First PRIVATE was sharp, moved at a good clip and had interesting charachters. This reads more like something the authors dashed off over a weekend to cash in on the success of the first book. Narrator was ok...little too affected for my taste, but he wasn't given a lot to work with. Great concept...a super detective agency with the best and brightest...made first book great. This failed the test on every score. Not sure I want to risk credits with any more in the series.
More interesting charachters. Women charachters, especially, were weak and predictable.
The whole sidebar about the mob.
Beware of sequels
Even though it's all autobiographical, it is NOT self serving and, frequently, he readily accepts blame for things that were his fault, He has the overall view of movies and television that you'd expect from an 80 year old who has been in the business 60 years. His first book was no fluke, this guy can write.
Absolute candor about his life and what really goes on in Hollywood. It was very interesting without being vindictive about anything or anyone. Just the right tone.
If you never read either of his books, you'd think of him as a handsome, talented actor. Getting to know the person behind the actor is fascinating and surprising. Very gifted storyteller.
Listen to audiobooks in the car on the way to and from work, and that's fine. I would not want to hear this in one sitting.
I bought his first book on the off chance that it had some great Hollywood stories in it, but came away really impressed with his ability as a writer. This one, I wanted to buy because I liked the last one so much. This guy can really write and, as a veteran actor with a trained voice, the narration is superb. Some of his "character" voices are dead-on funny. Very hard to believe that this level of skill comes from a guy who never went to college or wrote professionally, before.
Bcause it's very funny.
The blind date with the man who would become her husband. Anyone who's been on a blind date can relate. She forgot what he looked like, after two hours of talking to him over dinner.
Getting to know her step children and her husband's ex.
When Ashton Kutcher bought Judy's dad a serious Harley, just cause Ashton's a good guy.
I'd be surprised if she doesn't become a major comedy star,after this book. She's really funny and you can't help but wish her the best.
Unlike GONE GIRL, which is one of the best I've heard in the last year, this portrait of two selfish people has no suspense, likeable charachters, zero passion and a bland ending. Psychobable about why a woman is boring......that's it. Narrators were great, but they didn't have much to work with. Overall, depressing and forgettble.
I'll do a lot more research before I get another one.
First rate voices who helped make the story more interesting than it really was.
Allison, the best friend....who just vanishes, anyway.
This is no GONE GIRL. If it was this summer's "beach read" a lot of people must have left the beach depressed. Author writes well, structurally, but doesn't have an interesting story tell.
Better charachters, more suspense, more interesting protaganist. Less predictable.
Something from the bestseller list that's professionally done.
Quite simply, it was the worst author-read story I've ever heard, and that's saying something. Mr. Block sounds like he read into a tape recoder in his basement.
Anger, at a waste of money and time and disappointment that a potentially interesting topic was so badly mishandled. Kept hoping it would get better. It never did.
Note to authors......present an future......If you'e going to put yor heart and soul into a book, don't record it yourself, unless you are a highly trained actor or broadcaster or a voice that is instantly recognizable.
This author, regrettably, ruined a somwhat interesting premise with an awful narration, bland charachters and a lousy ending.
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