Too bad. I'm normally a big fan of Harlan Coben but I struggled through Back Spin. A teenage boy is kidnapped but since you know almost nothing about him you almost don't care. Unfortunately much of the storyline is built around that. Top that off with some ridiculous characters that are sometimes funny and sometimes just trying to be funny and you end up with a book that belongs in the sand trap. Still, my appreciation for this author keeps me from giving it less than 3 stars.
Too much character development for people who do not matter to other books in the series. All that dialogue made the book boring in some parts.
The most interesting was probably the action scenes. The least interesting was the storyline surrounding the French detective.
Rapp in the hotel room and his getaway.
Yes. Kiefer Sutherland, Vin Diesel
As a prospective adopting parent I was really looking forward to a book written by a man about his experiences with adoption. I was hoping for all sorts of stories and insights about the adoption process, meeting the kids, learning from them, teaching them, growing with a deeper understanding of their culture... Forget it! This book is like a doctoral thesis on religion. I'm a believer so I should have been a bullseye for his target audience and I hated this book. Kept listening to it for awhile, put it away, try it again. If you are an avid Audible listener you know what I mean--you hate to admit you wasted your hard earned money and were fooled by the previews. It happens. I'd recommend something else but Audible doesn't have much on this topic. The Gathering, another book on adoption, is read by a woman who is just plain annoying so I would avoid that one too.
Andrew Peterson is an amazing new author that has created a couple characters you can cheer for. There is plenty of action, cool gadgets, and interesting settings. Holly and Nate strike a bit of a love interest which is probably the slowest part of the book and not Peterson's strong point. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other twists and turns that kept me interested. Dick Hill really delivers with the narration.
This book was an unexpected surprise. While I am a big, big, fan of Lee Child and the Jack Reacher series, the title of this book was a bit misleading. It is not about some psychopath on the loose. Rather it features well written dialogue between Jack and a few down-home police detectives in rural Georgia. More than other books in this series, Mr. Child goes out of his way to carefully develop characters that I could identify with and have empathy for. You will like this book if you enjoy a good mystery and simple people faced with the challenge of doing extraordinary things. The only complaint I had is one far fetched connection between Jack and his long lost brother. Dick Hill did an excellent job narrating as usual. Thanks Audible.
The dialogue and character development is superb. As a man, the issues addressed in this book such as physical and mental abuse and bigotry toward those of Hispanic origin really made me angry (but in a good way). I have never wanted to jump into the storyline and help the protagonist as much as with this story. I've listened to over 50 audible titles and probably 5 from Lee Child. This is my favorite. Dick Hill outdoes himself with his timing and inflection. Some might find so much dialogue with a desperate woman annoying. Stick with it though and you really want to take part in the investigation. This story will draw you in and not let go. Loved it.
This is basically an academic review of the history of social business, a very detailed analysis of what a social business is and is not, and some practical examples. Unfortunately it is not uplifting or filled with insightful stories of how social business has changed individual lives. The company I own is heavily involved in social responsibility with the sale of entire product lines donated to a charity that feeds impoverished children. I should have loved this book but it just became noise in my headset. It is probably best suited as a resource.
Having listened to several other recent Audible titles on nutrition and health, I found this short book right on target. I highly recommend this book if you want the latest scoop in a bite size portion.
Listen to this book if you want a different perspective on buying and holding stock--if you think the U.S. has seen its last hurrah. Listen to this if you want to understand an alternative view of investing in foreign stocks and gold. Listen to this if you want a long commercial of buying these investments from his firm. It's like listening to a good mechanic tell you what's wrong with the car and then telling you to leave the car with him. You appreciate the advice but wonder if there was an alterior motive. The narration was very good and the book was quite interesting. As a result I will do more research.
This book had all the key elements that could have made for a good listen--secret interrogations, tough protagonist, terrorists, a great narrator, etc. Unfortunately the story line fell a bit flat and there were too many people coming in and out of the investigation. I struggled through it and wish I hadn't.
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