I could, actually! It's nice and mindless, and I'll probably remember very little of it in a few days.
He has a pleasing voice. The Gray Man sounds satisfyingly gray. Snyder's marvelous with voices, in my opinion.
Greaney has written another book that should do well. It’s the Gray Man vs the drug mafia. Court Gentry gets involved for all the right reasons: honor, payback, courage, etc. The action is well described in the first half of the book, not so well in the second half. The morbidity is a little more than I would have preferred, but the morbid passages are thankfully short. The romance is minimal, and is just right. Though I think the first two Gray Man books were better, I liked Ballistic, and was sorry when it was finally over. Gentry is almost superhuman in his skills, but one can enjoy the action after turning down one's intellectual thermostat. I’ve downloaded Locked On just to have another go at a Greaney. Jay Snyder is an excellent reader.
Cape Refuge contains murders and amateur detective work, and plenty of religious messages.
About the murders and detective work. These have more the depth of an Enid Blyton story, less the depth of a Connelly. It's reminiscent more of the Five Find-outers and Dog, less of Harry Bosch. If your intellectual diet is a good murder mystery, eschew this one.
About the religious stuff. It's like the background of a webpage, colored so bright that it sometimes distracts from the content. The religious theme isn't overplayed, but it's certainly not underplayed either. So if you are looking for religious discourses, I suspect that Norman Vincent Peale or Billy Graham will be better bets, though I confess I have read neither.
So who should buy this book? I think if you are looking for a gentle murder mystery, something that doesn't tax the brain too much, and a lot of family and spiritual messages, this book could be ideal.
Some reviews have criticized the narration. Personally, I thought that it was quite good.
"Found" is science fiction. I am not a science fiction person.* Ergo, I didn't like it.
This one is a time-travel book. It ended rather abruptly, obviously to make a setting for the next. I am guessing that the time-travelers will ping-pong through eternity in subsequent books.
I persisted with the story, punishing myself in the (mistaken) belief that I was getting my dollars' worth. The sudden end came as a relief. I quickly shut off my player, fearful that the writer would change her mind and decide to inflict some more.
Technically, the writing is quite all right. Character development is fairly good. The pace is fine, and the style overall isn't bad at all. I do believe that children will enjoy the series. The narration is good. The story has no depth, which, if you are a kid, is a plus.
My verdict: If you are 8-12 years old (my best guess), give it a try. After all, everything that an adult finds inane is usually completely ane to a child.
*(I actually absolutely LOVE Asimov and Clarke, but their books are cerebral stuff in a sci-fi setting. I've never really liked other writers in that genre.)
Void Moon is a story about Cassie Black, an ex-con who decides on a caper after nearly a year of going straight. As expected, the unexpected happens. The rest of the story is almost entirely about the duel between Cassie and Karch, the man who gets after her to recover the stolen money.
The plot is clearly above average; perhaps even above Connelly's usual great plots. The speed is at least at the legal speed limit, and often crosses the limit. Yet it is very easy to understand the story, which is more than I can say for several convoluted action books that I have had the misfortune to read. Connelly develops the characters well. As always in his stories, it's not just "possible" to get into the minds of the players -- it's almost impossible not to. This story also has an emotional mother-child angle, balanced just right.
Connelly's writing style in this book is a little nasty. There are sub-stories within this story, and Connelly almost never reveals the entire sub-story at one go. The effect is to tantalize, tease, frustrate and annoy you to a degree, yet there is equal satisfaction when the pieces finally fall into place. A masterpiece!
I've always loved the Bosch stories, but I think this one was better than almost every Bosch novel. If I have any grudge it is this: Connelly almost literally gripped me by the the trachea just below the larynx, and pinched to narrow the airway to 50%. Till I finished the book I was tense, palpitating, and slightly breathless. Is there such a thing as "too thrilling" at my age? (I am severely on the wrong side of fifty.)
The narrator is excellent.
The first Jance-Beaumont that I read was "A more perfect union". I liked it well enough to try another. "Until proven guilty" is book 1 of the series. I didn't much like it.
I thought the book was supposed to be about a young girl's murder and about Beaumont's efforts to solve it. Not about romance. Unfortunately the balance was badly off, with more romance than detection. That's one reason why I didn't like it.
Looking back, I wonder if Beaumont did any detection at all. Did he find a clue? Did he make a great analysis? I must say that, if this had been my first Beaumont, the detective would have come across as a bit of a bungler. That's another reason for my poor opinion of the book.
