Albany, Western Australia | Member Since 2009
This is an extremely insightful, very funny journey through a magnificent continent. Bryson captures the essence of the Australian landscape and the characters that make it a singularly extraordinary place to travel and live. I acknowledge his outstanding penmanship and appreciate his honest humour and natural affinity for all that is quirky. Well read and captivating. Well done.
Unfortunately I have not read the print version. This will very soon be rectified when my post arrives.
The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel is a book I have long enjoyed for its beautiful use of language to convey the reader to a place of enchantment, in this case his library. Donna's book is likewise beautifully crafted and her descriptions of Venice and the characters captivating. This is authorship of the highest calibre.
Davids voice and the cadence with which he reads the story makes this reading of By Its Cover a delight to listen to. Consequently I have sought out other performances of the reader.
Brunetti, the main character is believable and well positioned as the central character of the story. Everything is logical and well presented and one cannot help but respect the thought that has gone into creating his character.
I am now a devotee of Donna Leon's work. One day I may be fortunate enough to have a signed copy of her work to be proudly displayed in my library. Such is the esteem in which I hold this author's work. I would recommend this book to all readers who seek a quality read.
Having listened to the performance and taken note of the storyline I can see very little literature merit in the story and unfortunately the performance left a lot to be desired. Lady Chatterley it is not. It reads like a Penthouse forum letter and is at best a disappointment given the undeserved hype the book has received.
A better reading of the text would have improved the audible side of things but the content was just not there to begin with. Sorry but a poor storyline compounded by a just so performance.
The book is disappointing not necessarily from a content perspective but most definitely from the quality of the recording of it. It is a rehash of the content of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and other books of this genre.
First the positives. The book is very well read and there is an interesting plot developed by the author. However the author unfortuanately does insist on using to many acronyms to the extent that it actually distracts from the storyline. One doesn't need to know that he reaches for a black glock 19 pistol, pi1950201, with a capacity for 20 HPZ9 hollow point shells in the magazine. Or that the Heroine was a member of NCEA and previously the CIA and DOA on secondment to the ACAIS when it has very little relevance to plot exposition at particular point in the storyline. The author has obviously accessed the list of agency acronyms but over does it this time around. Usually I am a Clancy fan but this issue was just too distracting - unfortunately.
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