Selbyville, DE, United States | Member Since 2005
I found World History 101 to be as boring a subject as every I took. Kings and princes, the power elite of Western nations. I kept wondering what life was like for the "common man or women." When I saw the description of this book, I jumped on it. Jumped too soon, as it turned out. I felt like I was back in World History 101, but with a professor with an English accent who was even more pedantic than good old Sister What's-Her-Name. I'll think long and hard before I try anything else from The Great Courses series.
Usually I enjoy the first book in a series more than the subsequent releases. I'm not sure why, nor do I know if others find it so. This is not the case with The Silkworm, the second book in this Strike series. In fact, I find this book a little more polished, the characters more sharply defined, and the conclusion superb. When there is a broad family of players in the story, it can be a bit confusing to recall who did what to whom in earlier chapters -- what parts each character plays in the plot. I appreciate conclusions that summarize and bring everything to the forefront. Like the first in the series, I found this remarkably entertaining and enjoyable.
I usually don't care for "damaged" protagonists. They often present themselves as weak, burdened, struggling, and inept. I find it hard to identify with those traits. Fortunately, that's not the case with Galbraith's hero, Cormoran Strike. His handicap contributes more than it detracts from his attractiveness. Plot is great. Characters are sufficiently unique to be identifiable without being bizarre. All in all, a really entertaining and enjoyable book.
The sample audio sounds okay -- too fast and not enough variation in pace, but okay. The vocalization of the detective's sidekick in squeaking falsetto is about as pleasant to hear as fingernails on a slate blackboard. This may or may not be a readable book. The plot may be okay. I don't know. But this audio performance it truly terrible.
I can't identify a single, admirable character in the entire cast. Everyone was flawed, and most, fatally. Yet the author takes the reader into their lives so deftly, I was enthralled. Felt a bit like the proverbially bird watching a snake. Narrator Tom Hollander did a superb job, especially with the voicing of different characters. So much so, that I will search his name for other books he has narrated. Following a narrator, rather than only the author, is something I rarely do. All in all, a very, very good book, but if you're looking for something cheery and uplifting, do pass on this one.
A somewhat convoluted plot with multiple agents and motives, mixing murder charges with terrorist plots make for a strange, but not entirely distasteful stew. Guidall, with his remarkable facility for portraying multiple characters with distinct voices, made it fairly easy to recognize who is speaking and acting. With a less talented narrator, the listening experience would have been terribly confusing and unrewarding. If you enjoy plots pitting inept government agencies agains mad terrorists and heroic individuals, alike, you'll enjoy this book; however, if you're looking for an intriguing legal thriller, perhaps you should turn to an earlier Steve Martini.
Eisler is as good a narrator as he is an author. I found the plot as intriguing as those of the John Rain series. Be prepared for some X-rated sexual descriptions. Not the kind of thing you'd want to share with Mom or Junior. I would have given it 5 stars, save for the blatant set-up for a sequel and the resulting, rather inconclusive ending. All in all, though, a fun audit if you don't mind some vivid descriptions of violence.
The plot, characters, and dialog were about as realistic as a B-grade video game. McLarty is an okay narrator, but Cassidy has an elderly woman's voice that doesn't work for a thirtysomething character. This book, or at least the start of it, the only part I was able to abide, is markedly inferior to Baldacci's earlier writing; so much so, that I wondered if it was his in name only. If a gaost writer, he or she isn't nearly as talented as the young Baldicci.
I loved everything about this book. Never trite. Never boring. Always enguaging. Enought twists and turns to keep me guessing, but not so convoluted that it was difficult to follow. I didn't know Buffa was this good. I'll certainly try his other works.
This book is more about food and wine than murder and mayhem. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's refreshing to find a hero that's "gooder than good." And it's enjoyable to get to know the various characters in the village. A bit of love story, a bit of politics, quite a bit of food and wine, all wrapped around a mysterious fire and (maybe) a murder. Fun stuff!
At times, amusing, at times, boring, and steeped in information about the Appalachian Trail and the portion of America it spans. The reader does a very credible job, but it is mostly first person and with few voices, it isn't a demanding read. I bought the book looking for humor and found very little. I listened from beginning to end because I was fascinated with the author's experience and reactions, as well as the lessons in natural history. Knowing what I know now, would I buy it again? Maybe, maybe not.
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