College Place, WA, United States
Richard Ford has to be one of the best writers working today. Each sentence, wonderfully narrated, is packed with meaning. The strength of this novel is not plot but character. You get to know Frank, and in the process he teaches you a great deal about how to learn to accept life, family, and a variety of other imperfections. There is a great deal of wit here - I agree with the reviewer who found delight in Frank's visit to the Lesbian bar while waiting for his car to be repaired across the street. But I would say that the wisdom in this book is what finally makes it such a good one. Frank learns to accept what his life has given and to accept and even love the people he encounters. I had the feeling several times that Frank is a better person than I am, or at least a much wiser one. Frank a very likeable man - one I would delight in purchasing a house from - but also a very wise man who has embraced all that life offers with a serene intelligence that is at the same time pragmatic and down to earth. The narrator is excellent, with just the right timing for those marvelous sentences. This is one great listen.
The plot is interesting; how can a convicted (although innocent) lawyer get out of prison and become rich at the same time? The problem is that the telling of the story involves too much unbelievable human reactions. For example, would you believe that a US customs official - the guys who check your passport when you enter this country from a trip abroad - would let you in on your old passport after you have had so much plastic surgery that you are "unrecognizable?" We are told that the customs official is white, and since our protagonist is black, the official lets him into the country, since white people think "all black people look alike." I cannot believe that in a work of fiction. Would you believe that a young woman could deter two hillbillies from entering a house by taking off her blouse and bra? This embarassed the hillbillies so much that they left, even though their friend - the guy they are looking for - is in the methamphetamine business? I don't believe that, either. Fiction needs to be believable. And this plot is not.
Most disappointing is the lack of believability, as mentioned. But I have to say that the story is boring as well. It goes on and on with details that are, well, just not connected to character or to story.
I have not listened to any of this narrator's work before. I have to say he did a very good job with challenging material. I actually felt sorry for him several times, having to read this stuff.
I'd say that narration was redeeming. But that's about it.
I really liked the early Grisham; but this is my last one.
It is great being back with Virgil Flowers in his hometown, meeting his parents, and riding around with him on a crazy case!
Eric Conger has a great voice, very versatile when it comes to characterization. I identify his voice with Virgil, of course. But he is also really good with Lucas Davenport.
The kids are dangerous as hell, but hey, they aren't all that bad.
If you enjoy John Sandford novels, you will love this one.
The novel is in the dog's voice, and you get to really love this animal.
If you like dogs, or if you like the Chet and Bernie novels (Dog on it, etc.) you need to prepare for a more serious side of dogs. But this novel, have no doubts, is very much about how deep dogs love us.
A really good narrator fades into the background, and Wilson does that so well, you forget that the dog is not telling this tale.
Oh, no question that it would be the dog, in any of the incarnations.
Be prepared for a really great book, one that goes deeper into what matters in life than you expect. But it is also a really fun book, very well narrated.
Steve Hockensmith has three of these novels; they are delightful stories that are as humerous as they are intriguing. But the narration makes them all the more enjoyable. If you like some humor mixed in with your mystery and if you have a liking for the wild west, and if you think an illiterate cowboy with an affection for Sherlock Holmes is worth your time, you will love this book.
The series takes place in post WWI England, and is informative in capturing both time and place. Maise Dobbs is a unique personality, easy to like. The story is well-paced and intelligent. The narrator is excellent. I really enjoyed this one!
If you haven't listened to Alan Furst yet and you have an affection for the noir spy story, you have a great treat in store. Every one of his novels is full of intrique and adventure set in morally ambiguous pre-WWII Europe. The narration is excellent.
I actually liked Hockensmith's two earlier books better than this one - but that was because both of them are so entertaining. The humor centers on the two brothers - one an illiterate would-be Sherlock Holmes, and the other a dutiful Dr. Watson. Both are fully developed characters that go far beyond the stereotypes we so often find in humor these days. These books are far superior, in my mind, to those Florida-based crime stories.
This book, like the others in the series, is not only a suspence novel, a crime novel, and an adventure novel. It is also a wonderful development of character. Granted, the character is violent, but the level of self-interrogation in this book goes far beyond the normal suspence, crime, action thriller. And the narrator captures the novel's voice in an excellent way.
I downloaded this book thinking it would be a cool summer read. After all, King is the master of suspence, horror, whatever. I wanted a beach book. What I got was really slow-moving and, frankly, disappointing in its lack of creativity and intelligence. Too many cliches! The narrator was the best part of the experience. He did a great job with a really boring book.
Lisa Scottolini's novels have good characters, interesting settings, and good plotlines. And they are fun. This is no exception. And the narrator is excellent.
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