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I've always found Reacher to be a far fetched character, but I bought a couple of books when I saw the preview for the upcoming movie starring Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. In the novels, Reacher is 6'5" and 250 pounds. Cruise is 5'6 and 160,
This is a really good story with a well thought out mystery. I was guessing till the end and found the story believable and gripping. The reader was awesome as well.
What I find difficult is accepting the hero as believable. He's way to smart, savvy, proficient, sexy, relational....especially for a mysterious drifter. Yet with all that said, this book is enjoyable.
How can a WWII spy novel be unique? Ive read the best of them including the entire works of Higgins, Follett, Greg Ilse wrote a great one, Forsythe too. So I was skeptical and even a bit weary of the subject matter even though its been several years since i read a WWII novel. Cynthia's review tipped me this might be special, and i am so grateful it did.
For some of us, there are times in our lives when we experience a special relationship where the synergy of both personalties, self esteem, intelligence, ingenuity and drive creates something greater than the relationship itself. Ive seen and experienced it in sales, several friendships and in marriage. This is the story of two remarkable young British women who meet and work together just before the beginning of WWII. Individuallly they are smart and resourceful, though each is exceptional in different ways. They become best friends, but their relationship results in a much larger, more deadly force for Brittain against the Nazis.
The narration is eloquent. The narrative is sharp and funny.
This is a remarkable accomplishment.
I was taken back at the extraoridnary writing, as was arguably the 21st century's most gifted author, Donna Tart. She wrote a short essay at the end of this title in which she rightly labels this work a masterpiece. She's not alone. Roald Dahl called it the best book he'd read in a long time at the books release in 1968. She puts True Grit on the same top shelf as Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Wizard of Oz, and even the works of Poe.
Most of you will be familiar with this story because of the two blockbuster movies it produced. You may be tempted to pass on this because both movies were fairlly true to the book. Please dont make that mistake! Tartt rightfully points out that because of the success of the movie, ("which is good enough but could never do the book justice.") the book failed to be recognized for the classic it is..
Ms Tartt is a native of Mississippi and understands the dialogue and subtle diferences between the type of southern accents represented. Her narration is simply worthy of a masterpiece. Theres really no better way to put it.
This will always be one of my favorite audible experiences.
First the good news. The story revolves around a former Dallas Cowboy offensive lineman of the 70s, infamous for jumping offsides on 3rd and goal in the NFC championship game, subsequently losing the game and the team's chance at the Super Bowl. (Hence the title.) He was further disgraced when he was convicted of Federal beef soon after. Once again an overzealous US Atty and his FBI minions over reach and over play their hands, providing plenty of fodder and mystery. Its a fun romp through the dark side of Dallas and the Federal Government's manipulation of laws under the guise of the War on Drugs in the late 80s- early 90s.
The narrator gives the main character a Bill Paxton southern accent with John Wayne's pace. I like both actors, but the result is that it comes across like the man is slow witted or brain damaged. Most of the bad guys, both redneck and black are way over done as well. In action scenes the narrator over does every sentance.
AW Gray's Bino series features great narration with perfect timing that enhances his characters and his remarkable wit. When the timing is lost, so is the humor.
I almost want to stop here. Moving Day was one the best and most unique audio book experiences I have had in years. And ive had quite a few.
A combination of irony, narrative, depth of character, a great story and perfectly timed narration is what makes this so perfect. For example in most of the other 5 star thrillers i am always attracted to the quick witted banter between characters. Here we are treated to a third party narrator taking us deep into the depths of each character. Remember the old Disney movies of real wild life where the only dialogue was the narrator walking you through each scene? Moving Day is something like that, only so much more in depth.
The motivation of the characters and the story itself is revealed through the author's use of irony. I actually word synced this book with kindle so id have it written form. I am just an avid reader, not a critic, but think the use of irony takes this novel from a great thriller to a literary classic.
In virtually every great book Ive read I fall in love with the characters and long for more of the same. That is not the case in Moving Day. I rushed to its conclusion and was as exhausted as I was thrilled. The depth of character was so dark, rich and personal i felt more like a voyer.
This is sure to be a popular movie, perfect for Eastwood or some other agiged superstar. Thats great for Stone, but i think the real thrill is in the reading...or listening!
