I've gone through high school world history, and some in college, but did not realize how much the Arab world collaborated with Nazi Germany against the British and the US, let alone for how long (well before the state of Israel even existed) the Arabs wanted to see the total destruction and elimination of Jews worldwide. It's a real eye opener, especially when I read the other day that UNESCO pays for Palestinian textbooks that still advocate hatred.
A bit less monotonous.
I would have liked to had I had the time.
I really tried to like this book. Many times I was tempted to just stop listening to it; so much of it was just silly, and certainly more like a Murder She Wrote TV episode. Really formulaic, and the characters were so obvious. But I kept listening, hoping...and then the whopper. You don't even find out who the murderer was. No, instead you're supposed to get the next book. Really??? I understand a true series of books, but in a murder mystery, it would be nice to get the solution, and not be forced to buy the next book.
Also, the narrator made the old people sound stereotypically old. Really? Do old people automatically have a quivering, shrill voice? Not in my experience. Ugh, the more I think of this book, the more upset that I spent any time listening to it.
Not from the genre, but from this author.
She was okay; but the voices she chose, except for the main character and her best friend, were stupid.
Let's see, right after the first sentence, until the last sentence.
I would not recommend this book.
I now understand why Hemingway is considered such a great writer. And the narrator's performance was outstanding. The book inspires me to read more Hemingway and learn more about the Spanish Civil War.
I loved learning more about stamp collecting....I've never been into it, but it sure is a great way to learn about different countries. But for the most part, the story was pretty blah, which surprised me because I am such a huge fan of Lawrence Block. I think the main character is "tired." The worst part, however, is that every character in the book starts talking the same way. Kind of like a semi wise-guy clipped pattern. The only part of the book that I really got into was the very last "hit" and that ended abruptly. Finally a hit that seemed interesting, and then....nothing.
No. I love this genre, and every author can have a turkey.
Dot. The lady who hires the hitmen.
I was pretty much disappointed by the entire book. I usually check Amazon weekly to see if / when a new book by some of my favorite authors will be coming out, and was excited to see this one. Maybe if it were the first one I read I wouldn't be so disappointed, but I do think the others were much better.
I already have! Great characters, great writing, and a good mystery to boot!
I like smart dialogue, and this book was full of it. Only a minimum of "what a coincidence" in the book, unlike so many other mysteries.
Stark. I could easily make a mental image of his appearance just by the way he talked (or rather, because of the quality of the performance).
Don't make a film of the book, unless it's done by Granda or BBC. Hollywood would ruin it. Hollywood has lost the art of thriller / detective / mystery. The last good one was Chinatown.
I know JK Rowlings cover was blown, which is sad because I read she had planned a few more Stark detective mysteries. I hope that doesn't deter her from continuing on with the series.
Yes, I plan on it. There is such good writing and the thoughts expressed by Leonard Peacock are in many parts brilliant, that I want to hear them again.
Every character in the story is memorable. I started listening to the book on a short walk which ended up becoming a long, long walk just so I could continue listening to the story. When I got back home from the walk I kept the audible book on and listened to it until it was finished. It really is one of only a few books I just could not stop listening too / reading.
No, but he couldn't have been more perfect for the performance. He was the 18 year old Leonard Peacock.
Don't screw it up like Silver Linings (yes, the movie received many awards, but if one looked at it objectively, it was absurd).
For those who might be put off by the dark drama that it is, don't be. There's enough wit to get through that part and the journey is very, very rewarding.
What a waste of an hour of my time. Okay, I get it; we should love ourselves. And the only bit of instruction is to sit down for 7 minutes a day listening to a song you like telling yourself you love you. How long did it take you to read that last sentence, because that's how long this book should have been.59 minutes of filler.
No, it hasn't turned me off, but it did made me feel duped.
He's got a good speaking voice. I have nothing against his performance.
Everything before and after he says, "Love Yourself." The rest of it was filler.
It's a good listen and certainly filled with fun facts, but it read far to melodramatic for me.
Yes. The narration was just as melodramatic.
Be more careful of eating processed foods, but I was already leery of anything but whole foods and fresh produce
No. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Biography of Winston Churchill.
This was a business book. What he did do is waste my time. This at best should have been a three page article in a magazine.
Utter disappointment. In fact, the further removed from the book, the more I realize what a waste it was.
I don't think this book adds much. Keep your money.
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