I've listened to a couple of Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme novels and have always found them better to read than to listen to. I enjoyed The Sleeping Doll more than his previous books and he did a good job of fleshing out the main characters. There were times I thought the story was tedious - the constant references to other people's body language got on my nerves (I get it - she's an expert in kinesics and I don't need an explanation for every gesture a character makes). I also though the story grew tedious at times when the author would wallow in the details of everything the characters were doing (she went home, she cooked dinner, etc.) and it seemed to slow the action. Overall, not my favorite audiobook but certainly not my least favorite either. I would call it average.
I'm a fan of Carol O'Connell - she has a way with language that causes you to linger over certain lines and descriptions (obviously easier to do when reading than when listening). I've enjoyed most of her books and would put this one somewhere in the middle.
As one reviewer mentioned, there are a number of characters to keep up with, but over the course of the story, you get to know each one and it's not quite as difficult to remember who's who. She does a masterful job of leaving you in suspense - teasing you with the mystery of Josh's disappearance and Oren's possible connection to it. She answers each question in dribbles here and there so you want to keep listening. Some aspects of the story were hard to swallow - Oren's strange relationship with Isabel, for one, though I was willing to overlook that since the novel, as a whole, was solid. One reviewer mentioned how the townspeople were completely fine with breaking the law - I actually found that somewhat believable since this attitude seemed in keeping with the crazy people of Coventry.
I wasn't a fan of the narrator - there were a number of times when the point of view switched and a new scene was obviously in play (though not necessarily a new chapter), but the narrator didn't pause to let you know that. It made for some confusing moments.
Overall, this is a good listen, though you do have to suspend your belief at times. You also have to pay close attention - it's easy to miss some of the details.
I've never read (or listened to) much of John Sanford's work and I probably won't after listening to this one. I have to agree with the reviewer who mentioned the main character seemed like a bureaucrat jumping through the endless hoops of politics and red-tape - big yawn. I was looking for something with a bit more intrigue. I actually fast-forwarded through parts of it simply because I couldn't bring myself to completely trash it after spending money on it.
I'm a fan of some of James Patterson books - the Alex Cross series and the Women's Murder Club series. The 6th Target is as fast-paced as the previous books in the series and I find I actually enjoy listening to his books better than reading them. The plot was good - kept me interested but didn't get too confusing (although there were several plot lines going, so you wouldn't want to take long breaks or you might have a hard time following along), and the narrator was very good. This is a good one to listen to while doing something mindless and boring - I listened to the whole thing while mulching the yard one weekend.
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