If I heard that phrase once, I heard it 50 times in this book. Based on the (mostly) glowing reviews, I really thought I was in for a treat- but it lost me about a third of the way through.
I want to give other's a true impression of what I got out of this book--even though I appear to me in the minority side of the isle so far.
Yes, it's a decent story with a lot of characters and situations- but it does seem the book would have been better if some of the situations were developed further, and given us a more in depth feel for the people. As some other's have said --I really never came to care about any of them.
Far from all of the characters being "strong southern men and women"- most of them were weak, cowardly, bullies, and liars. Secrets and personal motivations come out almost as afterthoughts.
The main character, Adam, is a decent person who wants to do the right thing, but he just didn't ring true to me. His love interest, Robin (a local cop) comes across as flighty and unstable. How many times was she going to lead Adam along to gain information from him for the police investigation --and then say "gee I'm sorry- but I'm a cop first. He forgives her, and then it goes on to happen again (much like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown.)
One last thing- did anyone think they were listening to a poor imitation of Will Patton reading a James Lee Burke novel? At times I got the impression that Hart had tried to copy Burke's natural grasp of meaningful prose-- or may it was just me.
Hart is a relatively new author, and I admit this is the first book I have listened to by him. I'm not sure I will give another one a try or not--certainly a lot of people seem to enjoy him.
When I think of all the times my sister's and I played in the Red Rocks caves when we were kids--and loved to see the bats that lived there--it gives me chills after listening to this novel.
One of this author's earlier novels from the 70's. I was happy to see this as a "daily deals" offering. Clearly not as well developed in his writing skills that came later, such as in Gorky Park, but a fascinating look at Indian customs and the damage that some bats can actually inflict on animals and humans.
The novel kept me listening even though it seemed kind of slow and disjointed at times. If you are a Martin Cruz Smith fan, or not, I would recommend it. I personally love to see what our popular author's work was like early on, and this is a great example.
One last note--the narrator, Richard Ferrone, is very good. His voice was almost the same in the 70's as it is today as shown in the "Prey" novels by John Sandford.
Could you be compelled to put yourself right in the middle of terrifying situations that you fear most--just by someone talking to you on the phone? No hypnosis involved!
Michael Robotham is really masterful at building suspense that turns otherwise ordinary days into heart pounding, hold-your-breath, mind blowing stories. This is one of the best for pure psychological drama--hard to put down until the end. I liked the character of the female detective too-the author kept away from the oh so common sex symbol type. Hope to see her in future novels.
The narrator is a big part of this successful novel. His voice holds it all together.
The opening chapter really got me hooked. So well written and the narration is spot on!
A group of people from different professions visit an island where everyone disappeared a long time ago. Each has their own theory about what happened, and they collaborate to get to the truth. Was it aliens or disease or mass suicide? There are a lot of possibilities. The author does a great job of building suspense and keeping the pages turning.
Maybe a little predictable at times, but overall a satisfying SPOOKY listen.
I really like this series. Great character development, witty and well written.
This book starts out with a gripping storyline that made me want to listen straight through. However, about 3/4 into it, the chase scenes started. Everybody wanted to get Marco for a potential reward, and he seemingly had no place to hide. There were different groups hunting him around every corner of the city, and his escapes were nothing less than remarkable. These chase and escape episodes I thought were really overdone and I got tired of them to the point of using the fast-forward button through some.
The underlying story is very intriguing and I enjoyed the book overall. Of course the narration is first rate--Graeme Malcolm is perfect for this series.
Louise Penny knows how to transport us physically as well as mentally to places we have never been before. She is uniquely in touch with the human soul and all the anger, joy, angst, hatred, loyalty, betrayal, and love and support that we can imagine.
A very different story than her previous novels, this one is free from the tension and battles surrounding Gamache and others who were determined to ruin his life. It is a more peaceful novel in many ways, but still held my attention completely.
This story answers the questions about what happens with Peter and Clara Morrow. It starts in Three Pines with Clara confiding in Inspector Gamache, who is now retired and living in Three Pines with his wife, Reine-Marie. They take us on a journey with the help of a few other Three Pines residents through some of the earlier years of Peter's life. Art, of course, takes the stage front and center as layers are peeled back to expose the players and motives to bring us to the present. After finishing, and all was revealed, I went back to re-listen to some chapters, as I wanted to see what clues I might have missed. This is masterful storytelling!
The consistent voice of Ralph Cosham through all 10 books is just wonderful. He is the perfect narrator for this series.
Note to those who have not read any of this series--this book will not stand alone, It is the culmination of many previous books, and would probably not make much sense at all if you are not familiar with the characters. A fantastic series, it is well worth starting from the beginning and listening straight through to this one.
