I grew up reading detective and mystery novels. I read them all, or at least those I could get my hands on: the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series, Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason series, Agatha Christie's novels (especially the Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series), Ellery Queen, P.D. James, Dorothy Sayers, Dorothy Gillman's Mrs. Pollifax series, the list goes on. I read them all.
So it was a surprise to read that J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, published a detective novel that earned good critical reviews. Had to find out if this was like those books I was addicted to - meaning, the kind you read cover-to-cover in one sitting because you just had to find out "whodunnit."
I'm pleased to report that I can't wait for the next installment of Cormoran Strike solving his next case. ✍
I've had this in my digital library but kept putting off playing it. But after watching Ang Lee's Life of Pi, I decided now would be a good time to take a listen. I wasn't disappointed.
Jeff Woodman reads a credible Pi with just the tinge of an Indian singsong accent, while Alexander Marshall is the perfect counterpoint as the Writer (and he sounds exactly like the foreigner to the world Pi narrates). ✍
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