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A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel audiobook cover art
  • A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines Series, Book 15
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst

Tiring

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

Reviewed: 09-12-19

I did not find this as compelling as the ones before. The story too forever to unfold as the officers talked it over and over and over and over. The domestic violence issue is important but the story turned into a melodrama, continually referring to the officers' thinking of their own families over and over and over. Still love the characters and the place not the story, not so much.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Kissed a Sad Goodbye audiobook cover art

I loved this book, and the series is addicting

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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: 07-19-19

A perfect novel: real and interesting characters, a plot tying mistakes and injuries of the past to motivations in the present, story lines that intertwine, and questions about who we are and how we meant to live. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

Mourn Not Your Dead audiobook cover art

This series is so enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19

I have now listened to the first four Kincaid and James books and can hardly wait for the next one. Beautifully read, tightly written, quite British mysteries with likable protagonists.

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so poorly written

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

Reviewed: 05-20-19

Almost every sentence, especially dialogue, overexplains what the character is thinking and feeling. Phrases beginning with "ing" are so prevalent at the beginning and ending of sentences that they begin to grate on your nerves like a dripping faucet. Nothing is left to the reader to discern. We are told the same things over and over again... how big the man is, how the woman won't leave the house, how sad the protagonist is about her past. I started to expect every sentence to be explained and actually began to laugh out loud when it was. The story itself would be pretty interesting but you know what's going to happen from the beginning. I was so disappointed.

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A very powerful story beautifully written

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

Reviewed: 05-09-19

Two very different sisters try to get to know each other and their cold, distant mother. It was written in 2010 by the author of The Nightingale, who shows such deep understanding of the complexities of human nature. I didn't know much about the siege of Leningrad. This telling of what trauma can do to people is truly heartrending. I cried many times. It was well performed with a Russian accent when the mother is telling her story within a story. I felt the ending was just tacked on, not believable, rushed through, and unrealistic. But I still give this something I rarely do ..a 5.

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Great performance by Darlow

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Miss Julia worries too much, gets in other people's business, and repeats, repeats, repeats herself. I still enjoy the stories and this one has some really funny moments.

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Could not finish

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

After EIGHT HOURS of listening to this book, with nine more hours to go, there are still main characters being introduced! The story is jumping from 2017 to 1862 to 1945 and other years, with improbably coincidences everywhere. The main character/narrator is a ghost and a co-main character is a weak, boring archivist whose story is told in third person. We leave another important character (introduced many chapters into the story) drowning at the bottom of a river after which many other chapters and characters intervene. We hear unimportant descriptions of every character's thoughts, background, the rooms he or she occupies, etc., etc., etc., in painstaking detail that does not move the story along. I have enjoyed Morton's other books and sparkling writing, and this one is beautifully read by Joanne Froggatt (Anna of Downtown Abbey), but I just don't choose to struggle through the rest of this one.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

Sweetgrass audiobook cover art

Enjoyed listening

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

The story is a bit contrived and typical " let's save our Southern land from mean developers.' But it was an involving and moving read. Two issues witk the author: too many cliches, not just in dialogue but narrative, too: cut him to the bone, grab a burger, full to the brim, prince among men, bet his last dollar. Also, people in their sixties are not ancient these days. Otherwise, lovely setting and good story about family love

Becoming audiobook cover art

beautifully written, read, inspiring

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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: 02-24-19

If only she would put the other person first, as required by rules of language. She's saying me and Barack, me and the girls, me and my mom. It's all about her, but that's what it's meant to be. I cried and I loved it.

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Annoyingly overwritten

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

I made myself finish this. The author does a good job reading it except for the baby talk voice of the first person narrator. But natural dialogue never happens in the story. Every line of dialogue is explained and over-explained, repeating and repeating what the reader already knows the character is thinking and meaning, thereby slowing down the story and leaving nothing for the reader to realize. Then another line is followed by another long long explanation of what the speaker means and the history behind it, so the scenes take forever to play out. Overly dramatic. It's an interesting story, though it makes people in churches in the South look worse than they really are in my part of the South, anyway. And the comic book story within the story was imaginative but juvenile to me. She could have moved the story along through natural flow of dialogue and given the reader credit for figuring out the characters by what they say and do.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful