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“Terrific . . . compelling . . . an intoxicating blend of mystery, history, and romance, this book is hard to put down.” (Real Simple)
This book was addictive from the minute I started it. I just loved they mystery and intrigue in The Last Camellia. And when I thought I figured the mystery all out and the ending, Sarah Jio surprised me with something I wasn't expecting.
This was my first Sarah Jio novel and I think I've become addicted to not only this book but her as well. Now I am going to listen to all of her previous books.
Characters who behaved in a reasonable and believable manner to life's events. A narrator who isn't as difficult to listen to as fingernails on a chalkboard. Seriously, there is no way to make it better. It is just too terrible for words.
Just other books by this author and narrator.
Get a voice coach. Work on dialing down the whine.
Well, I didn't finish this book which is UNHEARD of for me. I quit listening when a character witnessed the murder/manslaughter/killing of a toddler and decided not to report it. Really? That is how you would react? There are so many other unbelievable reactions that come earlier in the book. The one I mentioned was just the straw that broke the camel's back.
I hated this book.
I have to admit that I know next to nothing about flowers and gardening. For that very reason, I wasn't sure that I would enjoy this book which mystery surrounds a rare Camellia. I actually looked up camellia photos on line to help me prepare for the story. Let me tell you... this was a great dual time line story. The suspense was intense in both the modern tale and the historical story. I thought the character development was superb. Whether you know flowers or not, mystery fans will love this book. I remain a fan of Ms. Jio!!
The performance by Justine Eyre was pleasant and she kept each character sounding individual - which I find amazing!
Justine Eyre has a lovely voice but during certain parts (especially the beginning) she did this annoying breathy-purr thing - almost like she was nearly falling asleep. I don't know if she stopped doing it further into the book or if I got so into the story that I was able to ignore it. The villain's accent/voice was awful. The book was typical Sarah Jio so I enjoyed it.
It took me a little while to get interested in the story but my interest increased as the story continued. Also, I found a certain inflection in the voice of the narrator annoying but I got used to that after my interest in the story picked up. The narrator was pretty good at changing voices and accents. All considered, I enjoyed the story so it was worth my time listening to it.
Dances with the masses . . .
It reminds me of some Kate Morton books. I like the way the story is woven of the past and present.
I liked when she finally came clean about her past. I understand why here having a secret was important to the story, but it felt forced that she wouldn't speak of her past openly.
No extreme reactions, but I did like it.
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
THE FIRST FEW ROUNDS YOU HAVE TO BE PATIENT, AND THEN SLAM, BANG, YOU ARE REVOLVING BETWEEN TWO TIME PERIODS THAT MESH PERFECTLY. THE STORY IS SPELL BINDING, OR I WOULD NEVER HAVE STUCK WITH IT. THIS IS A NEW AUTHOR TO ME, BUT I WILL BE SURE TO CHECK OUT HER OTHER BOOKS. A GREAT LITTLE MURDER MYSTERY THAT COVERS TWO FAMILIES, AND OVER 70 YEARS. LOVED, LOVED THE ENDING. JUSTINE EYRE DID A FABULOUS JOB, IN COVERING SO MANY PEOPLE AND ACCENTS SEAMLESSLY. SARAH JIO YOU ARE SOME WRITER, THANK YOU FOR A SUNDAY OF GREAT SUSPENSE.
Somewhere in the middle.
I would have removed the gory descriptions of the violence and added more information about camelias and botony.
Flora was the most memorable character because she was so human - she was a good, kind person placed in a difficult situation and tempted to do something she wouldn't normally consider because of her desire to protect those she loved.
The gory descriptions of the violence overshadowed what would have been a perfect read. I have to add that the book was not replete with violence - there weren't many instances of it, but the instances that occur in this book are far to graphic for my taste.
The plot is well constructed with a story that weaves two lives from two different time periods masterfully. I found the story engaging, but I was somewhat disappointed that there wasn't more information about camelias and botony. I like mysteries that teach as well as entertain me. There was some information, just not quite enough to make it as much of an intellectual exercise as I would have liked.
The performance was exceptional. Justine Eyre could not have read it any better.
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