I've been a huge fan of W.E.B. Griffin for more than 20 years and I'm sad to say that since he's started writing with his son the books have become much less enjoyable. The Presidential Agents series started off as enjoyable, though not up to his earlier series, but as each book in this series has come out it has gotten steadily more rote and repetitive. It seems unlikely that I will continue to read this series.
I love the genre and I love Griffin's earlier works. I'll likely just go back and revisit those wonderful books.
The acting of the book was fine for what it was. It was easy to follow who was speaking as the reader had distinctive voices for everyone. I will say that weather he was written that way or it was the readers interpretation, the President was such an SOB that I found myself not being able to wait until the chapter was over every time the story switched to the Presidential POV.
No, not really.
I think followers of W.E.B. Griffin know that usually his books are all about the interactions between the characters and not necessarily about the action. That being said, all of the interaction in this book are boring and repetitive. They basically sit around for the whole book talking about the same things over and over and then resolve the major plot point in a couple of paragraphs. I came away with the impression that the authors are working to turn out as many books as possible with not a lot of thought to the quality and the enjoyment of fans.
I've been a fan of Nelson DeMille since he first started writing and have always celebrated when he brings out a new book. I've quite enjoyed the John Corey series of books, as have others obviously since he keeps writing sequels, but I think it's time he moves on to some other characters for a novel or two. Each John & Kate book has been just a little less interesting though usually entertaining. This book seems like The Lion - Lite edition - and with each Scott Brick sarcastically drawled "Riiiight," I became less and less entertained.
These are worthy characters, and perhaps if Mr. DeMille took a break and exercised different creative muscles for a while when he then returns to Mr. & Mrs. Corey it will be with an original rather than derivative storyline and my level of entertainment will return.
I bought this book based on my love of thrillers and some good reviews. Overall I have to say that the book is entertaining and I did love that the author writes in the same vein as Michael Crichton, meaning lots of true elements to a fantastic, science filled story. Unfortunately I think I've reached my tolerance for all-knowing, shadowy, nefarious groups of bad guys. It seems there is no end to the knowledge these people possess, to their ability to show up at just the right time with exactly the equipment or personnel they ned to thwart the plans of the hero.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story for the most part and don't feel like I wasted a credit, but it wasn't quite the book I was hoping it would be.
Ranking this in the series (rather than against all others) I'd put Elegy for Eddie somewhere in the middle ranks.
Make no mistake, I enjoyed the book but I do think that to make room for the introspection and development of the character stories the mystery lacked depth and complexity that is usually a hallmark of this series.
I've always enjoyed her characterization of Billy Beale.
This wouldn't make a good movie, and I hate this particular question so we'll just move on...
At the end of the last book Maisie's mentor and friend Maurice Blanche dies and leaves her his estate, causing her to dramatically change her station in life. This book is primarily focused on how she struggles with that change, upsetting her view of everything in life including herself - somewhat at the cost of the mystery. I think of it as a transition book in the literal sense as Maisie comes to terms with who she is in the world. I have high hopes for the series moving forward into the latter half of the 1930's and approaching WWII. While not the best example of a Maisie Dobbs book it's still a good read and well worth a credit.
A good time.
Yes, though flawed it's still a fun listen.
She does a great job giving all of the characters clear voices and is pleasant to listen to.
This is not really a "moving" kind of book....unless you count that I listened to it in the car.
Like the others in this series the book is fun to listen to with humorous moments and enough action to keep you into the story. The only reason I had to take away stars for story was that Abby had to go to incredulously ludicrous lengths to avoid common sense in order to keep the story moving forward. Any moderately sane person would have sought help at half a dozen places in the story and the eye rolling that occurred each time she avoided asking for help nearly made me drive off the road.
Absolutely! I really enjoyed the story and the performance and was sad that it didn't last longer.
Yes, the mystery is very compelling and right up to the end you're not sure who the guilty party or parties might be.
Describing it would ruin the surprise.