As for the person who murdered the young girl: well, this individual didn't seem to exist. This person's character development was zero. As a reader I ended up not getting involved in the book, and this decreased my enjoyment. That's reason number three.
So should you buy this book? Well, if you like mysteries, the answer is no. If you like romance, the answer is no. If you are a great Jance fan, and want to know how it all started, the answer is yes.
Many reviewers have criticized the performer, but I really thought he was good.
As I said, I didn't like Until proven guilty. However, I presume this is one of her early books, so I guess I could cut her a little slack. Yes, I will try another Jance.
I've read both Run and Pines. I didn't really like either, but since a sort of promotion was running when I bought the audiobooks, I guess I've not lost too much money.
There's nothing inherently wrong with the books. They are as brainless as any of the other thrillers I enjoy very much. The pace is rapid enough. The characters are fairly convincing. The author writes well. The problem is that I didn't know when I bought them that these books were Sci-Fi. I am not a fan. The setting in both books was so bizarre that I found myself wishing for the books to be over as quickly as possible. I actually bought the Kindle version for both books so that I could jump pages, something one cannot do with an audiobook.
There are stories that appeal on a very basic level. The hero is already halfway to being superman. The villain is all bad. Throw in a few frills like detective work, maybe a touch of romance, and you have a book. So what if the hero does things which are often impossible, illegal, or both? So what if, near the end of the book, the bad guy turns out to be someone you least suspected? So long at the bad guy gets ground to dust, I am happy. Such books may be brainless, but, hey, they appeal to me at a testicular level.
Not this one. This one’s appeal is much higher. The book is genius. Everything is plausible. The author's description of the crime and its solving is a thing of beauty. The detective work is served like a lavish dinner, one course after another of excitement. If I ever write a book (ha!) this is the sort of book I wish to write.
Some reviewers have commented on the sort of sad ending. The ending isn’t REALLY sad, but Higashino is a bit of a pervert. He deliberately blurs the distinction between who is the good guy, and who is the bad. He makes the bad guy fall in love, so that the reader cannot easily think of the bad guy as a villain. He makes it less easy for the reader to achieve satisfaction at the testicular level, perhaps forcing the reader to appreciate the book for its craftsmanship.
I’d have to rate this as the best of about a hundred books I’ve listened to on Audible.
Don't know. I'm not a writer. Personally, I would have preferred more cerebral work from Alex Delaware, and less action. Not that I dislike action; it's just that Delaware is a psychologist, and it hurts my sense of balance that he seems more skilled below the clavicles than above. I wouldn't have minded his policeman friend Milo doing the action stuff. I guess that's why Kellerman had Delaware doing all the Karate training.
Not at all.
He brings the characters quite to life. He's one of the best in my opinion.
The story was interesting: what's the audio equivalent of "unputdownable"? The plot is good. A little far-fetched, but within the acceptable range for fiction.
I like Kellerman's style of writing, though. And I will read another Kellerman.
Adams gets at least 5/5 for the narration..
I was a little surprised to read so many negative comments about the book. I must say I quite liked it.
The pace is fine. The suspense is fine. The plot is not brillliant, but, then, so few plots are. I thought the reader was good. The detective work was adequate. And I certainly am not sorry I paid to hear the story. I will probably listen to the story once again sometime.
It's not a Dismas Hardy book. I wonder if this could be the cause of disappointment.
The pace is quick enough, and there is just (just) enough tech and gimmickry to make the story interesting. The character of the protagonist, Harvath, is a little flat, but tolerable. Overall, the story kept me interested. On the flip side, there were some irritants. For one, the author seems to have made a determined effort to write something that can easily be converted into a movie. It read like a sort of James Bond story, where the same person carries out every bit of action in the book. He fights a terrorist, goes mountain climbing, storms castles, the works. For another, at the very core of the story is the terrorist plot to combine a venom with a virus. I was reminded of a comic story in which Superman, in order to look behind him, intensifies his telescopic vision so that he can see all around the earth. Artistic license should have limits. You can combine viral genes with other genes, to modify the properties of the virus, but you cannot combine a venom with a virus to give the virus the additional properties of the venom. The word "ridiculous" isn't strong enough. You may as well inject ink into the womb of a pregnant woman in the hope of having a blue-eyed baby. The female lead, Jilian Alcott, has little do. She accompanies Harvath on every hair-raising event without the need to actually be there. The history sessions are extensive, and I suspect that ancient history is among Brad Thor's special interests. Overall an implausible, loosely woven plot. George Guidall is very good. Will I read Brad Thor again? Maybe, maybe not.
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