Tami Hoag is one of my favorite authors but she overdid the (understandably) distraught mother of an abducted child story such that Lauren Lawton is an almost unsympathetic character. She neglects her remaining daughter to such an extent that I did not like her at all. Hoag also went on WAY TOO long about the pain - we get it - but hours of how much the character suffered, an drank, hated her late husband for copping out, etc didn`t add to the story itself. The narrator didn`t help either....especially her rendition of Tanner the female detective`s filthy tough talk was stereotypical of women who have to hold their own in a male work place. Bottomline - a lot of stereotypes and droning of the internal catharsis was painful. I actually jumped to the end to find who-dun-it because I got so turned off by Lauren Lawton`s mental breakdown - not sure how she survives on coffee, booze and toast for four years!
Less emphasis on stereotypes - e.g., tough talking female cop, knight in shining armor detective, hard bitten mom who while understandable just gets hard to take hour after hour...also where are the other characters like Franny? The gay friend of Anne. He was great.
No. She is dramatic but not quite right for mysteries. Also profanity doesn`t suit her - not sure who would be suited but the tone, pitch, etc didn`t go over well.
The story outline had promise but the guy identified early on was the guy....kind of a let down.
I will stick to reading Tami Hoag`s books - they don`t lend themselves to audio for some reason.
It started out ok and the idea of smaller classes not being the solution was interesting...but overall I thought the title was out of whack.
It was recommended by a friend who thought it was only ok but said anecdotally there were some interesting points. I agree. Except for a few very little remains in my memory which is not the sign of a great book or even entertaining one.
Yes. It is timely and goes to the background of the girl behind the fame.
Perhaps other autobiographies.
None in particular. It was just a fascinating story over all.
I found the personal insights more interesting rather than the political details that were interspersed throughout the book. In fact I wondered if the specific names and details about political parties, government agencies, etc were added later by editorial design. At some level as precocious and aware as Malala is compared to many adults much less children, I questioned whether it was her or someone else's agenda with regard to political commentary in the book. None of this takes away from the audio book but I found her dealings with friends, parents, etc far more interesting and the focus should have been that. Also I would have been interested in hearing how her parents were adjusting to their new life in the UK. I forgot that she has other siblings - how is the family dynamic? Can't be easy. But perhaps those insights are too personal.
Sure it is a great feel good story about the good things of a small town.
Any of his other novels - it might be for kids but adults can enjoy the series.
I dont like Richard Thomas as a narrator but bit the bullet and went with it because I love Grisham. Thomas just doesnt sound like a kid or even a good narrator.
No it isnt that kind of book but I really like Grisham's technique of writing where the reader is the hero or fly on the wall in the story. I am always laughing at his depictions of Theo's mom and dad, his dog Judge and the court room scene where he writes the thugs were sworn to the tell the truth and immediately started lying! Loved it! Grisham takes these moments that readers can relate to in an everyday way that are hilarious.
I dont like Grisham's non legal novels but I like how he captures the good things of small town living, serious hardworking people and idealism. He also captures modern day living of two income couples, wise beyond their years kids and adds well meaning adults who you see in your everyday life. Homey, comfortable and reminds me a baby boomer of some fond memories as a kid back in the day!
Sure I like Anne Perry's books.
Would love to see Anne Perry's books made into TV series.
I find the first victim, the Portuguese diplomat's daughter, an unlikely one. There were 2-3 instances of this victim showing up at society parties where she runs into her tormentor and flips out. Considering people from this social strata attend the same parties, if the victim was raped and traumatized, is it reasonable for her to socialize at all afterwards? Not justifying the crime, but rather how likely is it that a traumatized victim would show up at a party after being attacked. At the least a concerned mother would have sent her back to Portugal or some place to protect her. The context of the first victim seems unreal and detracts from the story,
Think anybody would enjoy it but it seems more of a book about tradecraft and the author's background and less about the hostages who were rescued.
I don't think they could do anything since their book was more about their prep and cant invent tension with the escape. The movie probably can take liberties and may have.
He was flat and annoying at the same time.
The author's early background was not necessary and at time I forgot what the main theme of the book was.
A lot of build up to the departure which seemed uneventful. . Obviously it was a great coup but there was a sense of the book being more about the author and his CIA experience. I expected to be more excited reading the book but felt unsatisfied afterwards. I have not seen the movie but am sure the tension was ramped up in the Hollywood way ....ironically the cover story was Hollywood so maybe the story needed to be told via movie rather than a book. Finally the narrator was dull flat and annoying at the same time.
Sure. Anne Perry is great as a book but gripping as an audiobook
Not sure. Too many `moments`
I am amazed at his wide range or English accents and male/female characterizations but sometimes way too dramatic, hard to catch some inflections and he talks like he has too much saliva in his mouth. In person I would expect to be sprayed by his speech!
