Better dialogue for the protagonist.Having enjoyed other Nelson DeMille novels I was incredibly disappointed with this book. The dialogue written for the protagonist, John Corey, reminded me of the narcissistic, horny jock in high school who couldn't stop talking about himself or hitting on the nearest skirt. The character has some good qualities but they get overrun by his incessant prattling about why he is right, why he is smart/insightful (note: insightful people don't have to tell your they're insightful), or why the lady detective really should have sex with him.
This is Spenser (Parker) without the interesting insights, Elvis Cole without the reflection, Reacher (Child) without purpose or cause.
I tried listening through the first part in hopes that it would get better. It didn't - I gave up after 7 hours.DeMille has written much better novels. Skip this one, it is a waste of time - hours of your life you won't get back.
The Leopard by Joe Nesbo. Listening to it as I write this review. What a relief!!!!
The protagonist's dialogue is so repetitive, trite and ultimately boring that even a narrator with more vocal characterization couldn't have saved this book.
Glad I bought it on sale. If I had spent a credit on this or paid full price, I would have been really pissed instead of just incredibly disappointed by this poor book from such a fine writer. Read his Lion series instead.
I am more than avid listener and listened to this via offer to listen to series. The reader was absolutely perfect, the story was good, the whole book was great to listen too, even liked the ending, which some authors disappoint me with. Going to go get me some more of this series. I am old Southern gentlemen but do love a true "New Yorker" with their pleasant, arrogant, gotta love it humor which the author and reader perfectly capture. You will not regret listening to this book. I would love to meet the author who has to have that "New Yorker" in your face I love you attitude.
This book just seemed to drag and seemed very boring to me. Way too much filler narrative, not enough action. Sorry!
I actually read The Lion and Lion's Game before this one, which is the first in the series, however, it did not matter. The story is well done and very detailed, a little too much at times. There were times when the author was describing something in detail and I felt myself just thinking "get on with it." That was the only negative thing. It is a long story, but worth the time. I have enjoyed all of DeMille's novels so far. This gave me the background on the main character, John Corey, which was helpful. He is a little to misogynistic sometimes, but I guess that is what makes him John Corey. Enjoy
Before I even finished the first part, I had determined that I hated the main character, I wanted someone to kill him so he would stop talking. Honestly how much sarcasm can one character ooze? This was 14hours of pure agony. I like the narrator, hated the story, hated the charaters.
Nelson DeMille has written many very good novels like By the Rivers of Babylon and The Lion's Game. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. The story is a bit silly, and the surly, unorthodox, Mark Hammer like detective just becomes annoying as the tale progresses.
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I will absolutely listen to this book again-it kept me on my toes! The suspense was great and I could not stop listening to see what was going to happen next!
I don't think I've even not finished listening to a book, this might be the first time. It is sooooooo long, and there is nothing to keep you interested, it's just a lot of talking, talking, talking! It might have been a good book to read, but listening is sheer tourture! I've never given such a bad review but this book just didn't keep my attention. I figure i'll go to the end just to see what happens but i don't think i'll miss much.
One reviewer wrote 'Scott Brick could read the phone book and I would listen' I totally agree. There is something about Scott Brick's voice that holds me like a magnet. He does a wonderful job with this mystery. The story adventure combines a different spin on the routine cops and robbers. John Cory, our hero, is smart, smart aleck but inspite of his gruff exterior he is a good guy. It was interesting to hear about Capt Kidd, treasurer and life on Long Island. It is a good listen and I will finish this series. The first book is a real plum indeed!
Early on, I thought I would have to abandon this book when all of the top investigators spend a full day ferrying to the victims' island workplace and then rapidly give up on their dire theories when barely plausible alternatives are presented. Damn, I have to believe SOMETHING in a book for me to get any pleasure out of the listen.
But things picked up from there. John Corey is a chauvinist and freely admits it, but his self-deprecating humor explains his charm. There is none of the sexist bravado you might expect from a novelized NYC detective - in fact he shows respect for the female characters and none of them are weaker or more foolish than the men.
It was fairly easy to deduce the real motive, but I did not lose interest watching the fictional investigation. This is not a hard-boiled detective novel. Corey may be a beer drinking homicide detective recovering from a near-fatal encounter on the job, but he is introspective, impulsive and attentive. The ending was something of a letdown - pushed the bounds of my credibility too far.
Scott Brick is usually a good, if distinctive, narrator. There are none of the distracting, overdone, vocal adjustments for secondary characters. Although the story is told in first person, there is a lot of dialogue. The female, elderly, and foreign voices were not the caricatures that ruin a good listen for me. Corey's voice was the only one that gave me pause - sounded more like the south side of Chicago than Manhattan, but at least it was consistent throughout the book.
I am ready to listen to the next book in the series. This one kept me up too late a couple of nights - hard to ask more from a book than that.