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If you could sum up Take No More in three words, what would they be?
An artful puzzle
What does Shiromi Arserio bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I loved the nuanced voice and the suspenseful interpretation of the story by Shiromi Arsenio. The performance was riveting to listen to.
Any additional comments?
Structured by time and place, part I of TAKE NO MORE occurs Friday to Sunday in London; The rest occur in Florence. Part II occurs six days earlier; part III four days later; part IV six days earlier; part V four days later. So right away you realize how the author goes back and forth in time, challenging you to piece this puzzle together.
When the protagonist, James Blake, finds his wife murdered, he starts piecing together her work for a dangerous Italian family. For him, this is both an intellectual and an emotional challenge. As an art conservator, she was hoping to find a lost paintings, `Leda and the Swan' which may have been painted over to save it from destruction.
Carefully researched, the story is anchored in real facts in art history (Michaelangelo’s Leda and the Swan is missing.) From these details, which grant authenticity to the writing, the author has cast a wide web of imagination. In composing this story, Seb Kirby adds to the magic of the wonderful words and stories he discovered in the treasure trove of books in his grandfather’s mobile lending library.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book is not uninteresting. The story line is pretty well thought out and the characters are , if not well fleshed out, at least believable. However the reader is so bad that if she is not someones daughter or sister there is no excuse to use her. God help the poor author, maybe she is a undercover spy sent to sink him.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this audiobook. I have read the ebook and all great stories bear revisiting. I like the fact that the book is unabridged. Seb Kirby is a master at writing emotion without overdoing it. He can make you feel the full jolt under the heart from bereavement, the lack of purpose felt by those who experience it, but he is never soppy about it. He can also express utter joy in a way many authors would love to be able to do. I really enjoy his writing style.
The reading was sensitive and well modulated. It conveyed the feelings without over-acting. Initially I found that having a woman reading what is a first person story told by a man was a little disconcerting but it's really just getting used to that fact that someone's telling you the story.
What about Shiromi Arserio’s performance did you like?
I loved the calm style of narration which allows the reader to feel the sudden shocks of the story without signposting them beforehand. It's sensitively done in a clear and comfortable style
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Nothing is as it seems.
Any additional comments?
This is the first book in a trilogy.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Very good storyline. Seb is a great author and does it again with this book. Narrator is good too.