Both are based around good ol' american baseball! However, you don't have to know or love the game to enjoy these 2 short stories
In the 2nd story I loved the way the old underdog comes out on top!
Charlie in the 2nd story. A older mostly B class baseball star (retired).
Laugh! In the 2nd story, Charlie, always has the good come-back line.
Both of these stories are really well written. Buy the time they are finished, you really wish that each one was a full novel.
Craig Johnson is quickly becoming my 2nd favorite author in this genre, the 1st being Michael Connelly. With his witty style and dramatic prose, he captures the essence, of all of his characters, with amazing realism. This is the 3rd book I have listened to and can't wait for the 4th! Craig, you are fantastic! I only wish the television show's main characters were more closely matched to their written counterparts. I guess I just want my cake and eat it, too.
This is an exciting debut to a very good series. I have read 2 others and they are par with this first instalment. The two lead characters are very different in every way imaginable. However, when working together, they are like a well oiled machine. A fun and exciting read performed by Scott Brick, my favorite narrator.
I am on the fence here. If the friend is a real fan of Cruise, then I would recommend it with a caveat that the book leaves much detail out. I would not recommend this book to someone who really doesn't care to know more about the actor.
No, not really. This book was mediocre, at best.
It is pretty amazing how sometimes you actually think you are listening to Tom Cruise, himself!
No, because the media has already covered this subject to the maximum!
The book is very heavily weighted on Tom Cruise's childhood and upbringing. You don't learn that much about what is happening with him today, after his divorce to Kate Holmes. His current stature, other than generalities, in his church or cult, depending on your point of view. The book would have been much better if it had been a "authorized biography." But, it's not, and that's that.
What? Where? Who? Huh? My point is, the fun part of this book is paying very close attention and trying to keep tabs on every little and big thing(s) that is going on. Be careful or you may find yourself doing some rereading!
The Scarecrow by the same author is my choice, because basically, the world of high technology plays heavily in both books.
Well, all great narrator's like Jonathon, bring depth to the storyline or plot by accentuating each of the character's persona. They also provide a stage or movie like thrill or excitement by using their voices to help the listener paint that exciting, vivid picture in your mind.
I just really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end!
One of my favorite Michael Connelly novels!
Scary, Plausible, Beautiful
The beautiful way the author descibes even the minutiae to the gigantic.
Well, Scott Brick is my favorite. Nothing else to say.
It did both, but mostly cry out for all of humanity.
One of the most beautifully written books I have listened to. The 5 star rating is very deserved!
This book is simular to just about every book that I have read by Michael Connelly, mostly the ones in the LAPD Detective Harry Bosch series because of the writing style of Connelly is very similar to this author's work.
The lead character, of course. However, Kramer does a great job with all, even with female characters.
No, not really. The entire books is full twists and turns to keep the reader/listener off balance and entertained.
I really liked this book and am anxious to listen to another by Perry.
Absolutely! In most cases audio books are better because of the voices put to the characters and if the narrator is really good, like this one, can also give the read a certain pace of excitement to the story.
Everything! What a great listen! I was particularly interested in the way the author used the factful sinking of a ship and family ties to weave an extraordinary story that keeps your attention to the end.
This is tough to answer, but probably the ending was the best.
Romantic and packed with action! Or, Who will win and who will lose?
I haven't written many reviews, but I was compelled to write one for this really fun and exciting book! Three Fates is one of the best of many, many books I have listened to.
In the upper 33 percent.
While one would expect the author to be, since this is basically an autobiography, I actually liked the FBI agents and other dumbfounded authorities to be my favorite character(s). This story is likened to the Keystone Cops! But in fairness to the authorities, phone freaking and computer hacking was fairly new on the scene and difficult to understand.
I was able to envision him as actually being the lead character. He was very good at portraying levels of panic in his voice, for example.
The story of how I did it right down to all the technical details for which most of you won't understand.
I enjoyed the story except for the technical minutiae. All the gobbledygook of how this switch worked or how placing a "back door" here or there. I mean, come one! I understand that many readers who are geeks or hacker types would understand that stuff and would find it fascinating, but for the average reader like myself, it was boring. Perhaps the author/editor could have used foot noting for this! Instead he sometimes warned, "for the technical reader, bla, bla, bla..... " The other thing that struck me was how many times the author apologizes to his mother and grandmother for putting them through hell, over and over. But he never apologizes to the companies or others whose lives he disrupted.
Yes, because there is so much information in this book that needs further processing in my mind. The first time I read it, I was shell-shocked and didn't get close to absorbing what needs to be really assimilated.
One of the most memorable moments was when the author mentions that seventy thousand nuclear bombs have been produced by our country alone.
She reads the book with the passion that an author should when they read their own work. It is obvious from the start that this narrator/author really wants to convey her message in a real personal way so that the reader "gets it."
Because of the subject matter, it was amazing that the author was able to inject some humor, here and there. But, for the most part, I would have to honestly say, that the book made me very angry and extremely sad.
People will read this for many different reasons. I believe that it should be read in the interest of national security and to what lengths our government (and others) will go to in the name of secrecy, security, "a need to know" and global superiority. I believe that the author's research must have been exhaustive. To think that the information provided in this book is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, is astounding.
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