The classic police procedural meets cutting-edge science in this huge international best seller. Already a runaway bestseller in France, Syndrome E tells the story of beleaguered detective Lucie Henebelle, whose old friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare—and violent—film from the 1950s. Embedded in the film are subliminal images so unspeakably heinous that Lucie realizes she must get to the bottom of it—especially when nearly everyone who comes into contact with the film starts turning up dead.
What did you love best about Syndrome E?
This book is compelling. I couldn't turn it off. It's also smart. The science sucked me in.
And THANK YOU everyone involved in the narration for ensuring the French names were pronounced correctly. Seriously, thank you!!!!
What other book might you compare Syndrome E to and why?
The last time I couldn't turn a book off was Robert Galbraith's Career of Evil. Thilliez's characters and their relationship isn't developed as well as Galbraith's, but the story is no less compelling for all of that. I also give Thilliez points for taking on the issues that he does.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The story is disturbing, but it's smart disturbing. The villain(s)' actions and motivations aren't just another barrage of violence or sadism. This brand of evil speaks to issues our society must confront.
Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Dust and Shadow is very entertaining, the narration fits the story, and the portrayal of 19th Century London is vivid. It had been many years since I read or listened to any Sherlock Holmes fiction--I've been doing a lot more Elizabeth Peters and Agatha Christie recently. I didn't want this story to end and when I did I immediately got back on Audible to see if there were any other Sherlock Holmes books by Lyndsay Faye available.
There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.
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This was a great purchase, one of those books I just couldn't turn off. I highly recommend 14 to anyone who can take a little bit of the weird (ie, monsters). This isn't a work of literary art in the conventional sense, or a great intellectual feat. It's a gripping story that sucks you in and leaves you wanting more.
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Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
As a general rule, I love Follett. He's one of those authors who sucks you in and doesn't let you go. Pillars of the Earth and Word Without End are two of my favorite novels of all time.
Fall of Giants was a big disappointment, though. For the first time ever, Follett lost my attention. He spends so much time explaining the complex historical events that the characters are undeveloped. I think he tried to cram too much into a single novel.
I would only recommend this book to those who are more interested in history than character development.
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It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.
I would recommend this audio to anyone who enjoys or is open to enjoying fantasy/sci-fi. The narration is excellent, the stories are engaging, and the message is "Bramble" is a superb metaphor for the choices we face as a technologically advanced society.
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