This is a great book! Well written, an interesting story, and an exciting ending. It takes patience at times because it's a scholarly book, but it's well worth the effort.
This book caught my attention as I fondly remember helping my college roommate memorize Dante's Inferno for finals. This book moves a little slowly for my taste. Not really a book to listen to while exercising! The murders are not that believable, but in all I enjoyed the read.
This was a really good book. Some of the language was sometimes too formal to really get into, but, overall, the book was exciting and a great mystery.
I loved the use of real people from history and the way historical elements were woven into this tale. It was fast-paced, well written, full of obscure factoids and just plain fun.
This story may be slightly over written for me. I tend to like easy reads and this story seems complicated like a text book that is trying to over do verses stating items or explanations in the simpler terms.
New twist on old theme. Believable characters. A good listen.
Excellent choice for a little cross country driving. Perhaps Matthew Pearl's writing is not on a par with that of Longfellow, Holmes, Lowell and Dante. Perhaps the premise is a bit far-fetched. So what? The story was engaging, the reading was pleasant and it made an otherwise boring drive quite enjoyable. What's not to like?
What a drag of a book. I was bored just listening. If the traffic wasn't so bad, i never would have finished it. On par with a B sci-fi movie!!
I feel that this book would only be slightly amusing to those who already have a solid grasp of the authors featured in this book: Longfellow, Holmes, and Lowell. The plot itself is insipid and unbelievable. For those with no interest in classic American literature, there would be no redeeming value.
I love the premise, the history, the location, the characters, everything! Sometimes the flowery descriptions made it difficult to follow and it is quite graphically gory at times, but we enjoyed it.
Very interesting to be a part of history. I felt as if I were there with historical Greats. Well written, easy listening, plausible content.
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