This was the only book we have purchased that we both didn't enjoy. We like a great plot when driving & this was just a boring diary!
Most mystery stories focus on the particulars of a "typical" crime such as murder. Killing Floor is a double mystery - one being "who done it", the second being what is it they did? The combination of the two makes for a very interesting story line and keeps the reader guessing who the bad guys really are. The author does a good job of describing how the crime was committed, educating the listener without boring them. The narration is clear and easy to listen to.
Echo Park is a well constructed, good old detective story. The plot line follows in a logical sequence as the mystery unfolds with the discovery of additional evidence/information. The characters are all completely believable; no "superman", just an experienced detective relying on the tools available to him and interfacing with regular people living their lives. The narrator does a good job of changing inflections and tone to fit the character who is speaking at the moment. The narrator's voice is easy to listen to and his pronunciation is very clear. Even though this is book twelve in the character's series, there is no difficulty in following the story development without having read the previous books in the series.
Fast paced; action is continuous. There are essentially two main characters; when the action relative to one of the characters lessens, the author "switches" to the other character so that things are always at a fever pitch. Although this may seem confusing, the author has defined the relationship between the two such that the switching between characters develops the overall plot without being contrived. Interest remains peaked as the two lead characters work towards a single resolution of the story. The only negative about the book is that the relationship between the male lead characters and their respective female love interests is trite and predictable.
This is an excellent book. The story is good; the characters are well developed and the plot progresses at a good pace. What really makes this book "a must" is the narration. The narrator's voice is highly "listenable" and he does a superb job of adapting his tone and inflections to differentiate the various characters. Overall, the story keeps the listener engaged and eager for the next chapter.
The story is good, but a little dated due to the rapid pace of technology. The characters are well developed and believable and, in typical John Sanford style, come up with vivid descriptors and comments on the action. My wife and I found the narrator's voice to be less than enjoyable to listen to and his attempt at different character's voices is lacking. However, despite this, we both greatly enjoyed the book.
Just when I thought she couldn't get any better, I got a great surprise in this last book. Knowing the characters, you expect certain things, but this book left you guessing until the end. Loreilei King also gave another great reading performance!
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