Greensboro, NC, United States | Member Since 2005
My second Gardner novel and I have to say I'm pleased to find another great series to tide me over till the next Nesbo or Dawn Patrol...
It's a tragic story involving abduction and sexual molestation of children. Not for the squeamish. The police work is first rate as is Gardner's writing. And the story was as unique as it was terrifying.
The narration was good, never getting in the way of the story. I took a couple of stars away because Ms. Lee's voice wavered when trying to sound creepy and I found Mr. Hoppe's effort peculiar and weak.
A second downer was the information about spiders from research before each chapter. Whatever effect the author intended was drowned out by equally long credits. I suppose if I were reading the novel I would've ignored the credits, something that couldn't be left out on audio.
So it's a mixed review, but am I glad I purchased it? That's a five star yes!
This is a Rhode Island story read with a New England swagger. I give it 3 stars, but really I enjoyed the book all the way through. It just smacked of too much corruption. Political corruption, moral corruption, media corruption, etcetera.
This is the story of a somewhat immature and troubled young savant. He's a brilliant financial analyst with a genius for discovering patterns in the financial and political realms. The story opens with his discovery of an unprecedented series of financial attacks on the American economy.
The story moves fast with a great storyline and unforgettable characters. George Newbern is brilliant with a variety of distinct and believable voices.
Like Bombproof, this is a great suspense novel that I could not put down.
An easy 5 Stars all the way!
And it wasn't the murder either. The first book in this series, Death On A High Floor, was clever, witty, had excellent courtroom intrigue, great characters and was brilliantly narrator. This one has not wit, no intrigue, is populated by miserable characters, (foremost the main character), and the narration is monotonous.
Jen is no longer the brilliant and funny protege, but a stodgy, hyper- sensitive law professor with no friends and no life. Robert is still a snob, but with no sense of humor. Oscar is the only saving grace.
Don't bother with this one.
I'm giving this 5 stars for one of its two short stories. I think I've listened to Born Bad by Jeffrey Deaver 5 or 6 times. It's probably the best twist I've ever encountered in any mystery.
Now my version only had two stories and was cheap. It must be abridged. See if you can find Born Bad somewhere cheap, you won't regret it.
I listened to 2/3 of the book and realized I didn't care how it ended. It's big adventure, but too much for me to believe.
Several years ago Audible offered this as a free gift. It's read by Robert Forster, an actor I've always admired in film. It is worth a credit. I remember imagining Forster as the hitter. A fast read!
To be fair I listened to this several years ago. My only complaint with this book is that Rain seems too invincible. Nevertheless he has an endearing quality that makes me like him.
When I first read these Chronicles I remember praying God would send me to Narnia. When I read or listen to Lewis I imagine I'm sitting by a fire with a dear uncle.
I took a chance, reading a few Amazon reviews. This is absolutely one of the best suspense novels I've ever read. Read the summary for the story.
What it doesn't tell you is how engrossing te story is, how wonderful the characters are developed. It was like watching a blockbuster movie for the first time.
This will be a huge best seller on Audible for good reason.
If you've read the Riyira Chronicles, this is another back story involving the two Muskateers, Royce and Hadrian. The author suggests you read the trilogy first, and I heartily agree.
I love this entire series because I love the two main characters. In fact, the author's wife fell so hard for Hadrian she inspired her husband to write this prequel. Their banter and swashbuckling are fun, funny and exciting.
And this is exactly why it's important to listen to the Chronicles first. This story confines explains the history of the partners as well as that of their lovers.
While this story has little in the way of elves, trolls, magic, warlocks and witches, it is a terrific adventure that captured my imagination.
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