Rapidly, Koontz has become one of my favorite authors. His way with descriptive words never ceases to amaze me. I have read none of his books so far that I wouldn't recommend highly as a must read.
From the Corner of His Eye is so descriptive that I've played back sections just to listen to the descriptions and to wonder why the 'normal' person can't delight in the daily wonders that Koontz can so vividly describe. Some people consider this to make some of his books drag and there are times that I find myself thinking the same thing - then I relax and realize that he's making you enjoy the experience instead of letting you rush through it.
The wonderment of the prodigy and the horrors of the twisted is very evident in this book. The description of Junior and his development puts you right in the mind of the psychopath. Barty is a total delight as a child and gives you hope for mankind.
I was POSITIVE I had the ending figured out and even then still couldn't stop listening. I've already recommended the book to every book reading friend I have that like this genre.
AND I was WRONG about the bad guy. I've already had to re-read the last chapter and making plans to listen to the entire book again. The narrator was excellent and the story line spot on. I'll certainly look for more books by Ellis and kudos to Patterson to find and coauthor with some good artists
The narrator hurt this book for me more than usual. He was very good on the male voices and some of the female voices. But he portrayed the majority of the females as hysterical non stop talkers - when there were times they should have least been portrayed as indignant or cunning.
The story line was good - what I've come to expect from Graham and I'll continue with her books. I enjoyed the book and listened as often as I could to get to the end. The ending could have been a little more solid but I don't hold that against the storyline.
On Target was worth the listening time but I'm not certain the books are getting better. The Pain Killer trip '6' took on morphine was not realistic - while the addiction was. The shoulder wound as described was debilitating but after he got off the submarine it was never mentioned again. I think that was a lapse - the number of days he was out from the requested morphine and aboard the ship would have caused an infection to have killed him if left untreated. And yet, after getting aboard the ship it didn't even get a comment again.
It is possible that Brits may find this book enjoyable but I found many times that I shook my head and wondered if I had fallen asleep and missed a page or two. I finished the book ONLY because I just got stubborn and thought it 'had' to get better. Narration was very good but the story was just not fluid. I started the book driving home - 6.5 hr drive - and ended up several times just going to XM radio to prevent boredom.
I'm glad that I got the book on one of the Daily Deal sales or I'd be more disturbed about the purchase. I will not be listening to the rest of the series.
One of the things that I think that could make this series a tad bit better would be for Lizzie to NOT jump out of her car and try to confront anyone she thinks is following her. When she does this I just have to roll my eyes thinking that anyone who had been abducted and would not open her door without her glock in hand would NOT be getting ready to open a stranger's car door just to find out why they were tailing her.While it is a little bit disconcerting to have multiple cases in one book - it is realistic in the one a PI would work. But you can't make any money if the bad guy is always the one hiring you.
This is a good book and has some very realistic characters in it. Haley and Jessica are very believable in the way they handle trauma - I'm very glad that Haley stopped short in her seeking of revenge.
This book did not add to the series and could easily have left the family entirely out of the book without missing a thing. Seemed to have been written in a hurry and was not up to par for Ledwidge or Patterson. From what I understand it is easy for a family in hiding to trip up the way the Bennett's did and it would be extremely hard to put a family the size of the Bennetts in witness protection due to their size and oddness. BUT that said, the family did not add to the book. I'm going to be extremely reluctant to buy the next book in the series until it has been out a while and maybe offered in my library as a free audible rental.
I was extremely disappointed with the quality of the plot in this book. These authors are far better than this. There is a hodge podge of all the characters in the series and you are bounced from one feeble story to another without them meaning anything to the other. Pendergrast is not the strong character that we've grown to know and enjoy - he's turned into a miserable weakling that we are supposed to believe is driven to the brink of suicide by the death of someone that he's not even sure if he loves anymore?? The inclusion of all the characters made me feel like I was watching a ping pong match and wondering if there was ever going to be a tie-in or just a book of 4 or 5 stories taking place. From the very beginning of the book, I was thinking that I'd missed a chapter somewhere that would somehow make it all make more sense. I felt like I just had 5 different books open -- read a chapter in one, pick up another and read a chapter in that and so on - then start over.Best thing in this book was Rene Auberjonois.
unbelievability in a large number of scenes - the violence just for the sake of shock instead of plot - Way OVER THE TOP
NO - but it has turned me off from this author. After each book by him, I think "just a little more over the top"
none - but I love the narrators... they did an excellent performance. but GIGO
too many to count - it would have had to be a complete rewrite IMO... and this is a genre that I read all the time.
Nothing straight forward about this book except the Torture, Torture, and more Torture mixed in with hospital visits for the 8.5 month pregnant Jack. This is more than over the top in believability seeing the pregnant woman described in the book running the gauntlet in this 'ghost' town. I liked the Jack Daniels books when I started them, but find I'm getting extremely tired of the serial killers that seem to try to oneup the serial killer from the previous book. Seems to me that each book is a little gorier than the last and each a little less enjoyable as well. This is not a series that I would recommend to any of my friends. Even with the retirement of Jack, I can't even say I'll read the author again because I'm afraid I'll run into the same type of writing - shock tactics designed to horrify instead of writing with a good story line.
yes, but not sure I'd buy another MonkeeWrench book because it appears from this book that the characters are played out. The narration is good, the story is just not very strong.
I didn't find a lot really spell binding about this book. To me it really wasn't much of a 'Monkeewrench' book, just had the characters mentioned - they really played no significant role, not even Grace. The plot was only so-so even tho the ending did have a slight twist. The relationship between Grace & John and Grace & Leo is hinted at a lot during the book but pitifully done in my opinion.
Leo Magozzi & Gino Rolseth who were really the main characters in this book.
no, but I don't go see many movies nor do I watch much TV. This would be more of a made for TV movie than a theater movie.
I have to totally agree with all the other reviews. I've been listening to all the stories in order (again) waiting for the release of this book... I don't 'read' much anymore, (only audio), but I'm going to have to go buy this book to physically read. I had already clicked BUY before I realized that it was a different narrator and I'm so disappointed. I've just listened to the Sample clip and already know I don't like it. I started another series of books with one narrator and there was a switch after the 3rd book to a different narrator - nothing against the narrator as I 'adore' him in other books - but the loss for the characters that you have grown to know and love thru the voice is devastating. I had to TOTALLY quit the series (Sword of Truth) and not go any further because I just don't have time to pick up a book and read anymore - I have to listen to them!
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