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I have enjoyed JA Konrath but with this one- the self conscious sex scenes were a real turn off. And the violence has become so wearying. I am off Konrath after this
I had heard from friends that this is one of the greatest books every written, and so I purchased it. There are those books that one should not listen to but read- and this is one of them. The main character has a voice that is described as high pitched and difficult to listen to. And it was. After about a half hour I thought, "if I have to listen to even 5 more minutes of this unpleasant voice, I am going to do someone some sort of bodily harm!" So, I am thinking that this is a book that will be better to read about the unpleasant voice than to have to listen to it for hours and hours on end..
It may be "one of the greatest novels every written," but if nails on a chalk board set your teeth on edge, then this recorded book is not for you.
Amazing novel, no wonder Faulkner is such a highly respected writer of the highest caliber. I loved everything about this novel, great performance by Will Patton, a compelling and involving story, and the writing...OMG dense, complex, rich, potent, intellectually challenging. This book restored my faith in American writing.
I am a big Sandford fan and so it is with regret that I have to offer this opinion up- this book is boring, hard to follow, predictable and uninspired. When Sandford is good you can't put it down, the characters and plot are compelling and there is humor and suspense, one can find themselves literally yelling out, "on no!" at key moments in the story. In this one, I could not find the hook in. I tried, I really did but, it was really not good.
I have listened to the entire Prey series, at least all that are unabridged. This is one of his best, by far! The most appealing part to the story aside from Richard Ferrone, who is an incredible narrator- (no wonder they have used him on most of Sandford's recorded books) but....the story features Letty, a young girl with an amazing character- resourceful, tough, sweet, naive and "plucky," to use an old fashioned word. And the way that Lucas and Del interact with her is funny and endearing. This contrasts nicely to the diabolical planning and violence of the killers. I highly recommend it.
Just when I started to wonder if Sandford could keep it up in his "Prey" series, he hits the ball out of the park with another one. In Winter Prey, Lucas finally falls in love and the woman is his equal in intelligence, courage and heart. The killer is horrifyingly bad, in the way we love them to be. Highly intelligent, completely corruptible, and psychologically skewed. This story has sex ring stuff, child abuse, good old fashioned romance, a suspicious priest and our hero get mortally wounded......no spoilers beyond this.
And I can't say enough about the narrator, Richard Ferrone- his voice is amazing and his interpretation and nuanced characters are compelling, seductive, scary, wistful, dramatic.---he has it all.
Loved the third book. But this one is gratuitously violent. I have liked books 1-3 better.
Predictable. The narrator is wonderful as always, but the story line and characters, not that good.
I am a rather avid listener of detective mysteries and have always been a fan of John Sandford. This one has it all, interesting plot, great characters, action packed, weird nemisis. I highly recommend it.
It is easy to see why this author has been an award winner. This book is amazing and charts the background and life of a family with some chromosomal variations. I loved the deeply and sensitively drawn characters and how the story is both a coming of age tale about a girl/boy, a love story and also a glimpse into a life of difference. I highly recommend this book. One of the very best I have ever listened to and the narrator is amazing.
I am not sure why I missed Philip Roth who is no secret to most readers, but I did. He probably became really popular during the years when I was either not reading very much because I was too young to appreciate it, or the years when I was raising a son. However, I recently saw a special on him on PBS and it peeked my interest andI decided to give him a listen, choosing this book because of its subject matter. I am so glad that I did. This novel is world class and will likely stand as one of the great novels of the century. Roth's ability to craft a story that resonates off the page and into the hearts, minds and soul of America is a mark of his true genius. Ron Silver as the narrator is probably the finest vocal work I have heard on audio book- ever. Mr. Silver has an intimate delivery style and plays with pacing and emotional tone to superb effect. I will listen to this book again and again. There were moments that literally took my breath away. And even though I finished it months ago, I find myself thinking about the story over and over again. So glad I have found Philip Roth and I thank Ron Silver for his fine work.
Ok, I admit it- I love John Grisham almost all of the time. There may have been one book about a bunch of aging jocks that I found tedious and never finished, but he is a good story teller and I am addicted to courtroom drama. This one does not disappoint. The characters are fun, the actor narrator Michael Beck is outstanding- very nuanced and believable vocal work, and I had a thoroughly good time listening to it. The whole major plot twist rests on an old white man's angst which is a little suspect given the focus of the angst (no spoilers here) but I was enchanted none the less. What I love is Grisham and Beck's ability to capture the small town Southern culture in a particular period, and the recognizable characters that inhabit this world.
I recommend it!
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