Joe does it again. Best thing about Joe is that he's not perfect. He is hopelessly honest about his failures, which dog him from book to book, just as OURS do...
I just couldn't listen fast enough to get all the British quips of the "mouthy" fifteen-year-old lower middle class school girl using l980's Brit slang in the first 5 chapters. At first I thought my iPod was malfunctioning. Then, the smugly erudite young scholar in the next chapters finished me off with recitation and references that left me dumb(founded.)
Now, I have a BA in English and Speech Communication, a Masters in Social Work, have published poetry and short stories, and dedicated twenty years listening (courtesy of The Teaching Company) to the history, philosophy, mythology, and literature of Eastern and Western Europe. But, I'm lost.
This is a work of fiction. I know the rule for writers is "write what your know about," but you MUST also write about what your READERS know about. Who is this author's audience? The L.A. Times Books section critic?
Admittedly, I haven't gone through this author's previous works...but I didn't think this was a lit classes--miss the first few and flunk the final exam!
Upcoming movie--maybe--but, if you're a Yankee like me, I'd wait for the film.
A quiet story about tragedy and loss without the sappy romanticism of "Love Story." Jojo's ability to keep the story taut by not allowing her characters to 'gush" is very refreshing. Kept me straining against the narrative for a break through that never came. The ending brought me to the surface a bit fast...kinda got the bends...but the characters hung around in my head for several days afterward.
Great listen. Clear, concise, contemporary and relevant, but doesn't take itself too seriously. It's informative without being preachy. I am changing my list of who I would MOST LIKE TO HAVE LUNCH WITH...Michael Shermer is now on my A-lst.
This is the second Anna Pidgeon book I've listened to, but I still don't understand this heroine/Park Ranger, but I like her. She's WAY tough. Still looking for more of her softer side. I've already bought Book 3.
Obscure uneven tale made even more inscrutable by singsong narration in a British accent (note: it's NOT written in iambic pentameter, although Alana's unfortunate phrasing paces it that way, and in a breathy whisper...ugh)
Romance, sex, chic lit: working girl gets a hand up (and not just her skirt) from tycoon.
Everybody starts out nice and ends up nice...with a few nasty moments in between. Recommended listening for anyone who wants to "blog."
Although this review requires fifteen words or more but my headline really says it all. Great napping material.
Joe Pickett is a nice man in a corrupt, politicized system. Joe struggles to hold onto his moral values and his family. Nice details, good character development. Narrator keeps it interesting while capturing Joe's mellow style.
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