Great heist story
It was a bit over the top at times, but it had it's moments.
I felt the narrator did a decent job creating accents and afflictions for the characters and maintaining them through the story.
Surface level adventure story about a couple of bank heists. Entertaining certainly, but no moral high ground attained.
the bank in KL
A very interesting look into the backgrounds for crime. How much does the author really know?
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
I would, its a good story, but with poor character development. The Ghost is a college graduate, an ancient language geek who is smart enough to translate Ancient Greek, but somehow has no friends or family. A real loner. And there is his far fetched, almost supernatural ability to stare at a photo and begin looking like a stranger.
Weber does have a great voice, but reads way to slow. I listened at 1.5x speed just to get through it.
I enjoyed the details of each thief s role in a job. Least interesting was the lack of relationships between any of the characters. I enjoyed the idea of the relationship of our Ghost and the FBI, but it never happened. It would have been nice to see how the agent did her job, but we only saw the results.
Way to slow. Play it at 1.5x speed using the Audible app.
Actually, as I said before, I'd have him write about the police work with the same flair he applied to the crimes.
I liked this book. The narrator fit the character. The story drew me in and kept me listening to it every chance I had. There are a couple of characters I would have liked to know more about - Angela, the mentor for one and Rebecca, the FBI agent for another, but not enough to downgrade my five star designation. I'll listen to other books this author publishes
What a great audiobook. I hadn't read anything by Roger Hobbs before, but was eager to purchase and listen to this book because it was narrated by Jake Weber, one of my favorite actors. I wasn't disappointed. The story definitely kept my interest through the many twists and turns; I couldn't have guessed what was going to happen next. I grew to care for the protagonist and would read another book about the guy. Jake Weber did a most excellent job of narrating Ghostman. I hope Jake narrates more audiobooks!
1. Listen to the book at 1.5 times normal speed if you have any hope of being able to tolerate the narrator's abnormally slow paced reading and odd pauses mid sentence.
2. Lower your expectations for any type of suspense, drama or originality in the plot. "Twists and turns" are clumsily telegraphed way before the story catches up.
3. Prepare to hate the protagonist. You will wish for his capture or torturous death. Or both.
4. Seriously question Audible's recommendations from now on.
The Ghostman, of course. He is flawed and criminal yet you can put yourself in his shoes and see things from his perspective.
I enjoyed breaking it up into my commutes to absorb and think about it as I went along.
Great first novel. The book weaves 2 stories involving the same character at different times in a way that slowly lets you understand why the Ghostman is the person he is and why he is in his current situation. Like any good book, he teaches you a lot about the subject and makes you feel a part of the action. I listen to dozens of books a year and this is one of the best. I usually don't write reviews, but wanted to share this one with people who like criminal thrillers.
I thought this book was quite entertaining. A few observations...
1. The lack of relationships was criticized but in the context of a 'ghost man' I thought this was appropriate. The main character was ruthlessly pragmatic and ultimately unencumbered by emotional attachments.
2. There were similarities between Jack Reacher which was a plus since I am a huge fan of Lee Child. Just more of a good thing.
3. For me, personally, there were plenty of moments in the book where I was pleasantly surprised at the way the way the scenes played out. It was slick and clever.
So all in all, a solid freshman effort that I would recommend to anyone.
The story was fine at first, standard antihero material but then the author decides to show how bad the villain is so they gratuitously have him feed a little girl drano until she dies. There was no need for this and I strongly urge parents (and other people who like kids) to avoid this book.
No, just this author.
It was fine.
Disgust. The image disturbed me for several days. I'm a 41 year old male so I'm not a wilting flower, but seriously, drano to a little girl?
I liked the detail about the subject matter of theft (at a high-end) skilled level
.Parts were a bit too grizzly!
The tough guy the "hero" is.Kinda like a "Jack Reach" type of guy.
Hero is smart and knows how to fight.
I initially listened to this book a couple of years ago. Second time thru is still good.
You will probably like Lee Child's books if you like this one.