The concept is good, it had great potential; I think that is why I was so disappointed. A well to do husband, family man, nice guy gets caught up is some bad business with the wrong people. When the train he is riding on is the target of terrorist he takes the opportunity to stage his demise and escape, leaving his family and everyone thinking the worst. The seemingly unrelated and accidental hit and run deaths add to the mystery. The shady business partners and the other subplots had me hopeful. But I never found the mystery and suspense. The detective who is suspicious ends us involved with the widow is too predictable. The writing is good but unfortunately the author never really makes it believable. Add to this the over dramatic situations and I ended up just wanting to get through the book, fast forwarding often. Did I mention over dramatic, the book should be in the drama or soap opera section. Good plot, good theme, just poor execution.
Why was the wife cursing? It made no sense.
And what in the world was the sex about in this book. Ill timed, and made no sense according to the emotion of the scenes and points in the story.
Very disappointed in this solo effort. I was drawn to it because he co wrote a book with Patterson, but clearly he is not ready. Gross tries to force twists and gets repetitive and overly descriptive. I did not have that big of a problem with the narrator, she is okay, it is the story that drives you nuts rather than the voice.
Excellent read! Andrew Gross keeps readers interested and entertained as the story develops. The characters are believable and well-developed. The plot is interesting and keeps you guessing until the last page.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
While I agree with some of the other reviewer's I have to rate this as one of the better mysteries I've listened to recently. This is in the class of Michael Connelly or Stephen J. Cannell. A good story with plenty of twists and turns, some obvious, some not. I don't usually like female readers but Mellissa Leo did an excellent job. I think she does male voices a lot better than a lot of male readers do female voices. You'll like this story. Worth the credit. Definitely.
The writing is immature, with repetitively mind numbing dialogue, and "love" scenes that seemed forced and ridiculous. The narration is an uninspired drone, punctuated with whines and overpronounced vowels. I would be very hesitant to ever listen/read anything by this author in the future, and I certainly won't be listening to this narrator again.
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I don’t like police-dramas as a rule so I went out on a limb with this one.
Perhaps I just don’t know how to pick them and end up with the same lousy kind each time: action packed “gotta find the psychopath before he kills again” race again time adventures; I find all that quite annoying. I am willing to admit that I am probably generalizing based on those I have read so far, and that’s precisely why this book sucked me in from the start; it was not like that! It started off as more of a mystery or an intrigue instead of action and gratuitous violence - I was on my way to giving it 4 stars.
As it wore on, it wore on my nerves. I liked the plot, but I didn’t care for Karen – she irritated me; all that lamenting the past over and over and over, talking to herself with all those ‘Charlie-how-could-you’s. I found myself wanting to tell her: “Bah! Shaddup! This again?” Plus the romance that blossomed was not believable to me… probably because I didn’t like her and therefore didn’t care that she ‘found happiness’.
Since the series is not about her, but about the lead cop Ty Hauck, I’m willing to try the next instalment.
The production was a little sloppy: sporadic out-of-the-blue musical transitions that sounded like a breaking news intro…. that must have come from the CD, perhaps at the start of each new CD they played a tune? It made for a strange effect when listening to it as an MP3. Also, did they edit out chapter titles? I would be on chapter 61 and then all of a sudden it was chapter 69, then 73 then 78…. Was that sloppy editing or was I listeing to an abridged version without even realizing?
This is unquestionably the worst audio book I have ever had the poor judgment to listen to all the way through. The plot is implausible, the dialog is stiff and phony and there are errors throughout. At the end of one chapter, the woman "doesn't notice the small plane circling overhead" and later "remembers the plane circling overhead". The villain drowning his victim laughs that the "jet stream" is warm this time of year, when it should be "gulf stream". The list goes on. Please save your credits.
For the most part, the book was entertaining BUT the constant use of the main character's name in every sentence of dialog became tedious. No one talks like that! It became so distracting I couldn't finish the book.