With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
This must be an earlier book from Michael Connelly. I found the writing not as good as in LIncoln Lawyer and later books. The story was okay, a bit drawn out, but it is what one is looking for in a mystery thrill. I found the datedness interfered with the story line especially in terms of the narrator. Overall the narration detracted from the experience. Buck Shimer did a great job in creating different character voices, but there was often a self conscious or emphatic delivery in the wrong places. I think much of it was faulty writing. The dialogue is inconsistent with the way people think and speak. There was too much reference to location in an attempt to present a valid circumstance. Connelly is not the only author to overuse this convention. If I am talking to a friend, colleague etc. It is weird to go into detail about the route. i.e. if I am Boulder, and I have lived there, I would never say casually, or in my head. I am going down Pearl Street to the Whole Foods Grocery. I am really nit picking but the point is that there was no casual delivery in these techniques. It is as if going down Pearl Street is important. Not really. Not even going to WholeFoods. It is an attempt to create realism that is superfluous. I find it to be very masculine, talking about names, places, directions, measurements. I would much rather know how a characters feels when driving down Pearl.
This is about the fourth Connelly mystery I have listened to, and it is the least accomplished I think. I enjoyed all the others, or specifically did not notice that the narration and writing technique distracted from the experience.
I didn't read the print version so I can't answer this question.
The twists and turns
Neither. I'm not affected like that when I read books. I just get into them, or not.
I felt this was very ordinary, characters were not strong, plot took a long time to develop. In short I don't think I will follow this author
Great understanding of the frailties of the characters, and how far they will go to get answers. Slow moving, but great character development. Reads like a typical murder mystery, but more from the prospective of a writer, someone outside the usual investigative world of cops and FBI. Just when you think it's all going to be solved and end, there comes a very fast unsuspected conclusion. A good read.
I'm always on the search for engaging, intelligent books & authors who give me a story I can relate to. Through Audible I'm finding a lot! When I'm not reading or listening, I'm writing, cooking, traveling or working on my house or in the yard. Politics is also central in my life; I feel it's important to be aware of what's going on and give voice to protecting all that we value & hold dear.
Absolutely great writing and narration. From the first chapter to the end it was engaging.
They were all so real and plausible ... All great but glad the story was told through the eye of our journalist.
If you're a murder mystery fan - this one is a must listen. Truly one of the - if not the best.
I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.
I have read Michael Connelly before and enjoyed him. Buck Schirner is a very boring narrator.
Found someone else to read it
The narration was so bad, I could not enjoy the story.
It was nice to listen to a book with the lead character being a reporter as opposed to a detective or FBI agent. Michael Connelly does a good job of slowly unfolding how everything is connected. The story line kept my attention and the narrator was good for this character.
I listened to The Scarecrow first, which is also about Jack McEvoy and enjoyed that listen as well.
Yes. It had a interesting plot that author handle very well
Like the use of clues from Poe's poetry.and the author's ability to weave them in to his story.
Good read, Really enjoyed .
I did not finish this book. I read several reviews both on Audible and on other sites. None of the reviews mentioned that the book is told from the viewpoint of a pedophile or even mentioned that this was part of the story line. I was extremely disappointed to discover that this was the subject matter as this is not a topic I find entertaining.
investigation, doubt, relationships
I was a little disappointed. Would have liked a little better set up for the end.
The reporter (the protagonist). His personal connection to the case, his entry into the world of the FBI was interesting.
No extreme reaction. It was an enjoyable book, kept me interested to find out what would happen next.