Very good reader of an amazing author. The characters are solid and I've listened to this 3 times now. Sherlock Holmes is the original sleuth. I highly recommend this audio book.
Initially listening to this book, I did not realize that it was a selection by JK Rowling. I did remember that her first book in this series did not receive rave reviews but I believe that people were expecting an "adult" version of Harry Potter and this is NOT Harry Potter.
What this is is an amazing novel, like a fine painting that you stare at, you find something different to see every time you look at it. I listened the first time and listened again just after to pick up the nuances of the characters. The descriptions were perfect and the narrator did such a fine job, I did not mix up the characters the second time through. It was much more enjoyable and understandable.
As some reviews said, there were a lot of characters but the murderer could have been anyone. Even up until the end, I was surprised at the reveal. One reviewer said that they could have done without the relationship between Matthew and Robin, but No. Their relation is important for the sexual tension between Strike and Robin. Robin needs to see that Strike is a good man, a troubled man, but a good man, because Matthew is not right for her and the reader needs to root for Strike.
Another reviewer said they did not like the length, but I think it was perfect. You need the length, you need the descriptions of the characters, what they are thinking about, what their backstories are because it is important to feel like you are there. As a reader, you have to get involved and get into the story. You need to care about the characters until the end.
I did not read this novel. I listened. And by listening to it being read by a phenomenal narrator, I was able to feel like I was part of the story. If you are a fan of the British detective story, like Martha Grimes writes, this is very close to the same. I would highly recommend it. I only have one suggestion that the chapter quotes be read by a female, perhaps JK herself so as not to distract from the story. I believe Rowling did the best thing with a pseudonym because this should not be read to children. It is a very adult novel. I enjoyed it very much and will go back and get her first book in the series.
I could not get into this book at all. The dialog was clumsy, the sex was juvenile (at least the verbiage was), and the narrator was annoying. He was monotone and loud. Some male narrators do a poor job of womens' voices, and this one did. The males sounded like Sean Connery on steroids and the womens' voices sounded like they hadn't a brain among them. The lead female was in college, an educator even, and had nothing to even remotely offer. Well, except big breasts. I was disappointed. I want my $6.95 back.
I enjoyed this book mostly due to the narrator. He does an excellent job with the characters, there were many but easy to keep apart due to the narrator. This was my first Pendergast novel but I don't feel I need to go back and get the others. I had read a short synopsis on Wikipedia that gave me background on everyone. I mostly liked the ending in the museum due to the strong female characters coming to the rescue. They were nearly superheroes with what they went through. A little over dramatic but good. Constance is a little flat. A previous review said she wouldn't have lunch with her because she's so dull. There would be a lot of silence and cryptic information exchange. But this was a good start for me and I'm looking forward to another installment.
I love Agatha Christie but this series of stories were not my favorites. Usually Hugh Frasier is very expressive. For example, my very favorite Christie novel is "The Secret of Chimneys". You can tell he is reading with humor and joy. This book, however, was very flat and muddy. I had a hard time keeping the characters and stories apart as some of the voices were used over for different characters with the next story. It also seemed as though several stories had the same theme. Mostly love triangles. I stopped and restarted the book over 3 times and still my mind wandered. I'm going to listen again to give it a fair shot as Christie couldn't ever write a bad story for me.
I enjoyed this book. It had a fast pace and action. I did wish the heroine had a few more fighting skills: with a blade or kick ass karate. She seemed to "throw up" a lot. But overall I liked her as she was intelligent and well-read. She figured out all the clues to the mandate. She is also 16 so this may be more of a YA selection. The narrator was very good and kept the pace and interest going. I am looking forward to a sequel ASAP.
I love historical romances and Roslyn Landor but found this very hard to follow. There were too many main characters and the male voices sounded so similar, I couldn't distinguish between Gemma's brother and her husband. If the main character was Roberta, I could not admire her. I liked Gemma much better. She was more intelligent and more interesting. I tried to listen to it again but lost interest and was lost in the many characters. The second book in this series is much better.
Enjoyed this very much. Easy listen while doing housework. I read the Run Naked With The Naked Werewolf first but it didn't seem to matter. Both are great on their own. Narrator made it easy to listen to.
The narrator was great. I could listen to his sexy voice all night. And the story was good also. I always hope to learn something new to stimulate my mind. That being said, do not ever use Ben Wa balls in the anus unless they have a string. Otherwise, you will be visiting the nice Dr. in the ER, trying to explain WTF happened. If the author had ever said "tied by a string", I could have gotten past this but being an ER nurse and seeing the crazy things people stick up their asses, I lost it. Sorry, I'm out. But if you ever rewrite the story, it's pretty hot.
Very good audible selection! I was riveted from beginning to end. The narrator kept the story moving and I felt all the emotion he was feeling. Even at the end, I found myself hyperventilating when the wife and daughter were in danger! Very exciting and surprising conclusion! I am going to get the next one right away!
This was a really good listen if you aren't sensitive to the coarseness of the "F", "P", and "C" words. I must be because I can't even write them! It was hard to believe that professional people would talk to each other like that on a regular basis. I'll admit the first few times I heard them used, my blood was racing, I think the word usage got old after awhile and didn't have the same hotness factor. That being said, these were 2 of the steamiest narrators I've heard. I'll give it 5 stars for performance all the way!
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