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El Loco

Austin, TX | Member Since 2003

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  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (2197)
    Performance
    (989)
    Story
    (1002)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Aaron says: "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    This was by no means a bad book, but after reading the reviews I expected a little more from it. This was my first time reading about the Adventures of Harry Bosch, but as such I never really, truly cared about the characters. Sure, I had some vested interest, but even this hardly mattered.
    My main complaint is the lack of things to keep the book going. Except for maybe a tiny bit in the beginning, and a tiny bit at the end, there was absolutely no action going on. A detective-type story has lots of potential for exciting scenes; this book rarely capitalized on that. Frankly, I just didn't find the investigation that exciting. There were only a select few times that I didn't find it easy to put the book down.
    Overall, it's an average book. Not bad - it was enjoyable, after all - but nothing to tell a friend about either. There are better choices out there.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (939)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Pete says: "Excellent Fantasy... Epic in feel, finite in pace"
    "HIGHLY overrated"
    Overall

    I agree with the other reviewer that said this book was not good for a long drive. It is so agonizingly SLOW (and boring)..that after 3 attempts to get through it, I just gave up. There's nothing that I found kept me interested in the main character. His constant mumbling of shy, short responses gets really irritating. The narration is average. The book can't make up the difference.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Hole in Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Guy Carpenter has a prestigious job at NASA, a devoted wife and new baby, and, aside from a troublemaking cat, a settled, quiet life. But things take an unexpected turn when this regular guy finds himself mixed up in an international scandal of enormous proportions.

    El Loco says: "So boring I couldn't finish"
    "So boring I couldn't finish"
    Overall

    I knew that eventually I'd run into a book that I just didn't have the interest to finish. So far, my luck had been pretty good, but then I ran into "A Hole in Texas."

    The book is interesting for the first hour or so, and then ... nothing happens. The main problem with the book as I see it is that the characters are flat, bland, undeveloped, and stay that way. If the main character suddenly threw an embolism and died I wouldn't feel so much as a pang of remorse.

    The writing is fairly poor, although passable. There have been a few times where I've caught the author writing something that might work on paper, but certainly wouldn't work in a real conversation. For instance, to use another word for "cat" in order to avoid saying "cat" too many times in one sentence, the character refers to it as "the beast". C'mon...try saying that to a friend. Doesn't it seem awkward? Maybe that's just me.

    Another problem is that there is NO tension driving this book along. There is no desire to see what happens next, so you won't be surprised when nothing ever happens. The threat of a boson bomb could have been a good one, but the threat in this book sounds like an academic one, as if we got a "B" on a test and China got an "A". Scary stuff.

    In the end - or should I say at the midway point - this became the first book to put down before it's finished.

    Try "A Game of Thrones" - which is absolutely INSANEly good. Now THAT book has tension & interesting characters a plenty.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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