If you have followed Louise Penny's series, you will not be disappointed in listening to this one. I have started to love Ruth and the duck -- the duck has made her a kinder, more gentle person. In each book she seems to focus on different characters and I will be waiting to see who's next. The interview between the author and the writer at the end of the story was good and I enjoyed listening to the reader's thoughts.
I'm not finished with the book yet, but I look forward to turning it on and will hate for the book to end! It combines humor and mystery and makes you wish you could share a beer with this guy! If you are a new reader of John Sandford, it makes sense to go back and devour his previous books. I have never been disasppointed.
If I were not already a fan of the Inspector Gamache series, I would have probably stopped listening by now. The story is dragging and I am waiting to hear the conclusion. First time readers would be lost -- all of her characters have such a rich background and she did not spend enough time re-introducing the characters. I have been waiting for the release of this book and sorry to see it does not meet the standards of her previous books. I will read her next one with the hopes she will return to her colorful writing.
I stuck with this book because I always finish them, but tempted to put it down many times. There were too many characters and very little depth on any of them. Some of the male voices were almost silly. It really felt like a "first book". I will try her again because most of these authors get better, but I hope she finds someone else to do the recording. This is one of those books that could have used more than one narrator - as Baldacci seems to do in many of his books.
This book was not written from Alan Gregory's viewpoint. It was about a philosophy of death that may have occurred to all of us -- but would have never had the courage to implement. I was tied to the book for the entire second half. Since I listen to the books, I can also comment on Dick Hill's narration. It has improved greatly since the first Alan Gregory book in the series.
I bought this book without knowing what it was about, but I love Robert Crais's writing, and I wasn't disappointed. It tugged at my heart and I learned a lot about the loyalty and intelligence of a dog that was a Marine! It combined the love of animals with a good mystery.
Only my previous loyalty to Harry and Michael Connelly got me through this. It was very disjointed and did not offer the excitement that Connelly's books usually offer.
It was a good story, but I think I would have enjoyed it more in a book. I do most of my reading by audiobooks, but this reader did not do well with male voices. I can frequently lose myself in audiobooks, but each time she tried to do a male voice, it was jarring. It could have been edited to work around trying to mimic a male voice and been a much better recording.
Just like a good cup of coffee, this book held you to the very end. You were constantly trying to figure out who was the good guy and who was the bad guy -- and who was the really bad guy.
Great story and excellent narration. I am anxious to move to her next story.
It was interesting to have a man write such a striking novel about a woman -- thanks.
Like most audible readers, I am usually doing something else while I listen. This narrator's voice changes are so subtle and there are so many women in the book, I frequently have to rewind to find out who was talking -- especially in the beginning when the story line is developing. She also plays with a Brooklyn accent that sometimes sounds like a Jewish accent. Very frustrating. Tami Hoag's books are excellent as always, but I am disappointed with this quality and hoping the next book is better (even though it is the same narrator), since I have already purchased it. My first audible book by Hoag was narrated by Scott Brick, and you can hardly top his work. Keep writing, Tami, but get a new narrator.
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