I waited 9.5 hours of the 12 hour book for any action. This is no Tom Clancy novel. While your normal spy or action novel has vignettes that you can't quite piece together by design until late in the novel, this one took far too long for my tastes to start coming into focus.
There are 6 novels in this series and based on my lack of enjoyment on novel 1, I'll happily use my credits for something else. John Wells might be an okay character, but not interesting enough for me to delve into this series.
Jo Nesbo's novels are far more interesting and action packed. Ditto for Jussi Adler-Olsen novels.
I enjoyed the narrator's pace, expressions and intonations so I'll happily enjoy his performances on another author's work.
This is the 3rd Department Q and I have to say I just love these books and this one is the best so far.
I love the characters and Assad has to be the most entertaining sidekick in all the mystery/thrillers I enjoyed in a long time.
You can read the overview of the book to get the thrust of the story. I will tell you the pacing, narration and story keep you wanting more. This one is hard to stop listening too.
How long do I have to wait for the next Department Q? I'm hooked!
I'm a huge Cormac McCarthy fan. His prose is just among the richest and most descriptive. It just flows.
I gave this book 4 stars because I just couldn't piece together the stories. Inside this book is a series of events all richly described, but varied and unordered.
If you love Cormac McCarthy, you'll instantly recognize the prose and style. You won't however find this a well ordered story. It doesn't flow like the Border Trilogy or The Road or No Country For Old Men, etc.
This was my first Carl Hiaasen novel and it was just really funny and enjoyable. The characters are just so well developed and the narration was spot on.
I listened to this book with high hopes of finding a series on par with Steig Larsson, Jo Nesbo or Jussi Adler-Olsen, but there was nothing here. I didn't find a complex and relatable protaganist. Sure Kurt Wallander likes whiskey and scotch, has a daughter he doesn't relate to and his wife has left, but on the job he's just a cop following leads.
If you've listened to Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series, you'll know what I mean. Harry is all action and derring do.....Kurt is at the crime scene looking at shoe prints or working the phones...yawn.
I'll pass on the rest of this series.
You can tell by the description of the book what the major story line is. But the dialog and writing is so good and you get a good understanding of each character. This writing goes deeper into characters in 11 hours than a lot of 20 hours novels I've listened to.
I loved this one and as soon as I finish writing this, I'm going to use a credit on "Criminal Enterprise" so I can continue to follow Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere.
Cherise Booth is an outstanding narrator and injects warmth and humanity in the main characters. It's easy to see why this book won the National Book Award.
I didn't like the theme of dog fighting that runs through this book but I understand how that is a real part of life in southern Mississippi.
I had only vague memories there was a movie and have never read any John Irving, but there was such a good sale price on this that it seemed like a good buy.
Wow, John Irving is a wonderful storyteller. How has this guy not won a Pulitzer Prize? Better writing and storytelling is hard to find. I love Cormac McCarthy and Jonathan Franzen, but now Irving is in my top 3.
Grover Gardner is among my favorite narrators and his performance here was super smooth and effective. Grover is always superb.
I don't think it matters what your personal views are on abortion, this novel is so much more than that part of the story. I think the core of this novel is the deep attachments and relationships that are formed that cover the arc of Dr. Wilbur Larch's and Homer Well's respective lives.
This is an epic length story but one I think you'll never want to hurry through and you'll look forward to every minute. There are no slow parts....it just flows effortlessly.
This was my first Inspector Montalbano book and it was a delight. The characters are great and Montalbano is very humorous but also shrewd.
Grover Gardner is quickly becoming my favorite narrator. I love any book he does.
This particular book won the Crime Writer Association's International Dagger Award for 2012 and it was well deserved. The story is rich and layered and fun to follow along with the investigation as it progresses.
A guy's weekend for old college buddies takes a bizarre turn when Jeffery robs the Milk and Bread convenience store and decides to kidnap the teenage clerk for good measure. He tosses her in the car with all his buddies and shouts 'DRIVE!'
The rest of the story is a reasonable scenario as Jeffery's buddies figure out how in hell they can get out of this mess without legal ramifications.
There are a couple of late surprises at the end of the book but it left me with a 'meh?' feeling. I give this story 3 stars as it was just moderately interesting.
The story was quasi-creative but the quality of the writing is very middle of the road. This is not Stephen King, Jonathan Franzen, Cormac McCarthy, etc. quality stuff.
As often is the case, Cormac McCarthy takes a subject on with pure evil intent and actions.
Lester Ballard is the worst kind of human animal. A pure psychopath with a twangy good ole boy voice, Lester commits the most heinous and depraved acts imaginable.
And despite this dark subject, Cormac spins it with gifted prose that cannot be mistaken for any other author. I just love this guy's writing.
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