The CA Central Valley tie-in of the title and the more police procedural type plot make this a slightly different Harry Bosch. Narrator was a tiny bit plodding -- but so was Harry in this one . Very good but not the best ever. Narrator mispronounces ManTEEca repeatedly which bugged me . Used detective Chiu as a sterotypical Asian tech geek, not as believable as most Michael Connelly characters. Mendenhall going "off reservation " is left unexplained, despite it being a significant subplot. Is Connelly saving Chiu and Mendenhall for a sequel? Otherwise has all the satisfactions of a Harry Bosch novel. Even at less than his best Michael Connelly tells a better story than most writers.
Other Harry Bosch's -- same pacing and characters.
It is ManTEEkah
The narrator's voice was too Midwestern, and highly pitched overall, and ESPECIALLY when supposedly quoting Adams's own words -- one notch below chipmunk voice IMHO. The narrator certainly made no mistakes -- just the wrong tone and pitch for John Adams.
The writing was interestingly organized,despite a lot of detail to track for a listeners. I loved the development of JA's character and the inclusion of Abigail (of course) and others less well known from history such as Benjamin Rush.
more complex characters
smooth , very good tone and pacing
you are kidding, right?!
does what it does well -- and then you are done. snack food with some historical seasoning thrown in.
less self introspection and sighing and guilt. Stop being so sorry about all the harm you keep doing and stop inspecting your sad self in excruciating detail -- change and forgive yourself and move on -- please!!! VERY good writing wasted on self indulgent self guilt ideas / philosophy drove me crazy. Soap opera -ish IMHO. .
yes -- but I did not know going in this was such a self-romance; chick lit at its worst. Not a fan of this type of story. That said -- this IS well-written.
almost all -- wanted more of a mystery or noir book.
not a mystery, the place he had gone to was obvious; if you like self examination and guilt driven relationships -- this is a well written book. maybe it is a Romance novel not a mystery? (I don't read Romance. )
yes interesting ideas about the justice system without being preachy; needed more character development for some of the "history" and connections between the characters.
knew it was coming -- expected more karma for Marlene.
narrator for Noa (Rebecca Lowman) was perfect in voicing the false bravado assertiveness covering the gaping need inside of Noa. Marlene (Amanda Carlin) was OK but not as good but I think that was just because the character wasn't developed as much by the writer.
no -- they would miss the gray areas.
voices of the various characters are good but what really sets the narrator above so many others is his sense of timing.
repeated telling us not showing us about the characters -- he wan't sure why he was doing what he was doing; she wasn't sure she could go on. Then thankfully there is a randomly introduced insider inside the police station who risks all... no mas!
not the genre -- the author maybe
avoid the sappy romance -- stick to the original idea of bodies in a lifeboat.
people who would rather go to the movie -- at least THAT would have special effects to dazzle .
idiotically cliched characters, bad dialogue, superhuman feats of endurance without any humor or class.
narrator was only thing kept me going but even he couldn't pace this writing very well -- all of it sensational (!!!)
boredom -- 13 year old boy's book.
thought these guys were good writers -- missing from this.
belief, betrayal, Totalitarianism
the author -- his relentless pursuit of "what is belief"? Is belief a helpful human condition -- or catastrophic blindness and wishful thinking that harms people? What makes a "religion" ? Beliefs -- when inspected by outsiders -- can seem weird. But bottom line it seems is: is some one free to go/leave the religion -- or not?!
good voice -- must have driven him crazy to keep his tone neutral during parts of this tale of abuses -- but he did. Saying SeaOrg 1000 times must have been a challenge too.
Not really -- too much silliness and disbelief (that people believe this stuff) from me at times -- people sure need SOMETHING to believe in, don't they? The author did succeed in pointing out the aspects of S which do help ordinary people -- just don't get too close to the flame I guess is the lesson for this.
The writing and use of primary sources make this a book I would recommend to perfect strangers on the street, and of course my friends.
History of the people important and influential at their time and moment. Mentions all the big players but scurries up close to draw out the "ordinary" people , dispelling some generalizations made in other histories of this event and time. Liked the small vignette of the pony express rider flying past the men heading west from Fort Churchill (hope I have recalled the correct fort now days later after listening in the car on I-5) ) with the wooden poles for the transcontinental telegraph. This is just one example of the exactness and usefulness of the detail in this book.
Perfect. Clarity of diction and the dash of emotion needed for conveying this harrowing and momentous time.
Three parts, I-5 = I almost did! but YES.
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