I got this as a free listen as a member. I enjoyed it a lot. The characters were interesting and interacted in a reasonably realistic manner given the "world" that the author has put them in*.
While I really enjoyed this, plot characters, and conclusion, I am not sure that I'll read more by this author. It is a spy vs spy novel where the hero and heroine can tell that someone is an amateur thug just by looking at him and large groups of criminals are easily compromised by simple tricks.
If you enjoy the spy genre I think that this would be an excellent read. It seemed smart and well written (so to speak.) Even a bit of fun.
(*NOTE: I don't demand reality from novels, I do demand that the author remain true to his/her own world: i.e. if the hero is physically powerful and regularly beats up on criminals he should not be easily beaten by a little old lady with an umbrella.)
I thought that this novel was good. I didn't care for King in print, however, I thought that the book flowed rather well in audio. The difficulty was actually having the narrator get to the end of a sentence. Admittedly, she is probably better than I will ever be at narrating a book, however, I am not paid to do so.
The book: I found the characters interesting if not entirely believable. They seemed to keep their internal/book truth, so that works for me. I thought that the plot was interesting. A bit stretching my credulity in human nature, but that's what books are for.
But the narrator...Her voice was VERY pleasant. Almost like the voice of the air hostess on the flight to Chicago. So even, so slow, so deliberate in it's pacing and emphasis that there were points where listening became a painful exercise, a great desire to move beyond what was NOT happening and get to anything else.
I suspect many people do like this narrator, and other readers may do so. Again, the voice was very soothing and pleasant. and so slow. and so deliberate.
Do I recommend this title? Yes. Give it a whirl. I will probably try at least one more to see if I can get beyond the narrator.
At least it wasn't as bad as Innocents Abroad (worst narrator ever)
The book just couldn't catch my interest. I wanted more story. I wanted more character. I wanted a character whom I could like. It dragged. It didn't go anywhere.
I got about 1/2 way through this book.
Fair enough, I generally read straight up mystery. I don't want romance. I like dead people and a plot to catch them.
I really wanted to like this book but I didn't.
OK, maybe I don't love this genre (what is it even? Military spy stuff?) Anyway, One has to go with the unrealistic technology and the all-knowing Church/Deacon/etc. However, Maberry sticks to his own reality and that's good enough for me. It's Ledger-world. It has basic rules and Maberry is true to them. It's consistent (which is a big plus for me--I hate an author who creates a fantasy and then changes the rules on what can and can't happen.)
I find that the characters are in many ways to good to be true. BUT I love them. One wants a world where Joe Ledger Kicks-blank and takes names. His moral compass is nice.
I generally read murder fiction (I avoid romance/murder--just want dead people). I prefer a mystery. In the Ledger novels (this is the second that I've "read" the bad guys are just put in front of you. Yet, I enjoy the plot which has a beginning middle and end, the end twist (which is a must in the modern novel...why? I don't know) is generally pretty well crafted, and the characters don't "do" stuff just to do it--there are reasons for their actions and we know what they are.
I enjoyed this book as much as the first. I am currently reading the third book and have given up pretending that this is not my style. Just like a well crafted wine or beer a well-crafted novel is fun for all.
I've enjoyed my Joe Ledger adventures so far. Probably not for those who dislike violence and want a hero that eschews it, but for the rest, I highly recommend it.
I got this in a member's only bogo. A year ago I received an email/ad from Audible suggesting that I get out of my comfort zone with my audio books. I did, at the time, and enjoyed Inside the Third Reich. So, with the bogo I thought, well, why not try two new books that are not my usual style. Essentially I was only blowing one credit.
I usually like basic murder mysteries. Mystery is essential to the book. This book has limited mystery. But it's compelling. A lot of action, some gore, but nothing over the top. The characters are well thought out. Is this great art, no. Is this a good read that seems well-written? Yes. I have no complaints.
It is essential when crafting a story such as this that the author remain true to the reality of the book. This does not mean that the book is "real" or even "realistic". It means that when the author creates his/her world that he/she doesn't change the rules to have a 'gotcha!" at the end of the book.
I have to say, I liked this book. I liked the characters.
I will probably read #2 in the series.
I am an adult, and as such not really the target audience for this series. Just an FYI. I chose this because I loved the work that Jim Dale did in the Harry Potter series.
This story is very good. Compelling, and keeps moving forward. The kids actually behave in reasonable ways. The magic is fun. I enjoyed it.
The one difficulty that I had was actually with the Dale narration: He uses a variety of voices and does them well, but it sounds odd when there is an echo of one of the Potter characters in the "voice" of characters in this series. It's just a bit disconcerting.
Still, very well done with plot, ends nicely, and I do love the narrator.
This was silly and wacky. An improbably tale with some really improbably happenings and I don't think it was written with that intent. But I did enjoy it. Very Indiana Jones. A bit of fun and frolic with 2 time lines. There's a bit of mystery.
The end is fun and a bit of a fun twist. It was perhaps telegraphed but I think only the more savvy readers will see it coming.
This is not a novel for a serious reader. I would recommend it for those who like a bit a lighter reading. Definitely something that teen-agers might even enjoy...although I didn't pay attention to whether or not it was totally appropriate so take that with a grain of salt.
This was a good read. I enjoyed the story. A great conclusion. I did have issues with the characters. I don't care for the character that ALWAYS gets the better of everyone at least until he has his downfall. This, like "man wrongly accused" is often over used.
If you can get beyond the fact that everyone is a legal idiot (seriously? do people not pay attention to the laws and how they work? really?) there are actually some fun characters in the book. The characters aren't drawn consistently, but they do work together for the most part.
The story kept my interest and I would recommend it with reservation.
I've been reading a number of Minette Walters lately. Well, listening to... In the past I have read her and enjoyed her. I thought that this was a superior outing. I enjoyed the characters, enjoyed finding out the secrets that they possessed, and it had a great payoff.
Definitely recommend this book.
This is a fun read. It goes on a bit too long and there is a bit too much "man wrongly accused." I'd say spoiler alert but I think it's part of the description of the book. If not it's telegraphed so far out that you'd have to be deaf to miss it. Also, the romance is a bit contrived and hokey.
Did I love this? No.
If you enjoy period romance and think it might be fun to have a little murder in as well, read away! If you're looking for a great mystery, maybe check out something else.
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