Yes. The prose is dense, moves back and forth in time, and is often written in stream of consciousness. I miss things if my attention drifts for a moment. I plan to listen again because this is such a beautiful book. And so nicely read.
The insights into history through the minds and hearts of people who lived and loved during those turbulent times is incredibly interesting to me. It's not simply a love story or a war story or the tale of a way of life imploding. It's a deep analization of what makes people tick--what motivates and inspires them. The way Ford captures thought--the way people really think--is amazing. (I'm reminded of Joyce.) I admired the various perspectives which allow me to approve/disapprove, admire/disrespect, curse/bless, and rush/savor all at the same time.
I think he allows me to be more patient--to not miss things I would miss if my eyes were rushing to see how a scene unfolded. Listening to his pleasant voice allows me to savor images and moments more fully.
The way during the most trying moments so many things race through the minds of the characters was immensely moving. And Christopher's goodness actually hurt. He tried always to do the right thing and I wanted to scream at him, to shake him. It is his intensity and his honor at home, at work, and in the trenches that made me so sad. Such a brilliant mind....So little joy.
This is the type of book that is art. It is perfect, wonderful, and horrible all at the same time. And it's not the gore of war that haunts, it's the mundanity and stupidity--and the waste. Add that to the 'rules of the game' that the British mid- to upper-crust had to play by, and you get an impressive, poignant, and frustrating novel. The characters are so memorable, especially Christopher Teitjens. (I could understand why Sylvia was spoiled for all other men--and why Valentine was spoiled too.). Note: Parade's End is not for those who need traditional structure. No tidy package here; the book reads like war plays out: in bits and pieces, with fragments of memories, dreams,boredom and drama. A bomb blows up every once in a while--and then life (and the word and world) goes on....
Yes. The characters are strong, smart, and even sexy. The world they inhabit is interesting too.
I am really enjoying the Ramses/Nefret story arch.
Terrific read in every way. Very dramatic, nuanced, and in touch with the essence of the characters.
I always laugh.
I finish one and start another. The exploits of the Emerson family, and their friends and foes, are truly delightful, intriguing and enlightening.
I love the middle ages and books set in that time period, especially those with ecclesiastical settings and characters. The interesting and historical details of the time and place, the intriguing and nuanced characters--feminists and free thinkers, artists and idiots, madmen and power brokers--all made history come to life in a fascinating and sweeping saga.
There were so many wonderful scenes. I do remember the moments that involved personal struggle and compassion in Tom's family. Also the intricacies of the building of a church and the running of a diocese, and the life of those in all stratas of medieval society from peasant to prince. This is the way history should be taught.
Terrific read. Each character was distinct and the world came alive in a rich and powerful way. I know a lot about that time period so I could relax and savor the sound of the narrator's voice and his acting style. I was so glad the narrator was English and male.
Tom Builder intrigued me the most because he was so dedicated and determined. He adapted to all sorts of events and worked with all sorts of people to make a great work of art and a monument to man--using God's gifts to man: creativity, brains, desire, intelligence, perseverance, determination, cunning, passion, and love. But all the women were marvelous too.
Although extremely long I would listen for hours in bed, forcing myself to turn off the machine in the wee hours. Years ago I bought the book but could never get into it. The audio version was brilliant. A true pleasure. Highly recommended to anyone of any age whether or not you are interested specifically in art, architecture, or the middle ages.
Yes. Cumberbatch's read was exceptionally nuanced and interesting.
Not on the edge of my seat, no. That genre of detective fiction is not thrilling--it unfolds as we get to know the characters and put the pieces together.
Yes. He is always excellent. A truly gifted actor and reader.
Love the English country house mystery genre. So delightful because it's not of this time and place. Never crass or ultra violent. Eccentric. Always surprising. Marsh is a master.
When I read The Beekeeper's Apprentice a few years ago I had no idea that Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes would become such a part of my life. I devoured the books and read the entire series (which Ms. King happily keeps adding to), straight through more than once. One my of my first Audible purchases was "The Beekeepers Apprentice," and after the initial challenge of hearing a real voice speaking for beloved characters, I became a fan. Jenny Sterlin does a great job of being Russell, although she is more grown up sounding than Russell might have been at 15, which is the age when we meet her. As Russell matured Sterlin's voice began to grow on me; she sounds smart--no nonsense--like Russell. And Sterlin is just haughty enough to make a good Holmes. I have since listened to my other favorites in the series, "O Jerusalem" and "Justice Hall" featuring Mahmud and Ali, and enjoyed both immensely. King is a wonderfully descriptive written and exotic lands and grand estates really came alive. It was an entirely different experience to listen and imagine. Very pleasant, indeed.
When I finish a Laurie R. King book I miss the characters and Ms. Sterlin's voice. I know I will relisten and reread these marvelous, interesting and intelligently written books throughout my lifetime. If you're a Russell/Holmes fan, give the voice some time to settle. If you've never read or heard the series, please do.
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