Wow. Not many books have had such an impact on me. The plot (think "It's a Wonderful Life" as told by a dog) would have been a little over the top if it wasn't for the narrator, Enzo the dog. Enzo, the canine philosopher, had me from hello, so to speak. Dog lovers will weep (I did!) with both sadness and happiness.
I've not read any of the Dresden Files books previously and was worried about starting at book 8 (the first 7 not available in audio). I needn't have worried. Butcher does a great job with catching up new readers without making it sound like exposition. The characters are marvelous and brought stunningly to life by James Marsters. I'll certainly be getting all the other Dresden Files available!
The Last Dickens certainly captures the period and the mood surrounding the publication of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, but the characters come off as rather flat and uninteresting. The best sequences involve Irishman Tom Brannigan protecting Dickens during his American tour, told in flashback. The main storyline didn't hold my interest, and the ending falls flat.
In turns funny, clever, and even at times sad, Dog On It is a wonderful debut of a new mystery series, narrated by Chet, a exuberant and lovable mutt who accompanies Bernie, his master, who is a private detective, on a case involving a missing teenage girl. Fun and highly recommended!
I ususally enjoy Dean Koontz books, but this one left me a little cold. It almost seems like a short story that was padded to get to novel length. At the end, the listener is likely to think back and wonder about some loose ends that go unexplained.
The book itself is wonderful, as Wodehouse normally is, but the reader, Nicolas Coster, sounds like he's about to expire at any moment. It's also hard to distinquish between characters at times.
Most of the short stories in this collection are actually pretty long (not that that's a bad thing!) but they are all consistantly well-written and performed. It's hard to pick out favorites, but N, The Stationary Bike, and A Very Tight Place are standouts. Who but King would have his protagonist experience a re-birth by having to crawl out of the bottom of a filthy Port-o-san? The stories are more along the creepy side, usually not going into pure horror (with the exception of The Cat From Hell) and are therefore more believable and disturbing. Highly recommended!
I've always loved Hell House. I've read it twice in book form, and I think I enjoyed it most listening to it on my third journey to the Belasco House. Believable and truly frightening, Hell House is a horror story to be savored. While the movie based on the book (The Legend of Hell House) is enjoyable, I hope that a more faithful version is made someday. This remains my favorite Halloween read!
Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators, but even without his expert reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo would have been excellent. The story is fascinating, and you never know quite in which direction the author is going to take you. The family that our protatonist investigates may be THE most disfunctional family ever!
It's been years since I've tried a Brad Meltzer book, and I wasn't disappointed in The Book of Lies. The characters were well developed and interesting and the plot, although a tad unbelievable at times, kept my interest. I'm not a comic book or Superman fan but I found the references fascinating...and I learned a little bit about the creation of a comic book icon as well!
I enjoyed the fast pace and the characters, but the story didn't hold my attention like I'd hoped it would. I suspect that starting the series from the beginning would have been a huge help here. I recommend starting with the first book if you want to give this series a try.
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