Once again Tana French delivers another absorbing, twisty tale about broken families, power of guilt, cultural decline and career suicide in the Dublin police force. This book was about a different set of characters than those featured in the first three books, and through some clever distraction, managed to surprise me at the conclusion. I listened to this book almost on the heels of The Likeness, and was feeling a bit 'mental' like the book's characters at the end.
I think that the audio book producers are doing the right thing with the production of Tana French's books- a new reader for each one, well-paced, good character voices. Each one sounds fresh and unique. I find it particularly annoying with intensely psychological books when the reader reads too slowly and over-dramatizes. This book's reader does an excellent job.
Steve H- has once again delivered some fine tales about our favorite red-headed cowpuncher detectives, and cleverly interwoven the stories between the action found in the previously published novels.
The narrator did a reasonably good job, but he just wasn't William Dufris.
It was so great to listen to an audio of this series after all these years. I've loved a lot of C.J. Cherryh's books but this is my favorite series. Did not make it past the first or second of the Foreigner books, and essentially stopped reading scifi at that point anyway. I love the less powerful characters in her books and how they solve their survival problems. I hope they also make audiobooks of Hunter of Worlds, Rimrunners, Merchanter's Luck, Wave Without a Shore. All great scifi.
Didn't it make you laugh though about how primitive the computer capabilities were? Who could have imagined...?
I thought the reader did ok. She sounded a bit like Sigourny Weaver to me. And my doctor.
This author is a great storyteller and mystery writer. I could not stop listening! I thought the book reminded me a lot of the work of Tana French. Also the reader was terrific. Great accents and kept the story moving.
I heard an interview of Giancarlo Carofiglio on the Alan Farley radio show Book Talk and subsequently read the last book in the series from my library. It was awesome, and so I've been listening to all the audible copies (books one to three at this point). I love the character's inner dialog, the tight court procedurals, and the life lessons he learns or experiences in each book. The author resists the temptation to preach his point, and lets the action tell the story. I think the reader has just the right tone too. Well done!
This is basically a good plot except for one flaw: Why IS Malcolm Fox investigating this case? There is the most tenuous link between his job and the investigation that he is pursuing, and I don't think too many police departments would stand for that.
The reader does a fine job.
Being a John Burdett fan, I had to check this one out. It was really good! We want more! Get the whole series pleeeeeze!
I basically like Walt Longmire and I really like the cast of characters that swirl around him, but for some reason this series kinda bugs me. Aw, shucks.... George Guidall is the perfect voice for the series, but sometimes could use a bit more energy. Also, I really get bugged by law enforcement series in which the protagonist always makes the more stupid move, just so the plot will be more "interesting." It's kind of a put-on, contrived, whatever. And having him f*** his (much younger and of course beautiful) deputy, give me a break! Ok, I've said my piece...
I did like the spooky supernatural stuff in this novel, though.
I don't blame the narrator for lapsing into sing-songy tone at times because this book just drew its at best 200 page story out into an eternity. I've enjoyed stories about lost worlds and off the beaten track adventures since I cracked open my Grandfather's Edgar Rice Burroughs books, and this book had a good premise. However the main characters in the story were such caricatures that they could only behave in a predictable fashion. So after listening to about 1/3 of the book I skipped ahead through the markers to the end.
I have to admit that I just am fascinated by all of Oliver Sacks' stories. I actually used the concepts discussed in this book on my uncle who had Alzheimer's disease and was getting very disconnected from life. He had been a bluegrass mandolin player and responded very positively to playing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken". I bought the CD for him so that my aunt could play it for him. He could actually sing along with Maybelle Carter on "Wildwood Rose" and he named the singer. My aunt thanked me for giving this gift to him. And I thank Dr. Sacks for bringing these books to us. They are more than idle entertainment.
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