My first Finder book...wow, what a great story. I actually looked for places to drive so I could hear the next chapter...with gas at $3.00 a gallon, you know it kept my interest!!!!
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
this time the star rating factor here at Audible worked. I found this book searching for something new and read the review and I could not have been happier. This is a great book. Well done -
Hopelessly addicted to Audio Books! I started listening as a distraction to the aggravation of driving, now I listen all the time :)
The dialogue is campy and cliche'. The story is a bit ridiculous, and I struggled at times, smacking my lips out loud, but if you look at it like a simple minded action/high-tension type entertainment movie, you'll enjoy it well enough.
I bordered on a 3 or 4-star rating and decided to round up.
I just finished listening. I have to say that I was surprised by the dialogue of a "regular joe" like Jake. I was laughing at points and wondering at others. I am not sure if it was the dialogue or the narrator, but something was not right. Jake Landry would not describe the rape of his girlfriend as from one who had "wolly brown pubic hair" He lost me at that one. Nor would he stop to describe the beauty of the Canadian location as flowery as it is described. I think it is a good book with a great premise but I found myself thinking that I should have read the book, rather than listened to it.
The story didn’t measure up. The plot was contrived and predictable. It was like an eight hour episode of MacGyver. I had relatively low expectations that went unmet. Pick a different one!
The beginning reminded me of Die Hard and Deliverance. A group of top executives are held hostage by five military types with guns in a remote location. Ordinary guy Jake is willing to take risks to do things against the hostage takers. He does unexpected things. Jake is not the military type. What he does have comes partly from surviving 18 months in jail as a teenager. The characters and plot are well developed. Dialogue is good. A couple lines I liked follow.
He: “I owe you one.”
She (Zoe): “One? One squared more like.”
He: “That’s still one Zoe.”
A judge tells Jake he has a good wolf and a bad wolf inside him. He asks which one will win. She says the one you feed.
There is a happy ending for the good guys which I liked.
I have a few complaints, which are minor.
1. I don’t like first person books. But this is one of the better ones.
2. There were many interruptions in the current story to tell Jake’s back story – about his time in juvenile prison and his abusive father. I would have preferred it done in fewer larger pieces – not many small pieces.
3. The back stories needed an intro/title or something. One sentence is the last sentence of the current scene. The next sentence is in the back story and I was confused – not knowing we had moved to the back story. If there was a line or symbol in the book, the audiobook narrator did not say so.
Dennis Boutsikaris was very good, except he should have paused longer between the back stories and the current story.
Genre: mystery suspense thriller.
Contrived, boring, predictable, and well...one of the lamest books I have ever listened to. Did I listen to the same book as the other reviewers? Can I have my 8 hours back?