I'll buy a David Baldacci book without listening to the sample. The Forgotten was enjoyable and I had difficulty putting it down. If you enjoy Baldacci, you'll enjoy this story as well.
I'm going to review this book and the first in the series here. In the end, my opinion on both books are about the same. There's non stop action throughout the story but overall, it left me wanting more. Especially with the so called magic always present. I don't feel like there was much substance to it and if the sorcerer didn't have some sort of do-dad to perform his/her magic, then they couldn't do much of anything. Another thing that drove me nuts were the number of characters and the odd ball names. I could never keep track of some of the characters and I felt like the author had some list of off the wall names and attached one to everyone even if they had one role in the story and you never heard about them again. This was a long story and there was so much info repeated. I honestly could not wait for this book to be over and would have given up if I had not invested so much time in the story. I only picked up the second installment because I hoped it would pull the massive amount of information from the first story together. Lots of people got killed, that's about all that happened. I'm done with this series
The book description falls short on the content of this book. Had I known how much Christian Evangelical content I would have to listen to and to a constant barrage of gay retoric I would have to endure, I would have returned this book had it not been for the fact I purchased it as part of a three for two credit deal and I was stuck with it. Neither the description given nor the sample eludes to a story of Gays vs Christian. I am neither Gay nor Christian and found the content irritating. While I congratulate Jody for her creative work adding music to the book, I found myself fast forwarding through the music because it was not my kind of music.
I'm actually writing a review for this entire series. I've been debating on how I should really rate this book and why I am giving it only three stars. After reading the first three in this series, I was totally sucked in and I decided I would commit 10 credits to listen to the entire series. If I had stopped at this point, I would have given it four and maybe even five stars. I could relate to what was going on and could believe that this is how it could go down with a collapse of our economic system and government. I am a believer that the system is failing and will continue to fail. It also made me think that it is time to start preparing for the worst. However, once I got into book four, I found the author repetitive and unnecessarily verbose and I found myself saying 'come on, get on with it'. I think many hours could have been chopped off with some better editing. There are over 92 hours of story here and I think the whole story could have been told in 30 hours with better editing. In fact I would have put up with the extremely conservative point of view presented in this story. I am not a die hard liberal but I was offended by how liberals were portrayed as ignorant and the conservatives as the only ones with brains in their heads. I also think the narrator got bored with the story because I found his narration to become monotone and slower especially by book 7 through 9. By 10, his narration improved but I'm not even going to finish the book because the hard core conservative point of view and the endless stories for each of the Colonels is really not necessary to get the author's point of view across.
All I can say is if you decide you really want to listen to this book, be sure increase the playback speed to as fast as you can handle it. Even though Scott Brick does a flawless job of narration, his over dramatic tendencies drug this story out even longer than needed. On top of the fact this story could have been edited down by half. I wanted to start pulling my hair out by the 10th hour. Harlan Coben is a wonderful storyteller and there was evidence of his skill although his immaturity as a writer showed through. He gives us fair warning to not read this book if this was your first book written by him. That's a pretty good indication of what you can expect from the story. Whether this is your first or tenth Coben book, I would suggest you heed the advice of the other reviewers before dropping the credit. Overall, the book is filled with beautiful people who are supposed to be smart but doing stupid things. Throughout the book expect to get inundated with the most beautiful women in existence and men stumbling around them with their tongues hanging out. There are also a good many people doing evil and underhanded things which, in the end will turn out to be worthless and totally without common sense. I don't know why I punished myself through 17 hours of torture. I only wished I realized sooner, rather than 12 hours in to the story I could speed up my playback.
The story had promise - the first 1/4 of the story kept my attention but overall, it drug on and was predictable all the way to the end.
The narrator was irritating - totally lackluster and drab. Good thing I bought it on a two for one deal. I would definitely returned it if I had used a whole credit.
If you like horror stories, you'll love this one. Christopher Lane's narration was excellent and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't stop listening even as the evening hour became late and the action freaked me out.
I almost returned this book after the first hour because the bouncing around between characters and their stories was a little frustrating. When the separate stories began to converge, I decided it would be worth hanging in there and seeing what happened. I'm glad I did. It's been a long time since a book has moved me to tears of happiness. Worth the credit
I couldn't stop listening to this one. Non stop action, this story had me riveted to my IPod. I don't need to tell you what the story is about, the summary will give you enough info but you can expect a gripping "who done it" that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat! Well worth the credit.
One of my writing instructions said "can you smell, taste, and feel what you have written"? This statement says everything about what James Lee Burke is all about. In this story no character is left untouched and you get to know each of their personalities, their deepest, darkest secrets. You can feel the despair hidden below the surface and the events in their lives that have formed the fabric of their being. The story moves slowly and anything more than eight hours could have forced me to put this book down except I enjoyed the author's ability to show me who the characters are. Will Patton, is the perfect match for James Lee Burke's stories, with his slow southern drawl and expressive narration. I won't get into the story line because it is something you need to experience yourself. What I will say is the last two hours of the story will hold you and have you at the edge of your seat and know that all of the storytelling leading to the end makes this story complete and with out question of why any of the characters did what they did.
This is a story about young girls, barely out of puberty who are thrust into a world of sexual and physical abuse by both their handlers and customers. Their parents, desperate for money and often with hopes they are sending their children off into the world often do not know they have been duped and their children are headed into an unspeakable existence. People do evil things in the world all in pursuit of lining their pockets. It's a sad state of affairs where young children are sold into prostitution. I want to shame all of those people out there who have no qualms about supporting the industry of child prostitution.
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