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review 2017-10-21 19:12
Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

I won´t be saying much about the story. It´s brilliant and worth every single star of my five star rating back when I read it for the very first time.

 

I had a problem with the narration of this audiobook. Dan Stevens is an excellent narrator and I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. But he simply isn´t a convincing Poirot (it didn´t help that I listened to David Suchets splendid Poirot performance in Death on the Nile before listening to this audiobook). Whereas Suchet is bringing Poirot to live with his charming ways in one moment and his obnoxious behaviour in another by the mere use of his voice, the narration of Dan Stevens Poirot has stayed the same throughout the whole book and thus he hasn´t been able to bring the little Belgian detective to life for me.

 

I have to check out the David Suchet narration of this audiobook. I´m pretty sure I will like that one better.

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review 2017-10-20 20:25
Foxglove Summer
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch

by Ben Aaronovitch

 

I've read most of this series and really enjoyed it, though I think this one slowed down a little from the previous books. Peter Grant has a different sort of case. He's helping another department track down two missing girls and it isn't clear at the beginning that his special talents are warranted for the case, although police departments have been known to use the skills of psychics when all else fails. As it happens, a 'weird' aspect to the case does develop.

 

This one was more overtly sexual than previous books as well. Peter's growing relationship with Beverley, the river goddess, has some odd twists and turns but overall seems to be developing into something that might last. Where it could go under the circumstances is open to speculation.

 

The magic has become almost routine now so the initial discovery of arcane skills doesn't have as much room to grow. Believability barriers are also getting nudged a little further than earlier books, but that's inevitable in a series like this.

 

Overall it was an enjoyable read, but I feel like the series is winding down. Having said that, there was an unexpected twist or two near the end. I still haven't got the last book and might not mind waiting a while before I do read it, though I'm sure I will sometime.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-17 23:02
Book review : YOU Caroline Kepnes
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes

September 29- October 11

        When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card. There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting. As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder. This book was all kinds of fucked up but I really enjoyed it . 

Review :This book is about Joe who becomes obsessed with a girl who came into the bookstore he works at he ends up stalking her and ends up taking the guy she's fucking hostage and eventually kills him . Beck and Joe are both terrible people Beck is very fake and her friend peach is totally obsessed with her . Joe and Beck end up dating and what I think is more creepy about this book it's not saying Beck it says YOU . Joe realizes peach is in his way and tries to kill her also and eventually does . Beck pulls away from Joe and Joe ends up seeing someone else but he's still obsessed with Beck but they end up getting back together but she finds out about everything all the creepy stuff of her's he was storing and he keeps her hostage in the bookstore in the basement and he ends up killing her this book was so fucked up .

       

Quotes : The problem with books is that they end. They seduce you. They spread their legs to you and pull you inside. And you go deep and leave your possessions and your ties to the world at the door and you like it inside and you don't want for your possessions or your ties and then, the book evaporates.”

 

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text 2017-10-14 20:29
Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 287 pages.
Peril at End House - Agatha Christie

Poirot and Hastings are adorable in this book:

 

Poirot looked at me and sighed.

"If only - if only, Hastings, you would part your hair in the middle instead of the side! What a difference it would make to the symmetry of your appearance. And your moustache. If you must have a moustache, let it be a real moustache - a thing of beauty, such as mine."

Repressing a shudder at the thought, I took the note firmly from Poirot´s hand and left the room.

 

And I´m a big fan of Poirot´s moustache:

 

We have been slowly ascending the zig-zag path up the cliff. It was at this juncture that we passed throught the little gate into the grounds of End House.

"Pouf!" said Poirot. "That ascent is a steep one. I am hot. My moustaches are limp. [...]"

 

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review 2017-10-13 02:19
The Marriage Pact ★☆☆☆☆
The Marriage Pact: A Novel - Michelle Richmond

Original heading: The Marriage Pact - progress 0%

 

Noooooooooooooooooooo I hate first-person-present-tense!

 

I'm going to wait until after the this first scene to make sure the whole book isn't like this. If so I'm DNFing this and giving it the lowest possible rating.

 

UPDATE:

 

The good news is that the FP-present-tense only lasted for the 1st chapter, and the remainder that I was able to read was normal FP-past-tense. The bad news is that, after 6 chapters and 36 minutes of audio (yes I was checking my watch), it just wasn't very interesting. I didn't know anything about the characters except their occupations and their wedding, and frankly didn't give a rip what The Pact was, or why it matters, or what happened to the couple. 

 

DNF at 5%. 

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Tom Taylorson's performance was okay. 

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