Yes, but it would have to be a really long trip! We listened to this on a drive to the Pacific Northwest and both husband and I were entranced. The reader had many different voices and oddly (or not) the voice of Young Tom Joad sounded just like Henry Fonda! Imagine that. This is not an easy book in that the story is so hard and sad - the Depression and flight west to find work from Oklahoma and other parts of the country's mid-section. The writing is excellent (John Steinbeck...hello!?) and the characters endearing. I may have read this in my youth but I didn't remember it. Everyone should read it and it ought to be required reading in jr or high school classrooms. The history is worth the read.
One of my favorites.
I thought my husband might enjoy this while we traveled so I got the audio book. Turns out that was a good decision. I didn't know Crais at this point but have since ventured out into Joe Pike/Elvis Cole and now Max Holman. I love this guy!
One of the most captivating things about this book is the way the voice of the narrator changes from Scott to Maggie, who is a dog. It's not at all a Mr. Ed thing, but a true to life voice relating to how a dog's mind works based on someone's obvious research. Scott loses a partner and is nearly killed himself. Maggie's story is the same but takes place in Afghanistan/Iraq. Scott wants to continue being a cop but is struggling mentally and physically. It seems his only real recourse is the canine corps. Maggie is a mess, too, but gets picked to team up with Scott. Their journey is hard, tender, painful, joyful, and healing.
Crais is a master at creating characters you can cheer for and care about, and the characters in this book are no exception. Loved it and am now a total Crais fan
Almost didn't finish listening to this book because the reader was so bad. Suffered through listening because I wanted to see how the story ended. I like Elvis and he is better developed in later books, but I wanted to see how it started. This narrator was just so whiny and sarcastic sounding even when he wasn't supposed to be.
Elvis is an interesting and complex character.
By using a different reader.
I like the idea of Elvis and Joe and I like Robert Crais as a writer. I'll stay with the series a bit longer but I won't listen to anymore books read by Patrick Lawlor. Guess I'll just have to check them out of the library!
I have only listened to both of Galbraith's books so I can't comment on the written versions, but I love the work!
I am a reader of mysteries largely and this is a mystery with a bit of police prodecural thrown in. The investigative techniques and psychology, pretty fascinating, are displayed both overtly in Strikes directions to Robin and covertly in practice. You could call it a sort of modern, over the top Nick and Nora!
Robin's driving on the ice and avoiding the accident to Strike's amazement. Very intricately written. You could almost feel the car sliding.
Just no way to do that.
I read all the Harry Potters and Cuckoos Calling before this. Had I not heard on the news about JK Rowling writing Cuckoo under the Galbraith persona, I don't think I am a good enough technical analyst to have gleaned that it was she. Strike is a great character, not perfect, not always happy, but driven and proud. He wants to make his life right on his own terms and not ride his father's coattails. I enjoyed meeting Al and getting to know his half brother. I hope she includes him in future books. They play well together.
We see the development of a more mature relationship between Robin and Matthew, but will it survive her training to be an investigator? Robin is a great character and her relationship with Strike is stimulating and very realistic. Whatever name she uses, JK is just a good writer, A Casual Vacancy notwithstanding.
I like hearing about the history and goings on in the time frame of the book. Lady Georgeanna is a likeable character with a good bit of naivete that nearly gets her in serious trouble at the beginning of the book. She is intrepid if not entirely sophisticated and manages to make all her catastrophes so relevant to us ordinary humans. She is interesting and intelligent and Darcy is luscious.
Georgie's hanging upside down from the cliff face.
I really enjoy good British readers and she is one. She has just the right tone for Georgie as well as her wild and crazy friend, Belinda.
Yep, though my Hubby probably wouldn't just because he doesn't. Action packed, good story, great relationship stuff, flawed hero. The problems of the miners are sort of global, though this takes place in Nicaragua. Other geopolitical issues are as compelling...hate to give too much of the story away. As always, Nate and Harve are up to their necks and not sure if their predicament is deliberate or an accident on the part of their higher up.
You figure Nathan will probably not die, but nothing else is sure. Hard to know who to trust. Peterson does his research and the situations and locations seem very true.
Always like Harve and Holly.
Good Training is Hard to Overcome
Keep 'em coming, Mr. Peterson!
Yes. The writing is good and the reader, Ray Porter, really brings an energy and life to Joe and the other characters. The plot is complex and jumps back and forth between past and present thru most of the first half to 2/3 of the book...then it all comes down at the same time and place. Characters are well crafted and behave the way you would expect. There are apparently two books earlier than this in the Joe Ledger series and I will probably have to go back and get them.
It's a book about terrorism and how to deal with it on many levels. In some ways, it's too real and is scary because of that; but I liked the reality of it.
I haven't but I will.
Juliet Stephenson's voice is compelling and versatile. I agree with another reviewer that she is merciless with those who are worthy of scorn, e.g. Mary. I have not read any Austen with my eyes but so enjoy listening to her words read by so capable a woman.
Anne's conversation with Captain Harville.
Fun, charming, interesting
Hate to say because it might be a spoiler. But her conversation with the butler was certainly enlightening.
Hard not to love Georgie but Belinda is awfully good, too
This is the first in a series and I am already listening to the second one. Takes place in '30s Britain, which venue I love. The description of royal manners, dress, everyday life is intriguing to me. The conflict with Georgiana's feelings for and interaction with her mother are interesting, too. Kellgren is excellent with her voice differentiation and is not overly dramatic, which I find irritating. Look forward to the whole series.
In the top few of the non-fiction listens.
The agent's understanding that Jackie didn't want the public to see Jack with his face blown up so he put his own jacket over the face and chest, which allowed Jackie to let them take Jack into the hospital.
O'Reilly was concise, not overdramatic, and coherent.
Details about Jackie at the hospital.
O'Reilly brings in issues relating to the mob, Sinatra, Cuba, Russia and others. Were any of them involved with Lee Harvey? No way to know...the Russian connection is the only one with any real proximity. He doesn't flatly state that there were no other possibilities than Lee Harvey but the evidence for a one man operation is compelling. Excellent book, good follow up to "Killing Lincoln."
Action, intrigue, twist
Liked the bi-coastal setting as well as the kidnap set up. Very subtle.
Dick Hill is one of my favorite readers. He imbues the characters with character. You get voice nuance that you wouldn't get with your eyes.
Always get some laughs from Reachers: irony, stupidity, off-handedness.
I love reading Jack Reacher books by ear or eye so it's hard not to give 5 stars all the way across all the time. They are not formulaic but perhaps not "great literature" in the formal sense, but they are well researched, interesting and fun. The random settings are always fascinating and each is unique for what can be done there. You learn something new about Reacher each story even if just a turn of mind. Can't wait for the next one!
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