I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (suspense) - You're Next takes place primarily in California in probably the 1980s. Mike's family is in danger, and he calls on his bad-boy friend Shep to help him find and deal with whoever is threatening them. They suspect governmental corruption, and they are pressed to find someone they can trust. The listener will experience kidnapping, murder and action scenes but will also enjoy Mike's love for his wife Annabel and his adorable daughter Kat.
There are lots of books which are fairly similar to this, where something from the main character's past emerges and causes trouble. I like this one better than most, however. For one thing, I got more invested in the characters. I'd give too much away by enumerating other things I enjoyed about this story, but it's well-written and will keep you wanting to listen every chance you get.
PERFORMANCE - Scott Brick, as always, delivers a great performance.
OVERALL - There is very little cursing in this book and only one very short, tastefully done sex scene. There is, however, quite a bit of violence. I'd recommend equally for men and women who enjoy the genre.
Difficult to listen of 12 hours of the main character's suffering and obstacles. Author should have altered it or employed some type of pacing or relief.
No, if this is his standard writing style
Scott Brick is usually excellent. I don't think he should have sung nursery rhymes as 1 of the characters. It sounded like a difficult story for him to maintain.
ending was acceptable and somewhat predictable. The plot finally turned and made sense with the visit to the casino.
Should have been a shorter book, as 85% of the story was about the main characters suffering and angst
Okay this truly was one of the most intense and exciting books that I've listened to in quite some time. This was my first encounter with Hurwitz's work and I think that I will seek out more right now. I rarely get this excited after finishing a book but I didn't want it to end. There were times that I was on the edge of my seat and took detours to be able to hear more. The characters had depth, were believable, and also well developed. There were no storybook super heroes that left me asking, "what in the world?" I cannot say enough and hope the author's other works are as good as this one.
I got this book based on the sterling reviews but was very disappointed. The main character and story line rang false on multiple levels. A CONTRACTOR overcome with guilt over a construction mistake that was blown out of proportion and wasn't his fault ... please. The actions of the bad guys are terrifying but implausible ... would a thug break into a house just to whisper scary messages into a baby monitor, then leave?
Overall, the plot was on the level of a teen horror flick (Scream, etc.) than a quality mystery novel.
Scott Brick is (or can be) one of the best narrators out there. Nonetheless, I find that his performances on some books are overdone, with too much emotional breathy talk. This was one of his overdone narrations.
I wish I could get my credit back.
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
If I had to boil it down to two words they would be: overly dramatic, in both narration and story. That said, I did finish it to the end although if I were honest with myself, it's only because I was I was avoiding paying bills online. Someone wrote earlier that it was like an episode of Law & Order--I concur except there weren't any Lenny zingers.
Listen to this book if you like mainstream thrillers with a dose of maudlin woe for the orphans of the world.
A beginning, middle, and end. The great thing about this story is that the author didn't rush it, he took his time and developed the characters and situations so that you can actually imagine being there. You really care for the good guys, and really fear the bad guys (they are REALLY BAD) and simply can't turn off the iPod.
Well done all around. I was pleasantly surprised with Scott Brick. I normally do not like his narration style, but in this one--he nailed it. Each voice distinct and believable. Loved the way he brought Shep out for the reader, as Mike's hearing impaired childhood friend.
Highly Recommend this one.
Not in the near future. The other reviews were so great so I felt it would have been at least a decent listen.
I could not get past the 8 yr old daughter that spoke like a mature woman. Not her voice, but the words she actually said. What she said and the questions she asked were so unrealistic for an 8 yr old. Even a mature 8 yr old. I literally turned the story off at one point and could not get back to it. A story where someone is getting hunted down by powerful people is nothing new. The characters did stupid thing after stupid thing. I kept waiting for something interesting or smart to happen.
Performance was fine.
I generally love the audible format and the suspense/thriller genre. However, the author's very wordy and sentimentalized writing style left me uninvolved in the story. In fact, I frequently found myself tuning out of the extremely descriptive passages and losing track of what was happening--requiring me to back track. Maybe Hurwitz just isn't my author.
Story lags until more than half way and narrator is laggy, too. It all comes together at the end.