Throughout the story, I felt a great amount of sympathy for all of the main characters. I many times found myself mentally spent when I had listened to the book for a good chunk of time. Much of this was due to the author's reading of the book. He is extremely talented, relating sorrow when one man basically bids his life goodbye, and relating coldness and hatred from the evil presence.
Larry Correia is an excellent storyteller, so this book was time well-spent. However, I didn't find this book as outstanding as MHI or Grimnoir. To me, a large part of Correia's talent and enjoyability lies in developing cohesive teams out of his characters. This book did indeed have teams, but they weren't necessarily very cohesive. But it was a fair enough action story.
Kind of tired
From the moment the story started, I was captured by the main character, Watney (who was perfectly portrayed by R. C. Bray). The issues that he would either identify or that would befall him and the way he developed solutions to them were fascinating. Also, Watney's outlook on his situation and his ways of dealing with things made him a very likeable hero. I enjoyed how Andy Weir wrote the technical details that were so very central to the story without either bogging down the story or leaving the listener behind. I came into this book wondering how this story was going to fill 11 hours, but all of a sudden, those 11 hours were gone. This book is plain old good storytelling.
I was trying to work in my woodshop with this playing in the background. More than once, I caught myself standing there and listening instead of working. Also, yeah, the book had two moments that made me tear up a little. I also laughed out loud several times.
I listened to this book in two days. I carried my iPad with me everywhere I went to keep the story going on the Audible app. I almost listened to it in one day, but I had to grudgingly go to bed.
This central murder mystery of this book is unexpectedly complex. We follow the plot down one logic path, just to have one or two suddenly spring up. But it all connects well, making sense in the overall story. I did feel the resolution was kind of rushed, because,all of a sudden, the murder is resolved. Then the author launches into lessons about how to be a good christian like suppressing ambition, turning away from revenge, forgiving the worst violations against you, and going to church to get over life's worst tragedies. The main character even kicks out a very personable and helpful liberally minded guy from the rental apartment they own in favor of a christian couple and all is portrayed as being better that way.
Bottom line: I REALLY enjoyed the murder mystery. But after being preached to so heavily at the close of the story, I wanted to throw my iPad across the shop I was working in.
By the way, the narration is typical Mel Foster. I like his reading style. So I enjoyed that aspect.
I really liked the dark and gritty feel of this book. It had an attitude like a '40s detective story, but set in modern times. Unlike many modern vampire stories, this one does not revolve around cliched sexuality. Instead, it paints the picture of an underground where power players (both natural and unnatural) bend the life of a cynical lone operator.
The main character, Joe, was my favorite. I really enjoyed the portrayal of him as the reluctant good guy, someone almost mad at himself for not aligning with the more sinister elements.
I'm not normally a big Scott Brick fan, but his work on this book is genius. He portrays each character so perfectly that I can easily visualize whoever he is voicing at the time. And his style in this book is appropriately hard nosed.
I would recommend this to a friend who likes stories of cunning and intrigue over stories heavy with action and slick one-liners.
My favorite character was the Egyptian double-agent. I found his motivations fascinating. And I was very interested as he took actions that looked evil on the surface, but turned out to be necessary.
My favorite character to hate was the Egyptian spy who was working with the Russians. I found his character to be realistic and evil. The realism of him was enhanced in how I found his motivations to be completely unreasonable in my American mind, but to also be in complete agreement with many of the Middle Easterners that I have encountered in my life.
An Australian accent to a Cockney Englishman.
Yes it was. I was listening to it while I was in my workshop woodworking. When I was done, I continued to listen to it as I made and ate dinner. When I wasn't listening to the audiobook, I was thinking about it's twists and turns.
I'm not really sure. The character development and interaction is very enjoyable. The general overall story is also enjoyable. But it is laced with a fairly pronounced anti-military slant. And he relates hit attacks against the military like someone who watched the wars on TV and doesn't really have any first-hand knowledge. The attacks are tiresome and unoriginal, and they really aren't necessary in the telling of an otherwise very enjoyable story.
Christopher Farnsworth is a very talented storyteller. I came into this book fearing that characters from the previous book were going to be shallow rehashes. But the reality is that this story started with characters that were developed well by the events that took place between books, and I really enjoyed the main collection of people.
I followed Bronson Pinchot over to this series from another series that he did. He is incredibly talented in building the characters as he voices them. And that talent carries into this book. I can almost picture the characters as he is voicing them. I'd never guess they all came from the same person if I didn't know better.
I nearly did. As I mentioned previously, once I adjusted my mind to ignore the obvious agenda, I found the story to be very enjoyable.
If you are in the Marines or the Army and are considering this story, be ready for uninformed and repetitive mention of uncaring military shooting children and torturing prisoners, and hints that terrorists are justified. And be ready for them to be obvious attacks outside the content of the overall story. But if you can ignore this content, you may find that the rest of the story is a lot of fun.
I enjoyed the change of having Joe Pike as the central character. We actually experienced the story with him, as opposed to having him just pop into the story from time to time. This was a really refreshing change that furthered my understanding of Joe Pike's personality.
Crais readers have spent plenty of time seeing the world from Elvis Cole's point of view, so I have a good bead on how he sees himself. In this book, I really enjoyed seeing Elvis Cole from the point of view of others.
I actually almost did. While listening to this book, I took a wrong turn in the back roads of the Colorado mountains. So I decided to go exploring. This book made an outstanding companion for that time on the road.
In this book, Crais introduces and skillfully develop some new and interesting characters and also develops some of Elvis Cole's very interesting backstory. With L.A. Requiem, Crais really ramped up his storytelling, and that high level continues into this book.
Exciting, exhausting rollercoaster
I feel like this was the most gripping Crais novel, yet. I couldn't turn it off, because the plot just kept developing in exciting ways. In this book, we see a side of Elvis Cole that we haven't really been exposed to, yet. Throughout the story, I was caught up in his desperation to make things right.
I have not heard anything else by James Daniels. After the other narrators, I needed to get used to his relatively soft reading style. But that didn't take too long. And he did a great job.
Elvis Cole races the clock to save the son of the woman he loves
It's not a question of "Would I", but more a question of "When". This book seems to mark a turning point for Crais. His early books are witty and fun. He next goes into his unfortunate Lucy Chenier phase. Then he arrives here at LA Requiem, with a story not only about the gritty present, but also about the past which forms one of the central characters. I enjoyed the characters presented in this book, and I really cared about how the story would turn out.
Crais does away with a lot of the superfluous elements of his previous books and concentrates on just telling a great story. He takes away some of the wittiness while maintaining the same Elvis Cole I enjoy reading about, and he drops much of the soap opera factor. Yeah, a love story is told here, but the story is hard and gritty and fitting to the overall story.
I have not listened to anything else read by Ron McLarty.
After the unfortunate treatment that David Stuart gave to the Crais books he read, I was thinking that ANYONE (even Gilbert Gottfried or Stephen Hawking) would be an improvement. But in steps Ron McLarty who knocks it out of the park. He is outstanding in his portrayal of all of the characters. He deftly gives us the information while lending good personality to the telling.
Yes, several moments in this book particularly moved me. But this book is so tightly put together that to describe any of those moments would create spoilers.
In talking to other Crais fans, I'm told that this book is just the beginning of Crais's best several books. I'm really looking forward to getting at his next one.
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