No - but I did experience frustration at the court room scene taking SO LONG. I get it that Anne Perry is trying to stretch out tension but maybe her editor should have chopped off a few pages....boring!! And just frustration for no good reason.
Anne Perry is good - love her social commentary. But dump Margaret as a character - she sounds weird choosing her pedophile dad over her husband. The reader starts to wonder about what is up with her. While in that day and age sheltered women were like her - as part of the Monk series women like that need to be deleted. Not interesting and takes away from Oliver`s taste in people.
Not sure. Probably not.
No. He doesn`t read well.
How about the author? Sorry. I have read a LOT on the American Revolution and I was shocked at how disappointed I was with this audiobook.
I really expected a lot from the author. Sometimes the author shouldn`t read his or her own book. But I will give it another try - I might be unfair.
Not his best but his usual character types, values and tying up loose ends were all there so I enjoyed it for the most part. Not as gripping as his best stuff - Time to Kill, Street Lawyer - but if you`re a Grisham fan you will have a good time. I liked the hero`s pursuit of justice to the end and looking out for everyone to include the AC - the firm dog. I didn`t like the long drawn out tort trial that wasn`t the main part of the book although probably necessary to lay out the way forward for the hero`s future success. Also tired of stereotypes of the knock out female lawyer, cute wife, etc. They are always tall and slim while the anti-heroines are dumb and busty.
Sure if they are Grisham fans and want something entertaining. Grisham is entertaining and keeps your attention.
It would make a good movie - all his would although some of the ones made into movies sucked. Time to Kill would have been a lot better if they stuck to the original. Pelican Brief was okay....The Firm was good. Street Lawyer would be great if they made it. Maybe his books are better off as TV dramas.
Maybe Grisham should come up with a female heroine - and she doesn`t have to be Harvard grad and beautiful. His male heroes do tend to be Harvard grad and idealistic. Something a little more realistic would be interesting. But I do like his small touches of looking out for the little guy, doing the right thing by everyone, and wrapping up loose ends where everyone comes out all right.
I am a BIG Anne Perry fan but this is the first time I am doing it by audio. I will definitely listen to it again as audio has different dimensions from reading - you can skip over things in a book but when you listen you actually savor each word. The story was incredible but the author does tie it all together at the end...kind of. There are some loose ends but I figure as she always does, they will be mentioned in the next adventure of Charlotte and Thomas.
Yes it did. It was Prince Alois` visit that was upcoming so the reader knows the story was building up to a climax.
I like the ones with Vespasia and Narraway - I think the latter is old but far younger than Vespasia but it seems a spark of interest and respect bordering on some kind of chemistry is suggested. Why not? They are both free and like each other.
Yes and it got to where I was annoyed at routine interruptions like at a coffee shop when I had to give my order! I was literally pointing to an item on the menu to the waiter because I didn`t want to be distracted from Dorchester Terrace.
Anne Perry needs to have an epilogue. The story ends where it should but the reader is left hanging about the other characters in the book. What was the fallout of what Thomas does? Any kudos? There is still a crminal out there. Also it is annoying to always read about these awful boneheaded aristocrats who give Thomas a hard time yet don`t seem to get their comeupptance. Also Emily Radly continues to be a simpy sister and could use some character development.
Sure. I read a TIME article on the book and the photos were fascinating. The concept of a real A Team of presidents is cool and even entertaining. I am old enough to remember the Nixon years so I found it fascinating to relive the Nixon Ford pardon debate. After reading the book I realized I have changed my mind about the pardon and why Ford did what he did. I agree now that he did the right thing because it was always about the presidency, not the person. Although now the presidency and the man occupying are getting disrespected outright but I digress...Great book in giving the reader of history a real education not covered in the history books. The sections on Hoover and Truman were long but I came away learning a lot about that era and post war Europe.
Nixon and his interactions with Clinton. I could sense Nixon`s neediness to connect with Clinton and while ironic they became best buds, it all kind of makes sense. I have a new respect for Bush senior too.
It was okay. Pretty monotone.
There were many but the section when Carter lost it with Cedras to get the heck out of Haiti because children could die was moving. Carter for all his faults - he does seem more of a loner compared to the rest of the fraternity - does march to the beat of a different drummer. The section also on Ford telling Nixon and Carter to go with Jerry, Jimmy and Dick was pretty memorable.
I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I ended up disliking Eisenhower; sympathetic to LBJ; respectful of Nixon`s complexity; and overall had a vicarious enjoyment of the presidents being above the fray. Capturing the interactions of the ones alive and representing America in retirement makes great reading! The authors will need to include Obama in the next edition.
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