I really love this story. Robie is cool. A little too nice to be a hitman, but cool nonetheless. The problem with the book is that the narration is just godawful. I think the narration was not done as a performance, but as two separate readers whose readings were then spliced together. At times, the conversation was more like a "Saturday Night Live" script than a conversation in a novel. That was really poor. I will finish the book, and go on to THE HIT. But I wish the production people would offer a better production for two really good readers. I really like Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy, but the producers did not seem to care much on this one.
Meanwhile, David Baldacci is one of my favorite crime writers.
"The Goldfinch" moves into to my list of top modern American novels. The others are "The Color Purple," "To Kill a Mockingbird," something by Pat Conroy, probably "The Prince of Tides" and the "Secret Life of Bees."
The plot,which goes on for hours, is mesmerizing. The narration is long, over 30 hours, but I still don't want it to end. The narration, by David Pittu, is the best ever. I'll be looking to see what else he has read as soon as I finish this. I'll also be looking for Donna Tartt books as well.
It took me a while to get into this book. For me, it started off slow, but by the end I was completely mesmerized.. It was longer than many, which I really like. Definitely worth a listen. One of my favorite Nelson DeMille books yet.
I liked the story of 'The Winner," but I thought the narration was about the worst I had ever heard. It was overly sappy, melodramatic. It really ruined the book for me.
I am not sure why it took so long to have this released as an audio book, but I suspect it might have something to do with the "kiddie porn"aspect. not sure. regardless, as soon as I saw that it had been released, i dove right in. There was a lot to learn about Harry in this book, and the plot was so strong that it led me right through the book. Thanks to Michael Connelly. Peter Giles, the reader, was excellent. Just a really nice listen.
Nathan McBride is my new favorite hero. Andrew Peterson has developed a cast of characters that made me want to keep reading. And now I am waiting for more.
I only recently discovered David Baldacci, and I must say I have really been enjoying his books. I discovered The Camel Club series a few weeks ago, and just sort of breezed through them. I love all the club members!
For me, the hardest part was getting used to the two narrators. I really like one narrator doing all the voices. I had to start over three or four times before I felt comfortable listening to the books. But by the end of the fifth book in the series, "Hell's Corner" I was totally hooked and hope that we will be seeing more Oliver Stone books soon. Baldacci has created true individuals. I only wish that Oliver did not sleep on a cot.
ps. David. Please work on your syntax. Some of your sentences get really garbled by the fact you end them with prepositions. And your subject/pronoun connections are off kilter. Shame on your editors for not fixing that stuff for you.
It moved too slowly. It was a nice story except that it did not keep my attention. That is all.
I came to crime fiction quite by accident and surprised myself about 2 years ago when i was looking for a new book and found THE FIFTH WITNESS by Michael Connelly. now I don't much want to read anything else.I found the Elvis and Joe series via Crais' SUSPECT, which I loved. I immediately bought the first three Cole/Pike-s. I have now been through most of them I was reluctant read the Pike-centric books because I am so wild about Elvis, but I now love the Still Zen quality of Joe. I hate guns. I am not so into this much violence, but I still really like the books. the Last Detective and LA Requiem are my favorites, but I like the whole series very much. not as much as Michael Connelly, but I like Crais enough to be wondering what will come next. To me, finding new authors is one of the great pleasures of reading.
Yes. it really holds my interest
I'm listening to this in real time. Usually I listen at 11/2, but I want this to last longer.
I can't believe I waited so long to read this series.
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