Let me start by saying that this book is impeccably written, it truly could have been an amazing novel... but the ending was pretty terrible. I understand that it was originally written as a serial which may be why it falls off the way it does. I just can't understand why the author would leave so many questions unanswered? I was literally haunted by the graphic/realistic imagery, the protagonist was just the kind of bitter investigator a reader can really get behind, but the book just apprubtly ends. I can scarcely explain my surprise and (really) horror when the audible credits began. WTF?REALLY, if there are any readers/listeners who felt differently, please let me know. Maybe I just need some further explainantion? Also, what's up with the title?
He could have given the ending just the slightest bit of closure and changed the title.
He had a way of keeping me glued to my ear-buds. Even when the story got slow, I felt very much entrenched in what was going on.
I started listening to this book with very few expectations. Perhaps that's why I found it so addictive? The performance was wonderful, and the story engrossing. I wish I could find more just like it!
Bill F***ing Bryson.
Bill Bryson, doing what he does best; talking about something he knows. Unlike other travel books, he gives you niether all good nor all bad. He seems to have a real love for Australia and Australians but confronts the clear contradictions and faults within the country. He gives you the cities and he give you the outback, he loves both but he also recognizes their tragic places in the Australian culture.
He also adresses the forever enigmatic and heartbreaking history of the Aboriginal people, something lacking in many accounts of Australia.
All in all, its a great listen and only made me want to go to Australia all the more.
I was honestly expecting much more. The narrator did his best but the story falls flat. Jack Reacher is a unrealistic protagonist, for whom everything falls into place. From the get-go things happen way too easily for this guy. The love-interest storyline seems a bit forced.
He starts off with a very interesting story at it's bones, but rushes the development.
Nothing really, he was pretty good.
This is just your average thriller. I wouldn't write it off entirely but it just was not for me.
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