I love that Puller shows his compassion for family and people while kicking butt! He never lost focus on his goal of finding out what happened to his Aunt Betsy; she would have been so proud of him. Even as an agent of military missions, Puller is all about family. His father, who doesn't seem all that likable, and his brother who is in prison for life, are still his contacts with reality. People are important to this man. Even when he tries to be solidly military, he doesn't forget the people around him.
I adore Baldacci's John Puller, but I have to give Ron McLarty credit for part of that. The narration pulled the characters into 'real life' with little effort - great performance. McLarty does the best play by play ever - his interpretation is edge of the seat good. Pairing him with Orlagh Cassidy adds a dynamic that keeps all the players delicously in character. I wondered how Badacci was going to tie the stories - which seems a little disconnected - but his mastery won the day. He wove a novel of conspiracy that actually works. There are a few threads tantalizingly dangling for the future, and I do hope there's a future for John Puller. He's not ready to retire yet.
I really loved this performance.
I didn't hate this book, but I liked Discovery of Witches much more. There was a little too much bouncing back and forth in time; some really predictable situations. On the other hand, the incorporation of history into the tale is very well done. It just seemed to go on forever.
I'm glad I don't live in Chicago for a few reasons, but if I did, I'd love the musems and I'd hope to see Harry Dresden along the street. I'd know him immediately! He'd be the tall, sexy, guy in the long black coat, wearing a Fedora, and holding a staff, and he's crackle with power.
I was really worried about him; he seemed hoplessly gone at the end of his last book. Now, I'm awfully glad he's back. It'll be interesting to see how he deals with the changes in his life in the next story. I'm thinking he really needs to find a little bit of happiness sometime soon.
I love Ace Atkins portrayal of the good ole boys network in this Mississippi mystery. The community ties are prove that there are good boys in that network, and good people who care about their community - even when they feel powerless, they care. Everybody needs a hero, and they have a reluctant one in Quinn Colson. He's not overwhelmingly brilliant, not pretentious or flamboyant, but Quinn is the kind of flawed person everyone wants to befriend. I hope to see him again one day - soon!
Loved the performance! Tanya Eby manages the voices so well that there's never a question of who's speaking - very nicely done! Enjoyed the story though maybe not quite as much as the others. The international espionage bit was a little too 'terrorist' 'homeland security for me' for me to choke down. On the other hand, the setting of EvenSong sounds like such a great place for troubled kids. I love Rizzoli and Isles - their stories have always kept me waiting for the next. Great job, Ms Gerritsen!
I really like this guy! If Quinn Colson were sheriff in my town, I'd vote for him just for being so honestly cool. The drama in this story just keeps going, and I can't wait to read the next book. ....ahhhh, swooon
There was some good historic background about rural and country music that leant authenticity and depth to Kathryn Dance's character. This story seemed to be about a dynamic country singer, loved by all, and worshiped by one. The singer, Kayleigh, didn't have a chance against her bigest fan: the stalker. The stalker was an eerie character - scarier than most because of his innocent presentation; he was smarmy, but he explained himself well. He was quite an actor! Therin lies the flaw; Kayliegh seemed sort of shallow; her character wasn't much of a character. Her family and friends seemed strategically placed only to give the stalker leverage. The story was more about the stalker than about Dance or Kayliegh; maybe that is the brilliance of Deaver, but I'd like to have known more about why Kayliegh and Dance were such 'great friends'. There were an awful lot of characters woven into this dramatic tapestry, and keeping their involvement straight was a little tricky. At times it felt a little too forced. The even tones of Marin Ireland's voice, lack of any dicernable accent, helped keep the story line focused. It was a good story, not great, but quite good.
I can't believe I adore a paid assassin, but Will Robie is such a great guy! Who wouldn't want to have him for a neighbor, especially since he lives in so many really nice places? I mean, how many houses/apartments/condos does the guy own? While that part seemed a little out of nowhere, this story overall held me. I wasn't sure where it was going, and the trip to the end was definitely a long and winding road.
The juxtaposition of an intelligent teen with a hardened hit man has been done before, but Baldacci brought new life into what could have been an old story. He stretched this novel into an intricate web of international espionage and local mysery; he kept the puzzle alive yet every piece fit tightly! McLarty and Cassidy did a fine job of character interpretation bringing just the right amount of stunned innocence where needed and jaded disbelief where it worked best. A smart mouthed teen showed just enough heartache to bring out her innocence; a hardened FBI agent didn't fall for the tough guy's acts; and the traitor surprised the heck out of everyone. Those characters may have been created by Baldacci, but they came to life through exceptional intepretations by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy.
I love Baldacci, and I really thought this was one of his better stories. It did seem to go on and on and on, I kept waiting for a conclusion, but even the conclusion left room for development. Do I smell a possible sequel? It could work out nicely for Will and Nicki....someday.
While many of Nora Roberts books are formula series without much story, The Witness is just better than that. There's not a lot of mystery; you know basically what's going to happen in the end. What you don't know is how the characters are going to make this fairy tale have a happy ending. Nora's books always have happy endings, right? I think this book is character driven, but Julia Whelan gives the characters personalities and maintains them nicely. I liked the people; I'd like to know them; I'd like to live in their town. While Nora Roberts may have created and populated this novel, Julia Whelan gave it life. As an audible read, it was very, very enjoyable!
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