If you're looking for a story that your book club can dissect, filled with characters to analyze, this isn't it...not a mind bender.
If you liked the Golden Compass series and the spunky child heroin, Lyra, which I did, you'll love the swashbuckling Jackie Faber.
And all the prior reviews about narrator L. A. Meyers are spot on. She makes what you obviously know will happen next, into a can't wait to hear what happens next.
In looking for another good detective/spy thriller series after listening to every Mitch Rapp, Dave Robicheaux, John Corey, and Harry Bosch novel ever recorded, I stumbled upon Scot Harvath series and decided to start at the beginning with Book 1.
With the expectations that very few could match the story line, characters and writing of the above mentioned characters and their creators in my opinion, I completed The Lions of Lucerne with an open mind. Conclusion is that it was a good start to what I am hoping will be a more developed character.
Not a great book, but an enjoyable listen and enough intrigue to make me wanted to find out what happens next. When the characters were in the snow storm, avalanche or mountain climbing icy cliffs, Thor had me feeling like I was right there as an observer to were I even felt a chill. That alone prompted me to go on to the next Scot Harvath adventure, State of the Union.
Absolutely! Jack Reacher has always been in my favorites that include Mitch Rapp, Harry Bosch and Dave Robicheaux. Dick Hill has never done me wrong and rates among the best like Will Patton and Scott Brick...until Wanted Man.
Too much blah, blah blah unnecessary commentary to every new situation from the inside of a car to a hotel lobby. It seemed like the author was taking up air space due to the lack of a good story line. And how about making Special Agent Sorosco (sp?) special rather than a sniveling idiot....or even a love interest...at least that would have made things more interesting on all the long tedious car rides they had together.
Okay, my apologies to Dick Hill, but what producer in their right mind would have the narrator talk with their nose pinched shut creating a irritating, plugged nasal cavity sound because Reacher had a broken nose. Reacher sounded more like a drunk with a nasty cold who had to talk slowly to enunciate better. Dick Hill has done so many Reacher novels flawlessly, even the women, that I can't imagine this was his idea. Actually, even the women's characters were done poorly in this one.
I can't imagine this could ever be movie material, but if it were, I would not go see it.
I confess that upon seeing a new Jack Reacher novel was available on Audible, I purchased it without reservation or looking at reviews, I am that big of a fan. If Lee Child does come out with #18, which I hope he does, I won't be that trusting. I'll look to the reviews to see if the Jack I know and love comes back and makes #17, a Wanted Man, a hiccup in a great writers career.
First of all, I really get annoyed reading the negative reviews below from folks who ONLY listened to the first few hours of the book. Secondly, this is Book 29 of a series. My advise with any series is you should start from the beginning and get to know the characters, and here it is especially essential because you'll understand why the narrator chooses the voice for each player...they really fit.
If you have enjoyed any of the In Death Series, you'll enjoy this one as well. How Roberts continues to find new angles on murders for Eve to solve makes each book in the series fresh and #29 is no different.
I would also like to add to those reviewers who don't like Peabody's voice; from about Book 13 to 16, Erickson throttled back on most of the characters strong intonation and gave Peabody a voice closer to Eve's. For me, who started with Book 1 Naked in Death, it was disappointing and was thrilled that the narrator brought them back full strength in Book 17 and has continued ever since.
I've been a member of Audible for three years now and this is only the second time I have purchased books over and above my 2 credits a month. My credits went to the second and third books in the Jacky Faber series, Curse of the Blue Tattoo and Under the Jolly Roger, and when finished those mid month, I immediately purchased the fourth, the Belly of the Bloodhound.
Since I couldn't stop listening to how the Lawson Peabody girls were planning to escape the Bloodhound, sadly I finished it four whole days before new credits enter my account to continue my adventures with Jackie Faber. No worries, the fifth book, Mississippi Jack is downloading as I write and Ill have credits for book six.
Why am I telling this...to warn my mates that these tales will capture you and nothing short of good keel hauling will stop you from listening.
The Help has now made my favorite of all times Audible listens. There is nothing in the story or the reading of it that I would have changed.
It's beautifully written about the lives of 3 women and the racially divided community they live in. Since finishing the book, I know that I will come back to it again and again, it's that type of book. Being in Abeline's kitchen with Ms. Skeeter and Minnie feels as comfortable as a warm fuzzy blanket.
If you get this book, be prepared to make a few new close friends...and analyze how you treat the ones you have.
Sharp Objects tackled some dark subject matter but in a way that it helped you understand rather than condemn. I felt like I got inside the mind of Camille.
The interactions between family and friends in a small town was well written without those usual small town stigmas.
I was surprised by the ending and that's alway good.
I really enjoyed Daddy's girl. It wasn't too descriptive but enough to paint a good picture of the people, place and plot. The narrator did a good job of changing voices without getting on your nerves. The pace kept you intrigued to where you didn't want to stop at any one point to get your work done. And even though the heroine was a petite law professor, you could believe that she had the ability to be the heroine and the limb she crawled out on was reasonable.
I really was suprised by the ending and that is rare.
After reading "It's a Dirty Job", I couldn't wait to get my hands, or ears should I say, on another Christopher Moore's tales of fantasy mixed with real life. But frankly, You Suck, really did live up to it's title. At first it really gets you involved but slowly dribbles and goes nowhere ....so I used it to help me sleep.
The concept of the story seemed right up my alley and at first it moves fairly quickly to get you intrigued. But then the story goes no where and everything is drawn out, going over every little excruciating detail on things that bring nothing to the story line. Frankly, by the middle of the book, it became blah, blah, blah and I had no interest in what happened to either one of the sisters by that point.
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