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Tyler Darnell

Plainville, Georgia United States | Member Since 2013

  • 2 reviews
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  • Blood Test: Alex Delaware, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is a case unlike any psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware has ever encountered. Five-year-old Woody Swope is ill, but the real problem is his parents. They refuse to agree to the one treatment that could save this boy's life. Alex sets out to convince Mr. and Mrs. Swope - only to find that the parents have left the hospital and taken their son with them. Worse, the sleazy motel room where the Swopes were staying is empty - except for the ominous bloodstain. The Swopes and their son have vanished into the sordid shadows of the city.

    Paul Gomez says: "Straightforward Detective Story"
    "Too choppy - made me think it was abridged."
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Kellerman and/or Alexander Adams?

    Absolutely. This was only my second JK book. I started with When the Bough Breaks and plan on listening to the entire series. I really enjoy Adams' narrations.

    Has Blood Test turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nah. It was pretty rough, content wise, but I feel that makes books more interesting. It's a psychological thriller - I am not expecting to read about regular old murder.

    What about Alexander Adams’s performance did you like?

    He has a great pace in story telling. He isn't overly dramatic, yet he still gets the inflection for each character just right.

    Any additional comments?

    The reason I rated this one so low, is because Kellerman doesn't explain enough. When listening, I kept rewinding or going back a chapter because I thought I had missed pieces of the puzzle. All of a sudden Delaware is making proclamations that are out of left field. It was so choppy that I actually thought I had purchased the abridged version. In any thriller/mystery, especially psychological, I want time to think about what may be happening - I appreciated this in When the Bough Breaks - each step was logical and tied together. In Blood Test, it felt as though Kellerman wasn't able to generate the story to lead-up to his conclusion, so he throws it all together in a monologue in the next-to-last chapter. I was riding in my car completely baffled and confused, truly feeling as though I skipped to the second part of the book.

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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Fantastic story with a top notch narrator"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    Galbraith does an excellent job in making you think. He takes you 3/4 way to the conclusion the characters are making, but he makes you put some of the pieces together. I thought it was clever and original.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not on the edge of my seat. But it did keep me off my pillow because it was so interesting.

    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His inflection was spot-on. I don't think I would have truly been able to appreciate the characters as much without an actual voice.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed many times. The characters are so original.

    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book. Hope to see more adventures of Cormoran Strike.

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