Freeman delivers a complex, twisted tale. It had a few problems -- namely the first three-quarters of the book were not all that interesting. The last quarter, however, was excellent and left me anxious for the next Stride installment. Freeman uses a plot device that I really hate: a character finds out a vital piece of information that the reader is not privy to until much later. Very frustrating.
This was my first book with this narrator. While I really like his voice, some of his vocal characterizations are really irritating. His Minnesota accents, especially for the female characters, are whiney and grating. However, his Serena Dial is very enjoyable.
In short, don't give up on this book. I think there are great things to come from this new author.
This is an okay book, but it gets lost in the side plots a couple of times and even decides to introduce a new set of characters and locations more than halfway through the book, which I seldom find to be a good sign. You can find prime examples of at least six of the seven deadly sins here, missing only gluttony. We have people committing murder, kidnapping, rape, adultery in several forms including with their "minister", their stepdaughter, and their coworkers. There is a woman that pulls the getting pregnant trick twice to force men to marry and take care of her. Lust, envy, wrath, and pride run rampant. Lots of misdirection and lapses in logic to annoy those that like their books to make some sort of imperical sense mean slight deductions to the overall score.
This is an okay story and the good reader make this worth purchasing. Do NOT listen to it on the car radio with young listeners or unrelated members of the opposite sex in the car. There are some rather graphic scenes of a sexual nature that would embarrass those with a semi developed sense of morality.
The book was slow to start but entertaining overall; however, the ending dropped it a full notch for me. It wasn't the unusual, perhaps unexpected, ending but Strider's reaction, or lack of action, towards it. The Strider character has now lost a lot of credibility with me for failing to properly deal with a stupid, clingy, whining character! (Trying not to give anything away in wording.). Just made me almost mad....
This author really does a good job of creating twists and turns in his stories. This is the 3rd novel I've listened to by him. I have to admit that early on in the novel, I had an inkling of what was going on, but then I forgot about it with all the other plot twists.
He also seems to have a lot of fun creating characters and scenarios.
Pretty good detective novel. Nice cast of characters. The protagonist was a very likable person. It kept you thinking. Was tough to determine who did it. Hard to believe that it was his first novel. I will definitely read more.
I dont often write reviews, but do read others. This was a first time reading this author, and I really liked it. The story keeps you engaged, enough small twists in the plot to keep you wondering, what! Well worth the time!
The story was good! Fun references to Minnesoota, especially if you have been to Dulooth. Excessive Minnesota accent for multiple characters distracting from a good plot.
Yes, I enjoyed the story. It was a good mystery that was well paced, driving the story to its conclusion.
I thought the ending could have been a lot better. There's no need to make all of the major events be tied directly to the main character.
He did the male characters well. His female voices were very weirdly done.
There were a lot of graphic sex scenes that were unnecessary to move the story along and honestly, they were clumsy. He would bounce between proper names for body parts followed by some pretty base slang. It was the kind of sex a 16 year old boy might write and there were far too many of them. More than anything else, this reduced my enjoyment of the story because implied sex would have served the story just as well and we wouldn't have been forced to listen to the narrator struggle through poorly written sex scenes.
I bought this book because its set in my hometown of Duluth, MN
I have a long commute twice a day and no longer have time to read for fun. I can listen to audio books. This narrator did a great job.
I enjoyed the story and was unable to guess the ending. My only quibble is that the author used Duluth, MN as the setting but then didn't use the language unique to the city. For example, he called the boats 'ships.' That is a true mark of a transplant to the city.This is a tiny complaint, as the story was well done and held my attention from beginning to end. I will buy the rest of his series.
Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..
May start a bit slow... Worth sticking with it
The narrator - shudder. He is awful with female characters. A credit to the plot, writing and characters that I did not halt my first book by this author. I now note, SLIGHT improvement in other books - same narrator/author, but still pathetic. Drift off a second? Good luck knowing whether the male or female characters are speaking! Still worth the journey.