Well read as always.A plot with the twists and turns of an accomplished writer. The only thing lacking is the recipes come at the end of the audio version and not as easily followed as in the book versions. Davidson has captured the "upscale" mountain community west of Denver and its snobs, hippies and suburbanites. The characters introduced in the beginning of her books have the half life of a Travis McGee girlfiend but then the mystery is who killed them.
This book avoids the flaw of the last book - that of characters who are past their prime to the story development (i.e. Marla). The author's use of Goldie's "mental recapitulations" of the evidence and where it may lead - false trails and all - helps keep the suspense up and the story fresh in the listener's mind.
That said, having this competent, intelligent woman commit, at a minimum, 3 Burglaries, about as many felony thefts, uncounted episodes of trespass and a score of minor criminal offenses in her search for the "truth" became irritating. The tacit approval of her Sheriff's Department Investigator Husband at her illegal activities - to the Department's benefit is just wrong. A good investigator such as Tom Schultz would not allow it - and - if faced with it would have to turn his own wife over to the DA to prosecute
I marvel how authors can place otherwise intelligent protagonists in situations that someone of normal sensibilities would avoid. It leads to an interesting story but somewhat demeans the character.
It is well worth the listen and, as always, well read by Barbara Rosenblat.
There are books listen to for the story and others where the beauty of the words is overwhelming. This had both. Shadow joins my "Why I listen to books rather than read them all" list (Any PD James, The Piano Tuner among others). Great Narration, a beginning that sucks in any book lover and the Spanish background adds a wonderful spice.
Enjoy this book.
(( Actually a 4.5 due to the sometimes irritating sporadic music that appears in the background. Note to Publishers: These are audio versions of printed books that stand alone without "dramatic" or introductory music. STOP IT ))
At the start my initial thought was that this will have to pick up if I am going to finish it. It did. If you are not a fan of "Search for the Holy Grail" or some of the other Python renderings, then this mode of humor is not for you. Many chuckles and few loud laughs await if you are.
Very good narrator who conveys characters well. However, even he was burdened with Dan Brown's attempt to stretch each scene out before revealing that chapter's "dramatic" conclusion. This unneeded dragging out proves to be the undoing of a book containing interesting factoids and a very evil villain.
After getting past the narrator's inability to capture what I feel AD should sound like, this is another of the wonderful books by PD James that I enjoy listening to. The audio version allows me to listen to the symphony PD James composes with her words. Listening to the side descriptions that set up the plot is a joy. For some reason I miss this when I read the same material. Not many writers can capture me like this.
Occasionally you get a dud in everything and this was one of them. Prior reader's review on the money - speaking of which, glad I was a subscriber and didn't spend too much money for this book. Some of the main characters survive a plane crash - too bad this book was not lost in the disaster
If you liked Pillars then you will follow this one well as it is the same plots and personalities 200 years later. Only difference is Follet's needless detailed renderings of the sex lives of his characters. That said, it is somewhat entertaining but I couldn't wait for it to be over with.
A fun book that gets pretty wierd towards the end that takes away from the fairly entertaining story.
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