Having read & enjoyed the first 2 Reacher books, I was ready to continue to enjoy the series in order. Seems like I hit a dead end with Book 3.
This one was a tough one to get through...the 2 parallel story-lines (one boring and under-motivated, one corny when it's not cruel) take forever to merge...and when they do, the 'twist' involving the villain (one that any reader can see coming a mile away) just isn't enough to reward the slog to get to that point.
Along the way, the reader is treated to endless descriptive scenes that come off not as useful exposition, but page-filling. We all know what an airport or a row of apartment mailboxes looks like, or that it's hot in Texas, thanks. The cumulative effect is exhausting.
Contrast that to Baldacci's "John Puller" books that involve a similar character...but with a tighter, much leaner approach.
A production annoyance (not Child's fault): there's not enough of a narrative pause when changing scenarios from one story-line to another, so the reader is forced to take a second to realize who we're talking about...never a good thing when you're trying to get involved with a story.
One bright spot is Jonathan McClain's great read...much more enjoyable IMO than Dick Hill, who I'm not a fan of.
This one is probably an anomaly in the series, but it's going to be a while before I'll feel like checking in on Jack Reacher again.
MacDonald's novels are always enjoyable (if you don't mind wincing at the blatant male chauvinism his characters display. Just whack 'er around, boys). The story is textbook hardboiled...with only a few really shaky motivations (including the final showdown, the setup for which is just plain nuts on the protagonists' part).
But what makes this one worth staying for is Ferrone's performance. Man, what a great reader. His characterizations carry you over all the rough spots ... and then some!
Can't recommend this highly enough for crime/caper fans.
when the combination of a noir-ish, white knuckle thriller meets the perfect reader...you get The Professionals.
Terrific stuff from the much-missed Carlin. Erudite, funny and to the point. Don't miss this, despite the inadequacies of the interviewer.
How do people pick these things? A comic interviewing another (much more accomplished) comic just does't work. Rote questions, no follow-ups to provocative answers, over-laughing...what I wouldn't give to have somebody like Brian Lamb from C-SPAN's excellent Q&A program have taken a crack at the great George.
Not a whole lot to report here, other than the story starts with a good mystery, draws a fully formed character and delivers on the promise of a good tale.
My first Pickett, I'm in.
Bought this one based only on glowing reviews (and being a Muller fan). Definitely not disappointed. Really interesting locale and premise.
Simply put - great read, great reader.
I'm afraid I only made it 30 minutes into this one...
I've always thought a good reader could save a mediocre book and a mediocre reader could sink a good book. Unfortunately I'm not sure what happened here...
The readers' corny, overheated tone starts from a position of mild hysteria and goes from there. This soap opera-ish approach get ahead of the listener's involvement in the story...drama before you have a chance to get involved.
I'm not familiar with the writer's other work, the melodrama of the writing is not aided by this tone.
Of course, an American classic, but the news here is Sinise's read. Terrific and highly recommended.
I'm afraid I have throw my lot in with Melinda and Brad here among reviewers. Bought because I'm a big Petkoff fan...didn't finish it, unfortunately.
Even speaking as a fan of football (tho' professional), there was indeed way too much of it and not enough to keep the thing moving for me.
I may dig in and force my way through the rest at some point, but my queue is too backed up to not move along to something more compelling.
Gripping doesn't even begin to describe this second installment of the Butcher's Boy trilogy.
If Michael Kramer's fantastic narration helps you connect the similarities between the BB and Richard Stark's mysterious, unflappable, single-minded protagonist Parker - then so be it. It's a worthy successor.
Can't recommend these books to thriller fans highly enough!
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.