I have listened to other "Dexter" books. This one does not compare at all in cleverness nor in structuring the fundamental conflict of a "good guy" serial killer. The reading seems flat - but that could be a reflection of the writing. Very little of Dexter's banter, either in his thoughts or in his conversations with Debra, in this book caused even a small smile more less any chuckle. The story line seems very contrived. It was hard to follow at times. Some 3000 year old ritual and a villan with a super power. Really! There were many meaningless (and often hard to follow) soliloquies.
Love all the others.
There seemed to be little energy. The performance did not pick up on Dexter's personality and inner conflicts that are so much a part of the other Dexter recordings.
The whole story line is flawed. There is very little in this book to maintain a listener's interest. Cut out most of the soliloquies or at least make them meaningful and entertaining.
Do not choose this as your first Dexter audiobook. Unless you must listen to all of them, avoid this one altogether.
This is a complex, fast moving and exceptionally well constructed story with two legendary characters. The evil of the bad guys (bajadores -- criminals who prey on other criminals) and terror of the kidnapped comes through vividly. Crais presents a wide range of interesting characters that one must either hate or love - there is no middle ground. I found myself developing genuine concern for the main kidnapped characters, Krista Morales and her boyfriend Jack Berman. The addition of Jack's aunt - an ATF bigwig was a great stroke of genius, adding an extra layer of interest and tension to the story. Human trafficking, kidnapping, and a "good guy" organized gang of Korean killers - it all works! Only Crais could weave this together in such a masterful way. It was great to get more of Joe Pike in Taken versus most other novels from the series. In fact one could argue that Joe is the main character this time. (The Pike character, however, is too one dimensional to carry a story on his own. The story must be built around him, as Taken seems to be. Pike is the solution not the suspense.) The narrative bounces back and forth in time quite a bit, especially at the beginning, and switches narrative perspective a few times. I'm not sure this technique was necessary and it makes it a bit difficult to follow as an audiobook - I was probably 90 minutes into the audio before I developed a sense of what the book was about and knew enough to follow the story without long pauses and rewinding.
The only strong points in this book are the main characters and their interplay, Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook. They are fundamentally strong voices for any book. The story itself turns too many times and the other characters are too much of a formula. The book seems to drag with far too long, descriptive passages. I found myself pausing far too often so I could recall where I was in the story and the significance of a character or passage. It struck me that the writer was trying to hard to hide the motives of the killer(s) to create suspense or a surprise ending. It served only to make the story drag. The narration was pretty slow through most of the book but at "normal" speed in some parts. I suspect it is a problem with the recording as opposed to the narrator who's voice seemed to fit the book well.This is my third Richard Castle book. If it were my first, I would never have discovered the two much better ones.
This is an incredibly well constructed and fast moving story. It has no weak spots or moments. While it is fiction and the unfolding of events is not realistic, it has enough reality that the listener will begin to wonder if it might be real. The main characters are interesting. The interplay among characters and various government agencies creates both an pathos and tension that adds depth to the story. The narration is neutral. The reader is not at all dramatic in the presentation - he does not get in the way of the story. It could be a bit better, but the neutral tone fits the rapid story - and the written words seem to speak well for themselves. I am not a fan of the ending but it is interesting and written at the same level as the rest of the book. The ending does not detract from the book - it fits and flows well with the whole story. Caution: I found myself so engrossed that I kept listening longer than I should at times when I had other things to do.
I am a big fan of Vince Flynn and the Mitch Rapp character. I advise listeners to start with one of the later books and come back to this later for the back story. Had I started with American Assassin I may well have missed out on the excellent later books.
Only as a third or later book by Flynn. The only real thing about American Assassin that kept my attention was an interest in understanding Mitch Rapp's beginnings. Without the knowledge of knowing where the series is headed and the unique character Mitch Rapp becomes, this book would have been quite dull.
He is a very good narrator. This is on par with others.
Just too much wrong with it to realistically say it could be anything above three. The narration was silly and irritating. The story had more gaps than a bad college football defense. FYI: Why did the bad guys not go after the sister or mother??? Why did not Jake simply explain how the trouble developed rather than all the dramatic nonsense? The central issue of the story was predictable. I found nothing particularly interesting about the characters. There are a couple of nice, interesting twists at the end. One might suspect the author first wrote the twists and them tried to fined a story that led to them.
The latest Reacher novel by Lee Child.
I did like the way it wrapped up in the end.
I like Harlan Coben's books. I suggest you pick up almost anyone but this one.
I would not recommend this as an audio book. It is long and rambling. There is too much philosophizing and unnecessary description. One will find themselves lost and even a bit confused as to where the story in going. It may work all right in short 15 minute bites, but it takes a heck of an attention span to follow more than that in one bite. It probably works well as a traditional book.
this is my first.
I found the fake accent irritating but I think the book needs a cajun accent in audible form. The reading seemed just a tad slow.
No. The book ended in a pretty final manner. The two main characters are interesting enough that they could move on to a new adventure.
I've not read or listened to any other books by Mr. Burke, but I think this is probably not a good one to start with. The prose is very nicely constructed and the characters are interesting. A similar book without all the diversion would be quite good.
This s an interesting story that flows smoothly. Easy to follow and leaves one wondering what will happen next. It builds the characters personalities well.
The beginning drags a little. It needs more action or controversy. A run-in with the Italian leadership would have been good at this point. My biggest disappointment is how the book wraps up. There is too much missing after McCoy gets to the Philippines. How did he make it out? What about the trip back to the US and DC. What was Ernie doming while waiting/worrying if he had been killed. A post Pearl Harbor chapter about Pickering's activities is needed. It seems like two or three chapters are missing from the end of the book.
McCoy the main character and the most interesting. Pickering seemed much different in this earlier book than in the later ones. Everyone will find Stecker interesting although he is a small part of Semper Fi.
Dick Hill does an excellent job. At a few points, a bit more energy would be nice, but overall it was better than most.
Shangri-La works very well in audio because it does not require intense focus to follow the story. While one will rewind a few times, nothing crucial will be missed.
It's really an ensemble, although Maggie (WAC Corporal) is the center of the story, possibly because so much is based on her diary. If I had to pick a favorite it would be "Pete" - read the book to find out who Pete is- or the native Queen.
The narrative had an excellent quality. Sensitive and well paced. I found that I could visualize the scenes, which I find difficult with most audios. Still, I generally prefer the "voice" in my mind as I read.
The parachuting of the medics and their reaction to the extent of the injuries. When the Native Queen combed Maggie's hair. The Epilogue was really good. There is no spot in this book that is not moving and interesting.
This is an incredible story. Someone please make a feature film of the story - PLEASE!
I must disclose that I come to this with a slight bias. My father served in the US Navy in New Guinea through most of WWII. He left in May 1945 as this story begins. His dairy places him at all the locations (except "Shangri-La") mentioned in the book. I have many original photos of the natives as described in the book. So this book is a small connection to my father's past.
The claim that it's "the Most Incredible rescue Mission of World War II" may be a stretch. I would recommend Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides as competition for the claim.
Another terrific unusual "adventure" book I recommend for anyone who enjoys such stories is In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick.
My best tip is to view the video of the rescue. It can be found on a number of websites.
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