Admittedly I've not read/listened to the Alex Cross books in chronological order. That being said by the time I started listening to Violets are Blue Alex Cross had become embodied by Peter J Fernandez. Violets is a sequel to Roses are Red narrated by Peter. To go from Roses to Violets is a disappointment. The person voicing Alex Cross while having a dramatic voice, reads much too quickly for Alex. Alex does nothing quickly he's a thinker and doesn't give away much. This narrator seems to be in a hurry to get the story over with. The story is the culmination of the Alex Cross/Kyle Craig story line begun in Roses are Red, it would have been served the story best to keep the same narrator.
I read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and loved it. But I got hung up on all the Swedish names. It slowed the book down for me. So I decided to listen to Girl who played with fire. AWESOME! Simon Vance did a great job with all the funky words and with the voices. I love Lisbeth with a British accent. I hated the end when it just faded to silence. I can't wait to start the third book.
I totally recommend this series to those who want a great story but don't want to struggle with the Swedish words. OR to any one who want to listen to a great story. So glad I did.
I enjoyed the latest Alex Cross book Cross Fire. Was concerned to discover a new reader in Andre Braugher but he did not disappoint. It's going to take a little while to totally get used to him but he did fine. Glad that there's some closure to Alex's hunt for one of his nemesis. Don't want to give anything away but I was happy at the end. Looking forward to the next chapter in the life of Alex and family.
Clancy's books can be extremely technical and sometimes turn me off. This one kept me captivated from the beginning. Lou Diamond Phillips did an excellent job differentiating all the characters and moving the narrative along give the book an excellent pace. The story is so close to our reality that it's scary to think how easy a target America and the world is for determined terrorists. The ending of the book seemed like a prophecy about today's news. Clancy fans and non-fans alike will enjoy dead or alive.
I'm rediscovering the Amelia Peabody series via audio. Barbara Rosenblatt is an amazing actress. She has captured the characters brilliantly. The reason for my disappointment is that this book is only available in an abridged version. They left out large chunks of the book, the hero at the end wasn't a included as a character and ended the story with a chapter or more to go. If you truly want to enjoy Amelia & Co in this book - read it. Or find an unabridged version. You'll be glad you did.
After years of watching Ramsies, Nefret and David grow up here's where all the stories come together. Amelia is at her best protecting her son. Emerson grudgingly accepts his son as grown up. And the truth about Sethos is known. It's a great story of twists and turns set during World War I. Barbara Rosenblatt brings the characters to life. She's amazing and so are Amelia & Co.
I've fallen in love with the Amelia Peabody series. Peabody is a woman ahead of her time. Her relationship with Emerson and take on motherhood is refreshing for a period novel. The mysteries are fine. Barbara Rosenblatt is amazing in creating the voices of the characters. Even when I read a book in the series I hear her voice. What a great way to spend time listening to this fun story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. I never saw the end coming. Thought the naration was excellent in capturing the various characters. A most captivating story.
I agree with the others. What were the publishers thinking having Joe Montangna read this book. He makes it almost unbearable to listen to. He's an actor who cannot change his voice or tone to personify a character. I never got into the plot of the book because the reader got in the way. Spenser & Hawk deserve better
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