As an avid thriller listener and reader (I have over 400 titles in my audible library and I would say 65% or so are thrillers), I'm a bit embarrassed that I'm just now listening to Harlan Coben. This was a great listen. Even though I figured it out before the end, there were still twists and turns that kept me interested until the book was finished.
I also love Scott Brick's narration - he's one of my favorites. I never feel like he gets in the way of the story and his emphasis always seems spot on.
I'm off to find another Harlan Coben!
I like Michael Connelly a lot. I lived in LA for 20 years so that's always a fun aspect for me, but I love the humanity of his characters. We're all flawed but most of us do the best we can and Connelly's characters truly embody that. Mickey Haller is particularly irresistible.
This one just took off for me from the first moment and never let go. I'm not going to give away the plot or write a synopsis, but if you like Michael Connelly or courtroom dramas in general, you will love this book!
Yes, this is sweet and a bit sentimental in parts, but it's also a really nice coming of age story. 21 is an emotional time in life and hindsight gives us the opportunity to cringe at what seemed important at the time. I think King did a great job of showing Devin as a real guy dealing with the ups and downs of becoming an adult while tossing a decent mystery into the mix.
Having spent a summer of my own at a local amusement part (including "wearing the fur,") I appreciated the details of being young among the carnies. It's a magical world you know you'll leave at summer's end, but some part of it will never leave you, as it never did Devin.
If you're looking for old school King horror, this probably won't be your cup of tea, but if you're looking for a really good listen with a few tears and laughs along the way, then by all means download this book.
This was my first Joe Hill book (got interested after reading about the King family in a recent NYTimes mag story). While I understand why he needed to shed his family name, it had nothing to do with his skill as a writer. He's every bit as gifted as his dad (and his mom as well, she's just not as well known) and has a very distinct voice.
The characters were nicely drawn (and the narration was perfect) and the story ticked by quickly, keeping me in my office chair long after I was ready to stop working (editing photos). And it's such a unique story line. After a lifetime of reading, I'm always happy to find something that feels completely different to me. And while you had a pretty good idea how things were going to turn out, guessing the twists and turns wasn't really the point of this story. It was the ride along the way and the outrageous nature of the situations people found themselves in.
Also, it wasn't classically horrific. It didn't keep me awake at night or have me looking over my shoulder. It was creepy at times, sure, but there was a cartoon quality to the characters that kept it more about the story and less about the fear. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this book.
...but I found that fun. A lot of reviewers have commented on the myriad twists and turns and how they found it unbelievable. I tend to find most mysteries slightly unbelievable, so I just decide if the author kept me guessing and gave me enough to entertain me. This one definitely did.
I disagree with the idea that you didn't have enough information to make a good guess as to who done it. You did, but it wasn't breezy by any means. I'm guessing the translation made it a little cluttered, but all in all it kept me at my desk editing photos, which is what I ask from my audible books.
If you're not a regular Karin Slaughter reader, I wouldn't start with this book, but I would definitely go back and listen to the whole series, because they're totally addictive. You can stop the review here.
If you do follow this series, hopefully you'll like the side of Will that's a little rougher. I know I did. Despite his dyslexia, I always found Will likable, but a little too nice. He has to deal with some things in this book that toughen him up some and I think Slaughter does a very good job of showing him as less than perfect - like all humans. Ditto with Sarah. She does the unexpected a couple of times and I always appreciate that.
Overall, I love Slaughter's writing and as an Atlanta resident, I think she gets a lot of things about the area right while most writers (those who are not Southern) simply play into the same old stereotypes about the South. Keep them coming!
I enjoyed the first book quite a lot and had high hopes for this one, but the story really bogged down a couple of times. Felurian, the sexy fairy section, went on forever. I felt like I was reading someone's fantasy. I don't like romance novels and the endless descriptions of their encounters really slopped over into that genre.
The Adem mercenaries chapters were also long and tedious by the end of them. And their world just seemed contrived. I'm no prude, but again I found the "you can have sex with anyone and there is no emotional consequences or pregnancy" aspect of their culture a little too much like every man's fantasy. I don't like to be taken out of a story by the voice of the author and I felt like that was what was happening.
All that said, I will probably listen to the last one when it comes out. There's enough interesting going on that I want to know what happens, but I was a bit disappointed and felt the book could have been better with a judicious edit.
I had basically given up on fantasy after spending 6 months on The Wheel of Time and finding nothing after that that I enjoyed. I decided to try this based on the reviews and I'm so glad I did. This is great old school fantasy with wonderfully turned out characters, a real story and lots of surprises tossed in. This is not a warmed over version of every other fantasy story ever written. And (yea!) it's not a coming of age story. Nothing wrong with a good one of those, but it's over done in this genre. In fact, the characters are adults with adult problems, strengths and foibles.
The only problem I have with this series is I want more.
They're totally back in this book after a less than wonderful prior installment (I skipped Cemetery Dance because it didn't seem to move the story forward). We finally get some background on Pendergast and his wife (who we'd only heard snippets about) and more on him in general. Aside from that it was an edge of your seat type of story and while a bit out there (they all are though, right?), I found it plausible in the telling.
So, if you're into the series, this installment won't disappoint.
I love the Pendergast books and I applaud them for their creativity in moving the series to different locals to keep it fresh, but this one didn't quite reach the level for me that others in the series have. It was entertaining, but felt like a side trip from everything we've gone through with Pendergast to date. There are a few important bits that move the story forward, but mostly it's a standalone story.
I know everyone doesn't agree, but after listening to Scott Brick's Pendergast, Rene Auberjonois was a disappointment. It appears I should get used to it, because he seems to be narrating the books now, but it's just not the same for me.
While definitely a follow up to Dance of Death, this book does bring us a measure of completion on the story of Pendergast and Diogenes. I really like these books and have listened to them back to back. This one started a little slow for me, but didn't disappoint as I moved to the meat of it.
This is not a standalone book if you really want to have a good sense of what's going on.
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