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Patricia

EFFORT, PA, United States
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Depends

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-16

If you're looking for the dark story of a serial killer who used architecture to further his murderous lust ... Then buy a book on H.H.Holmes. If you're looking for a book on the Chicago worlds fair and how it effected American architecture then find a book on that. These two stories only cross paths in the sense only that they happened at the same time and place and that any gathering on this grand scale affords many people a chance to indulge in nefarious ways. If you're not interested in both subjects you'll most likely find yourself waiting for chapters regarding one or the other.
O..and the narrators cadence becomes almost cliche and then even annoying like being on a small boat subjected to a constant and never changing ebb and flow . But that could be because I got so bored with facts about the worlds fair.
Psychopaths are just way more interesting than city planners and architects. But thats just me.

Great story...suspect dialogue

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-16

This is a really good story. It's well written and read ...I have a lot of respect for the author for not indulging in the specifics regarding the depravity of a child rapist and murderer .However the dialogue reads like a screenplay. I can't stand when people try and and rehash a conversation they engaged in earlier the same day and claim it verbatim ... So to hear Flacco indulge in ,and act out, these dialogues that at best could only be as accurate as this poor traumatized boys memory could allow leaves them a bit suspect. Especially when the author writes it as if he had an actual recording. Or maybe as if he had a screenplay swimming in the back of his head .? I personally couldn't accurately recite the conversation I had with the girl at the McDonalds drive through this morning...and l im fairly sure there were only three sentences exchanged.

Well written historical epic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-16

The story and the narrator were exceptional. I never thought I would enjoy learning Florida's history and the settling of Florida as much as I did through listening to this book. The characters are unique, and the writer does an excellent job of delineating the the early settlers respect for the land in juxtaposition to man's modern-day degradation of the earth. I think the writer must be an environmentalist, and I strongly approve.

Poetic writing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-15

So very well written
Superb word choice and linguistic acumen
Honest and multi voiced
A must read for Vietnam historians and journalists

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Maybe this book isn't for me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who is interested more in historical details than plot structure. I loved his other books.

What could Ken Follett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I just couldn't relate to many of the characters.

An Amazingly Disturbing Satire

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-12

What made the experience of listening to Invisible Monsters the most enjoyable?

The narrator did an incredible job of creating tone and mood through her use of varied voices.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that the story challenged my normal framework for reality. Not many books have challenged my patterns of thought in such a demanding way.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where the main character first leaves the hospital and goes into the grocery store; the theft of the turkey and the comments of the child in line are telling.

Who was the most memorable character of Invisible Monsters and why?

The main character.

Any additional comments?

MUST READ!!!

Good Plot Line with Admirable Character Developmen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Mirrored World to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version.

Would you recommend The Mirrored World to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book to a woman who understands sacrifice. I don't think that anyone who has not sacrificed for their family will relate well to the characters.

What aspect of Yelena Shmulenson’s performance would you have changed?

She overdoes some of the accents.

Who was the most memorable character of The Mirrored World and why?

The crazy/vessel of god sister.

A disappointment

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-12

What would have made Joan of Arc, 1412-1431 better?

Hearing more of Joan's voice. Slowing down and developing the details. Focusing more on Joan's life and less on the well know events that I learned in high school.

Would you ever listen to anything by Geoffrey Orme again?

No

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

It was a dramatization so there was no one narrator, but there should have been more of a play format. The music was also too loud compartive to the voices.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I love Jean of Arc and her legacy. This story DID NOT do Jean justice.

One of the best books I have ever read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-12

What made the experience of listening to The Endless Forest the most enjoyable?

You get lost in the characters' lives and each character's reactions and complexities are believable. You become part of their lives seamlessly.

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

She is spot on with the voices. She moves from one character to the next making them distinct voices without distracting the reader.

Any additional comments?

Listen to it. Then listen to the rest of the series. You will cry at the end.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Mystical without being sappy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-12

Would you listen to The Rose Garden again? Why?

I would listen to the Rose Garden again because it is a bit complex. I would like to hear any details that I may have missed.

What other book might you compare The Rose Garden to and why?

I would compare the Rose Garden to Diana Gabaldon's, Voyager, simply based on setting and time travel. The character and plot action is very different.

Which scene was your favorite?

I like everytime that Fergel and Eva interact. They are great together in the book.

Any additional comments?

You will not be disappointed with this book if you are a fan of historical romance. It is well written and not trite in any way.