I took a chance based on other reviews. I found myself irritated with the characters and the story line...don't know what I was expecting. Maybe this genre just isn't for me...
Ok,ok, ok...yeah, I prefer Mr Marsters as well, but Mr Glover does just fine. I've always enjoyed his appearances in various tv shows; perhaps it helps my acceptance. I haven't listened to any Dresden books since Changes, over a year ago, that helps. (I enjoyed the TV show as well...so mavbe rabid fans are shaking heads about that too) I haven't finished yet, but wanted to offer my opinion about the STORY...its great!
I confess to some trepidation when purchasing Sanford or some of my other usually reliable authors...some of these characters need to be retired. I divorced myself from from Lee Child after listening to the awful "61 Hours" and Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch is getting tedious also...these characters have achieved a certain level of competence over time. I get irritated as a result when I know something before the super-sleuth does. Continued listening expecting the books to surprise me because it can't be so simple...was disappointing. This book was refreshing in meshing the early Davenport with the experienced character we have come to know. We get to see things from the perpetrator's point of view and he's not brilliant, just lucky. I get a bit tired of the "super" criminal playing a "deadly cat and mouse game" with whatever new super detective in whatever new thriller.
Too much romance novel...and the accent was, indeed, bad. Slogged through a couple hours of the thing and went to the end. Thought it would be more like the Kim Harrison novels, but it is soooooo....not.
This book made my list based on wonderful reviews; also because I've enjoyed the Chet and Bernie books. I know dog fighting exists and have owned bully breeds. I was completely engaged and understand the life lesson that was learned by the man in the story...but for cryin' out loud, I certainly didn't need that last bit. I was already on board with hating the people doing the dog fights early in the book...didn't need to be beat -over-the-head with it at the end. Oh well...I'm still angry with the ending of "Old Yeller"...so maybe I'm just too shallow and need that happy ending. I didn't finish the book; knew where it was going and was too invested in it to want to be there at the end.
I don't know...maybe I've read too many mysteries. Quit listening about halfway through and went to the end...just to see if I was right. Perhaps it was the narrator; she just didn't do it for me. Narrator is soooo important; I don't think this is the right person to make these characters come alive. Will Patton makes the James Lee Burke books really click...I choose to listen to those just because Patton is so phenomenal. This series could use a narrator like that.
I thought I'd try this based on reviews...but I could not stay with this thing. I didn't much care about the characters and it just seemed so pointless. Perhaps I'm just not deep enough to to "get" it; I tried to care about this character; spent three hours trying, but finally gave up. Fast forwarded to last chapter to see if I missed anything: nope.
If you've read a couple of these, then you know the formula. It is typical of the series; it's a fun diversion for light reading. Robb(erts) does a decent job of having the characters learn things about each other and change over the series.
Previous reviewers get it right; the narrarator could have been better and the story line is a stretch. I was doing garden work while listening; perhaps that's why the narration didn't bother me as much as it did others. This is also my first O'Connell book.
I have to give credit to the great Will Patton; his narration takes you into this book so completely...I think that's why I always get the audio of these books now. I do think at some point that the Clete character should learn something from the consequences of his behavior. Also, since these books take place in real time, these Vietnam vets are a bit old to get involved in so many physical altercations and recover so easily...but I can suspend disbelief.
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