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Not the right voice for Isabel

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I know these books are not action packed and generally like it that way, but this one was a little bit too slow, too much stream of consciousness. But mainly I felt the voice of the reader did not suit Isabel, it lacked a smile, a softness that would be more fitting to Isabel‘s personality. A little while ago I heard a short novella about Isabel and her household, called Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine and think that reader was perfect. All the previous books I had read, maybe that causing my surprise when listening to this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Mostly interesting, very well presented

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

I mostly enjoyed listening to this course and tried to learn and understand the complicated present day situation better by looking at the past. The last two hours of the lectures gave me clous to that, but I still feel I miss connections. (Totally my ‘fault‘, not the authors). What I missed about the course was some more cultural information, apart from wars, battles, rulers. How did the people live, how about the women, who have an extremely small role. I am sure there had to be a lot cut out to make this presentable to the format, but listening to battle after battle in this men’s world made it all a bit blurry me retain little.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Agatha yes, story no, supporting characters soso

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

I am still attached to the character of Agatha, but feel there is no investment here in creating a sensible story or ever developing any of the characters beyond the caricatures they have become. As another reviewer wonders, does M C Beaton write those stories herself anymore or does someone write them for her following a very fixed formula? Is it intent that everything is so overdrawn and cliche, or is it sloppyness? Agatha is still a draw, but I feel disappointed by lack of progress and development in her personal life and general outlook.

Another happy journey into Charles Lennox world

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

What made the experience of listening to The Inheritance the most enjoyable?

The reader is great, he makes me forget that he is not the actual voice of Charles Lennox. Apart from the story line I greatly appreciate Charles' (or, more to the point, the author's) kind and thoughtful outlook, which is easily transferrable from Lennox times to ours.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not so much on the edge of my seat, but I was not looking for that, but for a thoughtfully told mystery and commentary on life. Even though there were tense moments!

Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

Charles, of course, but James Langton did a great job overall.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, absolutely, but I was also sad when it ended after about 8 1/2 hours, as I loved spending time in that world and now have to wait a long time again.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

A bit over the top

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

Would you try another book from Tasha Alexander and/or Bianca Amato?

Yes, I would read another book by Tasha Alexander.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tasha Alexander? Why or why not?

Yes, I liked many of the Lady Emily series, this is not a favorite.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Bianca Amato?

To be honest, not so much.

Do you think A Terrible Beauty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Since it is a series, yes.

Any additional comments?

I could not get into the story, it was a bit much for me in its closeness to romance novels.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Oh, our Agatha.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

What did you like best about Pushing Up Daisies? What did you like least?

After this many installments I have to like Agatha and her friends, or I would have discontinued my loyalty, but I wish with every book that MC Beaton would give some more depths and a broader range of feelings to her 'people', more than 'furious' 'rage' etc. which, maybe intentionally, turns them into carricatures. The story seemed contrived to the extreme, but that is to be expected, I don't read or listen for the story but for the people in the story.

Would you ever listen to anything by M. C. Beaton again?

Yes, I am weirdly attached to Agatha and her world.

Which character – as performed by Alison Larkin – was your favorite?

Agatha herself. At first Alison Larkin felt very unfamiliar and I was not very fond of her Sir Charles Fraith, but otherwise I enjoyed her reading style and got used to it quickly.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes. I already enjoyed the bbc series very much and felt the people had more depth than in the books.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

A theory for every occassion

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

What did you like best about A History of the World in 6 Glasses? What did you like least?

Very well read story, interesting facts, a bit too much of everything.

Would you recommend A History of the World in 6 Glasses to your friends? Why or why not?

To some people I will, to others not, depending on interest.

Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

There were no specific characters.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If it was a bbc series or such I would like to watch it.

Any additional comments?

I felt that the other came up with his theory and pressed every historical development he wanted to present into the framework of his theory, way too much so often. Also the number of times each drink gets mentioned makes it too repetitive. After listening for a while the words beer, wine etc. became really irritating to me. I liked the chapter on water, in the epilogue, and thoughts about the future best.

Fascinating story.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

Would you listen to Walking the Nile again? Why?

Yes, absolutely. I loved the story, especially the historical and cultural details and already relistened to many passages, not to miss anything.

What did you like best about this story?

It felt very real, alive, I could imagine Africa in a way I could not before and it made me read more, search out more about the continent.

What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed his lively presentation. It brought events closer than just reading the book, I think.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have liked to, but did not have the time in one sitting. Also, it would have been a pity do be done in only one sitting, I felt like extending the listening time, didn't want it to end.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Best in the series.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

What did you love best about Thin Air?

The descriptions of life on the Shetland Islands and the wonderful voice of the narrator.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was engaging, but to be honest, I listened more for the back stories than the plot.

Which character – as performed by Kenny Blyth – was your favorite?

Probably Jimmy Perez, but I also found Willow very interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, absolutely. It ended too quickly for me, again, in part because of the great narrator.

Any additional comments?

I can't praise Kenny Blyth enough!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Not Shetland...

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

What did you like best about Silent Voices? What did you like least?

The story is interesting and I got involved while listening, but I was not fond of what to me felt like Vera/Cleeves' misogyny towards many of the women characters or women in general, often expressed through Vera's unkind words, or the author's depiction of flaws in appearance or life style choices.
Maybe that is supposed to be Vera and her issues…but…I didn't like it.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ann Cleeves? Why or why not?

I like Ann Cleeves' Shetland series very much and look forward to the next installment.

Did Charlie Hardwick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, I think she did, while overall I did not enjoy her reading style, for my taste it lacked 'energy'.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably, depending on the actors.

Any additional comments?

I am surprised to be so critical here, while liking the Shetland books very much, but the appeal for me is quite different in both.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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