His ultra-conservative pulpit got old after a while and became most of the dialogue. Kept hoping he'd get to the story but that seemed to escape all but near footnotes of the book.
Removing the regulation arguments or the characters posturing those opinions would leave a short story.
As an avid audible fan, doing 50 books+ a year, I have to look for some variety and sometimes try female authors. Almost always disappointed eventually by their stories.
Women authors often tend to fall into the trap of writing their heroines to be more super males than females. Not this one, her females are female. Our heroin doesn't win the day by out arm wrestling the local pub champ, she does it by being clever and persistent.
On top of that, the vocal performance is captivating. Confess a weakness for an elegant British accent, but Ms Kellgren is so much more. She brings a life to the story that few readers attain and has catapulted herself past dozens of others to the top of my vocal performers list. As a friend once told me, "I'd listen to Morgan Freeman read a phone book." (as would I). Ms Kellgren has made my Phone Book Club.
Bravo to them both, what an enjoyable couple days.
Give this one some time. At first the slow speech and drawl put me off thinking they'd taken a 9 hr book and extended it to 18 by talking slow... The speech and the plot both pick up speed until they are at a dead run. Good technical knowledge also adds to the story.
Hard to add to the eloquent review of prior reviews but I'll add some personal insights.
Stephen King has a talent from writing either books I love or books I hate, ne'er the twain shall meet. This is the former.
My personal standpoint is I like men who are men. You know REAL MEN, not the guy who breaks another man's nose but men of strong personal convictions who take the well-being of those around him seriously. I like strong sassy women who stand their ground but also enjoy their man. This book has both and a delightful... and sometimes shameful... trip down a road paved in nostalgia.
Those with similar tastes should see not a picture of JFK on the cover but instead a picture of Stephen King standing at the plate and pointing at the outfield.
I do more than 50 books a year and try to review at least the best and the worst. This is in that "top 10%". Thoroughly entertained throughout. Have noted that wife editors rule. Excellent book.
Almost all these audio performers are good but Mr. Lane is a gem.
Ya know... I'm writing this only 3 hrs into the book but having done several hundred audio books in the last 7 years... can tell you already it's worth the listen.
Picked this up off a 3 for 2 sale because I'd watched some of the episodes of the TV show. The TV show is good but this is better. It's really a bit early for me to say a lot about the plot on this story but novels are 90% filler between plot advances and the filler is the gem of the book. Mr Johnson has it going on...
The audio performance my Mr. Jeffrey was amazing. There are a lot of good audio performers out there. Some are excellent confined to their genre. Mr Jeffrey (who is also a renowned actor) is like a Kevin Spacey of audio. You know he could do anything well.
The story plot, following the simple theft of The Moonstoon, is dramatized by characters that are so quirky and real we can almost touch them.
It's amazing the story still works almost 150 years later. A bow to the late great Mr. Wilkie Collins.
I listen to 50 books a year and usually only review a very positive book. This one is among Davenport's better adventures. Interesting plot, interesting mini-plots, and good character interaction.
Enjoyed the book and seldom write negative reviews. This one kept me entertained throughout and was worth the purchase.
Tend to avoid female authors as the Venus/Mars boundary seems too wide for females to write male roles well. Our hero in this story line was well written.
Toward the end, I did find exception.
From childhood up, we males are ingrained with an "I am the protector" mentality. Failure to fulfill that role is devastating, not trivial.
It seems that all authors have their areas of strength and weakness. Mr. Connelly has no peers in the genre of legal thrillers. If you enjoyed "The Lincoln Lawyer" you'll like this one as well.
It had my interest from start to finish.
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