This novel grabs from the beginning and doesn't let go. I think it is the best of this series so far, with In The Woods being my second favorite. Tana French definitely has the gift of knowing how to build suspense.
Great storyline with a murder scene which is like a jigsaw puzzle. Three members of this loving, happy family are dead with no signs of a break-in and no murder weapons. The remaining family member is hanging onto life by a thread. The house is kept in pristine condition-- except for those unsightly holes in the walls everywhere and baby monitors set up in odd places.
The only issue I have is the ending was too long and drawn out and perhaps a little implausible. It would have been a complete 5 star rating if the ending had been wrapped up a little tighter.
Long time fan of the Harry Hole series, I know this author can really write. His stand alone novels are always just as good--and this one kept me listening straight through.
The desire for revenge can be powerful and all consuming, which is the case here. The son is determined to make sure other's pay for what they have done, and he overcomes a damaging drug addiction to do so. I also liked the narrator - his voice did not distract me and that is always a good thing.
Who knew the world of writing and publishing could be so savage?
This second novel in the series kept me engaged from the beginning. Detective Cormoran Strike takes on a missing person case of quirky author, Owen Quine. His wife, Leonora, is sure he has just gone off to a writer's conference or to be by himself, and just wants him to come home (it's been 11 days, after all.) As it turns out, his latest novel, Bombyx Mori, had been finished right before he disappeared, and it apparently was a "tell all" containing damaging information about a lot of people.
Strike will come to know the complex and pretentious lives of several members in the publishing industry, all of whom could have motives for doing away with the unlikeable author. With his smart and pretty sidekick, Robin, they sort through each possible lead, even as someone is threatening Strike's life.
As for the argument of listening to novels over reading them, this book is an excellent example. Robert Glenister is brilliant as the narrator. He brings each character to life, male or female, and has perfect pacing. When he coughed and wheezed his way through the chain smoking agent, I felt myself needing to take a deep breath.
I hope Rowling/Galbraith will keep this series going, as I suspect it it will only get better. Cormoran and Robin make a great team, and are beginning to know each other more personally. We care about them, faults and all. Bringing in their family members and love interests makes them more believable as characters. When Cormoran and his self-involved fiancé ("she lies the way other women breathe") call it quits, we find ourselves hoping it is ended for good.
In reviewing the book I asked myself 3 questions:
1. Did I want to keep listening straight through? Yes
2. Was it a well-done mystery with enough suspense and surprises? Yes
3.. Did I enjoy the narrator--Yes.
One last note - to the squeamish - some may need strong control over their "gag reflex" at times, but this is a small part of the novel.
Several reviews have noted a disappointment with this Corbett novel, # 5 in the series. I, too, felt there was something just "not right" with this one, but didn't know what. There are a couple of big differences between the first four and this one:
1. Very short- just about 8 hours. McCammon has filled his previous novels with rich atmospheric detail, and a lengthy build-up to get to the main event. The River of Souls felt very abrupt- he jumps right into the story with both feet--the entire novel seemed rushed and unsatisfying at times.
2. The narration seemed much more direct and "in your face" - that is the only way I can think of it, as Ballerini is usually more soft spoken in these novels--while still getting his point across.
Other than that, I did enjoy the story, but not as much as the previous four. I didn't really care that much about the murder victim, as that character lasted about 10 minutes. Also, Matthew didn't meet with much resistance in his investigation, where normally he would have.
This one leaves a giant cliff hanger at the end, which maybe was the hook to keep us interested in # 6. I am in too deep to quit now, and will definitely get the next one, however, I really hope the author returns to the flavor of the first two in the series, which I felt were the best.
Every now and then King gives us a story that is free of vampires, ghosts, and monsters --this is one of them. Think Shawshank Redemption. If you expect a typical horror novel--this is not it.
A retired detective (Ret Det) slogs through his days with his Lazy-boy, afternoon tv with "Judge J" and "Dr. P" being his only goals in life. Contemplating his situation, he often holds his revolver while watching these mind benders, and has just about come to a decision- when he is pulled back from the brink by a letter that sparks new meaning and adventure to his life. One of his last cases was never solved, and he now gets the opportunity to do something about it.
This smartly crafted story of "catch me if you can" is edge of the seat suspense at it's best. As it developed, I become more engaged in the outcome, and cheered all the way for the (Ret Det) and his two unlikely helpers. King has a way of making any situation seem plausible, and any person becomes a hero in his ability to raise them to a level of action they never knew they had. I really cared about what happened to them.
This was not the most intricate plot ever thought of, but that isn't necessary for the story to grab you and not let go. Watching the detective and the "perk" try to outwit each other was worth the price of admission.
One last note--Will Patton was exactly the right voice for these characters. Well Done!
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