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I've listened to most of the series now and have enjoyed it immensely. This was the first book that was a bit of a disappointment in that it wasn't as meaty with problems for the lady detective to solve. The beginning was so slow - the pace was simply not like his prior books in the series..
Absolutely. McCall Smith has done what many have not - combined moral and ethical people with interesting adventures without one bit of moralizing. His insight into friendships and the interelationships between spouses is spot on. I've learned some social skills as I witness this lady detective moving through her world making it a better place. In short, these are interesting and entertaining stories with a conscious.
She's very consistent. I feel that I know the characters very well through her interpretations.
Wisdom among friends
I listen to books while going to sleep so I don't like anything heavy or too exciting. These books give me entertainment with purpose. I love this series and am sorry to be coming closer to the end of it. However, I want to see the quality as consistent as the reader.
Loved the vocal inflexions of the reader so, yeah, audible has got to be way better.
Authenticity. It's one thing to write about something as an observer or a critic but it is another to write about an experience over time while starting as a novice working your way to pro. This writer left no stone unturned. He has my respect and best wishes to now start a cooking journey in France. Good luck with that one. Especially learning French. Might as well learn all the insults first - Chapter 10 of my French book - that way at least you'll know what they're saying most of the time.
The author who was reading the book as himself and seeing all the real-life characters up close and personal. Michael Kramer read it so well that I now associate his voice with the author himself. A close second is the Italian butcher Darius because he knew good meat and where to get it and handled customers the way I would have liked to. Have some humility - it goes far when you're learning for a lifetime which cooking requires.
No. I felt I was working in the kitchen, too. I had to split it up. It was very intense for me having been a culinary student for one year myself and experiencing the long intense hours and the often not-so-nice personalities that get into positions of power. I recall being criticized by one of those self-important types when I suggested putting cinnamon and a pinch of sugar in tomato sauce (my Italian grandmother's teaching). She gave me a "B" and my lab partner an "A" just to show me who was boss. There's a lot of ignorant people who call themselves "chef." She was known for not being able to cook.
If you think you want to be a chef or experience what the journey is really like, listen to this book. If you still want to do it and have the physical strength and stamina to match your desire, by all means, take the plunge. I loved it and use the knowledge every day of my life though I chose not to continue to work in restaurants. I had a B&B for 5 years and that was enough for me of cooking for other people - especially those with wierd diets or those who think they know what good food is but don't have a clue. Let them eat cereal or non-fat yogurt for breakfast! I'm just happy to cook good food for myself and my friends and family who appreciate what I do. I also record my recipes and techniques for posterity. Note the attitude of the butcher, Darius. I'm with him.
I thought this would be an illuminating book with a creative viewpoint due to the artist involved. I was wrong. It was just another cheat and hide book. I'm returning it. How the author had the nerve to write how she destroyed lives to meet her own ends is beyond me.
No way. She has the morals of an alley cat.
As a former ESL teacher, I recommend this program above all others. Throw out all your various language learning methods and keep only your reference books. Forget the silly stories and all the expensive language schools. With a slight amount of discipline - 30 mins per day - you'll be speaking and understanding more of your chosen second language with every carefully crafted lesson.
These lessons are perfectly constructed to build on previous lessons. You can repeat any lesson as much as you want while you move to a new lesson each day.
I spent a lot of time and money on teachers and lessons and learned a little but nowhere what I need to converse in Spanish in Mexico where I live half the year. I recommend you quit wasting money and get these lessons. Then join a conversation group and speak and listen to native speakers.
I still teach English as a Second Language on a volunteer basis in Mexico but I tell my students - get the Pimsleur method if you're really serious about learning fast.
Love the wisdom and humanity McCall Smith infuses his characters with.
At the moment Bruce is my favorite - he seems to be getting his head on straight.
Listen to the kid. He knows something.
Bertie is my favorite because he has more sense than anyone and he says it like it is.
Whenever Bertie talks about his baby brother looking like the psychiatrist about whom he thinks is mad. He's really onto his mother and hopefully this will finally put her in her place.
Mathiew because he needs some good advice.
At first, I thought this series would be slow and boring. Not so! I have changed my mind as I go through the series and now can't wait to hear the next one. The reader is very pleasant to listen to.
Someone who doesn't mind being led on a wild goose chase with an obvious murderer
I love reading about things to do with Paris - it was the mystery writing that was the downfall.
No but I sure knew who was who throughout with both readers.
I would have not taken such a cheap shot and chose the obvious as the murderer.
It reads like a series - there's no updating so you'd better read the series, if any, in order. I didn't care enough to check. I gave this book a good three hours. I give up.
Something lighter with more intriguing characters.
Flat and cold.
No way. I have better things to do.
It successfully put me to sleep countless times.
It's such a long book with characters running around the countryside and missing each other. The reader knocked himself out to portray all the different characters - he succeeded.
I've already listened to Sense and Sensibility again and again. I ordered this new version in order to fully experience the storytelling that Kindle speech leaves wanting. Jane Austin's characters are well-developed and their actions ring true. The narrator breathes a veritable rainbow of colors into the humanity of each character. I find that each Austin character is presented for the purpose of developing the reader's understanding of people and life. I always find I can learn something new each time I listen. In this age of let-it-all-hang-out, this book is most appropriate because it teaches us that "governing" one's feelings - learning how to keep feelings in check - allows time for another's qualities to surface in various life situations. It also allows events to come about and shows us that sometimes, life rights itself. In this book, we witness the effects on the lives of each character as they apply either "sense" to their situation or "sensibility" (emotion) to handling their relationships and life situations. "Sense, " we see, takes patience, a virtue that seems in short supply these days. Jumping into bed in order to get to "know" someone is shallow at best. By not developing patience and wanting things now, now, now, we are short-changing ourselves. We never quite allow a relationship (or an actor or an artist or a you-name-it) to reach full potential. Instead we go off and start new relationships and, as shown by the divorce rate, we wind up failing much of the time. This book shows both sides of the coin as well as a way out of the relationship treadmill. For me, this book is the ultimate relationship book. It holds as true and appropriate for today as it must have been for the 1800's. It's worth the time and several readings and listenings to gain all its riches.
I love the character of Elinor because she has more "sense" and self-possession than any other character which allows her to be fully present to observe those around her with accuracy. She sees beyond the glitter. I came to trust her judgment and admire her patience and forebearance. She is a true heroin for money and relationships do not come easy to her but she is the better for it because she does not allow emotions to rule her. Instead, she has developed the "sense" to allow life to unfold rather than seek immediate gratification. In the end, Elinor reaps the rewards of a fulfilling life.
No, but I look forward to hearing more from her.
Making sense in a world gone instant gratification
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