A Bookish Observation: Keen to find out whether or not the book would be a “good-read”, I found myself a nice comfortable spot to skim through the first few pages, after a few minutes it was clear, I could tell immediately, I was going to enjoy the story.
A bookish observation: I nearly gave up believing that I’d find a book as enjoyable as a cozy mystery. And then I started reading “The Greenhouse”. My reading of this book began badly because I listened to the first chapter via an audiobook at a time when I was constantly distracting myself with trawling LitBogger RSS Feeds for new titles. You know how it is, the grass is always greener … My focus was fractured.
A Bookish Observation: The story is set in the UK just before, during and after the First World War and follows the journey of a young woman plucked from her lowly beginnings by her wealthy employer and mentored by an elderly philosopher detective type character named Maurice Blanche. Maisie has proved to have a high degree of intelligence and diligence. Very early in the story we are introduced to Maisie and soon we can see she is going to be an interesting character and we can also see the author’s writing style is clear, enjoyable and leads us forward in such a way that we want to know more.
A bookish observation – a reader’s journal: I’ve just finished listening to a story that gave me hours and hours of pure bliss. Kate Morton’s “The Distant Hours” is marvelous. It’s complete. The author, Kate Morton, gives us wonderful descriptions of the characters and their lives, taking us back to the south of England during World War Two. The story moves you along at a pace that worked well for me, the plot continually gave you just a little bit more, and then just a little bit more. Knowing it’s the journey, not the destination, is assisted by listening instead of reading to the story. I’m sure if I’d read it myself I would have missed a lot of the beautiful prose by rushing along wanting to know what happened next. The audio version makes you wait and allows you to hear every word.
A bookish observation: I’ve just finished listening to The Dante Club AudioBook and will miss inhabiting it very much. The environment of the “fireside poets” and their city of Boston was really interesting, learning about Dante’s poetry was enlightening and the mystery that held it all together moved along at a pace that suited me very well. And very importantly, as listeners will know, the audio-reading of a book can make it or break it, John Siedman’s reading of this book matched to story’s voices perfectly. A lovely long listen. Well done Matthew Pearl! Don’t miss it everyone, it’s a goody.