tallevast, FL, United States | Member Since 2011
Great story. Great narration. I enjoyed it so much the first time and rarely get a book this good, I had to listen to it again.
It's easy enough to say that after listening to 'Sign of the Cross' Christian Rummel was on the fast tract to becoming one of - If not my favorite - Barring only Johnathan keeble in 'The Woodcutter'... Besides the reviews - It's one of the main reasons I got this book. I am very glad I did..... It was a great (Story)... Eccentric charachters that I might not be able to relate to - But at the same time - I was curious. Set in the Nineties - I felt like it could have been almost current. Kind of Tony Soprano without cell phones... Nelson Demille did a nice monologue in the beginning - Laying out some background. He implied that a lot of men want to be John Sutter - But I wanted to punch him in the mouth a couple of times. It's the first book I wanted to keep listening to without feeling it was getting too long... Very glad that Demille wrote the Gate house as a follow up... I will definitely get it...
I really enjoyed this story... Anne Emery put together an amazing cast of characters... They are Imperfect in nature - But not to the extreme. I have to credit the narrator christian Rummel (One of my new favorite narrators) He brings Burke to life with a great Irish accent.
If he had Burke's character and voice, read a menu - I probably would have enjoyed it. The story did intrigue me as well. This is my first Anne Emery book - And after listening to this - I went and got the 4th book in the series because 2 & 3 did not great reviews by others. I enjoyed that one as well and probably would have enjoyed 2 & 3...... 1 & 4 have a little bit of everything in them. Murder - Mystery - Theology & Law
I will probably get more....... John
But the ending didn't pan out exactly as I had hoped.... It came out the way I expected - It just went a little around the houses to get there, and in an order I would have liked to have seen different. How old am I really right? Around the houses - Yikes..... I can't explain it better. I think there could have been alternate endings.
I was riveted through the first two part and most of the third.... I mean riveted.. The story was told wonderfully. It confirmed once again how good my life is and how bad it could have been if I was born in any other time period. Or if i was born another color, Or if I was born in another country. My worst wouldn't compare to some peoples best. This book was full of strength and resolve. I am very glad I downloaded this book.
I was conflicted on his first book because he writes like a smart lawyer - Yet sometimes he writes like a sappy school girl. His court room dramas start good - but end leaving me questions about how smart it was.
After listening to the first 3rd of the book I was already praising Mitzner, and looking for other books narrated by Collins... Then it got worse
This isn't a spoiler - But I have a huge question. This is drafted as smart courtroom drama right?...... You'll find in the beginning that a girl was murdered and they blame her black boyfriend and caucasion pubic hairs were found in bed. (ALSO - 2 UNIDENTIFIED FINGERPRINTS)
Now - Here's where I am upset. They question the detective in charge about the pubic hairs in court... OK...Then the detective said that they never found finger prints from the boyfriend so he must have wiped the place clean - making him guilty. I'm waiting for the aha moment when they go - Well if that's the case - Then the fingerprints must belong to the killer...... Dramatic pause........... THEY NEVER ASKED HIM THE QUESTION. Why did they put finger prints in story then. Why not keep it at only pubic hairs..... I felt like the lawyer was dumb... I'm waiting for it the whole time - They never addressed it.
It ended on a slightly better note.... I can see why most of the girls wrote good reviews.... It had some nice feel good stories or sympathetic stories to enjoy.... A little much though.
After reading all the mixed reviews - I am glad I got this book.....
The down side? I thought the detective handling the case was more of a jerk then needed.
The good parts....
1. The narration was very good.
2. I don't get the negative as fa as the two writers. I thought they made it flow nicely. I think when you have the killer do a different voice to recognize he is the killer - People get into their heads.
3. The story line and the plot were very good. It tries to get you with an couple aha! moments, and I think it did it's best. I'm cynical - because I am always looking for the twist and unfortunately found them before they happened - But that didn't change my opinion.
To me - It's an easy 4 stars....
Steve West in my opinion did a great job. I loved the dialects. He may have put the book at a 4 star rating for me. The book was o.k.... The inspector Sean Corrigan did seem to leap to conclusions that no one else would have. I get the idea of why he is supposed to be able to do that, but he could have done it with a little bit better detective work instead of what some would call unbelievable guess work. It does have a pretty good story line overall. It can be extreme for the light hearted.
It takes a lot to rock my world anymore. Set your sights at Medium for this one, and maybe it will surprise you.
Can I get this off my chest..... I Love Tom Hanks - But really. Robert Langdon.... How about Hugh Jackman - Or a less bloated Russell Crowe...... Now that, that is out of the way. As always - I like to be challenged mentally. This had some concepts and ideas that did make me think. Most though - It was filled with fluff and a lot of misdirection. It's gotta be tough though. How do you really follow up the Davinci Code..... I give him credit for trying.... I liked Angels and Demons much better.......
The narrator was great! - It would have been a much worse review if he had been a bad one.
For what it's worth J
Jake webber has a good voice overall - When he's speaking normal. The character's he portayed in the story seemed dramatic; with voice's I couldn't relate to, or get in to. I thought the story had a good shot in the beginning - But I was quickly losing interest as it progressed. I was hoping for some revalation at the end that made it worth the time invested in it - Like the "Inside man" movie with Clive Owen... If I used that as my guage - You'd have to dig a hole to find the minus star rating. If you like plain action, with no substance - Then this might be for you.
I think I have to write reviews for the person behind me. I was thinking more Jack Reacher/Joe Pike and Elvis cole type of Characters, and I got more of a Lawrence Sanders Edward X Delaney type story - But not as good. I felt like I was in a whirling time warp. If you took out the reference to a cell phone call, and an Internet reference - I think it should have belonged in a 1950's / 60's type story line.
The who done it part of the story was a little non eventful, and it took a very long time getting there.
It was almost really good. With a writing style that resembled Lawrence Sanders / Val McDermid.
I'm not young and I'm not old - So I will say this with some hesitation. If you are a little older - You may enjoy this more then I did.
If 5 stars is great and 1 is horrible then I guess 3 stars is a better than bad rating. If you like the genre of modern day Mafia and hit men, have an extra credit, and don't want to be challenged. This could be the book for you. I was hoping for better - So I'm not going to give it a great endorsement.
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