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D and J

Canada
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Ripper victim reimagined. Read it!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Having read the other books in Alan Clark’s Jack the Ripper Victims Series I was most interested when given the opportunity to listen to this book.

Throughout, I was struck by the gentleness and sensitivity with which the author told this woman’s tale. He has, of course, built a fictional story around the events of the time, but it is clear he has done extensive research into the culture, the setting and the language of the period.

With each sentence the reader is presented with a full picture of the city and its inhabitants. The author’s careful use of vocabulary help one not only see the story in one’s mind, but also hear, smell, taste and feel it.

Although this story reveals an, at times, brutal existence, the reader also gets a chance to experience the tenderness and generosity of spirit of the people.

The narrator is most skilled in her craft, and her accent definitely contributes to the atmosphere of the tale. That said, I personally preferred reading the other books in the series myself. There were passages that I felt were presented too dispassionately by this narrator. At the same time, I understand that she would not want to sensationalize the story and most likely chose her reading style to show respect for the characters involved, as they are based on real people.

I highly recommend this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

It whispers of the wonders of the wild.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

This audio book is beautifully written and skillfully narrated.

If you have even the most remote interest in animals, this is a must read. Entertaining while educating the reader, The Elephant Whisperer is a book I highly recommend.

As you listen, you learn the life lessons the elephants can teach. The herd that is the prime feature of the book was at one time wild and unruly, forever busting out of the electrified enclosure. Once relocated to a reserve with a patient and compassionate conservationist at the helm, the family of elephants learns to trust again. What magnificent animals!

Delightful old-fashioned mystery.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

The Heiress of Linn Hagn is a good old-fashioned locked-door mystery complete with bad mannered people of privilege, soft spoken intelligent women, crusty yet honest common folk, gypsies, a mad woman and an unfortunate brain-damaged young man.

The narration was spirited but a trifle overly dramatic at times.

All in all, a good listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful