Sunday, July 18, 2010

What a movie...want to read the book!

The movie is High Crimes. It stars Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and James Cavezel. It's the story of a blissful couple trying to make a baby. He is making fruniture, she is an excellent lawyer. He gets grabbed up by the Marine cops and thrown into the brig. She comes to his defence. Problem: a first leuie Marine lawyer up against a high ranking Marine lawyer, and her without a good understanding military law. She needs help. Enter reputed atternaty (aka, Mr. Freeman). And how is this related to the opening scene in El Salvado with a bunch of dead natives? Ready! Set! GO! 'Cause it's not going to stop 'til the end. DH and I watched in HBO, almost burned dinner, we were so caught up!
High Crimes
Now I want to read the book . Turns out it has the same title and is by James Finder. And I can get both on! Now, where are those SwagBooks points!

Oh, dear!

This is not a good sign. It took 30 minutes to realize, I've heard this book before! 
I loved the narrator, Davina Porter. Her voice sounded age appropriate and the accent went along perfectly. So why hadn't I reviewed it? I know I listened to the whole thing,
Publisher's summary:

New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith has become a household name through his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Now he continues his equally charming Isabel Dalhousie series with the third mystery starring the highly ethical, plucky protagonist.
Isabel's life is thrown for a few loops when her cousin Mimi arrives from Dallas with her husband Joe. Through Mimi and Joe, Isabel meets Texas hotshot Tom Bruce, who is about to marry someone Isabel suspects of gold-digging. Further complicating matters, Tom seems to have an unusual level of interest in Isabel. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own feelings to deal with, not to mention those of her beloved niece Cat, whose romantic interest may not be up to snuff.
It would all be quite a lot for one person to contend with if that person wasn't Isabel, who is always ready to apply her well-defended sense of ethics to any situation.
Sounds like a good read, right? Why didn't I review it earlier? Then it came to me...I just didn't know what to say!  ('not sure I do now.)
Let's try stream of consciousness:
I didn't hate the book. Could it be my expectation was too high? Yes! THAT'S IT. I had great expectations for a book that is just a nice, leisurely little life mystery. Looking at it from direction, it would have much appeal to a wide range of people. My problem is I wanted more. I expected it to pick up (which it didn't). So I was let down. 
As the saying goes, "It was not my cuppa tea.". But that doesn't mean it can't be yours, as long as you know what to expect. 
Giggle, I just didn't have "The Right Attitude to Rain"! ('sorry, I'll go back to reading now.)

Do you like Ian Fleming?

I have liked most all the movies based on his novels since I first saw Gold Finger while I was in high school. I had never read Ian Fleming, which of course Scottish born DH had. I didn't want to be left behind, so when I saw Quantum of Solace on special at, and read this publisher's summary, I had to get it. About 8.5 hours long, Quantum of Solace is a compilation of several short stories. I listened to one each night before sleeping. 
Narrator, Simon Vance, does a lovely job. 
While Mr. Bond might not indulge in the explosive activities of the movies, the stories are still very enjoyable . I won't tell you about each short story except to say, "I will probably indulge in more of Ian Fleming's writings." Translate the last comment: the book gets better than a "good" rating and I am glad I spent the money! 
I love the cover! 'Glad they didn't "modernize" it!