Although several of the characters live very interesting lives, except for a stretch in Kenya, we don't get to hear the interesting bits. We spend a lot of the time hearing an attorney complain about working all the time. She herself thinks she's leading a very dull life, and I'd have to agree. One glaring example: We hear word for word a taxi driver trying to strike up a conversation with a distracted passenger. Then, just as we get to the encounter that we've been hoping for, the author cuts back to the boring attorney.
Nothing. I think she did a good job of switching between English and American accents.
There were some likable characters.
I've liked other books by Lauren Willig, especially "The Mischief of the Mistletoe."
I didn't like any of the characters and didn't think they were doing anything interesting. The attempts at making the dialog sound like Middle English were distracting and annoying. It was distinctly humorless. I didn't find the romance between the lead characters believable.
No. I like a good romance. This just didn't fit that description.
Just give him something better to read.
Not really. I will say that I liked Flowers from the Storm, My Sweet Folly, and The Shadow and the Star by this author.
This book went on for 17 hours. I bailed at hour 15 and skipped to the end.
Yes, the characters are likable and it takes place during interesting times. It is however, the same plot as "The Secret Countess," "A Company of Swans" and "Magic Flutes." The leading man and woman are virtually interchangeable in all four books.
It's a very satisfying ending.
While does have a pleasant voice, she sounds like she's reading a bedtime story to a child. My biggest complaint is the way she voices the Austrian characters. They sound like Ludwig Von Drake. The children's voices sounded like Ludwig Von Drake on helium. I wanted to pull out my earbuds and stomp on them. The main character, Ruth, is supposed to have gone to an English school and had a Scottish governess. She has an English accent, with a slight "Aberdonian" lilt when she is upset. The narrator gives her a thick German accent. It's very distracting. I think she could be a good narrator, if she had more direction.
This is a riveting book on a disease that will effect just about all of us, directly or indirectly. Dr. Mukherjee has brought to life the doctors, patients, scientists, and politicians who have played a role in the history of cancer treatment. I found the last chapters on the biology of cancer particularly engrossing. My only criticism is that the reader's voice is a bit monotonous.
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