This could have been a really great book, I think. If only the author wouldn´t have left so many interwoven story lines unsolved. During the course of the narration (which needs a bit of concentration, as the chapters constantly switch between the 1940´s and 1976) you get to meet quite a lot of fellows with a history of their own (potential left-wing and Arab terrorists, for example) that just happen to fade out completety, forgotten threats that are annoying in the end when you come to realize how much more could have been spent on the fascinating story central to this novel.
Thumbs up for Rosamund Pike who delivers a marvelous performance, including an autehntic variety of accents and languages!
Having downloaded the audio version of a book trilogy that my girlfriend has been enjoying in print over the Christmas period, I was only aghast after listening to all 20 hours of the frist book. This literary sensastion is so utterly bad, and even at the rare moments when I
thought the author had finally come across a solution to leave teenage sex territory and develop the stoty into something asembling matrurity - it got even worse.Coming back to the question posted by Audible: This book is only for fans of the "Twilight" series, but nobody beyond that target group. Sorry.
Anything but the next two instalmets in the series.
Nobody could have made more of the story. She comes across believable as an almost 22-year old Western naive virgin beyond credibility in the 21st Century.
Again: think I've said it all.
The first novel in the series, "Fall of Giants" was a bit better, in my opinion, and compared to Herman Wouk's epic novel "The Winds of War", Ken Follett's book could have gone a lot deeper.Having just listened to Herman Wouk's World War II novels (very similar approach with fictional characters and real contemporaries mixed), Ken Follett's book just falls short.
Nevertheless, it's a very good effort to bring the horrors of war closer to today's audience.
See above - "The Winds of War" by Herman Wouk.
Solid, reliable performance.
I've read (and then listened to) all of Nelson DeMille's John Corey thrillers, and both the writing and the reading are always superb. Scott Brick again does a very fine job in bringing this novel to audio, wonderfully transposing the witty one-liners and the excitement of the story into a listening experience.
The overall descriptions of Yemen (the country) and of course the exciting finale.
As always: John Corey. Scott Brick IS John Corey.
I chuckled throughout listening... right?
Looking forward to the next instalment... keep'em coming, Nelson.
Clever title, great little short story. I have read all of Nelson deMille's books, and then listened to them as audio books again, just for the fun of it. John Corey is a great character, even though "The Book Case" presents him rather tame in his earlier years on the police force.
Everything, as always. Scott Brick IS John Corey,
As in his earlier novels, things from the past come back to haunt the protagonists. "Stay Close" lacks the realism of prior works like "Tell No One", though. Killing couple Ken & Barbie were just a bit over the top, I thought.
Another brilliant performance by - in my opinion - the best male reader in audio books. Hats off to Scott Brick - again.
Author Linwood Barclay comes up with exciting stories again and again... even though some readers dispute the similarities, I still compare them to Harlan Coben's earlier stand-alone thrillers like
Having read (or listed to) all of the Nic Costa series by David Hewson, I came to expect the usual lot of mystery, quirky characters and twists, but this latest (actually stand-alone) novel featuring pathologist Teresa Lupo somehow failed to hook me at all. Masked people move through the cold streets and canals, and I eventually lost track of all of them - especially since there were a number of British expats among them, some of them acting in the here and now, some from centuries ago. And strange small dogs. And of course: The usual influence and symbolism of ancient paintings.
The story flounders between the cold February reality of Venice in the Carnival season and a second novel presented in form of a serial deposited regularly at Teresa's doorstep.Confused? So was I, believe me.
She made the most of this convoluted novel.
Sadly, not a lot. Except maybe to give Venice a wide berth during Carnival.
For the past 20 years I've followed Stephen White's Alan Gregory series - always interesting and well-written stories. Having read "Kill Me" as a hardcover when it was originally published about five years ago, I thought I'd like to revisit this very special thriller again as an audiobook and spent a credit on it.
Well, I think Dick Hill did a marvelous performance on the audio version of this very clever thriller. Just lean back and enjoy the ride - this is how all novels should be transferred to audio.
Having read this fascinating SciFi novel three times in the past 30 years (Ramans do everything in threes, right?), I ordered the Audible reading out of curiosity and to refresh some very fond memories of this intriguing book (even though I am not much into SF generally).
The performer, Peter Gamin, does - in my opinion - not the bad job that other reviewers critized. He starts somewhat monotonous and his style takes some getting used to, but his clear and precise reading of the amazing world opening up in that cylinder from Outer Space was overall quite enjoyable. Just remember that this is not a novel heavy on character development (as mentioned in the prologue), and you'll be quite happy with the audio version.
I really enjoyed being back inside Rama once again, and the audio version of Arthur C. Clarke's classic helped in rediscovering new shades in the story which seems as fresh today as when it was first published 35 years ago.
Even though it's not Scott Brick (who normally reads Mr. DeMille's excellent novels)this time, Christian Rummel does a very, very fine job of making the extraordinary characters in this book come to life.
"The Gold Coast" is probably Nelson DeMille's best-known book, with a wise-cracking first-person narrator (not John Corey, hero of some other DeMille bestsellers) who gets drawn into some serious neighborhood and marital problems. A story that will make you laugh and cry while keeping you glued to your headphones or your car stereo, amazingly read by Mr. Rummel.
As a lot of other Audible customers probably did, I downloaded "The Gold Coast" before starting on Nelson DeMille's follow-up novel to that story, "The Gate House", to refreshen my memories of the book I first read in the early 1990's. What a great re-discovery in early 2009! Highly recommended!
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