I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
I enjoyed Plum Island and would give it another half star if it were an option. The story is good but a bit drawn out. I enjoyed the main character's humor but it too was a bit over the top. It was a good listen but not the type where you just can't wait to hear what happens next. It was entertaining but a bit long. I found the last main part where they were traveling by boat to the Plum Island during the hurricane way too long.
Overall I would say it was a good listen but not outstanding.
I'm only into this 9 hours and dying... - It is so slow and incredibly dull. I guess I am so over John Cory's smart ass continuous remarks. It was amusing at first, but no one is this obnoxious in real life. I just can't believe that after listening for 9 hours, nothing has progressed. It is the slowest moving book I have ever listened to. I'm giving up!! First book ever..
This was my first read for this author and crime solver. I would probably not read this author again. I found the main character to be distracting in his vulgar descriptions of every woman, and interaction with any woman he encountered. Could have been a good story, I just didn't see the point of his diatribe.
The story line held my interest.
Sounded like an old time Chicago mobster. The voice and style was older than the placement of the story in time.
I think I'm probably alone in this, but I didn't like John Corey. At all. I hated the way he acted to Beth Penrose. I hated the unrelenting smart-alecky comments, even in times of crisis...I just never warmed to him at all. Scott Brick has said this was one of his favorites to read, and he does a great job as always, but the character of John Corey just rubbed me the wrong way. I might try reading another in this series, just to see if he grows up some, but probably not.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
Officer John Corey is minding his own business recovering from nearly being fatally shot while on the job in NYC. He's staying at his Uncle's home on Long Island, when he gets dragged into a murder investigation of two of his friends, who happen to be research scientists at the titular Plum Island a government research facility for some very deadly diseases. Mr. Corey works with local detective Beth Penrose to solve the murders and figure out what went missing on Plum Island.
I really like this book, but it's a little long. I think cutting a few hours off the book would tighten up the story.
There is a great variety of characters in the story, from by the book Detective Penrose, to Police chief Max, to the staff on Plum Island, to the locals on the North Fork of Long Island. They're all interesting characters and all help develop the story. The mystery is good and there are some good twists and turns throughout the story that keep the reader/listener engaged. Officer Corey is a likeable character and Scott Brick brings his sarcastic personality to life through his fantastic performance. Brick also does a good job with the other characters, but his performance with John Corey is the icing on the cake.
I liked this book enough, even though I thought it could have been tightened up a bit. It's a good story, and I want to see where the series goes next. I've kept the review vague so as not to spoil any characters or plot details that occur, as there are some good twists with some characters that I don't want to give away.
I read this because it was available for $4.95 during the "First of a Series" sale, and I was looking for a new mystery/thriller series to get wrapped up in.
Alas, the thing that sticks with me above all else is that this book was just way longer than it needed to be. The length causes the story to drag, and overshadows the several good points: Detective John Corey is an entertaining character, especially his tendency towards sarcastic and irreverent dialogue; the mystery at hand is clever and has a good number of twists to keep the reader guessing; and the story seems very well-researched.
I've listened to other things by Scott Brick, and find in general, and in this book, that he is just okay as far as narrators go. He doesn't bring anything special to the story, but he doesn't hurt it, either.
I don't have it in me to get through another DeMille (and while the next in the series is even more highly rated, it is also even longer...).
The story itself was pretty good. It was a detective mystery style book and overall it wasn't bad. It had some really funny parts at the beginning, but the main characters brand of humor (making sarcastic remarks to every little comment) started to get old after Part 1 and then I just started getting annoyed with it after part 2. The middle of the book was rather boring and seemed to include some random events to fill a few more pages. The ending wasn't bad but it could have been better.
The biggest problem I have with this book is that the main character is your typical arrogant and self centered "Alpha Male" who can dish it out but can't take it and has to come up with a scarastic/smartass reply to everything. By the end of the book it's clear that John is a real ahole so this will be the first and last book that I read from Nelson DeMille.
Yes. Though it took a while to grow on me, Brick's rendering of the main character was superb (perhaps it took a while for John Corey to grown on me?). The book was, as indicated, very implausible. It was, however, interesting and kept me to the end (some have not). This is my first DeMille novel, either on page or by audible, but I saw enough promise in the writing and the character that I purchased the next book in the series. Let's hope that as his character develops for the reader, there'll be less need for constant sexist comments and we'll get more depth.
Not by the author. Yes by the reader.
Relief that it was over.
Workmanlike, believable, well-done
The character is a cardboard cutout of a macho man. His flippancy and sexual hangups get in the way of a serviceable plot. I don't get how this poor caliber of writing finds publishers and readers. I only finished it because I'd started it. I rarely abandon books halfway through, but this one made me regret the money I spent on it. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone I liked or respected.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
One of those horrible experiences that has the listener screaming at the speakers. "Stop this inane babel and get on with it". .The plot line and detective work are of some interest but not enough to waste the hours in the insufferable dialogue of the protagonist who's sexist strutting wise-cracking stupidity encourages one to punch him out and remove his tongue.
This guy doesn't need to shoot the hideous villains - he can just talk them to death with some of the lamest dialog ever written. I pity the poor performer for having to read this garbage and hope he got hazard pay. The only thing I got out of this series sale book was the knowledge that I never have to purchase a book by this author at the member price to know how bad it is.
THIS AUDIO BOOK IS THE WORST EVER - I actually hoped the wounded "hero" cop would die and save the world from his revolting attitude. What a jerk - he must be written in the self-image of the author. It's the only way to explain this irritating waste of time. I had to make myself suffer through it because I could not believe it would never get better. It doesn't . I hate this fictional character. How senseless it that? The author drove me to it.