stories are perfect for that. They are not so complicated that I can drive and easily listen, and also light-hearted, sometimes sad, and really entertaining.
The narrator of his books, Christopher Timothy, is also excellent. He has the ability to give Herriot, his friends and the local people of Daroby (sp?) perfect voices. I have in the past had trouble understanding British accents, but Timothy makes it easy.
I plan on listening to the entire series.
Francine River's "The Last Sin Eater" is a beautiful story that of love, forgiveness and Christ's redemption. The quality of the narration is excellent. I highly recommend this audiobook for easy listening.
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