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A delightful listen
First of all, Katy Kellgren is sorely missed. Her voice was uniquely integral to this series. Replacing her would be difficult for anyone. After taking a while to get used to her, I found Jasmine Blackborow to be a good choice. Not the same as Katy but she did an excellent job in her own way. She didn't detract from the story at all which is all too common in many cases.
The story was typical Rhys Bowen. Georgie gets herself in and out of trouble with her interesting cast of friends and relatives - and the dishy Darcy. I was glad that Queenie played a more background role than in previous books. She was beginning to irritate me.
All in all, a delightful summer read/listen. I see more related romances in the future as well as the decision on Darcy's future. Keep writing, Rhys; we need more Georgie.
Another good book in this series
A fine addition to the series. Is it the end?
What I like about Stella Riley's books - at least one of the things - is her character development. Each character is rich in detail and emotion. It adds to the enjoyment of her books.
I will admit that the beginning of the book was hard for me to get into. Then I went back and listened to THE WICKED COUSIN, the preceding book, again. That helped a lot. This book, the entire series, is best read in order.
This book involves two romances with a third briefly tied into one of them. We may have seen some old threads tied up. I hope it isn't the end of the series.
The narration, as usual by Alex Wyndham, was delightful and well done.
Not up to previous quality
3.5 stars rounded up.
I have enjoyed the previous books in this series. I had a hard time getting interested in this one. The characters were all flat and not enjoyable. The story was decent and the narration was good. And I really like the author's Fenchurch series. This is what bumped my rating up by half a star.
I'm sorry the rest of this series is not available on Audible.
Daniel Silva delivers another winner
All the excitement of starting a new Daniel Silva book and then it's over all too soon.
Another excellent book in the great Gabriel Allon series. I do like that man! Silva's descriptions and dialogue make Gabriel into a hard yet compassionate man. And the scenes with his daughter! Brilliant.
I thought the story was fascinating. Why couldn't something like this have happened? Maybe it has and we don't know it. I loved it.
However, I have to comment on the quality of the audiobook. George Guidall is a phenomenal reader. That goes without saying. But the production had obvious do-overs that were inserted very obviously. It was distracting and a disservice to Daniel Silva's work, as well as the narrator's.
I love living in Gabriel's and his team's world for a few days and it's hard to leave. At least I can always start the series over again.
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Two murder mysteries in one.
Interesting who-done-it. Well, two who-done-its. The author does an admirable job of enclosing one story inside another. It was a good read (listen in my case - with a fabulous narration) but I just couldn't get invested in any of the characters. Maybe Susan. I had figured out the murderer(s) any number of times but I was always wrong. I like long books so, on that score, this was great.
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I liked this a lot. I'm a fan of the genre that brings in the past and melds it with the present. The narration by Henrietta Meire was perfect. I never guessed the resolution of the "mystery" of the painting. This book was quite delightful. I've never read anything by Ella Carey until now. I doubt this will be my last.
Tough subject; poor narration; overall not bad
Wow! Talk about a psychological thriller. Gaslight comes to mind. Child molestation is tough to read but it happens. This book is a great example of the results of choices and how they positively and/or negatively impact one's life.
Robin Carter isn't my favorite detective so far but I'll give the author another read to see if things improve.
The narrator was detrimental to my enjoyment of this book. Her voice had little intonation. She sounded bored. The production could have been improved by leaving more space between the end of the text and the announcement of the next chapter. It always sounded like the narrator read those in the same breath.
Not my favorite Eloisa book
I love Eloisa James books. They are witty and interesting. They are never boring. Even this, although not my favorite, had all the aspects of a good James book; just not enough. I didn't care for the heroine for some reason but I liked Alaric. And his aunt. Of course there was Sweet Pea, the "American Sable"? 😂
This has the potential to be the first in a long series, which I tend to enjoy. All those brothers and sisters! Because Eloisa is the author I will follow the series.
I couldn't finish this.
The narrator was terrible. "Vice-count" for goodness sake. And I didn't care for his reading in general.
Sorry, Christi. Maybe I'll try the e-book.
Non-stop action. This was great.
That was fantastic! Quite a story and a fabulous narration.
Nathan Cody has demons. And they're clowns. I can actually relate to that fear but certainly not for the same reasons. This time, though, the terror is not caused by clowns but it's real and painful.
The story of the kidnapped girls grabbed me from the beginning and the high level of suspense/terror/mystery remained until the final paragraph. We learn more of Cody's team and their backstories and we're left with some unknowns that are just screaming for the next book. As am I. Waiting will be hard.