The usually reliable Lehane hit a clunker with this one. A plot line that is so convoluted and unbelivable that listening was pure agony. Patrick, the star of several of his previous novels, spends most of this one moping around thinking about his young daughter and worrying about paying his bills. Perhaps Lehane is having a personal crisis in his life and chose this as his outlet, if so, don't do it again. One had to groan at his repeated moaning about a gas guzzling Hummer...when Patrick was driving a Jeep SUV, not exactly a "green auto." Just when you thought it could not possibly get any worse, he came up with an ending that totally defied logic. Unlike other reviewers, I sorta liked the reader, his rather pleasant voice was the only thing that kept me listening to the end, all be it with a lot of fast forwards.
Back in the day, I could hardly wait for the next Travis McGee novel to be published, always in paperback. I'm not sure if he even published in hard cover, but I certainly couldn't afford those in any case. As a big fan I downloaded this book soon after it was available and just got around to listening to it. Sadly, it just did not hold up over time. He was clearly the model for Jack Reacher and other heroes with a soft heart, but this big tough guy just seems so dated. There is endless meaningless dialog that seems to go nowhere and the scenes with the several damsels in distress just didn't work for this day and age.
The reader was more than adequate, fitting voice to characters unerringly.
This is certainly not a bad book and like all McDonald novels short enough for a long plane ride. Give it a try, for old times sake.
I just bought Quick Red Fox on sale, I'll give you all an update on that one soon.
This was one of Baldacci's best in a long time. Expect to see more with this protaganist. Some other reviewers have compared this with the Lee Childs' Reacher novels and it certainly is an apt comparison, but what the heck, I love those books. It took a little getting used to the two naratators, but after a while, it seemed quite natural. Probably not my first choice, but with such a major female lead, it worked out quite well.
The only problem I found and the reason for four instead of five stars, was he just seemed to run out of steam in the wrap-up. A really unrealistic conclusion and bad guy.
A truly awful book! There was a time when James Lee Burke wrote great books, books one looked forward to reading or listening to. For the last few years he has become fasinated with flowery prose that does nothing to advance the story line and makes listening impossible. If someone is going out at sunset, we only need to know that it is sunset, every color in the sky, every blade of grass, every sound, the crunch of the gravel, does not need describing and only distracts from the story. Of course that could be the plan, the story line is so thin that it won’t stand on it on. In any case I gave up on this one after an hour. I’d ask for my credit back, except I should have known better, his last couple have been the same, label me a slow learner.
John Sandford remains my favorite author, and this book continues his tradition. With “That F’ing Flowers” as the protagonist this book is difficult to put down, and one has to love Sandford way with a phrase such as when Flowers is musing about if admiring a woman’s ass is cheating he says, “I know what Jimmy
Carter would say…aw F### him!”
This is one of those books that you just don’t want to end, can hardly wait for Sanford’s next.
James Hall spent a lot of time researching material for this book, unfortun onately he felt compelled to include every sliver of information, no matter how boring. The only feasible way to listen to this is with one finger on the fast forward button. This is particularly true after the maniac killer is killing his second and third victims, the gruesomeness just goes on and on. I should have just deleted this book after the first couple of hours, but I am so cheap, I feel compelled to get my money's worth. In this case, I felt like I should have been paid to listen. By all means, avoid this one.
This is so padded with extraneous dialog contributing nothing to the plot, I'm giving up on it 3/4 quarters through. I usually like this reader, but this time he doesn't cut it, maybe cause the book is sooooo bad.
Don't waste your money or credit on this one. It is a real loser. As much as I like Colacci, his reading could not save this one. The primary plot makes no sense, an agent infected with rabies in a mysterious way who then infects his wife and goes on a killing spree...albeit killing bad guys. Parker drones on and on with details no one could care about and then leaves the plots lines wide open for his next sequel, that I for one will not be buying. Borrrrring.
I have enjoyed many Harlan Corbin books, but was amazed at how truly bad this book is. Not until I downloaded it did I discover that it was his first attempt at writing, a fact that should have been obvious in the summary. In any case it is one of the few that I will never finish, Scott Brick does his worst job as a reader, and coupled with a bad book means I just chalk this one up to a wasted credit.
This the first audio book that I had to give up on. The reader is so bad, reads so slowly with a horrible fake cajun accent that I had to pass after the first few chapters. I couldn't even tell if the book might possibly be well written because of the reader. Of course, James Lee Burk has a love of hyperboly, that combined with the slow reader made this a loser, big time.
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