So glad to find this author after finishing the Jack Reacher/Lee Child books. Even better to find out that Dick Hill narrates!! Has to be a pretty good story to make me want to get up and out the door at 4:30 a.m. in sub zero temps to get some exercise. Only problem was I started to wonder if mountain lions might be lurking near :)
This should have been more interesting from the setup of a couple of low-life robber/murderers who become hunted by vigilantes, but it just kind of limps along. The narration here didn't help with a voice that largely lacked a lot of inflection. Particularly annoying was the reading of passages in which a phone conversation was taking place and someone decided half of the conversation should have a tin can echo to it. Poor choice and ultimately unsatisfying. I think Deutermann has a better grasp of the world war 2 action thrillers he writes than the detective genre. I would pass on this book.
The plot (story). The author kept me guessing until the end and kept me "hooked" until the end,
Yes. I was unable to figure out "whodunit" until the end (not that I ever figured out the plots before this book)!
The narrator was excellent; he used different voices for each of the characters. If I had just read the book, I don't think that I would have enjoyed it as much!
No, there was nothing that particularly moved me in the book, and I am quite the "animal lover."
There is no ending or conclusion; the author just stopped writing at a convenient spot. I like definite endings to my books, and this one did not have a definite ending. I really enjoyed the plot and the book, but I did not like the ending.
Among my best listens
I tend to listen to books based off of the narrators. Will Patton, Dick Hill, Ron McLarty, George Guidall are my favorites. These authors bring the books to life with their narrations and can make a so so book fantastic
The story was excellent and the performance was easily followed and well done.
The plot was well thought out and kept the reader constantly wondering who was doing what to who! I thought it was an unusual story and I really liked it.
Mr. Hill was easily followed and did an admirable job introducing the various characters.
It made me realize how far our electronic technology can delve into US citizens lives and that the silent majority do not accept our justice system.
I am quite knowledgable about animals but, I certainly learned more from this author on the behavior of mountain lions.
This book is worth the read. The only thing I didn't like, especially because I am listening to the book and cannot easily skip ahead, was the continual use of the F word at the first part of the book when the robbery went bad. There was so much cussing that I couldn't tell what was going on. I actually stopped the book and went to another book, not intending to go back to finish this one. A month later when I ran out of books I went back to this one and fast forwarded the conversations of the thieves as best as I could. After that the book became quite intriguing and I was glad that I read the book
The first third of this book was quite different from the rest, leading me to believe that the author may have written two unfinished books over a period, finally melding them together in this book and did not do a particularly good job with the meld. This was a strange and disjointed book and, because of it, you could certainly call it a thriller and a mystery. The writing and dialogue was OK and the book moved on at a reasonable pace, but really it did not make a lot a sense to me. Perhaps, this is because am an Aussie and didn't get the 'big cat' thing in the last two thirds of the book. I found the exercise to take these cats photo's in an extreme adventure environment all a bit silly and the reason for it did not ring true but just contrived. The plot surrounding the baddies was very convoluted and also highly improbable. In most thrillers, I can suspend my belief in reality, but this one was just plain bit silly in parts.The only thing that saved this book was the narrator who did a commendable job in bringing this book to life. In the end, though, I think there are a lot better offerings in the thriller genre on Audible, if you just have the time to look and sample....
this was a good story. the idea of a challenge the made the group together was good.
the idea of taking pictures of the wild cats a little far fetched. but the whole story was good. will read more about the hero
This was my first PT Deutermann book, and I greatly enjoyed it.
I liked it so much, in fact, that I've bought nearly all of the other Deutermann titles available on Audible.
I highly recommend Cat Dancers, and it's sequel, Spider Mountain.
Probably not. I don't like Dick Hill's narration that much; it reminds me of an actor in a 70's cop movie that you'd see on TBS on a Sunday afternoon while eating leftover beef lo mein.
Some of the characters were stock, so I'd make them more unique and therefor more real.
ok, meh, not bad.
If you're on the fence about this one, I wouldn't go for it. I didn't feel that this book was fun to listen to.
The first half was pretty good but then he got into mountain lions stalking the main character in the Smokey Mountains, that was too far fetched. The book also took the the character from one impossible situation to another. It was almost like each segment was written by somebody else and then pieced together. This type of writing turned me off from Ludlum and Clancey.
Stick to what he knows about
The narrator's voice, volume and accents of different characters made it difficult to understand without turning up the volume like for the indian, female computer expert who was difficult to follow versus the southern lawyer's loud booming voice.
The second half of the book.
I was very disappointed with the author and I understand that the next book is almost a sequel. I probably won't read or download it. Some of his earliest books were his best.