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This book has the flavor of Newport, and the author's skill in creating that golden era incomparable. I felt the danger Emma was in, and the love for her family. I can't wait to start the next story
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I know that this book is not meant to be Serious Literature, and I was searching for something casual and easy when I purchased it, but...
Did Alyssa Maxwell do any research when she wrote this book? It reads more like a guidebook (for children) to Newport than historical fiction. The author's perspective seems an attempt at describing the past from a present (tourist) point-of-view instead of historical fiction written with integrity, which at its best should pull a reader into a time and place so that it almost feels lived. And appropriate linguistic details are lacking: I am sure, for example, that no heroine--spunky though she may have been--would have said "Oops" in Gilded-Age-Newport.
Eva Kaminsky's narration takes this experience from bad to worse: her always-slightly-ironic-and-smug voice makes the characters sound like millenials (but not even real ones--just the kind of stereotypical millenial the media love to lambast).
I am returning this book so that I can use my credit more wisely.
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Where does Murder at the Breakers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
...for some reason this book did nor strike me as equal to the previous books in the series.
What did you like most about Murder at the Breakers?
The setting of Newport, Rhode Island and the Vanderbilt family in the 'Gilded' period of American history.
What did you like best about this story?
True history content wrapped around a fictional story.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Near the final scene, when the penny finally drops for Emma.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Emma makes a stand at the end of the book...on her principles. Maybe too much pride, before the fall?
Any additional comments?
Well researched, plotted and written. With a great mix of real people and fictional characters, that blend in well in this period story.
Well narrated by Eva Kaminsky.