I listened to this story twice. I enjoy the relationship between Joanna and her mother; and Joanna and her own daughter. I did not realize that Joanna was a teenager when her father was killed. the loss of her father and husband both is tragic. Butch is a good partner for Joanna. The author is walking a tight rope in their relationship and is cautious about not allowing him to become an accessory for Joanna. The male characters definitely play supporting and story transitional roles in this story...even Dennis. The extreme of human emotions and the impact on personal decisions and judgement are the focus of this story. Regarding the narration, I am not locked or tied to one person due to the time between the books in this series. However, the weak distinction between and lack of variety in character voices was a concern. There were a couple of times when Joanna and her daughter both had the same voice.
I loved the narrator Kevin Collins! He made the story for me. He was excellent at doing the different character voices, especially L.D. The female voices were also well done.
Spoiler Alert! What L.D. was hiding and why and how he got out of it.
No this is the first, but certainly not the last if I can find a title of interest. I love Scott Brick and Dan Hill. I am adding Mr. Collins to my list of favorite narrators.
When Dan spoke to pop star's mother.
To compare this author to Grisham or Patterson is a weak one. Those two authors are extraordinary and most of the time write incredible stories. Mitzner is very good but in my opinion more works are needed before placing him among the greatest.
Not sure...I have not been pleased with books that are co-authored with James Patterson. I would compare the collaboration to that of dental hygienist and a dentist. The hygienist does the most work and the doctor briefly checks the work and passes you on. This is how I perceive the Patterson-Paetro collaborations. The stories are not up to the Patterson quality. I would probably not purchase another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and/or January LaVoy. I would check the book out from the library first and review it prior to making a purchase.
This has not detered me from books of this genre. However, books in this particular series will be suspect.
I think this is the first narration that I have experienced from January LaVoy. In my opinion she was not bad.
Perhaps this series has run its course. What else can happen to these characters? Murder investigations are plentiful. These stories are becoming predictable and somewhat boring. With Lindsey being married and now a mother, her edge as an officer will suffer. Joe has become an accessory and "damn-it-doll" being beat up constantly. The other characters have also lost their interesting edge. Time to let these ladies move on.. and quietly disappear to literary heaven.
Fabulous! This story ranks among the top of the series and the top 5 of the audiobooks that I listen to. It is rewarding to know how using her wits, networking and other connections Ali continues to help those who are less fortunate. I enjoy this series the most of all of Jance's novels.
The characters are true to life and I actually care about what is happening in their lives. In addition, I like the continuity of their stories that occurs through the series. The high points of this story is how all subplots were related and solved simultaneously. Looking forward to reading more about Ali, her police training classmates and their families.
Yes. i like how she reads the story and does not try to "act" out the characters. She is very good. I cannot imagine anyone else reading this series.
The power of the love of family and friends
Recommend reading the stories in order of publication dates.
It took me many miles and months to get through this book. It was difficult to connect to or even care about the characters. The story line did not hold my interest and I tried to like it. The narrator is among my favorites, however he could not help this story. At different times the relationship between the brothers was too cutesy and lacking of trust. The romance was gratuitous. No meaning. Perhaps this one tried too hard to be a thriller.
I, too, am a Alex Cross fan and thought that this would be a good story. Instead, it seems as if Christmas is a "back drop" to a couple of crime situtations that would have happened anytime. One suspects that these were two story ideas in development and that this Merry Christmas Alex Cross was a good way to get rid of them and at the same time make a story deadline. The short stories lacked character development and involved senseless killing or attempts. While the hostage situation was somewhat interesting, it was difficult to connect to the victims and the perpetrator. Some parts of the storyline are unrealistic and inplausible such as Bree going to the hostage situation and then being allowed to return home. Also, a terrorist mother who watches her own children being tortured telling them to be brave? Not any mother could be that strong or crazy. As usual Alex's grandmother was a bit over the top with her bossiness and demanding attitude. Sitting in a chair like she is a queen? In addition, there is a a new "addition" to the Cross family. Where did this little girl come from? If she was introduced in the last story I missed her because I did not read the story due to poor reviews. The reviews were misleading for this one. Narrators were above average and did a good job with the material.
This is a good story that I will think about for a very long time. I liked the story because it is fast moving. I listen to my audios while driving so I could hardly wait to get back into the car and take a trip. The format was very effective, to hear the story from one of the main character's viewpoint made me feel like I was part of the story. Am I the only one who thought of the Dave Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series when listening to this story? I had to check to see if Andy and Laurie from that series had married and had a child. Grover Gardner is the narrator for that series so it was easy for me to make that connection. If you know and like that series, you will certainly appreciate Defending Jacob. I loved Grover Gardner's narration of this story. His reading clearly conveys the emotions of the characters. I feel the pain of the characters when he reads. do not want to say too much as it may be a spoiler alert. Just know that it has an expected ending!!
