LAGRANGE, KY, United States | Member Since 2005
Once one of my favorite authors, Mr Parker has taken to writing novellas, having them published in large print with huge margins and calling them novels. This is the first Spenser novel I have heard as an audio book and it is obvious that Mr Parker's terse style along with his frequent "he said", "she added", "Pearl growled" doesn't transfer well to the spoken book.
Mr Mantenga is a competent actor but I never saw him as Spenser. When speaking Hawk's parts I was embarrassed for him and the character. When Avery Brooks played Hawk on the first Spenser series he played Hawk as an intelligent, multi-faceted person. It didn't sound that way with this narrator.
Mr Parker's "Early Autumn" was a wonderful book with interesting characters (and to his credit including a guidance counselor) and a very interesting protagonist. Please go back to the source, Mr Parker, even Hawk was boring in this book.
I haven't read the print version but the audio versions of these books are always wonderful.
This is may seem like the obligatory Christmas episode of a series but is so much more. Each character is so well-drawn that is it vey easy to imagine each of them in his or her entirety. The action and suspense is palpable and there is nothing smaltzy at all. I loved this book for many reasons.
Guidall has a wry, laconic style that fits the character very well. Longmire never takes himself seriously and Guidall is very good at voicing that part of Walt's personality. It is a great match of content, character and talent.
The denouement with the former sheriff, Lucian, and the current sheriff Walt and their unexpected visitor is a lovely moment handled well by both author and reader.
Yes, I love this narrator although he sounds older than I imagine Walt to be (for some reason-perhaps it's the great A&E Walt Longmire series).
All of the Walt Longmire books focus on great mysteries, interesting people and Walt's sense of fairness and patience. This has plenty of all of those.
He has a laconic style that fits the character well. It incorporates Walt's patience and sense of self.
Walt is so committed to his friends that when presented with the loss one of them he expresses that loss in a very compelling manner.
I can't wait for the next book!
This was my first book by the author- I have now read two more and have not been disappointed yet. The characters are well-drawn and the plots are ever changing and intriguing. These are the kinds of books that make you want to drive around the block a couple of times so you can keep on listening.
Absolutely! Twists and turns at every juncture but none seemed contrived just incredibly frustrating for the protagonist and the reader who has come to be very committed to him.
The protagonist. A very decent man already fighting a health problem when he is confronted by a very committed enemy.
Very much so. I had a great deal of trouble turning off my Ipod when I got to work in the morning.
Both the narration and the story were way above average here-some of the best I have heard. I recommend this book.
Probably not, I enjoy books with good plots and intriguing characters. This is not a bad book- just very predictable.
The plot was very predictable. The only real inspired concept was making the male character the person who experienced what in most books would have been experienced by a woman. I can't be more specific than that because I don't want to ruin that for you. I know there are lots of Nora Roberts fans out there and I respect them.
I enjoyed all of the scenes that involved the restoration of the home. The descriptions of the once beautiful Louisiana mansion and of the current state of disrepair were interesting. The passages that involved the main character's restoration of the home were the best parts of the book.
The book is set in one of my favorite parts of the U.S.- southern Louisiana and New Orleans. The narrators did not try to over-do southern accents. Having grown up in the south I think that there is nothing is worse than a poorly done southern accent.
I did not read the print version but certainly will and I am sure I will love it as much as the audio-book version.
The narrator is so charming, so committed to real books, real people, real mysteries (both with a capital M and otherwise) and the value of real friends that I find him utterly compelling.
I have never heard Mr. Fliakos but will certainly put him on my list of favorite readers. He has a very natural delivery and is extremely easy to listen to. He is also very good at becoming other characters without being gimmicky in doing so.
Mr. Penumbra certainly but his bookstore is a character in and of itself. I can close my eyes and see it so clearly. It has a life of its own as do the characters who inhabit it. It is so integral to the story that it is indeed a character.
This book was on my wish list for over a year. I am so glad I moved it from there to my library. This is a book for people who love books of every type - ebooks, real paper books, audio books and whatever will be coming in the future of the written word. Don't wait a minute to get this book and prepare to be charmed, mesmerized, perplexed and in the end warmed by the true message in The Codex. I won't tell you what that is because I know you will love the unveiling of the answer because you are indeed a lover of books.
I have not read the print version but I enjoy this performer so much I wouldn't even try the print version.
I have read/listened to all of the Silva books. I enjoy his plots and characters. His books are timely and relevant.
His accents and nuances are masterful.
Yes, however I saved it for long trips so I could savor the story and performance
The narration made it almost impossible to listen to. Excruciating is the most appropriate word I can use.
I would never purchase anything from this narrator EVER!
No, even considering it makes my ears hurt.
The narrator-I know he's not a character but that's who I'd cut anyway.
It was a little frustrating due to the fact that the book was too long and not as well plotted as those in the past.
This is not my favorite. I think the book is too long and the main characters other than Lynley are not very sympathetic.
She is the consumate artist. I have enjoyed everything she has read in great part due to her skill as a reader.
It inspired me to consider re-reading the older books to try to recapture the magic in those.
Yes, I have re-listened to several of this author's books.
Inspector Gamache without a doubt-he is a warm and humane person who deals with the depravity men and women can involve themselves in.
I cannot imagine anyone else reading these books. He makes the people and settings of Three Pines come alive.
Inspector Gamache is presented with several heartwrenching decisions which he resolves with wisdom and caring.
Yes, I would. It's entertaining and will keep you involved all the way to the end.
I enjoyed the book very much and will read others by this author.
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