I could not follow the story at all, even though the narrator seemed to be ok. The story just jumped around too fast and had too many characters all at once for me to connect.
Where is Jack Reacher?
He is not in this book--at least, not the Reacher I know and love! The Reacher in this book is aging out and boring. Reacher is NEVER boring. There is no life in this book's character; he is just going through the motions.
There is a sort of fight in Chapter 27.
I worried in the beginning of the book about the narration. Dick Hill is the voice of Reacher as far as I am concerned, but Mr Hill started out a little thin and weak at the beginning and I thought he had been ill or something, but he did pick up somewhat as the book went on. However, he seemed less energetic than usual. I hope he is ok.
The plot meandered. I gave up caring whether or not they ever found the sniper they started out looking for in Arkansas to Paris to London etc.
I am on Chapter 33 of 58 as I write. I am going to finish it, but it is a mere formality.
Please find the real Reacher and bring him back. I gave the book three stars overall, but mostly from loyalty.
Where to start?
Terrible writing. Terrible editing. Several lines re-read as if the narration were paused and resumed.
The narrator did his best with the material provided, but his deep, gravely voice was unsuitable for female characters.
Total waste of a credit.
could not interest me in this one, although I very much enjoyed the previous books in the series.
The characters seemed to be caricatures of their former selves with no real substance and I just did not care about them.
than the first book. I had been hesitant to buy the second book because the first was difficult to get into. I was, however, surprised to find myself interested in this one.
The WWII flashbacks were well done as were the characters and family interactions.
Simon Vance, as always, was a good listen.
Yes, I would recommend this. The book is reminiscent of The Highlander and the Dresden Files, with a little bit of Indiana Jones thrown in for good measure. The story is told in the first person, which can be tricky, but it is done pretty well.
I would not have changed the story itself, but better editing would have made it more enjoyable. There were some distracting errors of grammar. I am just being nit picky here.
Mr Perkins has a nice resonant voice. He read well and without any unusual pauses or mis-timing of sentences. This is the first opportunity I have had to hear him, but I am glad to see that he is narrating the second book as well. He may be doing the entire series, but I cannot remember right now. I hope so.
Definitely, a follow-up is needed. Eight more coins need to be found so that Judas' fate can be determined. I have already downloaded the second book of the series.
No, just hoping the second book will be at least as good as the first.
This is one of the best of the King novels. It was not so scary as The Shining, but the character development of Dan Torrance was superbly done. As you may expect, Dan has problems after undergoing the traumatic events in the Shining. He struggles with alcohol, succeeds for a time not drinking , backslides and hits bottom. Still, he has an underlying kernel of decency and, in a moment of clarity, knows he has only one last chance to save himself.
Near the end of the book, Dan reveals his most shameful secret, one he had hidden for many years. He finds that people can still accept him and care for him despite his having done something he finds nearly unforgivable, and that he has punished himself far more harshly than anyone else could have done.
Again, near the end of the book, Dan reveals to his niece the long family history of violence: things his grandfather, his father and he himself had done. He does this to help his niece, who has a bad temper herself and far more power to commit violence than most, break the cycle of violence.
I think I would take Abra's dad out to dinner. With so many strong-willed women in his family, he could use the break.
This book was not so scary in a supernatural way as the Shining was, but in another way even more scary. Evil exists among us, evil may be charming and may pass you by without your ever being aware of its closeness or of your narrow escape. Also, evil people may not be wholly evil, but may care for their own as we do for ours. I listened to this in two sessions. I would have listened to it in one, but made the mistake of starting it too late in the day to do that. Clear a full day, start early, get comfortable and listen.
I did not read the print version, but Dick Hill was superb in this reading. I cannot imagine that mere print could be better. Mr Hill can change voices effortlessly in seconds.
The moment when Father Deauxchez realized that he and the other Prophets were not divine messengers, but merely human pawns. His sense of betrayal is palpable, his anger and very real feelings are human and not a goody-goody priestly rendition.
I liked any of the scenes in which Mr Hill was reading the sermons. He made the televangelist come alive. If he gets tired of voicing novels, he could easily do tv religion. He was great. The other scene I liked was when the reporter Simon Hill recovered. I was worried for a while that he would die. He was my favorite character.
It was. I almost made it, too, but had to go to work. So, two sittings.
The ending was not the best. It was a little rushed and implausible, even given the suspension of belief needed simply for the type of book this is. Still, it was a good listen most of the way through.
Yes. It is a pleasant way to pass some time, while not requiring a lot of concentration or deep thought. Nice to listen to while cleaning or cutting the grass.
I liked the "talking" dog and the way Remy cared for his wife, even though she had grown old while he had not. Remy seems to be unique among the angels. He has chosen to be as human as possible.
I love Luke Daniels. But for some reason, he has interpreted the main character, Remy, as having a Boston-overlaid-with-Jersey accent. I had not heard this accent from him before and it was a bit difficult to get used to. I would not let that deter me from listening, though. It was just not what I had expected an angel to sound like.
No, not really. I found I could stop and start without reluctance. I did want to finish it, but felt no urgency to do so ASAP.
I will probably get more books from the series if nothing else seems more compelling. I would buy a Dresden, Reacher, Bosch, or Davenport book before this series, but after those, this would be good.
I have several Chalker books. I would not listen to this narrator again, though.
I am waiting for the next Dresden book and the next Connelly book.
This narrator needs to improve her timing. She pauses at awkward parts in sentences. Just not well done.
Good concept, indifferently executed.
Not Chalker's best.
I have all the Connelly books that Audible has made available and have listened to them all several times. The Bosch character has developed over the years through the series in a very intriguing manner.
This book, as most of the books in the series, shows Harry as a well-developed character: an intelligent but deeply flawed man; dedicated to his job. He solves most of his cases, but makes mistakes along the way.
I like that Bosch is not presented as a Superman. He gets the job done through hard work and attention to detail. He is intelligent, but not omniscient.
Mr Giles did a nice job with the narration. I had previously tried to listen to this book with the Burt Reynolds recording but could not get through even one chapter. I prefer Dick Hill's rendition of Bosch's partner Edgar, but the narration was mostly good.
The scene in which Bosch discovered the body of his friend and former partner, Frankie, on his balcony was moving. You could feel Harry's grief and sense of responsibility and loss.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Bosch series and, to a lesser extent, the Haller series by Mr Connelly.
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