I prefer audiobooks as I drive a lot for work and also listen as I'm cleaning my house, doing chores and exercising.
This is a good Kellerman book. Alex and Milo have a great relationship, Alex's observations are always fun and I love me some Blanche.
Alex, of course.
This is a good Alex Delaware read. Fans of the series will not be disappointed in the latest chapter of Milo and Alex's lives.
I do not recommend this book. The plot is so excruciatingly slow to develop that I lost interest in the book, though forced myself to listen to the end. In the end, learning the conclusion, I found myself saying, "So what . . ." The problem with the book is too many disparate pieces that are not coherently linked. I can think of parts of the book now that seemed like a waste of time, even in retrospect. Too much minutia, gets bogged down. I would improve the book by cutting it in half and that would probably remedy the pace and allow the plot to thicken and conclude in a reasonable manner. All in all, on a 5 point scale, I give it the lowest rating of "1".
I would not judge him on this alone; but if this was the hallmark of his work and I knew that, I would not listen to his material again.
I think Rubinstein performed very well.
About half of the characters, leaving Milo and Alex D.
I am a fan of the Alex Delaware series and particularly enjoy John Rubinstein's narration. This current storyline was rather predictable and not very compelling. I still enjoyed listening to "Guilt", though it was not one of the better ones in the series.
The new Alex Cross audiobook
I look forward to the next book in the series, but expect a much more compelling story.
I would recommend this book because of the way it leads or better said misleads to the wrong conclusion,requiring you to listen closely.
I have nearly 450K miles on my van and I listen to a LOT of audiobook! I'm a musician and I listen as I travel from concert to concert.
Absolutely! I listen to every Alex Delaware novel because of John Rubenstein. In my mind his IS Alex and he IS Milo. His voices are so good that I feel like I'm missing old friends when the books are finished. He's one of the best audiobook readers out there.
My favorite character in every Alex Delaware novel is Milo Sturgis. He is a unique character and the fact that he is gay isn't a big deal in his relationship with Alex. It's all handled very matter-of-factly, which is as it should be. He is a good guy, smart and gruff, great cop, frustrated over-eater, always in a tangle on the job, and then the fact that he is gay is just part of who he is. I love the way he is written and I love the way John Rubenstein creates his voice and inflections. These books work because of the unique relationship between Milo and Alex, which grows stronger with every story. I wish I knew these guys in real life!
He makes every voice unique. His female voices are natural and not annoying, and he has done these characters for so long now that they seem real.
"Sometimes the real Hollywood story is better than the script"
I've listened to every Alex Delaware novel and this was one of my favorites. I loved the Hollywood angle and the parallels to certain real life stars made it more fun than usual. But I can't help feeling frustrated that the subject of marriage is NEVER addressed between Alex and his longtime love, Robin. It's about time, Jonathan Kellerman!
The book had a superficial quality about it. Kellerman's treatment of both the plot and the characters lacked substance and plausibility.
Not very well. Give this one a pass.
No, it was a disappointing read compared to his previous novels. The plot was tired and uninspiring, and the language seemed trite and over the top. I don't remember feeling this way about his previous books (I've read or listened to them all).
I absolutely hated the way the voice over talent read Milo Sturgis. It made him sound like a cheap Brooklyn detective. The rest of the read was okay but I found that part of the listening experience very irritating.
This wasn't really a mystery. I've read Jonathan Kellerman's books for years and he generally writes an entertaining book. The language in this book was trite. Too many metaphors, too corny. It's almost like someone wrote this one for him.
10 out of 10
Yes lots of twists and turns and mystery to keep me reading.
H'es read the Alex series for years and in a way has become the charactor for me. it wouldn't be the same to simply read the book or to have someone else reading them. I truly wish he could record some of the older books in the series that are out in audio but read by someone else.
yes but sadly it took me 2 long days of reading.
The story just seemed to move too slowly. Some of the characters were just annoying.
The narrator was not the problem, the story was just mediocre.
Probably not. Wouldn't be a terrible movie, just not the best.
From the first "discovery" of bones until the end of the book when that finding is explained, the story had very little substance. When the explanation of the blue box is given at the end, one wonders how and when Alex put it all together. But then, I may have nodded out during that part.
In fact, the story that surrounds the blue box is more interesting, realistic and emotional than the junk in the middle. There were some interesting "red herrings," some witty anti-stereotypes that did little to hide the fact that some of the fictional personalities were taken from today's tabloids.
The mystery that Milo and Alex investigate together was downright ridiculous, improbable and uninteresting. I wanted to squeeze this quick listen in between some required reading, knowing I could knock down a dozen hours in a day or so. I was wrong. It was so tedious, I couldn't stay with it. I found myself reading the paper and listening to it as background noise, having to rewind to catch up and try to get further with it.
It seemed like the large story that comprises the deaths of several people was contrived to showcase very rich Hollywood types. The anti-stereotype may have been an effort at defusing some clichés that surround that kind of lifestyle. In this mire of wealth are religious fanatics, entrepreneurs, pimps, drug addicts, perfect mothers and lousy fathers, castration, abortion, adoption, bad marriages, murder and taxidermy.
The woman who finds the blue box under the tree of her new home is an unfinished character. She appears 2-3 times throughout the story, has a heart-to-heart with Alex and is "cured." The mother of four whom Alex suspects is a certain type of spoiled and damaging superstar turns out to be June Cleaver. Alex literally stalks one character, and thinking he is *tricking* her into revealing herself, the character, who is on to him at once, tells him Milo everything, incriminating another person. Illogical, unbelievable.
Milo is true to form; if you loved him before, you will love him still. Robin is as bland as Blanche is white. A couple of love scenes between Robin and Alex are all we get about them and they are stilted. In fact, the only *love* in the whole damned thing is demonstrated in the final paragraphs of the whole book and those scenes relate to NOTHING else at all.
Guilt? Almost everyone in this cast of characters is guilty of something.
Mystery? Yes, but fairly easy to put together, because Alex and Milo discuss the possibilities and rate them as feasible or not. Toward the end of the book, Alex recognizes how wrong he had been about some of the elements of the story. So what?
Historical/Scientific/Criminal/Psychological content? Light at best.
Horror? Indirect horror when contemplating the nature of mankind -- historical and current.
Redemptions? None. No turnarounds, no recapitulations, no ah-ha moments, nothing.
Informative/Educational? At approximately the 5th grade level.
Love the narrator though. I have come to depend on that voice -- even the silly female voices -- in Kellerman's books. I hope he stays on until the next one.
Hoping for better sooner than later.