I read this book in its paper form some years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt this version would be good for the car and it would be fun to read it again. This rendition is absolutely worthwhile - the story is still excellent and fresh but the reader is so good it would be worth listening just for his range. Not to be missed!
The Brits have a pretty good sense of humor and are more than able to laugh at themselves. This book, however, became more and more hostile about the Brits and certainly less and less amusing.
As a displaced Brit living in the USA I probably have a better perspective than most on life on both sides of the pond. The Brits certainly have some odd traits: wacky political activities, heavy drinking, beating people up during football games in as many countries as they can easily fly to, basic slobbishness. But this is a minority of Brits and not the whole bunch of them. This book points out all of these negative traits with glee and indicates that they are essentially universal in Britain. The author also bashes the traditions of the country - it was not clear why, just that they are horrible things that the poor unfortunate Brits have to live with.
The author then goes to great lengths to point out, by inference or direct statement, just how perfectly wonderful the United States and its citizens are. In the USA the politicians are all polite, honest and diligent about their jobs, no one drinks in the US, there is no violence or racism in the US, and indeed the US is simply the most Utopian country on earth if not in the entire universe.
That is when I lost interest. I believe she would be better off back home in New York than mingling with the elite she finds herself amongst in the UK - she clearly does not belong there and seems to hate it more than anything.
After reading 70% I stopped. I recommend you do not start. I say this as a kindness so you can read something else instead.
Brought humor to the tale - bash the Brits by all means but do it with a smile and not a cudgel with a nail in it.
She did a great job overall - even did a pretty good English accent.
Not really. I think the premise had possibilities but they were never realized.
A distillation of real English people who you would not want to meet.
Who let the dogs in. And we will never know.
The first family meeting at the country manor, Wormwood Scrubs.
Definitely NOT Lionel Asbo
One of the most well written books I have enjoyed. The prose alone is worth the listen - and the story is superb. But if you are an American anglophile you might want to stay away. As a Brit in the US, the 'orrible English characters resonate - albeit disturbingly!
One of the most absorbing books I have read for a long time. It has everything in it - stuff that life throws at this family and how they respond, love, war, work, desires... gripping.
The tale of one man and his journey through life.
He got each character perfectly. Made the characters real and believable (though the story does this very well - he made it better).
Mole. He would be a fun person to talk with - intelligent with a LOT of depth.
Do not miss this book.
The story is fun (though less so than prior), adventurous (though more predictable and seeming repetitious than prior) and as usual fantastically brought to life by Katherine Kellgren. But it plodded along and I was looking forward to the end.
Yes, I am sure I would. I hope this was simply a low spot.
Just as good. This reader is AMAZINGLY GOOD!!
Write another great story please - or maybe it is time to hang up the flag.
To me at least this story was trite and tedious. I found myself sighing during much of the book and almost laughing at a lot of the dialog.
The story is deliberately gory in order to shock I suspect, but the underlying plot had no more to offer than that.
Would recommend you pass.
Great and fun ride. The author brings in witty thoughtful and silly characters. At the same time crafts a good tale around it. This was my first of Joseph Wambaugh's books - now on to the next one!
I like to listen to mysteries/action books when driving or doing chores. They keep me occupied and in general are fun rides. This book is not excellent or good. It is just slightly south of OK.
The protagonist is a typical superman but appears to have an IQ that needs some work. The female romantic interest/victim is smart but like all Hollywood maidens, has a damaged leg and so cannot fight the way she would like to and also slows down the man. At least she does not say "leave me and save yourself" - well she kind of does but not in those exact words.
The lead villain is a parody. Surprisingly the circumstances that surround the story do have some occasional plausibility.
The folks who come to save the two people are the top of the Military, top of the FBI, etc. You might expect them to be experienced and smart. They are neither. In fact they cause more trouble for the superman character than actual help.
If you have time and credits and nothing else to read. Go for it. Otherwise, I suggest you avoid.
This was a little too predictable - scary monsters, lightning, rain, panic, obviously bad police decisions, brave civilian heroine...
I love the Pendergast series so this was somewhat of a let down from the story perspective. The reader also made Pendergast a little more harsh sounding than he is in the other books; not as cool and collected.
Not a bad book (not a 1 star for example), it was just not up there.
I expected not too much and the book delivered it. Chewing gum for the mind is something I enjoy when doing chores around the house, and this book should have delivered that. Unfortunately this chewing gum had been left on the bedpost over too many nights. As other reviewers pointed out, this story just did not make it. The events in the story are incredibly far from believable even when you know they are supposed to be far from believable. The protagonist is frequently made out to be a genius then an imbecile in the same paragraph. Finally, the book is too long; a thin paperback probably would not sell, but it could have produced a more coherent and even suspenseful story.
While I did finish it and would not say "avoid at all costs", I would say avoid if you have other books to read.
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