In this novel, set in Scotland in 1863, Bessy Buckley attempts to escape her past by taking a job as a maid in a big house outside of Edinburgh, where she works for the beautiful Arabella. Bessy is intrigued by her new employer, but puzzled by her increasingly strange requests.
Interesting characters. A little mental illness, a little mystery, a little raunchy behavior, set in England was it? All add up to a good listen if you are not looking for anything too "deep". I enjoyed it enough to give it 3.5 stars. It would be great for listening in the car...
Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the ad hoc creation of some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. Once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat - and occasionally clash - over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.
How in the world this book got even ON the bestseller list is a mystery to me! The characters lack interest, the writing is unimaginative, the plot? is predictable! The story is too simple. I didn't care to even finish it but it was chosen for our book club and we DID want to have something to discuss. NONE OF US WANTED TO FINISH IT. We didn't care about the characters & could barely keep them straight. Save your 1 credit & go buy the book if you must..at the GOODWILL they will have MANY copies!
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In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.
What a great story! The characters are well developed & each quite interesting. The story itself is timeless yet set in a time when the medical aspects seem impossible. I loved it from beginning to end. Love, murder, sexist macho wariors, old wise men...what more could you want?
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Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.
Once again I chose this based on star ratings...not always a true meter for me I see. There are LONG dialogues on animals, religion, Canada verses Inda ...but very little story. The story line is there but I'm a good 2 or 3 hours into it & value my "LIFE MINUTES" too much to devote anymore to this one...There are hints of possible good passages ahead but the long rantings between are just not worth it.
11 of 15 people found this review helpful
Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.
I look first at the number of customer reviews & then the stars & chose this book based on that. This was the first in a series & maybe they following ones get better as they are added but this one was a bit shallow. It was entertaining but pretty "Agatha Christy" type plot. The narrator does a good job.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful
It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream, a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with the power to heal, but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the "Saint of Cabora".
I found the story interesting and it did hold my attention. I was apprehensive of the narrator at first but he was actually very very good, especially since he is the author too. He based this story on factual events that he sites from his family from Mexico. Some facts he does admit are his interpritation of how things might have happened. The characters are great & he does all the different voices very well. I am a great fan of historical fiction and of corse Brother Fish is my all time favorite..this is not nearly as good as that but worth a listen if you like different cultures. He paints a very vivid picture of life in Mexico in the 1900s. It is hard to review without giving any of the story away..but the main character's life does get a bit bizarre & the reader wonders if it will ever end! The story as presented would have made some kind of memorable history I would have thought. Three stars out of 5 is a very fair rating.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.
When the first story started with the flowery elaborate English narative,I knew I was going to be dissapointed.(actually this story line turned out to be my favorite of the 6..) BUT I was determined not to waste a book. So I stuck with it all the way. But it was a STRUGGLE. Like one other reviewer here, I had hoped that it would all come together at the end but it only barely connected the stories. I don't think I ever did connect the futuristic story to the rest. Possibly this would be a better pick to actually read & not listen to. I wanted to go back often & see if I had missed something but I listen on a iPod Shuffle & going back is not the easiest..The writing & actors were both very acomplished & I did marvel at the writer's brilliant command of the English language.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful