Three Problems with this book.
1) Bad Writing. James Rollins tries to write a Clive Cussler-type novel, but because this book is so poorly written it makes Cussler read like Hemingway. The only character that seemed real was the monkey; the rest were so contrived it was embarrassing. Rollins needs to study real conversation between real people and write dialog that matches it. The dialog in this novel was straight out of the Batman TV series.
2) The narrator didn't help. His "voices" were right out of Rocky and Bullwinkle and I found them irritating. I have listened to biographies that were more exciting to listen to than this. This narrator is better suited to nonfiction and should avoid novels. I do not mean this as an insult.
3) I am amazed that a publisher thought that this material was good enough to publish. Not just good, but so good it should be an audiobook. So good, in fact, that it should have cheesy music play between random chapters to add drama.
After 13 hours, just one hour before the climactic ending, I finally couldn't take any more and stopped listening. They finally wore me down and I just didn't care anymore.
If you like a book that will continually insult your intelligence then this is the book for you.
If you love believable detective stories then buy this book. If you love intelligent detective stories then buy this book. If you love gripping, addictive detective stories then buy this book. I just hope that author Robert Galbraith follows this one up with a sequel. Hey, Robert, did you hear me?
Yes, if they are interested in technology, and if they have a sense of humor.
The Log entries and the sarcastic dialog. BTW, all of the dialog was very well written.
Mark Watney, hands down.
I laughed out loud many times. I also came to care about him and many of the other characters.
The story is not believable. Professor Robert Langdon would need a stunt man to do the things he did - and they don't have stunt men in books! With the endless locale detail, Inferno reads more like a tour guide for Italy than a suspense novel. I just wanted it to be over.
I don't remember his performance so he must have been good.
I don't want to type that much.
I liked the realistic police work, lack of cliche chase scenes and gun battles. I least liked Dick Hill's interpretation of Wallander.Dick is good as the tough, grizzled cop like Harry Bosch, but he is nowhere capable of doing a character like Kurt Wallander. Dick also could not do a woman's voice or a European accent if his life depended on it. When I saw that the entire Kurt Wallander series was on Audible I was excited. I started with The Troubled Man and loved it (read by Robin Sachs). After hearing Dick Hill on The Fifth Woman I'm shaking my head. His interpretation of Kurt Wallander is unlistenable. What a shame.
Sure, many times. Mankell is an excellent author who knows how to build tension.
It is. They, the BBC, have done six of the books and they are all excellent. They're on Netflix, check them out. Kenneth Branagh plays the ideal Kurt Wallander, brooding, intelligent, tortured soul. That's why Dick Hill was so disappointing. It's like Harvey Keitel doing James Bond.
First off, the story is more complex than it needs to be. I didn't get a chance to care about the people. The mystery lady from the previous book gets lost and she could have been a treasure.
Odd's dialog is contrived, vaudevillian and tedious due to too many forced jokes. His constant barrage of one-liners became irritating and I started expecting him to end each one with a "Badoom bum bum". This may sound strange, considering this character talks to the dead, but Odd and the story didn't seem believable.
The latest Jim Butcher book. Thank goodness that Jim Marsters is back.
Sure. He did fine, it was the writing that was poor.
Not when compared to previous Odd Thomas books. Maybe that's what made this book so disappointing.
If you love Odd Thomas I'd stay away from this one.
WWII and SciFi are two of my favorites so maybe my expectations are too high but I'm about two hours into book two and I'm getting close to turning it off. The endless, pointless, whining dialog combined with the narrator's idea of an English accent is not story telling but racket, irritating racket.
Book one should be one fourth its length considering all of the riveting adventure that has not taken place. As for stereotyped characters, I am expecting one of the street urchins to walk up with an empty bowl and ask for more food.
I have no idea how the author plans on making the rest of the story enjoyable or exciting, or even interesting. I do know that there is absolutely nothing she can do that will make me not regret that I bought this book.
I love Dean's work, but it seems like he mailed this one in. I'm tired of stories with mega-rich main characters who can use their private jets, and use money-is-no-objet means to solve problems. I can't relate to them (put myself in their shoes) which makes it hard to care what happens to them. At no time did this become a page-turner for me. If this book is classified as a "thriller", I was not thrilled.
I have never resorted to an insulting review, but in this case it is appropriate. The best description I can find for this book is stupid. The author is all over the place, but he goes nowhere with this material. I'm not sure, but I think he thinks that he is funny, but he is not and it makes listening to this very frustrating. Save your credits.
I found this book so much fun that I wished it had been twice as long. It is an adventure.
Duma Key is one of Stephen Kings best. He too often gets pigeon-holed as just a Horror writer when what he really is a Great writer. I listen to his books not because they make me want to look under the bed for monsters, as another reviewer mentioned, but because they are great stories.
Although they usually deal with the super-natural, it's the everyday, blue collar people, places, and dialog in his stories that I find so believable. That's what allows me to visualize what's happening and escape into the story.
Listening to Duma Key gave me 21 of the most enjoyable hours I've spent in quite some time.
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