Like (I assume) many of you reading this review, I had never heard of Nancy Wake before coming across this book. What a find! Her story was fascinating.
If you enjoy stories set in WW2 like I do, you'll enjoy this captivating biography of "The White Mouse" as she was referred to by the Gestapo.
She served as a British agent during the later part of World War Two and became a leading figure in the Maquis groups of the French Resistance. Up until this point, I thought the Maquis was a rebel group of space fighters (Chakotay, Seska and B'Elanna) battling against the Cardassians! HA! How stupid do I feel now?
Many people feel that the author's writing style was too humorous and therefore inappropriate but I disagree. I think the slightly dry, sarcastic tone fits the character perfectly! No nonsense, straight forward, not afraid to call a spade a spade. I enjoyed the writing style very much.
I enjoyed this installment much more than the past few, but I have to say I am getting sick and tired of Daniel.
Perhaps his attitude is appropriate for the times, but I am staring to find him insufferable! Ironically, I think I agree with him regarding this particular caper, but overall it’s time for him to change his tune.
‘The Princess Bride’ is high up there on my favourite movies list; this book is a great companion if you like behind the scenes scoops.
My only complaint is all the saccharine overtures. “So and So was so talented” “He was so kind” “She was so generous” “One of the best actors I’ve ever worked with” “The gentlest person I know”.... alright alright already! I get it! Everyone’s amazing! ENOUGH!
That aside, I’d recommend this book to any fan of the film – it brought back great movie memories and a provided some good reminiscing laughs.
This book kept popping up in my recommendations list - in both Audible and Goodreads so when it came on sale for 5$ I took the plunge.
Sale aside, the reason I didn’t read it sooner is because I am not really all that interested in the American Civil War, but since epic family sagas tend to be engaging - I dove in.
As I suspected, the war parts bored me and the family drama entertained me.
I have books 2 and 3 in my wish list so I can be advised if ever they too come on sale for 5$. At that price it’s worth the diversion
I’ve been lucky enough to visit just about every place in this book, and I enjoyed the walk down memory lane.
I've read the "real" book twice, and thought I would enjoy hearing Rick telling his stories and I did! But the recording quality is not great... still, not bad for 6 bucks!
It’s not really what I would call a “behind the scenes” book, it’s more like a historical overview of life in the Downton Abbey era.
There were a few behind the scenes of the TV show scoops toward the end, but it just felt like a tease; I would like to read a version that goes into more detail including casting etc. If that’s what you are in the mood for this book might let you down.
If you’re in the mood for a history lesson however, then this book is great! Since it draws on the popularity of the show and explains the parallels between the story lines and what was happening in “real life” at the time it was extremely educational. It wasn’t dry nor did it feel like a boring lesson but rather because we know and love the characters so well it was a great way to learn!
Unfortunately it did not go beyond season 2, I wanted more.
OMG this story is a JOKE! The true behind the scenes lives of hot-shot CEOs… oh puh-leeeeeeeeezzze!
I don’t even know where to begin; there is so much to complain about! Here are just a few points that sprang to mind without even trying - I am sure I could EASILY come up with more but I don’t want to spend the energy:
• All “tell” no “show”. How lazy! Instead of letting the story develop in a way that feels organic, the reader is told what the characters are thinking and feeling and doing. Why bother at all with dialogue or scenes that move the plot along if all you’re going to do is explain everything anyway? It felt like exposition the entire way through.
• I am sick of being beaten over the head with the 80s women can have it all mantra. All the pushing of women’s entitlement to love, work, family, romance, power… “The Modern Woman of Today can have it all and deserves it all”… Feels so dated.
• Was the purpose to educate me on how men and women CEOs are a different breed? Women in power are like this. Men in power are like that. How two dimensional! Am I supposed to have a better insight into how a CEO’s brain works now? Please. It felt forced and contrived.
• Everything falls into place so easily and always feels neat and tidy, no drama, no real tension, nothing original, but then again that is the way Danielle Steel operates and she does have a myriad of fans who love her books for a reason. I just think it’s eye-rollingly cliché. I'm surprised my eyes didn't get stuck!
I read a lot of Danielle Steel in high school, but I guess I am just not that into her anymore. I gave this one a shot because it was 5$ but if they are all like this I will wait for a 99 cent sale before reading another one.
The narration was AWFUL! Why didn’t they pick a female narrator? How do these things work? Dan John Miller may have other strengths, but women’s voices is NOT one of them!!
The book was interesting enough; I found the individual case-studies absorbing, but it got very dry and text-booky when going into detail surrounding the various medical conditions and that bored me.
Overall – not bad for 5$
I don’t know if it’s me or the story, but I found most of this novel hard to follow.
I have said in the past that I have trouble keeping track when there are too many characters in a book, but this level of confusion seemed to go beyond that. I think perhaps I was just not concentrating enough because I felt like extra people and superfluous story-lines were popping out of nowhere and it all just mixed me up.
It was a constant litany of: Who is that again? What case was that in reference to? What was the point of that? Was that something crucial I needed to remember for later? What happened to the other lawyer? Was that connected to the first guy? Where did this case come from all of a sudden? Perhaps I should read that paragraph over again…
Maybe two back to back Grisham Novels was not such a good idea.
I generally like courtroom drama.
The stories are usually very compelling, and there’s an edge-of-your-seat element to them that I always enjoy.
I didn’t devour this book as much as I thought I would because I have little interest in “The South”. The atmosphere doesn’t evoke anything for me and so I find the overall setting uninspiring and almost depressing.
The courtroom face-off didn’t start until three quarters of the way in; most of the story centred around the groundwork and various machinations involved in preparing to go to court which although I found interesting and even educational, started to feel too drawn-out after a while.
In the end, I felt a little deflated. I am not sure how the story could have wrapped up any better but as it is it was almost boring.
John Grisham however is a great story teller… and reading through his bibliography and I am sure I’ve read more of his books than the 3 I have marked as read… or did I just see the movies?
Was it me? Am I missing something obvious? Based on the pedigree of the author, I am more inclined to think I am overlooking something as opposed to this just being a really boring story.
I feel that high-brow people feel obligated to say intelligent things about the book because Margaret Atwood is so renowned … whereas I just think it sucked.
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