Prime Suspect is the 7 th novel I have listened to by Gray and one of the best. Like the previous 6 novels, its sharp, funny, gritty and unique. Ive already listened to each of the 4 Bino Phillips novels twice and chances are I'll do the same with Prime Suspect. I am not sure why Gray's novels werent as popular as Connelly's and others, but I have no problem placing Gray among the best Ive read.
Prime Suspect definitely fits in the police procedural category, but it is more of farcical expose' on the short comings of procedures and our legal system. Heres what i mean.
A young, naieve contractor, Lackey Furgason is trying to seal the deal on an extravagant bath house addition in one of Dallas' wealthiest neighborhoods. He meets with the lady of the house and picks up a deposit check for $15000 and leaves. However, the husband has hired a killer to murder his wife. Naturally Lackey is a person of interest, but rape was involved with the murder so the husband is not a likely suspect. Instead of investigating the murder, the police are locked in on investigating Lackey.
The characters are wonderful, as is Gray's masterful storytelling. I felt like i was watchig a great movie throughout the entire novel.
The narrator was adequate, but i found myself liking the voices he gave to each character more the longer i listened. And he picked up the irony and comedy as well as anyone Ive listened to. So i give him 3 stars instead of 2.
This is a tough one to review. The story was really good, smart and funny, but as they say about humor, timing is everything. I get the feeling Cameron Stewart's timing and voices, especially of women, were so off and over the top i found myself cringing whenever he used them. If id read it myself i have no doubt this would get better marks.
It has everything to be a great police procedural. A likable though flawed, and smart detective. Great synergy between the police team. Good contrast between good and sloppy police work. Sharp wit and humor.
In the end i dont think its a waste of time or money. Its very likely to be a 4-5 star listen for most people.
Ive listened or read too many thrillers featuring great characters with almost super human abilities. I liked them all, but it seems to me Mitch Rapp, Jack Reacher, the Grey Man, etcetera have been too good to believe. So I purchased Black Site with some prejudice.
What led me to this book was the author's recent background as Delta member himself. It was a wise decision.
The hero here is a decorated, but disgraced combat veteran who becomes a drunk after he leads his team into an ambush. He's called back into action because he is expendable. What follows is a tough and gritty adventure that leads to his own redemption. It is an extremely accurate tale of espionage and warfare.
This is a work of literary genius. Thankfully it falls into my favorite genre. There's only one other novel that kept me guessing till the very end, Presumed Innocent by Scott Turrow.
From the beginning I understood I was listening to the work of an exceptional author. It reminded me of my experience reading Secret History by Donna Tart. Yet I came close to giving up early on the novel based on the miserable, alcoholic life and existence of the main character, Rachel. She said it best when she knew she wasn't as bad off as a girl she read about who'd gotten so ripped she performed oral sex on her uncle. "That", says Rachel, "is where my bar is set." So she's a pitiful character that tried my patience as she did with every fictional relationship in the novel.
Thankfully I persisted, because suddenly I became engrossed in every aspect of the mystery. I usually have to like or admire one or more of the characters to enjoy the experience. In most of my favorite mysteries the characters make the mystery secondary. Here the opposite is true. I really didn't like or admire anyone in the novel. The mystery dwarfs the characters.
The three narrators are simply masterful readers. I'd put their performance on the same level as The Help.
That's really enough said. It captures your attention and holds it. But the truth is it wil never happen, or it shouldn't. A first year attorney with 1 speeding violation case under his belt tries a capital murder case. No press to speak of, an experienced DA bumbles, a judge is put in his place... Too much.
I purchased this on the strength of the Bino series, in which all four books rated 5 stars. I'm not dissapointed, though I do give it 3 stars because it's not near as good as the Bino series. This was written in 1989, but that takes nothing from the story at all.
Size is a giant of a guy whose run operations for his lifelong friend, now a gangster. He's gone to jail twice for his boss and in the opening scenes he's under indictment again. Each time he's taken the fall for things his boss has actually done. But this time his boss is manipulated into believing Size will snitch, despite all experience and evidence to the contrary. So he puts a hit on Size.
This sets off a chain of events that begins to undermine a solid crime organization as well as a Columbian Cartel they deal with. Suddenly this wakes up Size to the reality he's been blindly true and loyal to everyone but himself. He's been a fool, but now he is forced to use his strength, wit, smarts and savvy to go against them all.
The narrator gets 3 stars for his great voice, but too careful diction. I've a sneaking suspicion he missed some of the humor AW Gray is famous for.
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