This is the third Joe Grey Mystery that I have read and so far it is my favorite. As the series develops, it just gets better. You have to suspend reality for it to really work for you, but after hearing many other mystery stories, it is refreshing to listen to something that looks at things from a different angle. It is a light mystery that is performed well and has a good plot development. My wife is an audiobook narrator and I know how difficult it is to do a good job. This narrator hits the sweet spot with a natural rendition of the characters.
Think Sixth Sense with a twist. This was a great listen, after reading other Koontz books. Leaves you wanting the sequel.
First, I am an older guy who enjoys books like Harry Potter, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tigers Curse is similar to the Percy Jackson Books with a lot more romance and teen angst. The concept is good and the storytelling is great, but if you don't like reading about a the seesaw emotions and irrational decisions of a teenager then you might not enjoy it. I have listened to about 3 of these and the second one took about half the book just describing the main character's feelings. To me it was maddening, irrational and boring, but I can easily see how a teenage or young woman would just eat it up. When the main character was not befuddling every other character with emotional hijinks the story contains a creative adventure that is very interesting , exotic and exciting.
I had to put this series down at the end of book three in frustration with an ending that was the height of the whole emotional irrationality of the heroine's character where she is considering her relationship with the bad guy.
I might pick it back up sometime, when and if my curiosity moves me to see how the series ends.
I have been listening to the Artemis Fowl series and have gone through everyone and thought that they were great. This one strays into downright weird territory. The book was fine until the end. Without giving it away, I would say that the ending was not in character with the rest of the series. It also seemed like it was rushed and did not make a lot of sense. Artemis and gang once again save the world but the soul inhabiting the bodies didn't work for the ending. I am glad that I listened to it but am unsure about my 8 year understanding the whole concept. Like I said the ending where Artemis gets "Rescued" is strange at best.
This is an interesting book that is performed great by Bronson Pinchot to perfection. It is easy to forget that one person is doing all the voices and he keeps in character throughout. This book gives us a look at the world if magic were a reality, the confusion it causes and how things might have been different for us all.
The Author does a good job of pulling the reader in and quickly educating him or her in the nuances of a world in which people have magic powers. Not everyone has the same power so it is a little like the TV show "Heroes" where normal people discover their particular gift and strive to master it while fighting to survive.
It is a great adventure that fires the imagination.
If you like adventure/war stories with a classic (Sam Spade) feel where a secret society takes on Magic filled Imperial Japan, you will love this book.
Yes, The good guy would win. The boy would be saved
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No, I used to read Grisham expecting to experience a sense of hope at the end not hopelessness. If I want to be depressed I'll read the news.
John Grisham is a good storyteller and several of his books I have enjoyed immensely, but it seems that lately he has taken a more cynical and depressing approach where, it seems the bad guys win. This book was obiviously written to express Grishams opposition to the death penalty (or at least it seems so). The book cannot have a happy ending because the death penalty still exists and everyone who is for it is a heartless opportunist. In this book Grisham paints even the victims parents as almost glad to have a
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