Excellent audiobook. It is a nice cozy mystery with a side of romantic interest. I am looking forward to the next in the series
Found this little gem at my favorite independent bookstore. Best coffee book ever!!!
Has anyone read this? I am thinking of buying the audiobook because the author sounds so funny in the available sample, but I just can‘t take boring self-help treatises anymore! It is not available in my library, so I‘d have to buy it.🤔
The audiobook was excellent. The new narrator was not as good as Jennifer Ikeda, but then that is hard to achieve. If you are a fan of the previous trilogy by Deborah Harkness, this book is less adventure and action and more the background story of one of the secondary characters of the original work. I would not mind a couple more books in this universe, but I hope the author will eventually give us a totally fresh book in a new world.
The language is if course lyrical and beautiful, but because I was expecting a travel adventure and not musings on life and the art of flying it fell flat for me. I will try again in a few months now that I know what to expect and read this as a slow introspective memoir rather than an air travel adventure
I could not finish it. Not only was it repetitive, but also reductionist. It started with interesting insights, but Wright is so obsessed with providing proof of the soundness of Darwinian evolutionary psychology, that midway through the book it felt that if you belched after drinking coke, the author would tell you Evolution made you do it (and it planned it before the dinosaurs went extinct)
Lovely little book. Even the inside is pretty, with page numbers in red ink. I Don‘t know that I agree with the quote, but just like Oscar, it is interesting
Harrowing, sad and beautifully written. The story shows the true cost of terror as a political tool, both on the victims and on the perpetrators. Awesome portrait of one of the most beautiful and culturally rich parts of Spain. The mothers in the story are so real they made me think of my own even though I am Galician rather than Basque.
This book is so good especially as audiobook that my ten year old demanded to listen to it a second time. The only other book this successful with him was Coralline. The narrator is AMAZING and the author really shows what a boy thinks like. I have heard reasoning similar to Ghost‘s internal monologue from my own son when he got in trouble ❤️❤️❤️❤️
There was no unifying theme other than here is how people who are not American bury their dead. I was annoyed at how she described Spanish burials because I could tell how little she understood of WHY we deal with our dead the way she describes. The facts are accurate but she misses the forest for the trees so I can not imagine how much she misinterpreted cultures farther away from American white protestant.
Great love letter to Mumbai and modern India. The marriage of poppy and chopra is one of the sweetest and more romantic portraits of a mature relationship I have read in a long time. The baby elephant is just great and the audiobook narrator is perfect
Although Walter Isaac is great at describing the amazing creativity and genius of Leonardo, he shows no balance on the negative side of the genius. I can not judge on the art or engineering but for example Leonardo buys this poor kid he call Salai and Leonardo sleeps with Salai when the child reaches adolescence. this is portrayed in the book as Kind if okay or at least as a non issue. Leonardo was a genius but not a saint.
I generally don‘t go for memoirs but I loved this one.
The audio book was great, I loved the narrator. The story was more on the line of the long way to a small angry planet than on the Ancillary trilogy, although the book takes place in the same universe. If you want a powerful space opera you will be disappointed in this book, but as a stand alone it is great fun and excellent writing.
I really like the narrator and the mystery is interesting. I especially like how the city of Edinburgh becomes almost a character in the story. However I think the constant explaining in the book of how Victorian mores oppressed women became tedious toward the end. I don‘t appreciate preaching in my fiction even when I agree with the author
My kid (ten years old)is home sick, so to pass the time, he wants to share a review of one of his favorite books:
“This book is very helpful to play Minecraft and it teaches you about every single block from air blocks to end stone. This will help you wether you are a lazy creative dude or a into it survival dude”
I just love this series, especially the audio book. The narrator is great, and I love the voice she does for the male character. If you dislike witty innuendo, and brash women you won‘t like this series. I love tough, dirty mouthed heroines, so this is totally my cup of tea. The fact that the mystery is not hard to figure out is my one criticism on this book.
Great insights about human psychology and the nature of reality. I like that in the last chapter he connects his new found enthusiasm for Buddhism with his background as an observant Christian as a kid with affection and respect for both traditions.
At first I liked the conceit of an international report to tell the story of the zombie infection destroying the world but a third of the book through it really felt like a US gov report and I couldn't bring myself to care anymore. The idea is neat and the writing is nice so it might be my personal failing that I need to have a connection to some of the characters: an idea book doesn't usually grab me.
Well, if I had not read the first book and fallen in love with the crew of the wayfarer I would have liked this book a lot, but I was expecting more adventures with the gang. Instead, I got the story of what happened to Lovelace after she gets a humanoid body and Pepper who was a side character in the first book. It is still a pick in my opinion, but I am a bit annoyed with Becky Chambers
I'm am liking this slow, strange thriller of a forensic accountant trying to unravel who is responsible for selling forgeries to a Chinese art collector who might not be a nice guy. The protagonist is a Canadian accountant with family in Honk Kong. I'm half way through the story, and she has already cheated on her girlfriend back in Canada so I am beginning to like the protagonist less but I am still hooked on the story.
Interesting meditation on differences between Christian and Jewish practice and theology as well as the author spiritual journey. I am not at all religious ( bad catholic)but I enjoyed very much learning about Jewish practice and worldview.
I had read the book awhile ago but listening to it is an ever better experience. I think I will borrow bringing up the bodies next especially if they use the same narrator. Does anyone know if the final book in the trilogy is coming any time soon? I'm almost giving up hope....