I love the way Mr. Havill can paint a mental picture. I wear bifocals and the way he puts things into words describes exactly the way I feel about them. The narrator, Rusty Nelson, is a perfect match for the types of stories Mr. Havill tells. He is able to put the right inflection into the words of the Mexican characters to actually make you think someone else is speaking. I love these stories, and wish all of them were lengthy, I never get tired of hearing them, and listened to all that I've downloaded repeatedly. They are so down to earth and factual and believable. He made me go look up the word ubiquitous and knowing the meaning painted the picture better. Thanks so much, Mr. Havill.
Maybe it was the plot, maybe it was the narrator, but I didn't like it. There was just way too much dialogue, this author isn't good at that. There would be a plot shift, and half the time I wondered how we got there. This story made me feel like when I had to write a paper in school, and I wrote to fill the space, so I could meet the word goal. The auther kept repeating herself regarding finding the missing daughter, and the stupid detective kept breaking the rules and allowing the mother to tag along. Everywhere! The plot was unbelievable! Never in a million years would a good detective allow the victim's family member to go along for the ride. Personally, I like the story to be a little more real, it makes for a better story. By the way, what happened to the forensics? There was so much diaglogue that I couldn't understand, I must have missed it.
The narrator made everybody sound panicky. She spoke a too fast, half the time I couldn't understand what she said, I bought the book, so by George, I was going to listen until the bitter end. Thank the Lord it finally ended.
I have read a lot of detective stories. This author is no Michael Connelly or Kathy Reichs. The narrator is no Len Cariou or Rusty Nelson. Perhaps with a different narrator, I could understand the book better, who knows? Sorry, Iris.
This is Rizzoli and Isles I know and love. Tess went back to Maura and followed up on her story from Ice Cold, and told what happened to Rat. I love that she did that. The TV show always shows Jane and Maura together for everything, and anybody who has read Tess's books knows the characters are back and forth. It's like a soap opera, characters from other stories show up, and if you've read the books, you know them. I think this book is good reading. It has a storyline that is easy to follow, and not too cluttered with too much detail, and still keeps my interest. I listen at work and it makes time go faster.....a good thing.
I don't know what I was expecting, but I am very disappointed with this purchase. It was way too fantastic, too much fantastic audio, like the Lord of the Rings. I couldn't finish listening, so I can't even comment on the story. Maybe another time, when I'm in a different frame of mind, another day. I took a chance on this new author (to me), and now I wish I could get my money back. Sorry, I calls 'em as I see 'em.
I LOVED this story, but I think Mr. Havill should spend a little more to get a better narrater. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe he wanted this, but to me it sounded too much like the movie, The Cowboys, with John Wayne and Glenn Campbell. The speech patterns were too strained, not flowing and too uncomfortable sounding, not natural. The best narrater Mr. Havill ever had was Rusty Nelson. I guess I got spoiled.
I think this particular recording needs to be re-recorded. By today's standards, it is rustic and hard to hear clearly in some places. Other than that, it is just the same as I remember it from high school. Like the Heart of Darkness by Conrad, it is hard to get through because of the bleakness of the era in which the story takes place, yet it is a time that should never be forgotten. That's why this book should never be forgotten. It was written in a time much closer to the actual events and presents a clearer picture because of it. I'm still glad I bought it.
I'm pretty disappointed with this book. I like the idea that Ms Reichs is highlighting Tempe Brennan's niece, but I find it hard to believe Tory is Tempe's sister, Harry's granddaughter, age 14! (Harry is younger than Tempe.) Honestly, after some of the things Harry has done in Tempe's stories, you'd think she's barely a kid herself! Ms Reichs makes Tory's father, Kit, sound almost as old as I thought Harry was, based on who he is in the story and what he does for a living. After reading about Kit in Temperance Brennan's stories, I though Kit was in his early 20s.
The subject matter is so Walt Disney! Tory commits multiple breaking-and-enterings, similar to the kind of thing a Disney movie endorses, all because the kids are way smarter than the adults, and the end justifies the means. In the end, we have the creation of new superheros, forever to walk to the Earth, using their new powers for the good of all mankind! I can't decide if it's Nancy Drew or Walt Disney. At one point, while listening to Tory talk to her friends, I thought I might have bought a Nancy Drew book by mistake. Tory, the super sleuth!
I am such a fan of Ms Reichs, and I am really disappointed. I hope she has gotten this out of her system.
I am disappointed with this book. It should have been called The Biography of Mrs. Adams. I thought it was disorganized, it kept bouncing in and out of the past, no hint of chronology. There was so much detail about stuff that had nothing to do with Mrs. Adams' trip. Every once in a while, the author would get back to the trip, I guess just to keep the thread of continuity alive. I have read other biographies, and I kept wondering why I bought this book. I had a feeling of cotton in my mouth it was so dry, and my eyes started to cross. Sorry, just my opinion. Mr. O'Brien did a fantastic reasearch job, but just didn't quite put it together correctly for this title.
For her next audiobook, I think the author could choose a better narrator. This one was a cross between Mr. Howell on Gilligan's Island, Barny Fyffe on the Andy Griffith Show, and the church lady from SNL. Not only that, but the plot is dumb. The main character was supposed to be an ex-CID man from the Army, but he sounded not only by the narrator, but by the author, to be in high school. There was no credibility. I will probably not waste my money on another book by this author.
This book is probably one of the most unorganized biographies I have read. It is not laid out in chronological order, but it bounces around in time. It is as though the author was too preoccupied with the possibility of scandel in Jefferson's personal life, and the book starts right there in Jefferson's latter days, moves around chronologically, and then returns to his latter days at the end of the book. I would have preferred that it began in Jefferson's early life and progressed through time and approached each element of his life as it came. The scandal is thrown at the reader right away, and the rest of Jefferson's life becomes an afterthought.
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