I've read two other books by Laura Lippman and really enjoyed them. I was really looking forward to her latest stand-alone novel, but ended up disappoI've read two other books by Laura Lippman and really enjoyed them. I was really looking forward to her latest stand-alone novel, but ended up disappointed. It's supposed to be a suspense/mystery/thriller, but it offered little of any of those things. It starts off well enough. A madam in a suburban neighborhood is murdered. Heloise Lewis debates a woman in a store who thinks the madam was asking to be murdered. We find out fairly quickly that the reason Heloise jumps to the dead woman's defense is because she herself is a suburban, soccer-mom madam. Sounds promising, doesn't it? Instead of a story in which Heloise is fearing for her life/being stalked by a murderer/figuring out whodunit, we get a story detailing how Heloise keeps her profession separate from her personal life, the terrible childhood she had, and how her earlier life was generally effed up. Nothing happens until the very end and by that time, I just didn't care.
For what it's worth, Linda Edmond did a fabulous job of narrating and was probably the only reason I made it through this snoozefest of a novel. I'm not ready to give up on Laura Lippman. I just picked up one of her earlier novels on sale as an ebook. ...more
This is a really good example of a great idea that's poorly executed. It really needed more of a plot, better continuity, drama, character developmentThis is a really good example of a great idea that's poorly executed. It really needed more of a plot, better continuity, drama, character development, or something. Just choosing one of those elements would have elevated The Long Earth to something special. As it was, it just kept reminding me of Ozzie's journey on the Silfen roads in Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga. At times, it seemed like I was re-reading those books but not enjoying it as much.
I gave this book two stars based on the GoodReads definition of "it was ok". I wish it had risen above that.
As far as the audio production goes, it seems to me that a book that is primarily about American characters should have an American narrator. Michael Fenton-Stevens is a very good narrator, but he just wasn't a very good fit for this book. Just because the authors are English doesn't mean the narrator has to be....more
I probably would have loved this book when I was twelve. It has all the elements that would have excited my imagination in junior high. However, my miI probably would have loved this book when I was twelve. It has all the elements that would have excited my imagination in junior high. However, my middle-aged self felt like I had read it many, many times already. Westerfeld does a great job of imagining his alternate history and the beasties are terrific. The three star rating is simply my jaded self talking.
As for the narration, Alan Cumming does a great job with the voices. I never had any trouble figuring out who was talking or which viewpoint character I was following. Deryn and Alek were very well differentiated. However, I felt like he was narrating for an audience much younger than the target audience for the book. He was over-the-top dramatic, especially for the action sequences. I don't know if teen listeners would appreciate that level of dramatization, but a third grade audience would love it....more
This is one series that keeps getting better and better. You can tell that it's building up to something big, but it just hasn't come yet. My only comThis is one series that keeps getting better and better. You can tell that it's building up to something big, but it just hasn't come yet. My only complaint about the story is that it left me hungry for Bob Howard's next adventure. I want more and there isn't any more yet.
I' also have to comment on Gideon Emery's narration in the series. He is wonderful. Both this book and The Fuller Memorandum had some important American characters. I thought Emery' did a flawless job with the American accents. He's one of the few British narrators who can do American accents well. He even gets the o's right....more
I really enjoyed this installment in The Laundry series. It was a lot of fun. I especially liked all the references to James Bond.
I am going to add sI really enjoyed this installment in The Laundry series. It was a lot of fun. I especially liked all the references to James Bond.
I am going to add some high praise for the narrator of the audiobook, Gideon Emery. I'm assuming here that he's an English narrator because that's the main voice in the novel. There are quite a few Americans in this installment and Emery does a great job with the American accent. The one example that really stood out to me was the word "process". The first vowel in that word sounds completely different in the two accents. Emery doesn't miss a beat when an American character says it vs. when an English character says it. I can't even pronounce it like a Brit and I'm sure most English people can't say it the way I do. I definitely will not hesitate to listen to audiobooks narrated by Gideon Emery again....more
I don't read "chick lit". It's just not my style. I prefer science fiction, literary fiction and mystery/thrillers. Stories about women and relationshI don't read "chick lit". It's just not my style. I prefer science fiction, literary fiction and mystery/thrillers. Stories about women and relationships and emotions just isn't my style. It's not that I don't like those elements in the books I read, I just don't want them to be the be-all and end-all of the story. However, Jennifer Weiner has been making waves lately by analyzing the number of stories and reviews the New York Times runs about women authors vs. male authors. So, I thought I'd give one of her books a shot to see what her writing is like.
When I checke Then Came You out of the library, I expected to spend my reading time rolling my eyes and groaning. The premise is such utter chick-lit fodder. However, I ended up getting sucked into the story from the first chapter. I grew attached to the characters. I was interested in their drama. I usually hate drama. Yes, it was sappy and cheesy and all those other things I expected. However, I couldn't stop turning the pages and kept reading even at times when I shouldn't have been reading. I figured Ms. Weiner must have been doing something right to get me so engaged. Therefore, I'm giving this book 4 stars....more