Didn't read the print version.
Great humanity. Sympathetic characters.
Never once felt like someone reading a novel. It just flowed through me.
If you love animals, you'll love this film.
I enjoy Robert Crais and especially liked this novel with the new characters, the man and his dog. Thoroughly entertaining. I hope he follows through with a sequel or two or three.
I don't throw around four and five stars easily, so don't be thrown off by the three star review. This is my first listen from Robert Crais. Following some stellar reviews and an interesting plot summary, I took a chance. I will likely listen to him again based on this book. 'Suspect' has a unique back story and a good plot. Our heroes Scott and Maggie are both wounded and recovering, but don't come off as pitiful. I really enjoyed the chapters that took on the inner workings of Maggie the police dog in training. Crais was able to portray believable dog-thinking without over doing it as many authors, even good ones, tend to do. The pacing of the book is good. This is important especially with audiobooks as there is no skim-reading allowed when you listen. Still, I don't think it quite reaches the fantastic four stars or the "unbelievable! you have to stop everything else you are doing" five star rating....but its a good listen that I recommend for audible members.
Really enjoyed the story line and the author providing the story line from the dog's perspective. Plot not unusual but did feel a degree of anxiety as the story ended.
I couldn't wait for my next listening session. The plot was helped along by the occasional switches in perspective from the main character, to the dog, to others.
Loved them all! Especially when the big, gruff cops and soldiers would talk to their dogs in the dogs' language. Maggie's voice also helped me believe I was hearing exactly what that girl was thinking.
Yes, the narrator did a tremendous job to bring the characters to life and entice the listener's mind.
They were equal so I did not have a favorite
I had two favorite parts, one when Scoot first obtained Maggie and the second favorite part was after the injury and the hospital scene.
This was truly a good story line. I could not stop listening to the book once I began and really did love it!!!. As a nurse and a dog owner and lover, it was truly moving..
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
One of the most memorable moments of Suspect was how, when attempting to get Maggie, a dog pronounced unfit to become a service dog for the LAPD, was the dog who Scott James, trying to find a job that he could do after returning to work from severe injuries sustained while on duty, coaxed out of her crate as the dog he wanted to work with.
MacLeod Andrew's performance as a narrator, was able to put emotions, et al, in order to tell a great story. I felt that his characters were well defined by their voices, chosen by Andrew, to emulate their personalities. His speed was spot on. I thought that he enjoyed reading the story for an audience to enjoy.
How a Man and a Dog Help Each Other To Survive PTSD
I thought the story line concerning how Scott and Maggie both suffered from PTSD was unique. The story allowed listeners to hear that there is a way to help those who have PTSD. Animals are being used to help people to function and survive outside as well as inside their homes. People can live happy and productive lives with the help and love of an animal. I felt that the characters were well developed. This was the second time I read the book, Suspect, and I enjoyed it as much or more, then the first time.The book was filled with action, thrills and compassion. Knowing that someone has your back and will try to protect you from harm at all times, has to be a powerful incentive that allows a person to lose that crippling fear that once determined how he lived.
I would rate Suspect as slightly above mediocre. It's kind of like reading a romance after studying for a British Lit test. It's a good story though a little predictable. You don't have to think, just enjoy.
One interested aspect of this novel is that the narration shifts back and forth between the dog and the man. You get an interesting effect when considering the dog's perspective.
I had no particular favorite scenes, but the whole book was enjoyable.
See comment above.
Crais gives the listener the cop-eye-view of the action and that of his dog, Maggie. I'm a dog guy and the insight that Crais uses to describe how Maggie sees the world and her relationship with her pack-mates is spot on.
The listener can feel the action sequences and the emotions of Scott, Maggie's pack-mate, as he deals with the crises in their adventures.
Maggie, as Scott would say, is the best dog in the world.
The early sequence as Maggie and her Marine were on patrol in Afghanistan
I am going to listen to everything Crais has in the Audible catalog.
This is my favorite audio book of the year! Every moment keeps you engaged - crying, laughing, hoping and finally completely fulfilled!