Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
This is my first Thomas Perry book. I especially enjoyed the ending, although I wasn't sure where the story was headed till we got there. I agree with the reviewer who said that there were times he didn't know which character to pull for. Occasionally I had to remind myself what I already knew about a character. Look forward to another book by TP.
I like the plot twists, it was the perfect read for a rainy afternoon or day at the beach. Violence as part of the scene but not too graphic or blown out. I would have given a higher performance rating but he mispronounced Sepulveda and La Cienega, both well known L.A. locals.
Yes, I enjoyed the story and didn't need to listen all in one day. The story was written with enough information in each of the story lines to make it easy to remember where I stopped and what action finished just before I stopped listening. Many good stories don't have that strong a set of characters to allow for interruptions.
I have so many of the Thomas Perry books I will always try more!
I don't find audio better or worse than print - just different. I grew up listening to radio plays and that is what I compare an audio book to.
This is not a true thriller it is an interesting tale from various peoples view point.
Kramer's characters are easy to identify and seem to match the verbal images well.
I love anything that Thomas Perry writes, and this was a great story; the double crosses were dizzying. But if you are going to get someone to read a book, that person should be provided with the correct ways to say local place names. This fellow mispronounced Sepulveda, La Canada, and, as I recall, La Cienaga. Every time a place was mispronounced I felt as if I had bitten down hard on tin foil. That said, it is a great listen, although it was more complex than many Perry novels, with multiple story lines.
Great plot, interesting & well drawn characters. I thought the writing was well above the average action/thriller fare.
This would have been a Very Good book IF the editors had taken the time to tell the narrator how to pronounce California / LA street names. It's Ce-Pul-Ved- A, nor Cepel-Veeda. Just one of many gaffs. Too bad as the story was mostly believable/probable but the mispronunciations were just too vast and cut into the enjoyment of the book. I'll try another but this one was a poor showing.
I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.
I'm not necessarily a Perry fan, but this book's description appeared interesting so I gave it a try. I wanted to see how this story ended. There was a lot of action and it was entertaining. Some of the action was a bit far-fetched, but after all, it's a STORY. I'm sure I'll be reading another Perry book again.
I chose this book because it made Stephen King's Top 10 books for 2010. He wrote about his choices in his Entertainment Weekly column, and I looked them all up on Audible and added them to my Wish List until I could purchase them. Normally, his recommendations are FANTASTIC, but not this time.
I found the story to be disjointed, unfocused, not believable (yes, I realize it's fiction), and generally pointless. At the beginning of the book, I'm thinking I know what the story will be about - the character we first meet at the start, and we learn about his predicament and why he's in it, and what he plans on doing about it. Well, somewhere along the line, he becomes VERY peripheral, and even forgotten. The story weaves into other stories about different characters who, in my opinion, barely make sense or fit together.
The ending was anti-climatic and, frankly, stupid. I was kind of pissed that I lost 13+ hours of my life that I won't get back by listening to this book. It seemed to me akin to suffering through a new writer's first attempt at a "crime novel" only to get lost on what the point is by the time we get to the end.
The narration was good - no fault to Michael Kramer. In fact, I rather lliked his performance. The imagery in the story was enough that I could visualize the characters and situations clearly. The dialogue wasn't annoying. So, this wasn't the worst book I've ever read/listened to. Hence, the two star rating I gave here. My advice? Don't bother.
This tale teeters just this side of surreal or over-the-top, but in sum it is a richly entertaining read, filled with good characters and compelling twined story lines.
It is about a bunch of bad guys and people with ill intent or, at the least, weak moral compasses, on a collision course with disaster(and each other) . Yet we come to like most of them, none more than Manco Kapak, the shady strip club owner. I love the narrator's voice for Manco and if anything I wish we'd had more Manco and a bit less of the lengthy diversions into some of the others.
We are stretched a bit thin to suspend our disbelief over Lt. Slosser's improbable domestic complication, and of the super hero qualities of Joe Carver, whose only known training for this is having run a bar back East. But we get past those quibbles. The ending is a reward in and of itself, even if it is not what one might predict or necessarily like.