I had a difficult time getting into this King creation, and I discovered that I had to be patient to let the unique language and pace settle in my brain. If you're a fan of King, you can expect some parallels from other books: strong character development, unique abilities to travel back and forth between other worlds (not "The Territories" here but instead "Boo'ya Moon"), and King-isms/unique phrases ("blood-bool," and "puffickly huh-yooge") that repeat like a gnawing musical motif that you can't get out of your head. What you'll find unique is that this is a more cerebral work that likely won't grab your attention right off the bat. In fact, you may feel "smucking" frustrated by the language and the jumps in the time-line of the narrative. These seem to be intentional literary devices that King has mastered, so be patient... it serves its own purpose.
I've read everything that King has put out, starting with the Bachman books before I even knew they were Stephen King. If I had started with this book, I might be inclined to not read anything else by him, but as a fan in for the long-haul, this work has its place, and I enjoyed the slow mind-screw that the book provided.
I had read the other Nathan McBride books and enjoyed them, so I figured that "Option to Kill" would be just as enjoyable. Alas, I was wrong. I was already a Dick Hill fan from his narrations of Lee Child's books, but I have to say: the Peterson-Hill combination here is nothing short of exceptional! Suspenseful to the point of hand-wringing and nail-biting, this third book in the series is clearly the best yet. Nathan McBride's tough-guy with good morals character is beautifully written (and well-performed), and the introduction of a young kidnapped damsel-in-distress is a great addition. Highly recommended!
Yes, this is one of Patterson's best. Continuing the Detective Bennett series with rich family characters and a great detective-and-his-nanny romantic tension, Patterson gets it done perfectly as he describes a Mexican drug boss' do-anything and kill-anyone mentality. The book lacks an ending, instead leaving us hanging off the cliff to see how it will resolve, and I don't mind this at all... I'll happily pick up the next in this excellent series.
I love Patterson's books, and I've loved his cooperative endeavors with other authors as well. Still, this book seemed a bit preposterous and silly -- and this is from an avid reader of fantasy and sci-fi! The performance was very good, and the book had a decent flow and suspenseful feel. Heck, I didn't even mind the ending. Nevertheless, this seemed to be one of those "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" type of things that I just couldn't quite take seriously enough to enjoy, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't meant to be comical. I'll certainly read the NEXT Patterson book, hoping for more.
I don't give 5-star reviews lightly, but I thoroughly enjoyed this original work by Peter Clines. Good character development and a very imaginative plot make this one to recommend!
Yes, I've always been a fan of Scott Brick's style. Perhaps it's not for everyone, but I love that each "reading" is a "performance." The story is a who-done-it with lost love, a psycho-killer Ken & Barbie (almost the evil-comic relief of the story), and real people with real flaws. I read several audiobooks a week and found this to be one of my recent favorites. Great plot and a great performance!
This book was given to me as a gift, and I was at first reluctant to pick it up. Once I started digging in, however, I found it memorizing and captivating. The Dalai Lama starts with a basic vocabulary of ethics and morality that starts with our physical sensory input and goes to our enjoyment (or not) of the inputs. From these building blocks, he then goes into how one's moods, innate character, and emotions form our perceptions and projections of everything around us. He contends that in the course of the world, we are but mere blips in the timeline of humanity, so we must use the time well, recognizing that we're connected to everyone else, and learning to expand our compassion and generosity. Finally, the last part of the book walks thru some meditation techniques that allow the reader to build their connectedness and compassion. Recommended!
So perhaps you're looking for something risque? A thriller that involves forbidden content much like the movie "8mm" that with Nicolas Cage? If so, this isn't it. Guys stand around the waiting area of a porn studio talking about nonsense, and that's basically the plot. Oh yeah.... there's a death, but it's barely instrumental to the plot. Move on to another audiobook if you can.
Non-stop action with great characters. I'm a fan of the thriller genre (Ludlum, King, Patterson), and I'm very excited to have found another favorite author! A newbie reporter wrongly accused of being a cop-killer and then chased across the country with a pretty girl... it sounds (almost) cliche, but it feels new and wonderfully done!
I've listened to all of the previous audiobooks in this series, enjoying them immensely! This book differs in that the new narrator says things a bit differently than the all previous books in the series. It takes some getting used to, but you eventually get accustomed to hearing "ley lines" pronounced as "lee lines," "Piscary" pronounced as "PISS-car-ee," and (my favorite/most-annoying) "Takata" pronounced as "TAH-ka-tah."
The narrator's unfamiliarity with how previous versions were pronounced seems more of a production issue than a narrator issue. The narrator is by no means "bad"... I find her quite easy to listen to, in fact. But the audiobook producers and Kim Harrison herself should have coordinated to make a consistent story.
By the way, the story is still top-notch and incredibly suspenseful!! A great Kim Harrison work!
I was pleasantly surprised with Blasphemy. The science behind the particle accelerator descriptions and the religious twist behind the discoveries combined to make the perfect mix. An easy listen that was hard to put down.
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