I miss Terah and Myron! While I have enjoyed most of Cobin's books, Stay Close was slow and painfully boring to me. It might have been Scott Brick's reading and interpretation. His cadence was irritating. Also when he read to illustrate intensity it was nauseating. In addition, the plot line was weak and trite. A familiar story about the underworld--senseless murder and tortures, crazed murderers, old strippers/hookers, and dirty cops. It was difficult to keep up with some of the characters because of their similar suburban names and aliases--Barbie and Ken--give me a break. Could not find any reason to care about any of the characters. The dialogue between characters was redundant and made it difficult to maintain sustained interest. Again, I think that the pace of the narrator's reading was so slow that it was easy to lose interest. Would find myself thinking about other stuff and not listening. It has taken me weeks to get through this one. It was definitely a struggle to finish. I only did so because getting a refund was not an option. This was a disappointment after the Bolitar stories.
I feel duped by Patterson again. I don't like it when he co-authors a book. However. I am a fan of this series and interested in the characters. This installment of the Women's Murder Club is just a bit past okay. The story plot is kind of bland. I did not care about any of the characters. There is no depth to the characters. Favorites like Jacobi are just thrown in to make an appearance. The story lacks the substance and "pow" of previous stories. The murderer was revealed too early. Would like more details about the main characters and what is going on with them. Their old personalities in the previous stories were more interesting. Why the change? The police officer, Lindsay seems to have lost her edge. She used to be more assertative. Can't believe the way she handled the sitiuation with Joe and his friend. I wanted the friend to be confronted by someone! The friend's actions were inappropriate. What happened to Brady's wife? A two sentence conversation with Yuki and nothing later? I had to rewind several times due to "zoning" out while listening. The story just did not hold my interest. The narrator was alright. The original narrator was better with different character voices which added excitement and drama. Unfortunately, I am hooked. I like the characters and will undoubtedly purchase the next book in this series because I will want to know about Lindsay's baby, Claire's baby, and who gets married next.
Exciting background for this story is the 2012 Olympic games in London. I wish that the date had been further in the future though. Such dreadful foreboding of terror, murder, unprotected athletes, and technology used for evil purposes is frightening. The evil characters have all had abusive and tragic childhoods. To exact revenge for the leader who believes that his Olympic glory was stolen in Spain, the 2012 summer olympics and its athletes are targeted.
Please do listen to a sample before purchasing this audible book. I almost did not finish the story because it took awhile to adjust to the British English accent of the narrator. If you do not like the British English, then I recommend that you read the printed version. I had to stop and re-start so that I could get in to the story. Once you get used to the narrator's accent, it does add a touch of international flare to the story. However, I really could not stand how he interpreted the children's voices...especially Lukey.
Where was the owner of Private? I don't think that he had more than five sentences in this entire story.
It is difficult to feel an emotional attachment to any of the characters. Perhaps it is because there is not enough depth provided. There are also many characters, such as the cab driver and news reporter, who act as bridges or are used to move the story line along. The stories or backgrounds of the characters are not worthy of empathy or sympathy. The personal challenges presented are so formula-like. The lesbian aspect was gratuitious and added nothing to the story. It was as though the authors thought by "throwing" in an aspect (murder of wealthy people, lesbian relationships, kidnapping, terrorism, child-abuse and rape, child neglect, mythology references, torture, etc.) that it would really grab the reader/listener.
For example, family relationships are odd, strained and flawed somewhat in this story. The evil characters are referred to as sisters and brother. It takes awhile to determine the true relationship. The main character's family is truly flawed. He prefers working rather than being with his twin son and daughter, although he loves them due to being part of their deceased mother. All we learned about the "hero's" children, twins, is that their mother died in child birth. The twins have run off several nannys due to their badness, but we do not know exactly what is bad, just that the children are bad and not potty trained at 3 years of age. It is also impossible to believe that two children misbehave to the point that no nanny service in London could find someone to watch them. Thus,one of the "bad guys" in the story is hired as a nanny due to the father's desparation to dump the kids on someone so that he could focus on his job!! What happens to the children is predictable. A nut does not fall far from the tree it is said. The father does not have a loving relationship with his own mother. As a result his mother does not have a close relationship with her grandchildren. The aunt(sister of the deceased mother) of the children "resents" them and has not seen or met the twins yet.
Unfortunately, while I tried to really like this story, it is another mediocre collaboration with the Patterson name attached. It would be interesting to what percentage of the story is contributed by Mr. Patterson or if he is just a mentor to aspiring authors. Entertaining,yes, but not very good.
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