"Days of Blood & Starlight" is generally well-written with good plotting, and Khristine Hvam again does an excellent job at narration.
However, I found this sequel to be somewhat lackluster, especially in comparison to the "Daughter of Smoke & Bone". This audio book did not hold my interest the way the first novel did, and the early chapters of this listen unfolded very slowly in a somewhat repetitive way. To some degree, almost all sequels suffer in comparison to the original, but I was really hoping for more "passion" in this book.
Overall, this novel felt more like a bridge between the first and next book, than a critical part of the overall story. (It wouldn't stand alone without its predecessor.) That said, Ms. Hvam's performance really elevated this sequel to the degree that I am looking forward to the final installment of the series.
Misery Bay is an outstanding novel. Steve Hamilton is at the top of his game here, and the narration by Dan John Miller is also excellent. I have enjoyed all of the Alex McKnight books, although I would rate the majority of this series as "4 stars" (out of 5).
Misery Bay is the exception. I have actually both listened to and read this novel, which is something that I rarely do. Mr. Hamilton's ability to use the UP setting in Michigan to help set the tone of the story is quite impressive, and the supporting characters are very well developed. Sheriff Roy Maven is one of the most memorable characters that I have come across in a long time, and Mr. Miller does an outstanding job with narrating the Sheriff's dialogue. To some degree, the police investigation is actually a subplot to the central theme of this novel - the relationship between Maven and McKnight, and how their friendship develops in the face of adversity. Don't miss this one!
For a first novel, Ghostman is entertaining with an interesting caper. The plot moves along at a good pace, and the action scenes are well-written. Plenty of attention to detail, and Jake Weber does a good job overall with the narration. However, my enthusiasm for the main character (the "Ghostman") waned over time. I felt that this book was a little too over-hyped prior to its release.
Mr. Hobbs has created a protagonist that is difficult to form an emotional connection with, in my opinion. The main character comes across somewhat "flat", and I found myself not caring as to what happens to him by the end of the book. That said, I would try another book by this author as I do feel that he has talent and ability. If you like characters such as Jack Reacher, Joe Pike, John Puller, etc. then you will probably find this book reasonably entertaining, albeit a notch or two below the level you might be hoping for.
I have always enjoyed the Alex McKnight series by Steve Hamilton. Although not one of the best installments, "Die A Stranger" is still a worthy entry for this series. This book starts off slow, but I became fairly engrossed by the middle chapters. Dan Miller does a good job at narration, and this novel spends more time exploring personal relationships and histories, compared to some of Hamilton's earlier books. I would definitely recommend this novel for true followers of the series. If you have not yet read an Alex McKnight book, I would first recommend "Misery Bay" (the best book of this series). That said, they are all good.
As a big fan of Lawrence Block over the years, I was disappointed with this latest entry for the Keller character. I felt as though Mr. Block was just "mailing it in", so to speak, with this book. Very thin story line and a too-abrupt ending, although I guess you could describe the novel as "light-hearted" and mildly entertaining at times, I simply had higher expectations for this novel, especially after the previous Keller book (which was very good). Mr. Poe was fine as a narrator, although he did not have a lot to work with here.
I listened to 'Shadow and Bone' during a long drive, and I was happy with my purchase. This fantasy novel was an enjoyable listen, and I will probably also get the sequel. Lauren Fortgang did an excellent job with the narration, and this story has appeal from teenagers to adults. A very likeable protagonist, and pretty good supporting characters... The ending is somewhat of a cliff-hanger, and the plot had me guessing at times.
Although I definitely recommend this book, I felt that it borrowed a lot from an earlier (and superior) novel entitled "Daughter of Smoke and Bone". Still, this is fantasy fun so my critique is fairly minor. Shadow and Bone is well worth a listen - if you enjoy this genre.
"Talking to the Dead" is a very interesting detective novel about a young policewoman (Fiona Griffiths) who is dealing with a debilitating, mental illness while still having to perform her investigative duties.
