I am a great fan of both Michael Connelly and Dick Hill. Connelly moves the story along with just the right amount of character introspection. I just recently saw the movie again and wanted to see how the book and movie track each other. Thankfully, all the basics of the book made it to the movie. There are, however, sufficient differences to make both enjoyable in their own right, whether enjoying the book or movie alone, or enjoying both.
I usually like to see the movie first because, out of necessity, there are usually things in the book that are left out of the movie and it easier to accept new facts, characters and information than it is to look in vain for them. Also, having seen actors populate the characters, I have a visual reference for the characters when reading the book. Clearly, I think that Terry McCaleb is much younger than Clint Eastwood, but there was still a face to the character.
Most of Connelly's novels occupy the same universe with characters freely moving between them. Therefore, if you are Harry Bosch fan, you might want to read this before reading 'A Darkness More than Night' as Terry McCaleb figures prominently in that story.
I thoroughly enjoy Dick Hill's narrations across a number series that I follow. I get a little disappointed when I listen to one of a series' books narrated by another no matter how accomplished they may be. I am just getting into the Jack Reacher series and am pleased to see that he has narrated many of them also. Keep up the Good Work.
I was disappointed in the book, even after reading many of the negative comments. Thought I would give it a try, after all, someone wants to make a movie out of it. Ah, well, live and learn. If you like teenage romance stories, you may enjoy this book. However, if you prefer books like the Hunger Game series, then this is not for you. The book lacks the level of conflict, pathos, grit & grime, and subtly that good fiction needs. The target audience is teenage girls, not thinking adults.
Emma Galvin sounds like a young girl. Maybe that is good considering this is simply a teenage romance written in the first person. But she is not the person to narrate an action story, which Divergent is trying to be (at least at some level).
One thing that Philip K. Dick is known for is his ability to make the reader question reality. For example, what is the reality and what is stimulated imagination in “We Can Remember it for You Wholesale?” In “Impostor” who is human and who is not? Dick also presents us with conundrums in “Minority Report” and “The Adjustment Bureau.” But he usually leaves the issue unanswered, letting us postulate and debate what really happened. “Flow my Tears …” starts off with PKD’s usual ‘what’s going on’ approach but then tries to explain what happened in the end along with an epilogue?! Not classic PKD and not a classic story. Sorry.
I usually enjoy Scott Brick, but I’ve gotten so used to him in the Clive Cussler novels that he just didn’t sound right in this story. Nothing against Scott, I just think this story would have benefitted from a different narrator.
I had previously bought the third book in the series, Ballistic, on sale. It was so bad, I sent it back without finishing the book. The only reason I had this book is because it was on sale for free. I listened to it all the way through. Unlike Ballistic, The Gray Man develops a story around the Gray Man fully populated by other characters that have some interest in their own right. While the the number of unbelievable situations the Gray Man must escape from is staggering, at least the scene shifts from him to his antagonists, giving the reader some insight to their actions and motives, as contrived as they may be. It's not just a manhunt for a manhunt's sake as Ballistic seemed to be.
Jay Snyder does a workman job as the narrator, using different voices and accents for the various characters. His reading of the highly charges action sequences is quite good.
I don't expect to try any other Gray Man novels unless they are offered at the remarkably low price of $0.00.
Totally uninteresting characters. Pointless narrative. Some say this is more about the science than the characters. However, I find a story lacking without characters that are interesting or at least doing something interesting. I was so un-enthralled with the story that I frequently found myself not paying attention. But I listened to the end to find out what happened and Spoiler Alert?? nothing happened. The only reason I did not return the book is because I did listen to the end.
As to the narrator, again quite uninteresting. Unlike better narrators, his characters all spoke in so nearly the same voice that it was difficult at times to determine who was speaking. But not the worst narrator, by far, so gave him a middling three stars.
As always, Henning Mankell delivers a compelling story with flawed protagonists and twisted villains. The problem I had was with the narrator, Grover Gardner. While he has the kind of voice that you can hear and understand, he lacks sufficient skill in presenting different voices. There were conversations going on where I could not determine who was speaking because it all sounded the same. So while I would recommend Mr. Gardner for non fiction, I could not do so for anything where one has to follow conversations.
I enjoyed the story and following Ender through his trials and tribulations. I did, however, find what passes as the epilogue somewhat tedious. Haven't read any further novels in the series (and don't know if I will) but the epilogue seemed better equipped to be a lead into a second book, which, of course, would then entail considerably more detail. But up to the epilogue, the story held my attention and I did want to know what was going to happen the characters.
The movie is coming soon, so haven't had a chance to see it yet. As so much happens in the heads of the main characters, it will be interesting to see just how the screenwriters get the point across to the audience.
On second thought, I may just read Ender's Shadow, which is not really in the Ender's series but the same story from another character's perspective. So it might be well worth reading.
I enjoy reading Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes but found this alternate version of Moriarty very tedious and difficult to follow. Most books keep my attention but this did not. I kept drifting away to other things while listening. I could care less about the characters or what they were doing. I didn't see any point to the story. I agree with Chelice's take on this novel, who said more eloquently what I thought.
The Ice Man was an incredible amalgamation of physicality, cruelty and remorselessness. Almost unbelievable that such a person even existed. If you are a fan of the Jack Reacher, this guy, Richard Kukinski, was actually bigger, tougher and stronger than the fictional character. A great read. I don't know if the print copy has any pictures, but that would be the only thing missing from the audio version. Reads almost like a suspense movie rather than a biography.
I haven't laughed out loud reading a book in a long time. I had read Bank Shot, the second in the Dortmunder series, long ago but had forgotten just how funny and talented a writer Donald Westlake was. I especially appreciated the conversations where the long suffering Dortmunder has to deal with his cronies taking all too literally what he is saying. I can just see Dortmunder shaking his head in disbelief at some of the responses he gets to simple queries. And when you thought the story should be over, there is nothing more to settle, things take a turn for the worse and the gang has to saddle up yet again. I will definitely complete the Dortmunder series and then explore other Westlake offerings.
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