Love long books. The longer the audiobook, the better. Plum Island is twenty hours and fits the bill. Also, love Scott Brick, the narrator of Plum Island. Scott does a terrific job, especially with the lead character, John Corey, homicide investigator. After listening to well over half of the book, however, I can’t hang in there anticipating a story to develop. The artful dialogue of John Corey’s sarcasm is brilliantly conveyed, not only in the writing, but especially in the narration. But, nobody is that obnoxious, lending credibility to the character is impossible. The flippant sexual snipes are insulting, and in some circumstances would result in the ass getting himself and his police department sued. It is not often that I can’t continue listening to a novel, but I’ve punished myself enough with this one. There are no characters to care about, in my opinion. The mystery of a diabolical plague or other act of terror has not yet risen to the surface in this book, and I’ve suffered through over ten hours. I’m done.
I got this book because the author had come highly recommended by friends; in retrospect all the friends who recommended it were male. As a female living in 2014 I find the demoralizing treatment of women as simply sex objects by the lead character distasteful and upsetting. It was so historic and sophomoric I had to look up to see when the book was originally published and was shocked to see it was in 1997, I would have guessed the 1960s (if I ignored the references to cell phones and other modern accouterments). The treatment of women is surely prehistoric. I like sarcastic humor and don’t mind that sort of banter but I can’t tolerate the demeaning of women as this author seems to believe is acceptable. I will not be listening or reading any more books by this author.
This was the first John Corey I read and now I have listened to the entire series. I can't wait for the next book. Corey certainly will give you a few belly laughs and also put you on the edge of your seat. All the characters are interesting and complex. As for the narrator, no can beat Scott Brick!
I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.
Plum Island isn't the best book I've listened to, but it does go by fast. The mark of a good book. I really don't have a negative thing to say about it. It was fun and interesting.
I would compare it to the Lion's Game - the second book in this series. It was as good and had a lot of humor in it.
Brick is one of the best readers in the business. He acts when he reads, he doesn't just read. When the character is angry, he sounds angry. When surprised, he sounds that way. He really makes the books come alive.
Not my thing.. I dunno "Murder on Vacation".
This was a worthwhile book to listen to. The John Corey character is such a smart alec it's just fun to listen to him. He comes across like Columbo at times. He sounds dumb - sometimes even on purpose but in the end there's no fooling him.
I just really didn't care about the characters. The narrator really got on my nerves with his reading style. Made it waaaaay too long.
Just didn't care for his style. He made me really dislike the lead character and thus the book itself.
Too long and just couldn't wait to finally finish it. I don't mind the length, just wasn't nearly enough story to keep me interested. Didn't like the characters much.
Scott Brick was the narrator of this Nelson DeMille novel and I am usually not a fan of his narrations. He really impressed me, however, narrating “Plum Island.” Just perfect for it.
The detective John Corey is quite a bad boy character and is very entertaining throughout the novel. The novel is a very good thriller murder mystery and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Nelson DeMille and Scott Brick bring to life the sarcastic, quick witted attitude of NYC Det. John Corey. All this combines to make this an entertaining read/listen (I have it both on audible & Kindle) you just can’t put down.
I typically like this genre -- murder mystery meets potential cataclysmic disaster -- but the attitude of the protagonist made it almost impossible to finish this book. He was a jerk to pretty much everyone, especially the female characters. Worse, they in turn - even the accomplished, successful ones - put up with his arrogance and condescension as if they were helpless, inexperienced sheep. The female homicide detective declares her legal/moral position from time to time, then ends up going along with every illegal, immoral, nasty thing he wants to do - all of which he justifies on the basis of a contrived plot twist. That was my first and will be my last Nelson DeMille novel.
Exciting, Funny, and Entertaining.
I love John Corey in all his books. He is sarcastic and very funny. I never tire of his wit and jokes. But I did really love Emma Whitestone, she was a nice change of pace from DeMille's regular characters.
I have not heard him before.
Yes, but I mustn't say for fear of someone reading this before listening to the book. It would spoil it. However, I am sure other readers can guess what broke my heart!
I enjoyed Plum Island, though it is not even close to being one of DeMille's best. Nothing negative to say at all, just that there are even better of his out there. Up country, CHARM SCHOOL, and Night Fall to name a few. If you liked this, you will LOVE those.
Bibliophile, English Teacher, Wordsmith
Probably the most exciting book I have ever read. The build-up is gradual and precise. Just when you think you've finally got it worked out, you find yourself in the most terrifying scene of all. And the ride is still not over. I'm new to Nelson De Mille, but will be downloading another of his books, in a hurry, which I doubt will be my last.
John Corey is a comfortably anti-social anti-hero. The NYPD detective is staying at his uncle's Long Island summer home while recuperating from the bullets he took in the line of duty. Hard-edged with few social graces, he's a beer-swilling, wise-cracking, hard-loving guy, a bit like Raymond Chandler's Marlowe, but with a personality all his own.
This book will lead you through multiple mazes of intrigue. The number of glittering clues, red herrings, and dead ends is amazing. I think I solved the mystery four different times before I finally did.
The plot is twisted with switch-backs and blind alleys. Every one is so promising, you're sure you've got it. But there's a game-changing new lead around every corner.. The romance is ever-present and equally complicated. Don't get too attached to any outcome. It will change, repeatedly, before you are safely home.