Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
This is one of Nelson De Mille's convoluted mysteries that's fun to read. Since my eyesight has deteriorated, I listen to a great many books. Scott Brick has become too used to the cadences of De Mille's writing so the books are sounding alike. On the other hand, maybe I need to work a bit harder and actually read a couple of them to find out if the fault is in the author.
I have read and loved many other John Corey novels by Nelson Demille, my favorite being Night Fall. This was good, but very long.
The reader has taken on Corey's personality. He reads them so well that you can become one with the story.
None- class of its own
You could but it's more fun on a road trip
Perfect vehicle for Scott Brick -- his sardonic snarkiness suits the character perfectly.
Minus a star for setting a major action sequence in a small boat on the water during a hurricane. Strains credulity to the breaking point. Plus a star for keeping me engaged in spite of it.
33 year-old pharmacist, organic chemist and musician.
I have never, ever, laughed out loud this much while reading a book. I laughed when I first read the paper version in 2003 and then again a few years later when I read it for the second time.
Are jokes still funny the third time around? When Scott Brick's narrating Plum Island, they are.
I read Plum Island a grand total of four times over the course of ten years. It is THE novel I periodically go back to pump some humor back into my life.
Murder, bugs, pirates, a cynical retired cop making stupid sexist comments... this novel has it all!
Scott Brick blows us away. He switches voices, even does females without sounding stupid, and his casual back and forth dialogue is exquisite. He reads like people really talk. His inflections make the subtly humorous lines into laugh out loud material. Looking forward to the next two! or three?
The reader was top notch and the story and character interesting and fun. Great up until the end where the book falls victim to action for action's sake which goes against everything that has happened up to that point. It recovers but takes my rating from 5 to 4 stars. Overall very much worth a listen.
I live on Long Island, and am familiar with all the locations in the book. So, that was fun.Least liked - DeMille stretches out the last part of the story to a torturous length. Several times I had to force myself to continue listening - just so I would finish the book - when I really just wanted to bail out due to the drawn out ending.
North Fork of LI is interesting because I live close by to that.Least Interesting - was actually Plum Island itself. It turns out that Plum Island is a secondary part of the story. So, we're mislead to think that the story is about the biological warfare/research reputation of Plum Island, when in reality - that's secondary to the main plot.Also - the main character, John Corey - is really annoying. DeMille tries to personify a wise-a$$ NYPD Detective in Corey - instead, he's juvenile, smart-alecky, unlikable and we barely care about him.
He's a good narrator - he does a very good job of personifying the different characters.One criticism - he continually mispronounces one of the major locations in the story: Cutchogue, Long Island. Brick continually pronounces it as "ka-choog", but everyone I know on LI pronounces it, "Cuchog".
a TV series - yes - John Corey is more like a TV detective than one from literature. He's like a wise-guy Columbo, from NYC
Overall - I'd give this book 2.5 stars, but I cant' give half stars.
captivating, very engaging reader (Scott)
Besides the main character? Emma.
Did not listen to Scott before. This one is awesome though.