This books reads like a high school kids account of "how I spent my summer vacation," except that it covers a longer period of time and, astoundingly, the boring author is a Harvard graduate from whom one might have expected more. The narration is painfully slow and with little or no entertainment value ... to paraphrase it as "adventures" is misleading ... There were no adventures .. just this over-educated kid narrrating too much detail and not enough pesonality. Oh he tried, but his background as a newpaper obituary writer must have overtaken other skills ... I thought I would die waiting for something interesting, compelling, or emotionally charged to happen. No dice. Save your time and $ .. the description reads better than the book.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat ... until the very end and then only because the author found it necessary to "tidy up" ... Characters are good and the reader was excellent. Highly recommended, even though I have been disappointed in other offerings by this author.
Good story ... suspense .. interesting characters ... it's just that the narrator, who is supposed to be a 30+ year old guy sounds like a 60+ year old, and it's hard to reconcile in the listening. Really poor match of character + narrator. For the entire book I had to remind myself that my character is YOUNG.
Overall the book was between a 4 and a 5 .. but the reader was just a bit too vanilla for my taste. He had about 3 different voices and used them interchangeably in such a way that many of the characters sounded the same .. it was like he couldn't keep them straight himself so he just "winged" it and it was annoying. The interplay between the two main characters was fun and "real," and that was refreshing. Their ability to argue and stick together was nice. I haven't read much by Nora Roberts under that name, and I don't think I"ll be going out of my way to get more, but it was a pleasant interlude with a quick and colorful glimpse of life in Alaska.
The books is broken into three seemingly interminable parts, of which the first is so unrelated to the "description" of the story that I thought I'd switched the order of the book sections. The author is definitely cleaver, but I felt like it just went on and on and on. There are light hearted scenes between a suitor and his intended and there are terrible scenes that felt like the precursor to the Matrix. Eventually everything is tied together into a more satisfying ending.
If this book becomes the next "in" thing I'll be able to say I read it, but you won't find me looking for other offerings from this author. In truth, based on the description and the reviews on the website, I was disappointed.
John Sanford has managed to create a book with a sufficiently intricate plot to keep the reader interested, along with a variety of characters that he skillfully interweaves among the activities. It surprises me that a series as established as this one can present a book with such a fresh face.
probably a hoax anyway, the mis-alignment of reader delivery with the character of this story, exacerbated by the author's determination to speak in "vernacular" (which he does not based on my own personal experience in that part of the country) add up to a boring annoying book
Adrian McKinty has taken us back to Ireland in the early 80's and fills our senses with sights and sounds of the place and era. Sometimes the main character seems a little immature given his position education and background, but none of that detracted from a good story and a better yet view of life in Ireland during a decidedly hard time. I keep wondering: so where is our hero now, in 2013?
This book has all the elements of a great listen. First of all RIP Frank Muller was never better than his presentation of this novel .. Oh how I miss him.
Then there's the story .. takes place in Detroit at a time when cops needed quarters for pay phones to answer their pagers. It is chocked full of little things that obviously annoyed the author at the time of the writing, and now show us just how far we've come both socially and technologically.
This book was a surprise .. I don't even remember selecting it for my library .. and it is one of the best!
The author clearly wants to create a John Irvin epic ... and just can't pull it off. He delves into the characters ala Irving, but instead of finding their back stories interesting and having them enhance the novel, it just makes it longer and more boring. He pays a great attention to detail .. and yet the story is very superficial. I wish I'd read more reviews before wasting my time and money on this one.
There was no one in this book whom I cared about. For me that makes a pretty poor novel. The reader was mediocre .. it seems like the only accents he has mastered is a southern drawl and or Russian. Well, there might have been a Frenchman for a short time .. but he was killed off ... and I didn't care. There were a lot of dramatized battle scenes that reminded me of Terminator but not as good. This book just didn't work for me at all.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.