This is one of the best novels I have listened to in a long time. The narrator is great, the plot is thick enough to satisfy but not too much to confuse, and the main character is flawed but admirable. Adding the music from the Big Band era truly enhances the book, and it makes you want to download a buy a bunch of CDs from that period. If you like historical mysteries, a fast-paced and mostly believable plot and likeable characters, then I highly recommend this book.
John Grisham's newest book is as good as it gets. I have read most of his books, and lately they have been uneven in quality and interest. But this book is just great: the plot, the characters, the evocation of small-town Southern life. Jake Brigance remains an essentially good man who is sorely tempted at times. I hope Grisham has at least one more Brigance novel inside him.
Remember when a teacher or a librarian read a story out loud and never quite got the inflection right? That's what this book sounds like. You wonder what the producer was thinking.
I only stuck this out because the story line was good. And, in a perverse way, I kept listening because I just could not believe narration could be this bad.
I could only get through about 20 minutes. The title of the book says it all. No plot. No character development. Only cliched sex scenes.
I have tried returning it three times to no avail.
This is fast-food, drive-through lit. The plot moves along at a good clip, and I got a lot of gardening and housework done by listening to it. The premise is implausible but intriguing: a graduate seminar at the Medill School of Journalism leads to a vast conspiracy. Three intrepid graduate students, each with his or her own agenda, uncover aforementioned vast conspiracy. Take it to the beach this summer.
I hated myself for enjoying this but if you want a lightweight read that does not require a lot of your attention while you shop or clean on the weekends, then this book is for you. The characters are cut-out but the plot moves rapidly if not somewhat improbably. And you learn a little about life in the Louisiana swamps.
Make no mistake. This book is lightweight as far as suspense and plot. But the story of Maggie, the dog, lifts it from the mundane to a special book about military and police dogs. I learned a lot about their training and and handling. And, of course, at the heart of the book is the bond developed between Maggie and her alpha.
Although the plot is improbable, this book moves fast and is a good distraction if you are housecleaning or raking leaves. The development of Will, as a character, is deftly done, and the plot twists keep coming.
With a sing-song, condescending tone, the narrator seems to have confused reading for an adult novel with a children's story hour. And from the one hour of listening that I could stand, the novel needs all the help it can get. The characterization is paper-doll thin, and the whole first part is devoted to clumsily written back story. I have not been this irritated with book in a long while.
Sharp Objects is a tight, integrated story that flirts with Southern Gothic, Stephen Kingesque horror without crossing the line. Although you will probably guess the villain and the specific syndrome early in the novel, the characterization and plot are so tightly interwoven that it holds your interest to the very end, and the reward is one more horrific detail. Flynn is an excellent writer, far above most who write in this genre. The plot is described elsewhere, so I won't rehash that. I do recommend this book to anyone who wants something a little different in mystery suspense.
I listened to this short book on New Year's Eve and the following day while driving to friends in another town. This book could easily be used in a creative writing class as an example of best practices. This book made such an impression that I Googled it and found a movie had been made as well, which I downloaded from NetFlix. If you like good contemporary literature, I highly recommend this book, and then check out the movie.
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