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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 am a big Harry Bosch fan and I don't think anyone reads him better than Len Cariou. This story is captivating and really held my attention. I listen to a lot of audio books- A LOT! and some pass from memory almost immediately. But this is one I will hold onto for a long time. There is real pathos in the story and also intrigue. You know a book is good when you are driving down the road and yell, "oh no!" at a dramatic moment in the text. That is what listening to this book was like for me.
I loved Gone Girl. And so I really thought I would enjoy this book. But it left me feeling sort of sick inside and that dark feeling stayed with me for weeks. I read a lot of detective stories and murder mysteries. I am also a true crime reader, so I am not that squeamish. But this book depressed me, annoyed and sickened me. Satanic worship, mass murder, extreme poverty, some unbelievable club characters.....After I listened to it, I had to shake off the feeling that I needed a bath and to forget about such lost and tragic people. Guess I don't want that kind of reading experience. Well done but ...............so what?
This book was delightful from start to finish. Done with great humor and warmth, the Virgil Flowers character is great fun. I am a huge John Sandford fan and have listed to all of his unabridged Virgil Flowers books as well as his Lucas Davenport stories. Most are good, some are great and almost all of them are entertaining. I really enjoyed the way that Eric Conger read it, he does wonderful character voices, has great timing and a knack for comedy.
I am a huge Tana French fan and The Secret Place does not disappoint. With more twists and turns than one could imagine, she examines the dark underbelly of teenage friendships and what really happens at a Catholic boarding school in Ireland. I found it compelling and beautifully narrated. The detectives are interesting too - it was a wonderful audio book. I am sure to listen to it again and again.
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.
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