I am a big Robert Crais fan and was really looking forward to this one. I thought it was going to be another Joe Pike novel, but it was split between Joe and Elvis Cole. I found that, because it was told from both points of view, it lacked a little depth. The story was still good, but I missed the more personal reflections of Elvis or of Joe. Also, it was a bit more violent than usual. The first Elvis novels were really funny. I think Crais needs to go back to that style and lighten up a bit.
I can't believe I paid to hear someone sit around and tell cracker stories. I guess they seem hilarious to her and people who have never known or heard about people that live in rural environment, but they just weren't funny. After an hour, I quit listening.
Like 11/22/63, it is several genres in one novel. College coming of age, ghost story and murder mystery. He can do it all and better than anyone else. King just keeps getting better as he gets older. You won't be disappointed.
Interesting story about end of the world in the not so distant future. I fast forwarded through several sections of the second download because the writer had to describe everything in detail. He is very good at it, but come on. After awhile, I found myself thinking, "Okay, it's as beautiful as Eden. Now get back to the story." I would fast forwarded until there was actually some dialogue or action in the story. The book could have been half the length because of the self-absorption of the writer.
I can't believe I have never heard of this book. It is such a compeling story and wonderfully read. I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but this was great. I am going to recommend this book to all my "reader" friends.
I was never a fan of Portia DeRossi on Ally McBeal, but thought she was hilarious on Arrested Development, so I was mildly interested in her story. I was quite surprised how I could not stop listening. She is so honest about everything - more than just her eating disorder but her family, her childhood, her insecurities - things many of us would have a hard time talking about even with our best friends. It was also interesting to hear how she ended up being successful in probably that last field for which she was suitable. It's amazing she pulled through and could write such a soul-bearing book, considering how she started out.
I really liked this book, but there was a little bit too much family history and not enough just about Dianne. She is such an interesting person that I wish she would have talked a little bit more about herself, but "then again," that's not what the book was about. It was really moving and had me in tears a few times, especially at the end when I understood the full meaning of the title of the book.
I used to read King quite a bit several years ago, but lost interest. 11-22-63 is absolutely one of the best things he has written in years. It's sci-fi, murder mystery, historical fiction, but mostly a love story, which was a surprise. It's only February and I can tell you this will be my favorite book this year.
This series started off really strong, but as the story has progressed, it is now all about the heroine Mary Russell and barely includes Sherlock Holmes - the reason I started the series in the first place and what made it different from other mysteries where women are the lead. In the Pirate King, Holmes doesn't really come into the story until Part II and then he is only accidentally knocked overboard a ship (by Mary) and then later held captive in an building next to Mary. Does that really sound like the Sherlock we know? I think this will be my last Laurie King, at least until she brings back Sherlock, otherwise, it is pretty silly fare.
I really like Harlan Coben, but he should have let this early work stay in the drawer. The story was slow-paced and frankly, just not interesting. The forward tells the listener that some of the references in the story are dated, but the whole story is dated. Someone advised him incorrectly that this early work was worth publishing. It is just not up to current Harlan Coben standards.
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