Beware the mood you are in when you download books to read later! What on EARTH was I thinking!!!! Why did I think this would interest me? I amaze myself sometimes.
I have to admit that parts of it were interesting but I will never retain any of the information and overall I was pretty indifferent. I ploughed through because I am cheap and rather waste my time than my money.
I can see how to someone who is more knowledgeable about dance and ballet than me would really like it, it’s very thorough and does provides a lot of detail so it still rated 3 stars in my opinion - but it’s certainly not for novices nor people with just a passing interest.
I agree with what others have said about the narration: a narrator should be able to pronounce foreign words and names correctly!
I was curious about this book because of its notoriety; according to Wikipedia it’s the second biggest selling true crime book in publishing history, the first being “Helter Skelter” published in 1974 about the Manson Murders.
I feel ambivalent about the merits of these kinds of books as they feel sort of exploitive to me, but I suppose that makes me a hypocrite because I am the first one to tune into Dateline Mystery or 48 Hours or the Discovery Investigation Channel!
I think I understand what made the book so all the rage when it was published in 1966, as a society now-a-days we are sadly desensitized to this kind of thing (almost everything on TV feels like Murdertainment), whereas in the 60s we weren’t and so the case was more compelling. In today’s context, this true life murder doesn’t really stand out.
What a horrible thing to say! That the murder is not good enough to be interesting… believe me I am not that callous, just impervious over time. I don’t know if it’s me or the writing style but I just found it boring. I know the point of writing it as a novel was to humanize the people but it didn’t do that for me at all - in fact, it bored me so much I just hurried up to get to the end! Frankly I should have just abandoned it.
I also read that some parts of the story were embellished by Capote and some details were exaggerated to make the story more interesting! If that’s true then it’s another black mark for the book. Overall, I regret this purchase.
Regarding the narration, I just don’t like Scott Brick. Objectively he’s good, (and quite prolific – 584 titles in Audible) but to me he seems overly dramatic. I’ve said about him before: I get sidetracked by HOW he’s saying things as opposed to WHAT he’s saying – it’s distracting and makes it hard to concentrate on the story.
... comparing every suspenseful thriller with a twist told in alternating points of views to “Gone Girl”???
I understand that the idea is to inform people who liked one that they might like the other, but I think it does a disservice to the book because it can cause false expectations and potentially set the reader up for disappointment.
The Good Girl stands up on its own - a great page turner that I easily devoured in a day... stay tuned for the movie, you know it’s coming!
This is the book to read when you don’t know what you want to read next. Like deciding to listen to the radio instead of putting on a CD.
It was part essay, part stand-up, part diary – mostly funny (I did laugh out loud at times), sometimes cringe worthy (the horse in the magazine- yuck!), and overall entertaining.
My only complaint was the laugh track during one of the “live essays / speeches”. It was BEYOND irritating!
In general, this is the kind of police-drama I like. More mystery and less thriller.
There is a solid story here, not just a collection of action scenes or an excuse to be gory, but at the same time that’s what made it just a little hard for me to follow. I know that seems ironic but there is a lot of emphasis on people’s thoughts and emotions and lots of describing and pondering and introspection… all extremely interesting but my mind started wandering off more than I wanted it to.
When I snapped back to the story, it was always good – but slowly, slowly, like a lazy snail, my brain kept going off on its own tangent. I couldn’t help it.
I remember next to nothing from Book 1 (In the Woods) and it doesn’t really seem to matter which is great if you want to start with Book 2.
Book 3 (Faithful Place) just went on sale for 7$ so I snatched it up, but I don’t plan on digging in for a while.
“Murder, She Wrote” was one of my favourite shows in the 80s (I know it ran until 1996, but I’ll always connect it with the 80s) and I’ve often wondered if this book series was any good. When I saw this audio book on sale for 3$ I thought it was a good time to try one.
This book took place in 2006, but to me Jessica Fletcher exists only in the 80s; she shouldn’t know about futuristic things like the Internet, Google, DVDs, Cell Phones and Laptops!!! that ruins her mystique! But for fans of the books, I suppose keeping her current makes them feel like the TV series is living on.
When watching the TV series I always preferred episodes that took place in Cabot Cove featuring Dr Hazlitt and Sheriffs Tupper and Metzger, so I was disappointed that this book wasn’t set there – but for 3$ I can’t complain.
The plot of this book irritated me: someone REALLY DOES die in a murder mystery weekend. Ugh, it’s been done to death! (no pun intended) I vividly remember an episode of The Golden Girls exploiting that same theme.
I also wished the narrator was Angela Lansbury, how can anyone else truly personify Jessica?? Still, this narrator was not bad and I did think she did sound a little like her in moments.
Cute overall, but I don’t think I’ll be adding other instalments of the book series onto my wish list (this was book 25 in a series that is up it it’s 43rd instalment) but if I see another one on sale one day for 3$, I’ll bite.
Interesting story, it kept me wondering what would happen next, but I had a hard time understanding Eliza’s motives in allowing contact with Walter.
I realize that had she not wanted any contact with him there would be no story, but I didn’t feel like author did a complete job in explaining Eliza’s willingness or reluctance. I remained perplexed rather than intrigued.
That aside, it was a good distraction.
Alice was an interesting character so I felt compared to keep going, despite the fact that the story was very unsettling and made me feel uncomfortable.
Not a very helpful review but overall I don’t know what to make of it! It was creepy.
I enjoyed learning about this period in Lucie Aubrac’s life. Stories like this are always so captivating because they are true! Like the story of Nancy Wake, I am immensely impressed with these women’s determination and courage. Would I be the same in their shoes? I hope so.
The audio qualify of this book was not great – it sounded tinny, the gaps between the chapters were sometime a beat too long making me wonder if the recording stopped, they even unsuccessfully tried to edit out the sound of a ringing phone!
I love Time Travel Stories. The more paradoxes the better; this book had tons and I loved it!
What I didn’t love was all the sex. Perhaps if I was a 17 year old boy this book would have “done it for me” but as it is, it was just overthetop stupid.
Ok so in the future we are sexually liberated... got it. But can we just take the author’s word for it and move on with the story? No! instead we must slog through all his fantasies. Ugh, it was so geared towards boys with pimples. (Also, there were a lot of objectionable sexual references to children which just disgusted me).
It’s all so frustrating because it just took up space in what was otherwise a great fun time travel adventure.
I was pretty underwhelmed overall.
The plot seemed like it would make for a good story, but I did not care much for the characters which makes any book hard to enjoy.
I also found that it was all a little too easy – the coincidences a little too convenient and when the main character embarks on a quest for information she finds it in no time with barely any effort... too lucky.
I used to love books by Diane Chamberlain, but this one proved to be a disappointment.
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