I enjoyed this book. I found the lead character to be someone who I wanted to learn more about... a person that I wanted to know. The story revolves around the killing of a prostitute and her daughter, and the sex trafficking in Europe. Throughout the story, I was fascinated by Fiona's 'unique' reaction to events unfolding around her. Fiona has her own methods of detection, and they do not always conform to standard police procedure and protocol (which does nothing to endear her to her colleagues). That said, Fiona's quirks actually help her to be an excellent detective, adding a level of intrigue to the plot.
This novel has been compared to the books by Stieg Larsson, and not without justification. Although I found Bingham's writing not quite up to the very high bar set by Larsson, this book is still quite well-written. The ending of "Talking to the Dead" was very suspenseful and powerful. Siriol Jenkins does a superb job with the narration, covering a wide range of voices extremely well. Harry Bingham has created a character that I hope to see again, very soon. Don't miss this one!
I recommend re-reading "The Passage" before listening to "The Twelve" - especially if it has been more than a couple of months since reading the first novel. This sequel was a pretty good listen overall, but too long in my opinion. As usual, Scott Brick does a good job at narration, and he was very effective with the lead character, Amy. The ending caught me somewhat by surprise, which I enjoyed.
The main characters continued to be well-developed in this novel, but too many peripheral characters were introduced, without really adding much to the overall story line. The first half of this story was a bit slow, dragging along in some chapters. The book picked up speed in the second half and ended very strong. I enjoyed some of the flashbacks in this sequel, and I thought that the author did a pretty good job in moving through several different timelines. Overall, "The Twelve" was not as good as "The Passage", but still a worthy read (or, I should say, a worth "listen").
I usally find most Jack Reacher books to be page-turners, and I had literally circled my calendar for the release day of this novel.
As a long-time Reacher fan, I cannot recommend this book to anyone. "A Wanted Man" was a big disappointment to me. Up unil now, most of the other Reacher books were excellent (with the notable exception of "Nothing To Lose", which I would classify as Lee Child's only other weak entry in this series).
Although this book was more nuanced than most of the other Reacher stories, the plot felt old and stale (and, too slow-paced). The bad guys are cliches and one-dimensional, and the good guys are not developed well. I was especially disappointed by the ending. The book ends somwehat abruptly without a satisfying conclusion (almost as if Lee Child could not think of a good ending for this novel).
Yes. I have always enjoyed Dick Hill's performances in this series, and dealing with Jack Reacher's broken nose (i.e. a nasal-sounding voice) was not an easy feat to pull off. Hill's main strength is with his portrayal of Reacher, and he does an adequate job with the supporting characters (including the female voices).
For me, it's not really a question of cutting any characters. Rather, I would have enjoyed more development with the supporting characters, giving them a more realistic feel.
For any new readers to this series, I would highly recommend going back to some of Lee Child's earlier books.
Paul Doiron writes a pretty good story using the atmosphere of the Maine wilderness and the 'quirky' characters who live there.
I really enjoyed his first two books ('The Poacher's Son', 'Trespasser'), which were better than Bad Little Falls. Still, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a "C.J. Box" type of mystery.
Overall, I found this novel to be a bit too much like his first two books, and I hope that Doiron can find some new ground with Mike Bowditch in his next novel.
Yes, I do enjoy the Mike Bowditch series. Paul Doiron has a talent for accurately describing the Maine wilderness and the readers do a very good job of bringing his characters to life.
Henry Leyva gives a very good performance in reading this book. He brings a lot of energy and realism to the characters. Mr. Leyva actually lifted the overall quality of this story, in my opinion.
Not sure. I might wait for a few friends to recommend it. I think his previous book (Trespasser) would make a very good movie.
This series reminds me a lot of the C.J. Box and Steve Hamilton series of books. If you like Paul Doiron, then I highly recommend the Joe Pickett series by Box.
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