I was really upset when the book was finished - I had so enjoyed hearing about this slice of Southern Life. The story centers on crimes committed in a small Georgia town - but its main achievement for me is that it is also an amazing portrayal of human relationships, changing racial relationships, local, state and national politics from the Twenties to the Sixties as seen through the eyes of the local protagonists. Mark Hammer's warm narration made it an absolute gem! Go get it!!!!
The storyline is interesting and manages be suspenseful and hold your attention without gratuitous violence and sadistic murders. The plot is intelligent, nuanced, twisting and doesn't seem to fall into the trap of cliche; the characters are well developed. I have enjoyed listening to Scully & Co immensely - finished the book in two days. I have listened to the first Scully book (Tin Collector) but can't remember anything and bought this books because it was on sale. What a great surprise. Hope the other Sully books are as interesting! Absolutely worth your credit - don't miss it!
I used to pick books because he narrated them, then went totally off him because I started to find his reading affected and thought he turned his reading into a performance instead of being simply the narrator and letting the story take center stage. I recently started listening to him again (sale books) and once I got over the slightly excessive way he reads - it was thoroughly enjoyable! He reads women's voices well.
More books like this one please!
I usually really enjoy Stuart Woods, and his CHIEFS is one of my favorite listens, but this one is simple and boring! I kept waiting for twists, subplots etc but the narrative is as linear as if it had been drawn with a ruler. Will not download any other book of this series.
Happy I discovered Donald Westlake. I love Thomas Perry's capers such as 'Metzger's Dog' (except his Jane Whitefield stories), this is similar! Great fun to listen to and well narrated by Jeff Woodman who I sometimes find a bit whiney (e.g. Chris Grabenstein stories). Don't miss out!
I really enjoyed the previous DEXTER books but this book is pushing the envelope of 'good' bad taste a bit far, not a very clever storyline and some details of the central story are quite disgusting, but not in the usual clever and funny and over the top dexter-esque way. Felt like Jeff Lindsay had run out of ideas - well I hope not. Hopefully he'll make the next book as much fun as the previous ones.
... The narrator was probably the main culprit. I don't get it - I really enjoy Michael Connelly's stories, but some of the narrators chosen for his books are simply awful (and many reviewers have commented on this) and spoil the story. With a big name like his he should be able yo get the best narrators - who chooses them???? Anyway, I would have given up after the first few hours if it hadn't been a Connelly book - I had hoped it would finally come to life. But It never quite did! The storyline is actually very interesting and clever but the narrator really killed this one for me, and the description of the details of the caper are tedious, and in the end i really could't care less what happened to the characters.
I have literally just finished listening to Shutter Island, my first Denis Lehane book. And it simply blew me away. A fantastic story line, more interesting, suspenseful and humane than anything I have listened to or read in a very long time! It keeps you engrossed and at the edge of your seat without the usual gimmicks of superhuman strength and implausible plot twists. GO GET IT!!!!!
interesting contemporary tale - fab dialogue - great characters and amazing narration!
I found the beginning quite tedious and had to start again at the beginning - but then it was well worth it. Narrator is absolutely amazing and the reason why I stuck it out (also I read the death of daziel before - which i loved). Not the most likely story but the dialogue and character development is fantastic - especially for a 'crime novel'.
I really enjoyed Olen Steinhauer's The Tourist. In contrast, The Confession is engaging but the central character is not particularly likable although the eastern bloc background is interesting - in particular the role of the US ultimately deserting the cause of the resistance in Hungary. Pretty grim reading.
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