This is a very interesting listen. I agree that the description of the book from Amazon is pretty accurate. Amazing how these "Pros" are able to complete every aspect of the heist almost perfectly, except the escape!
The author had to complete a lot of research to ensure his information was correct. He does a good job of explaining certain aspects, and if he isn't sure how something happened then he tells the reader.
I enjoyed learning about the planning of the heist, the diamond business and how other countries didn't seem to work together during this time.
The narrator's voice and timing were very good for this particular book, including pronunciation of Italian and Belgian words.
I'm not sure whether to recommend this listen or not. I thoroughly enjoyed the previous Shopaholic books but this was very different. It was okay. I listen to my audiobooks in my car while I'm driving, so the sound is very important. I had to turn down the volume in some parts only to crank it up in others. The narrator sound was too high in some places (Minnie yelling which was annoying), and much too low for a couple of characters in particular.
I enjoyed Eleanor and was surprised by her effort to make amends with Luke. It's hard for readers/listeners to understand how easy it would be get caught up in the whole Hollywood life unless you can try to imagine yourself in Becky's shoes - without thinking you would handle it different. Some feel Becky was selfish, some have other opinions. It's fun listening to Becky go through the trials of Hollywood drama and experience the media attention.
It seems the verdict about the ending is unanimous in that not many listeners liked the cliff hanger (myself included). If this was an attempt to set up for the next book I think the author is talented enough that she could have come up with a better ending. Hopefully the next book will be the sequel and the readers will be happy.
Really enjoyed this listen. The only disappointment was the male narrator. Enjoyed the story line, there were a couple of turns that were not expected. Really enjoyed the character Special.
I love the Dox character so this was a nice deviation from the typical book in the Rain series. He can be ruthless when needed, but inside he has a soft heart.
Enjoyed this short story about Delilah from her perspective. In this listen she is in London on assignment, but this time it's to befriend a woman as opposed to a relationship with a man.
During the assignment and afterward she struggles with decisions she had to make and the consequences.
This is a (very) short story about John Rain's struggle with having his girlfriend, Delilah, in "the life" while he has quit. He has the realization that maybe the two just don't mix.
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. I've listened to and enjoyed the other books in this series. This is a bit different because older John Rain is telling you about his earlier years and how he got into "the life." The older Rain points out ways the young Rain is not as observant or thoughtful of things that he is now. He also tells the reader about a woman with whom he fell in love and the things he learned from her that would be important later.
I am also listening to the John Rain Series, which I enjoy, and was glad to see a new character by this author. This book was a good listen and I'm looking forward to more books with this character. I've listened to the second book in this series and do recommend listening to this one first (it always helps to know some of the prior details).
This book is about two brothers who are so different and think each situation should be handled differently. Of course there is a female, and both brothers are attracted to her. There are some details about the story line and characters that I recommend paying attention to because they come up later in the book. Some things that happen at the end with the character Hort are also good to know when listening to the second book in the series.
This was my first Terri Blackstock listen (or read) and it was a pleasant surprise. I'm used to listening to books that have more details than I would like and usually think the point can be made without quite so much detail. I appreciated the faith the mother had throughout her situation, and that the book had a realistic part at the end where the children understand mom has a lot of faith but they don't suddenly fall at the alter in repentance.
This is a good listen for someone who likes suspense or drama but doesn't want the gory scenes or details. The religion factor is not overplayed like they're trying to hit you over the head with it. I'm planning on listening to the other two books in this series, and possibly others by this author.
For me, this type of book is unrealistic and fun. I try not to have "expectations" other than to be entertained. Lauren Weisberger is a writer who does a good job of entertaining.
Andy is back with THE Emily as her best friend and co-creator of a bridal magazine. They're both married, with no children yet, and enjoying their success. Enter Miranda, who wants a piece of the pie/magazine that Andy and Emily have worked so hard to create and make a success. As usual, Miranda turns everything upside down for Andy. But Emily has a lack of memory as to what it was like working for Miranda. While Em is having selective memory and trying to look at everything on the positive side, Andy remembers everything. The thought of working with Miranda again is Andy's absolute worst nightmare.
I listened to Adam Mitzner's first book and loved it. I was so glad to see another book by this author.
A lawyer, Dan, is taking time off after a family tragedy. He's almost hit bottom but he meets a female attorney, Nina, through friends. She convinces him to come back to law and represent a rapper accused of brutally murdering his girlfriend, who was considered a "pop princess."
Nothing is what it seems, even at the end. The attorneys are trying to solve the murder - was it their client or someone else? But they keep finding another lie their client has told them which led them in the wrong direction. The story is not predictable and could definitely be considered "ripped from the headlines" as others have said. This will keep you guessing.
I'm looking forward to Mr. Mitzner's next book.
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