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P. Lipscomb

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Basically a load of garbage

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

Reviewed: 09-14-19

First the positive: the narrators were all fine. Beyond that this audiobook is a complete waste. The plot was modeled There was zero character development. The book was basically a bodice-ripper disguised as a story of international intrigue. Save your money. I wish that I had.

Riveting plot. Complex characters.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

Book involves rare situation of science fiction in the past. Interesting interactions between travelers from our future back to WW II era. Narration is excellent.

Engrossing short story beautifully performed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-19

This story packs a lot into a short space. The characters seemed totally real to me. That’s a real accomplishment for such a short piece. The narration was excellent.

Engaging complicated plot

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

Reviewed: 07-10-19

It was a challenge to keep straight all the characters with their back-stories and interconnections, but that is part of what made this such an engaging book. I cringed at the racism exhibited by some of the characters, but I think that the author was describing in reality at the times depicted.

The narrator was one of the best I have encountered so far. His ability to render the various characters in distinct voices was truly amazing.

I wish there could have been more of these from Sue Grafton

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-19

Once again Sue Grafton has written a well-crafted story with characters who seem real. The story was particularly interested in that it looped in some unfinished thread’s from the previous novel. The plot was suspenseful and there were twists but nothing that in hindsight seemed improbable or implausible.

The narration was generally clear and the voices of different characters were distinct. It was marred by the occasional mispronunciation of words and by cadences that did not necessarily reflect the meaning of the sentences. However, these shortcomings are common in audiobooks and not only heard from this narrator.

Gripping plot and wonderfully complex characters

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

Reviewed: 06-17-19

I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this was head-and-shoulders above the pack. The story itself was suspenseful but that’s true of many lesser books as well. What sets this book apart is the careful development of the main characters. The narration was also expertly performed.

Extremely interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-19

I hadn’t even ordered this audiobook myself. My husband had, and I ended up reading it as part of the family-share plan. I almost never read nonfiction, so I didn’t have any idea where I would even be interested in this book. But I found it fascinating, and I more or less just plowed through it. I had already known that the available texts of scriptures varied quite a bit, but I had absolutely no idea how scholars dealt with that. The author explained very clearly the methods used by scholars to evaluate these texts. I’m an atheist - not a Christian by any stretch of the imagination – but I was still absolutely fascinated by this book.

Not a complete novel – just an installment in a story

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

I am so sick of books that purport to be novels but end with a cliffhanger to induce you to buy the next book in a series. The one thing that I liked quite a bit about this book was the gradual revelation of interesting backstories of the characters. Other than that, I found little to recommend. The narrator was skilled at rendering district voice is for the different characters. However, he occasionally mispronounced words, which was exceedingly annoying. I do not recommend this audiobook.

Great story

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

I had previously read this book but it was a pleasure to hear it in the audio version. Grafton’s plotting and handling of characters were as always, masterful. The narrator was skilled in giving distinctly different voices two different characters. Unfortunately she occasionally mispronounced words.

Not really a novel

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

Reviewed: 05-24-19

Narration is fine but the book does not stack up as a novel. Zero character development. Then it ends with a cliffhanger. In other words, it’s just one installment in a bigger story, I.e., a ploy to get you to buy more of the books. No thanks.

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