My husband (who only reads nonfiction) and I are currently listening to The Survivor. We take trips in our car, and dream up places to go, just to listen to this book. It's outstanding!!
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
Although I really like Gregg Hurwitz and his books are always turbo charged, there are times when his exchanges between the main characters get maudlin and overextended. This is not helped by Scott Brick's feeble attempts at voicing the sensitivity being expressed. (listening to two Scott Brick books in a row is like nails on a chalkboard) Although character development is not at the top of the list in books like this, Gregg Hurwitz has done a better job than most in this genre. However, the characters in this book often become cardboard when they have sudden behavioral changes that help the protagonist out. For example, his estranged father suddenly decides to help Nate after a fifteen year absence. Nate himself suddenly becomes dedicated to his daughter after ignoring her for five years. All this is explained away by his decision to not commit suicide but I didn't buy it. The extended love scenes between Nate and his wife became so annoying that I had to turn the book off or else be drowned in butterscotch. Also, the entire storyline of the book, that Nate had to obtain the contents of the bank security box was absurd. The villain could have easily gone into the bank several weeks later with a new crew and retrieved the contents himself. One of the best parts of the book was the manner in which Hurwitz nailed the personality of a 15 year old girl in LA. She was so totally obnoxious, so totally self-absorbed and so totally out of control that how Nate could even stand to be around her was a fantasy in itself. Why he would sacrifice his life for her was beyond me. I also thought the way that PTDS soldiers were treated was a disgrace. Dumping these poor guys because they are psychologically damaged is like divorcing the guy because he has no legs. Yeah, he's scaring the daughter. So what! That's the sacrifice we all make for those who put themselves in harms way. I also thought that the ability of the Ukranians to track every step of Nate's was somewhat contrived. It reminded me of the movie, "Enemy of the State". I could see it if the tracking agency was Governmental but a small group of foreign thugs? Nah! After reviewing this comment, I'm not sure it deserves the four stars I gave it but, on the whole, if one's cynicism is suspended, its a good hurricane read.
I love mysteries and thrillers the most, sometimes non-fiction business books. Mom, wife, yada, yada, yada...
I have listened to a lot of Gregg Hurwitz's books. I totally adored Crime Writer when I heard it. As the years have passed and Scott Brick has been chosen over and over as narrator, I am getting warn out. The plot is relatively predictable - kind of a Hurwitz formula. The drama.in.every.sentence.....added by Brick. is exhausting to listen to. There is no climax because every third sentence IS a climax.
I had to suspend my disbelief more than I do with other writers such as Connelly, Laura Lippman, Jeffrey Deaver and David Rosenfelt. That got old too. I think I would skip the next Hurwitz book, especially if Brick narrates that one.
This book is not impossible to listen to, just not as good as others or older Hurwitz books.
the story is unrealistic the characters are not believable, the whole approach of the story is based on creating a negative feeling from a depressed and suicidal person with a personality that is hardly realistic. The mobsters are science fiction characters planted in a country and environment that we can not recognize. The whole environment from the security officer in the bank and absent police force leaves a void in the scenario. The reactions of the teenage daughter, the wife or the wives boy friend, are just not believable, maybe the author has never had a wife or children? The cast, therefore the story, does not hold together.
Yes, there is no difficulty differentiating the characters.
Scot Bricks, has exaggerated the depressive character of the person by using a naration tone of a person who has abandoned all values and is in deep depressed shock, a lost and limp soul who does not have the energy to put the next foot forward once out of bed in the morning! this exacerbates the non believable aspect of the character whose actions are more that of a person with a strong and dinamic personality. This renders the main character week and despicable. Not the kind of character that you want to read about!
Thank goodness for Scott Brick. I've listened to too many narrators without that ZING. The book kept me up too late since I had to know what came next. It's a crazy story, different from what I've listened to in the last several months.
I don't do book reports but I would suggest giving this a try.
This is a fairly typical offering from the author. It really grabbed me at the beginning, then maybe 20% in I couldn't listen for a day and when I got back to it for some reason was less captivating. That said, it moved forward with only a typical amount of belief suspension for the genre, plenty of sympathetic characters, plenty of action and a satisfying conclusion. It is a good example of a suspense thriller, it is NOT a mystery. If you've never encountered this author before, it's a very good introduction.
Definitely! You will never forget its ending!
Nate is my favorite character. He overcomes a lot, and shows great courage.
He brings the book to life. He gives Nate a human quality. After finishing the book, I was jumpy all night! Don't listen to this book in the dark!
Yes! I could not put it down!
You might expect something morbid when the book begins, but you will be in for a big surprise! Get this audiobook, and you will want to read the rest of Greg Hurwitz's novels!
Scott Brick's narration intensifies the action in this novel.
This novel is so action packed that you barely have time to catch your breath before the next intense scene unfolds.
Love, love love Scott Brick as a narrator. He brings incredible energy and intensity to this story.
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I have waited several days to write this review. It hasn't gotten any better. The cause of all the mayhem in the story is one spoiled young lady. Just when the story could end, a different teen girl further complicates things.
In the usual Hurwitz style, the book keeps moving. The scene on the ledge outside while a bank robbery is in progress inside, the mystery of why the Ukranians want the contents of a safe deposit box, the struggling hero, and the race to protect two (conflicting) families has twists and many characters.
The hero is believable with his PTSD, broken family, and diagnosis of ALS.
The Ukranians are overdone. It is hard to believe that they only hang out together, are the baddest of the bad, are evil all day long every day, and murder and torture when they don't get their way or for pure enjoyment.
All that being said, it was a decent listen. I did continue to the (predictible) end. I have enjoyed Hurwitz in the past and will give him another listen in the future.
Scott Brick, again, gives a great reading.
On the first page and doesn't let go. We are drawn in from the moment our hero climbs on the ledge to jump, and suddenly we're hip-deep in Ukranian bad guys who sound like a chorus of Boris Badenovs and enough plot twists to make us dizzy. You could bring your critical eye here and find many Oh Please moments, but it's much more fun to just go with it and enjoy the ride.