Part country-house farce, part chaos theory, part time travel fantasy and all fun. This book was long but held the interest and had moments of laugh-out-loud silliness. There wasn't a rush to end the story but a careful playing out of the tale that lent to a sense of near perfect closure as loose ends were neatly woven together. Highly recommended.
Insightfully written short stories weave together to make a fascinating picture of one woman and a variety of people living in a small town in costal Maine. Haunting, sad, mysterious and sometimes hopeful. This resulting novel makes you stop and think. Heart breaking one minute and funny the next. Definitely one of the best character studies I've read in years. The narrator, Sandra Burr handles the accents well and keeps the pace of the reading upbeat and engaging. Listening is like piecing together a puzzle as each story adds another angle or bit of information. Worth the effort.
I want to be very careful with my review so that I don't say too much and ruin the story if you haven't read it yet. This book is so powerful and fascinating in its depth and complexity that it needs to be experienced with an open mind and no preconceived ideas. Just let the story sweep you up and guide you through the labyrinth the author has created. The wry humor made me laugh out loud in several parts. The beautiful writing allows the reader to experience first hand the characters' interior thoughts, perceptions, and frames of reference. It focuses on ideas of war, nationalism, double standards and hind sight. A mediation on memory, meaning and how the things we are taught in life form who we are and dictate our actions. Amazing characters are brought expertly to life.
The narration started out sounding a bit like that announcer from the TV show The Twilight Zone long ago. As the reading progressed it smoothed out and improved. I think overall Sean Morgan did a fantastic job.
To me this was a page turner, a thriller, and a mystery filled with edge of your seat suspense. But much more than all of those things it made me think and it was a fantastic book. Glad I didn't miss this one!
I really enjoyed this installment in Louise Penny's Three Pines series. It was a complex and carefully thought out mystery with all the depth I have come to expect from this author. Each book builds on the last and deepens the listener's understanding of the characters gradually. Her writing transports the reader effortlessly and perfectly to the Canadian countryside for a summer vacation. Poetry, art and music are woven neatly into the experience. The careful explanation of delicious food prepared and eaten by all sends this reader into the kitchen to whip up something that is hopefully as good as all the food sounds. Definitely an added plus! I am looking forward to the next book--can't wait to see what will happen. A recommended series that holds the interest--not your average "mystery" fluff.
I need to start out by saying that I was unsure that I would like this book. Further, based on reviews I read over at amazon I was wary about giving it a try. It sat in my wish list for quite a while before I finally took the plunge. What a jump into the deep end it was! Gruesome, fascinating, terrifying and enthralling are words that come to mind. The mystery is just a part of this amazing tale of life in Victorian England, the US during the Civil War, the relationship between the two countries, and yes the business of Undertaking. The book leans heavily on true events and in the author's notes at the end of the book she discusses liberties she took with actual events in her writing of the story.
Be aware that every detail is drawn out and examined in great depth. There were so many facts and back stories that it was almost overwhelming at times. At hour eleven I was willing the author to get to the point and even thought of giving up. But by then I was so wrapped up in it all that I just had to finish the book. And finish it I did!
Polly Lee did a wonderful job with the narration. Her voice was stilted and difficult to adjust to a first but she added depth to the story telling and I enjoyed her reading once I got over the initial surprise.
As to some of the reviews that concerned me over on amazon--I'm not sure those kind folks actually read/finished the book. Their comments were puzzling in hind sight. This recording even has the first 30 minutes of book 2 in the series after the author's comments at the end of the book. So, you can jump right into the next installment--though I might need to take a breath for a bit.
Not your ordinary mystery story. Not for the faint hearted. A bit gruesome. No plot spoilers allowed-- but if you would like to try something totally different and completely enthralling this might be for you. I loved it in the end! Wouldn't have missed a word of it!
I loved this story of 1914 farm life set in the heat of August in Oklahoma. All in all it was a compelling mystery and most importantly, solid and believable. There was enough spookiness, danger, and uncertainty to keep me guessing. That said-- what I loved the best about the book was the slice of family life wrapped up in the telling of the mystery. I find the daily lives of these people fascinating. The translation of old terms used in the book and the recipes at the end of the story really added charm and texture to the listening experience. As always Pam Ward did a perfect job of narration. A recommended pleasure!
This is an unbelievable recording to have gotten from Audible for one credit! Hours and hours (over 36 hours) of instruction on meditation and Tibetan Buddhism. Really an enormous collection of information that needs to be taken in small doses--in my opinion. I try and listen each day and follow the instructions during quiet times. This isn't a book to be plowed through or listened to on the go. Not the thing to hear while driving or doing other things. It demands full attention. Definitely worth the time it takes to listen. Highly recommended if you are ready to take the next step in meditation instruction at home and at your own pace. I go back and listen to various parts many times. Something not possible at a retreat. An excellent way to have something close to a retreat experience while never leaving home.
This is a different sort of Lynn Austin book than the others I have read. It clearly fits into the "inspirational" category with many references to prayer, God, and faith. It is a very long story (over 15 hours) that plods forward as a shallow, over protected outsider makes a new life for herself during a visit to poverty stricken rural Kentucky. The story is not a neat and tidy one. There are many loose ends and miraculous twists and turns. I enjoyed the book very much over all. I thought Kate Forbes did a great job narrating the different voices. At times I thought the book rambled on a bit too long-- but at the same time I kept on listening with great interest. It was a positive story and worth a listen.
Jack Kornfield has the most calming, even and balanced speaking voice and manner that just listening to him is centering all on its own. But, be aware--his message trumps his fantastic presentation style--which is really saying something. Positive and uplifting. Highly recommended as a wonderful listening experience.
This recording can easily stand alone without Vol. 1 and 2 of the three part set. I just picked up at the start of Vol. 3 and it was great. I didn't feel that I had missed anything that prohibited my understanding of the material presented. There wasn't the feeling that I'd come late to "class" and I was playing catch-up. I may go back in future and get Vol.1 and 2, but for now this is more than enough to absorb. As to the recording-- it is beautifully done and makes for a powerful listening experience. Highly recommended.
I love listening to Jack Kornfield and this collection of dharma talks. This isn't a book that I start and power through quickly but one I think needs to be taken in small sittings over time. There is a ton of great information with thought provoking and life changing concepts presented here. However, time needs to be taken to process these ideas and ponder the deeper meaning. I recommend this recording to anyone interested in shifting their point of view and seeing things in a different light. I also find that each time I listen I hear something I had not noticed before. Definitely a book I return to frequently.
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