The wonderful characters and rich descriptions. And the "can't stop listening" level of suspense.
Very early on in this book I wondered "WOW, who the heck is this guy and why haven't I heard of him before? He could give Stephen King a solid run for his money" having no idea in the world that he was, in fact, a chip off the old King block until I looked him up online. As an author Joe Hill stands firmly on his own even though this acorn didn't fall far from the tree. Hill's style is in no way a lesser imitation of his fathers' work, although the writing is clearly influenced by it in all of the best possible ways. If you loved "It" or any of King's best, you really must read this one. Personally I can't wait to read more of his work.
Also: be sure to listen right through the credits where Hill sneaks in a creepy little plot epilogue, followed by an interesting author's commentary on audiobooks, the wonderful Kate Mulgrew, and his experience of growing up in a family of writers.
Quite a page turner, and kept me guessing for a good bit of the book. Like one other reviewer, I did guess who the villain was eventually, but there were still plenty of questions to answer after that. Be prepared to suspend disbelief at moments - there were a couple of aw, c'mon spots - but not enough to keep me from enjoying the mystery. It's the kind of mystery novel that you just read for the fun of the puzzle. Will give this author another look for sure.
The lack of character development. The idea of someone living this strange life was interesting for awhile, but the main character was way too much of a cypher for this reader. There was nowhere near enough info or inner dialogue to explain why he is the way he is, so he came off as just another creepy criminal. The only humanity I attributed to him came from Weber's reading, which kept me going for some time. Ultimately realized I didn't care enough to finish and returned it.
No, but I expect more from the genre.
Likeability, warmth. I love the sound of his voice and his interpretation of the books he reads for Audible. Really, I only chose this book to begin with because Jake Weber was reading it, having just heard his mesmerizing work on "Night Film." Hope to hear more from him with better material.
The characters are beautifully drawn, as is the world they live in. The history behind the puzzles they need to solve is created so believably that I found myself referring to Wikipedia for collaboration on certain points.
I fell in love with the characters and was completely mesmerized by the layers of mystery unfolding before them, faced as they were with the prospect of living in a Cordova film where reality is uncertain and endings do not wrap up neatly.
When I started listening I had the sense that I was hearing the voice of an old friend. Then I realized that this was the voice of the wonderful actor who played Joe DuBois on Medium. I LOVE his understated, yet fully dramatic reading of this book and couldn't resist picturing him in the role of the central character. So happy that he's become a reader - will look for other titles he's read.
Scott. Intelligent, flawed, moral, indomitable, ultimately heroic.
I loved the book overall. The provided PDF files are wonderful, and reinforced my vision of the world the author created. I was so swept away, and so wanted a neat, traditional ending, but should have realized that this was not a world where neat endings happen, not in this particular dark film world that we explore through the eyes of Scott M..
Wolf, of course. Resilient, clever, brave - I may be in love.
Excellent reader, rich, distinct performances that create a clear image of each character without going over the top. Everything he does calls attention to the writing, not the reader.
Chose this book because one critic compared Stuart MacBride to Reginald Hill. Being a mad hungry MacBride fan I had to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. Sad to hear that this was Hill's last book before he passed, but thrilled to know that he left behind dozens of books to explore. Starting the very first book now. What a find!
Hooked me from the first chapter and never let up. Amazingly, I almost read this in one sitting.
Excellent reader, moves seamlessly through various dialogues, male/female voices without overacting. Wonderful with the author's sprinkling of dark humor.
Dunno, but I'd cast Sean Bean as our hero.
This author has almost ruined me for other mystery writers (with a few exceptions). MacBride never settles for stock characters,TV movie dialogue or tiresome plot conventions. On the contrary: his characters are eccentric, the dialogue gritty and true to each character and the plot twists each and every familiar mystery formula into a neat pretzel. Every time I thought I had something figured out, the plot took a turn that gave me whiplash. Ash is King of the Anti-Heroes, very damaged, full of dark impulses but still somehow moral, someone you like and root for. His continuing bond with the fragile, empathy-driven profiler Alice is unique in mystery novels. Again, MacBride's books are not for the squeamish, but so rich and well-written that they leave me wanting more.
The author's richly detailed descriptions of his personal experiences provide answers to one of history's greatest mysteries: how did the people of Germany allow Hitler to rise to power, shredding the moral fiber of the country?
There were many, but the scenes where he has to choose between survival and committing an act he finds repugnant (wearing the swastika, saluting) were described brilliantly. One can feel the frustration, despair and nausea building within him as he witnesses the moral decay eating through his country, and tries desperately to cling to a morality that he can live with.
Yes, could hardly put it down.
Very moving. Erik Larsen has a gift for breathing life into history's unsung heroes and lending dimension to it's well-known villains. Beautifully told. I understand there's a film in development. I SO hope it gets made, and made well enough to do the book justice.
Brings one of history's great mysteries to life with fully realized characters that I came to care about. Suspenseful and moving, and read by one of the very best narrators in the business, Simon Vance, the story delves into the puzzle of France's Anastasia-like Lost Dauphin. So happy to have stumbled onto this author!!! Excellent in every way.
After a break it was a breath of fresh air to get back to Joe Pike and Elvis Cole. I have no problem with the series entries that focus on Pike. Yes, the wonderful wiseass humor of Cole is missing, but in a lot of ways I find Joe Pike the more compelling of the two and love that he's full of complexity and contradictions that you don't usually find an a nearly superhuman action hero. Crais does a surprisingly good job as reader. When I'm able to forget the reader and simply visualize the characters that's always a good sign, although it would have been a plus if he had mastered the incidental Eastern European accents - not really a deal-breaker though. All in all a really satisfying read that made want to go straight to the next in the series.
Everything. Read like a Lifetime movie. Flat steroetyped characters, predictable storyline, stiff dialogue.
I don't know - I could swear I read something really good by Woods in the past. This was set in the 80's, and it makes me wonder if it was an early effort.
The heroine was colorless, the detective a monotone, the black characters cliched. Not my favorite reading.
So disappointed. Almost sent it back, wish I hadn't stuck it out. Meh.
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