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.
I love a good "battle of wits" plot, and this one offers a cool twist, being that it's between a brlliant sociopath and a precocious 11 year old girl - an unusual setup made totally believeable by terrific writing. Wonderful character development of the first half sets the stage for the suspenseful second half, and the book is well-read as well. No wonder Abrahams is a favorite of Stephen King's. Going on to another of his books right away. Spend the credit, you won't be sorry!!!
One of they very best of the Celtic Noir authors, McKinty's books are smart, multi-layered, character driven and full of a rich sense of time, place and the urgency of the tragic era of The Troubles. Our flawed hero walks a tightrope between the two sides (sometimes several sides) of an intractable conflict every moment of his life, attempting to balance his moral standards with the practical needs of survival. Never, never disappointed in an Adrian McKinty novel, and I find it worthwhile to re-read them. This is no exception. Write faster please Adrian - more more more!
Like the better novels in this genre, this is a fascinating and creepy look at the shocking crimes engendered by a truly distorted mind, and the ensuing media frenzy that would inspire the classic play (and later films) titled "The Front Page." The author gives us a keen sense of the time and place of these events, enriched by the thoughts of the people who came into contact with both the killer and his victims. One of the best of it's kind.
Always well-written and character driven, this author has a place on my list of favorites. Wonderful lead character in this series, a tough, smart but not infallible woman cop trying to make it in a man's world with twins and a young husband at home. Great series, spend the credit, you won't be sorry!
I really really enjoyed Gods of Gotham and had hoped for a sequel. I love historical mystery novels when they are 1) well-researched and 2) are not a sappy hybrid between mystery and bodice-ripping romance novel. Faye's work satisfies on all accounts. Both of these books bring to mind the brilliant-but-cancelled BBC drama "Copper". Can't wait for more!
The Mad Sculptor, The Stranger Beside Me
Pretty good reader, fine overall. As some health professionals have said his pronunciation of "dig" as an abbreviation is annoying to even me, (should sound like dijj, not dig like digging a hole and I'm not even a nurse) but otherwise he does a fine job.
Creepy and fascinating, well reported and especially gripping when it comes to Amy's point of view in the second half of the book.The author does his very best to delve into the mind of Charlie Cullen, to answer the unanswerable question: why why why? One of the better true crime stories I've read.
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!
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