First of all Barbara Rosenblat is an excellent performer. She brings Mrs. Pollifax to life as well as the other characters. I have all of Ms. Gilman's books and this is one of my favorites. I'm totally addicted to all of Mrs. Pollifax's adventures. I like the surprises in the books and in this case who is the villain in the tour group that Mrs. Pollifax is the group leader of. The place comes to live and one can believe that one is actually there.
I'm not sure. I really liked the first two and I was looking forward to this one. But I don't think it measures up to the others.
No, not at all. I like the genre very much.
Martin Luther King's meeting with George
Mmm. Well, some of the time. But I wanted it to get better and it didn't. There was such an opportunity to tell this story well but there were quite a few discrepancies.
Example: "the FDP was not socialist like the SPD" when the FDP was a lot more liberal leaning.
The parts about East Germany. I was in East Germany several times as a child. My parents couldn't afford camp in the West, so I went to the camp in the East. Lots of love and good food is what I remember. It's a bit one-sided. I also know a lot of "Fluechtlinge" (refugees) from the East and they didn't always have an easy time.
Maybe I didn't like it as much because this was "my" times and I was so familiar with the happenings.
The performer has a very nice voice and reads well. However, his accents are not always on the mark. Particularly, the Maryland and DC accents are way to southern.
What really turned me off were the sex scenes every few minutes. They really didn't add anything to the story and just made me cringe. I won't even mention the Kennedy affair. We all know it went on but it was just a bit much.
It depends on who the friend is. If the friend enjoys really good writing and isn't squeamish, I would. But for many it is way too sad a story.
I listened to this book because I had just listened to Silkworm and The Cukoo's Calling. I wanted to listen more to the author's excellent writing.
He has a wonderful voice for one and he brings the characters to life. I would love to listen to more books performed by him.
Crystal (sp?). She was the one of the few characters I really cared about. I so wished a good future for her.
It was a very long listen. I don't regret listening to it. It was an eye opener and a view into a small town with small minded people and the distance between the haves and have-nots. It was interesting.
for the next few audiobooks I'll be listening to. I already tried listening to two others and I had to turn them off. But alas, now I have to wait for book 3 in the series.
I loved the book and didn't want it to end but eventually it did. I love the writing and the performance. I hope that the author will stick by the promise of 7 books in the series and I hope she keeps this reader. He is an excellent reader. I could listen to him all day.
But because the book has lots of twists and turns, I was not able to listen to it for a long time at a time. One has to really pay attention. The prose is excellent and I love the descriptions. An example: Strike picked up the cardboard towel. One can just imagine what that looks like. Unlike other authors she sprinkles the descriptives and doesn't bash you over the head with them by overuse.
My favorite character is Cormoran Strike's intrepid assistant. I hope she dumps gorgeous rich Mathew and becomes a detective herself.
...I wanted to know what happened. The performance was so good and the whole plot so reminiscent of a good British Detective story.
Although it is a gruesome story of a murder (sensitives beware), it didn't make me have nightmares. Usually I avoid anything that is the least bit sadistic. But the story was so will written and there are so many twists and turns.
I can't wait for more from the author and I hope she will keep this reader!
I have read this book many times. It's a fascinating story of how scientists think they can improve a mentally challenged person's life by operating on him and raise his IQ. The best part for me was when Charlie Gordon realizes that he was a whole person even when he was still "retarded". Saw the movie years ago as well where some of the plot line was changed but still loved it as well.
the story is a bit long-winded in places and not as intriguing and exciting as the first. Seems there were some holes in the story or I missed something.
I had a hard time listening to the book. I will need to get the book. Taking a class with Brene Brown and supposed to read the book. I really don't like the presentation. Puts me to sleep and I agree with another reviewer that the "s" is sharp and annoying.
I won't give anything away but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will reread it again soon.
I was fascinated by the characters in this book. I don't normally like these kind of "epic" books but I love this one. Can't wait for Book 2 to see how the characters develop.
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