It's needed for context, otherwise you'll miss a lot here.
That having been said, this book proves a good sequel, though my fourth star inclu..Show More »des Lindy Nettleton's awesome narration; the plot itself is really three stars, especially as there are regular flashbacks to March's time in India that detracted for me, especially in audio where they appeared almost randomly without any notice. Still, it's great to see Sidney and March's characters grow (though Sidney does his best to hide that). One of the best scenes was March (who had been raised in India) bravely facing an English dish of "curried vegetables" that bore as much relation to the original as passing off a can of Dinty Moore beef stew as "homemade Russian stroganoff."
Shocker of an ending makes the next book a Must Read!
Lindy Nettleton was a much better fit to narrate the series, but it seems she's no longer available. Ms. Nichols was pretty good doing the voices of t..Show More »he other characters (especially Uncle Tolly), but I didn't connect with her as March.
I didn't mind having the middle section given from Grice's point of view at all, except that he's so very obnoxious I wanted March around to counteract that. Molly was a bit over-the-top in being so dense, though it was fun to see Grice having to put up her. As for the plot, I'm not sure I quite got it entirely? The ending was a bit of a shock, but not totally unbelievable.
Looking forward to the next book, though hoping it's a bit less convoluted.
The reader is excellent. The characters are interesting, unique, and well drawn. The mystery was shaping up well. The approach seems to be an unusual ..Show More »combination of humor with deadly seriousness. Most people would probably enjoy this book quite a bit. For me, however, it did not work. I am fully aware of the abuses that animals suffered not only in the Victorian era but every single minute of every single day in the modern world at the hands of humans who should and could know and do better. I have spent a good deal of time working with and for animal rescue and it is never far from my mind. Therefor, any book that provides graphic descriptions of cruelty to animals does not work for me. I read to escape from the real world, not to have my nose rubbed further in it. Thus, when we come to the very painful final moments of a wretched cart horse, and the vile humans that surround it, I could not go on. I understand that the author was making a point about cruelty both in the past and currently, and I appreciate that but it is just something I can not tolerate in a book that I purchased for entertainment. I know most people don't feel as I do, however, I also know there are some people who do, and my review is for them. If you also find cruelty to animals intolerable in what is purported to be light entertainment, you should avoid this book.