The first story, " My Father's Brain" is outstanding and great for anyone going though dementia with a parent. The other stories, both the narrator and the text sounded whiny and cranky.
Although I am glad I stuck this book out for the ending, I could not figure out if it was dull because of the story or the narrator. A better narrator might have livened it up, but the main character seemed to be spending inordinate amounts of time doing housework type tasks. It could have been more interesting if the author had done more research on forger types.
The story is okay, but not one of Gerritsen's best. And I did not guess the ending, which is good. The reviewer who said do not listen while eating was right. The narrator was a bad choice for this particular story. If you have characters from several countries, you need a narrator who can do accents as well as male and female parts.
My guess is that the last part of the book was written first, and then as Ayelet Waldman got going, she created the first part. The beginning of the audiobook is interesting relating the story of the Hungarian gold train, something I did not know about since it was kept a secret until 1998. The fictional story in both the first and second parts of the book are well written and captured my interest throughout. The last section, imagining characters lives that were introduced in the beginning of the book is amateurist.
I did not guess the ending in this story, it entertained throughout. Mina can paint the depressing Scottish economy quite well and you can understand why the crime happens. However, the narrator's voice was not right for this book--too bouncy or young or stylized Scottish accent-- except for the short period she was doing the American character's accents.
Great story line. Many of Lippman's attempts to create characters other than Tess Monaghan were never as good as Tess. But Sandy Sanchez is wonderful and so are the other characters, I never guessed the ending. However, she should get rid of the phrase, "he or she is good police" in all her books.
This audiobook was most likely recorded on tape many years ago, so the sound is like being in a tunnel or submarine. Story similar to Kanon's other books, and because I have head other books--I could guess the ending. Still, all in all, for a murder mystery it did keep me interested.
Of course Nazi's are evil, but who else is, and running away from them makes this an intriguing story. The narrator was very good and did the male and female parts well. I am glad they used only one narrator because books that use several can be distracting. I would read other books by this author if he changed topics--in the Audible listings it looks like his subject is similar but takes place in other countries. .
Although this story documents an affair and is very bittersweet and realistic, it starts as one story and ends up as another. This story construct does not really work.. Most interesting and bittersweet is how people making decisions to leave a relationship cannot really let go of the last relationship.
I have enjoyed two other books by Kurt Andersen, and would listen to anything by him again. Vanessa Hart was good, and glad they used only one narrator. When multiple narrators are used it is distracting.
I decided on this book knowing nothing about it. And within a few minutes, discovered that the main character was my age, from the same state, and like me attended an East Coast college in 1968, and a diabetic. It is not often you read a thriller about people you could have been given the inclination. It is fiction but the actual history is well-researched.
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