I hate this question....
I found this book to be compelling and full of characters that I cared about. I was genuinely disappointed to find that this is a one off and not part of a series.
I was really looking forward to listening to this book based on all of the stellar reviews and my affinity for history and historic fiction. A book set in the early American colonies set against the drama of a witch trial seemed like a really good time.
Time is precisely the problem with this book. Clocking in at over 30 hours the book is about 10 hours too long. I'm not afraid of long books and have listened to some marathon novels but when the pace is as plodding as this one is for the first several parts it becomes a painful process. I often judge my books by how I feel when I come to an Audible part break. If my reaction is "Already?" then the book is flying by and a good read. If my reaction is, "Oh no, we're only this far along?".....well, it's not good.
It's too bad really becuase if you strip away a lot of the overdone character development and historical scene-setting there is a really good mystery here. Without all the filler there would have been more room for the plot to move along and keep me interested. I finished this book, and the finish is quite good once you get there, more as a testament to my reluctance to waste a credit by quitting on the book than anything else.
Just a warning to the more squeamish among us that there is some very graphic imagery in this book. That didn't bother me at all but some may find the descriptions of various demonic acts disturbing.
A word about Edoardo Ballerini's narration. I found him very easy to listen to and his character voices were well defined and sounded natural. It was easy to follow who was speaking and he brought a sense of drama to the action, when there was some action. I would happily listen to another of his narrations.
Honestly I'm conflicted over whether to listen to any more books in this series. The mystery of this book was quite fine at its core and the setting is unique to the historical fiction I've read. Perhaps he has learned to pare down some of the fluff as the series moves on.
George Guidall's performance makes all of the characters come to life. He is so connected to Walt Longmire in my mind I can't imagine anyone else reading this series.
I know it's sort of cliche but I identify most with the main character, Walt Longmire. He's everything you could want in a hero. Strong, smart, emotionally available and with a great sense of humor.
The nuanced way he reads each line quickly makes you forget your listening to a book and puts you right into the story.
Maybe some laughs occasionally but not much crying.
I've enjoyed this series from the very beginning and my biggest complaint is that I have to wait for the next one! Like all of the books in the series it's enjoyable from the start and never lets you down. My only complaint, and it's a small one, is that like the past couple of books the story takes Walt out of town and thus many of the series characters play much smaller parts in the story than one might like. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed the book from start to finish.
I've been listening and reading the Maisie Dobbs series since the beginning and I'd rank this one in the upper middle of the books. The narration by Orlagh Cassidy is superb as always.
I'd compare these with perhaps the Periot books from Agatha Christy. Lot of great historical detail with an interesting mystery and characters.
I've only listened to her do the Maisie Dobbs books but she has been excellent in all of them.
The winds of war are gathering. (I hate this question).
This is a turning point book in terms of Maisie's life and career and you can feel the series moving inexorably towards the events that lead into WWII. The story in this book perhaps is a little on the weaker side becuase she spends a lot of time on some big changes in Maisie's life. I'm eagerly awaiting the next books in the series.
This was a breezy easy read (listen) and the characters and story were entertaining.
It's easy to say Abbie since she is the "star" but I rather liked the PI character, Candace.
I really enjoyed the climactic scene in the.....well, the climactic scene.
Politics from the other side.
I'm not really into psychics and hoggie boogy stuff but I enjoyed this mystery and the characters enough to try another book from the series.
Engaging, enjoyable and fun!
Honestly I enjoy the humor in the Andy Carpenter throughout books the most rather than pointing to a particular scene or moment.
The Andy Carpenter books are all first person so Grover Gardner has become Andy Carpenter to me. I can't imagine anyone else as his voice and he reads the books with an easy confidence that makes it seem he's sitting right next to you.
These humorous mysteries are not really
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have all of the Carpenter books. I always eagerly anticipate listening to the book and am usually sad that the book has to come to an end. I've just about finished the series and It'll be tough to have to wait for the author to write the next one!
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