This is my first Lisa Gardner/D.D. Warren book. All I can say is "WOW!" I love this girl. Tough, independent, determined, but not a jerk. And funny too! A detective with a sense of humor. Nice touch. The writing is outstanding. The story kept me interested and wanting more.
I got this book as a freebie that Audible used to suck me in. Never listened to Lisa Gardner before. Well, it worked. Lisa Gardner goes on my list of new authors (to me) along with her D.D. Warren books. I am looking forward to listening to her books. This will be fun.
Also I heard Kirsten Potter as a narrator for the very first time. What a great voice. Does an excellent job of projecting both male and female voices. She alters her voice well when going between the character dialogue and the general narration. A wonderfully pleasant voice to listen to.
The Corps series is definitely a man-oriented series. The characters are macho, heroic, dedicated, yet sometimes crass and disgusting. They represent the true enigma that makes the military male.
As the son of a WWII veteran who fought the Japanese and the father of a current Marine, I have a definite bias toward these stories. yet I loved them years ago when I read them on paper.
Dick Hill's narration just makes the stories even better.
This book continues the storylines from Guadalcanal and Buka. The book is very well written and makes the reader root for the men and women in harm's way as well as their personal struggles, fears, and desires.
Looking forward to the next books in the series. Mr. Griffin, keep them coming and I will keep buying.
Being Hungarian in heritage, I always try historical books that incorporate that heritage.I don't know much about the Mongolian invasion and was hoping this first novel might touch on that. It doesn't. That's OK. The actual storyline, as written, is very confusing.
There is no clear individual to get to know and like. Nor is there a real villian to dislike. Too many undeveloped characters with seemingly disconnected plots. It seems like each author was assigned a character and tried to develop action scenes for that character. Then the editor smashed the storylines together like mashed potatoes. Thus, the story wanders across this book like the Mongols did across the steppes.
Yet there is enough to keep me going. I have Book 2 and will continue there hoping things get better.
Luke Daniels as a narrator is just as effective as the book is written. Just meh.
Not horrible but not great. Just average.
Of all the series that Clive Cussler and his co-authors produce, the Isaac Bell series is far and away the best. Justin Scott writes a rollicking story with detailed characters and believable storylines.
His lead character, Isaac Bell is determined (living the van Dorn Agency motto "We never give up!"), intelligent, and capable. Yet he is human making mistakes along the way with other people paying the price.
Scott creates 2 excellent villians for us to dislike and describes the primary villian in exquisite detail so we can see him in our minds clearly. And the second villian hides so well in the shadows keeping us yearning to find out more about him. Yet the writing is not tedious or boring but keeps the reader engaged the whole way.
Scott Brick is one of the best narrators in the business and adds his consistently high quality reader to this book. Whenever I see Scott Brick listed as the narrator, I know I will enjoy the book. I was once again pleased with The Striker.
Prepare to be hooked on Richard Sharpe. From the moment our uneducated, street-smart, ruthless hero steps onto the pages, you will fall in love with Private Sharpe. He may not be book educated, but through his native cunning and ruthlessness, he sure knows how to get out of a scrape with his skin intact. An honorable rogue is our Richard too.
Bernard Cornwell introduces the reader to a really enjoyable everyday guy who is just trying to survive the army. Lurching from one mistake after another, Sharpe almost loses it all... only to hit the jackpot in the end.
From my first reading so long ago, I have loved every story about Sharpe. The writing is excellent, the storyline enjoyable, and the characters believable. This book is an excellent way to pass a day or two.
Frederick Davidson is an outstanding narrator. His British accent adds realism to the story and his narration is a pleasure to hear. Yet his accent does not become a barrier to the enjoyment as I have found with Patrick Tull.
Before James Bond, there was Richard Sharpe. Fighting the King's enemies. Dashing about getting himself into trouble, then pulling out the miraculous escape. And always getting the beautiful girl into his bed. That is our Richard Sharpe.
Bernard Cornwell knows how to write great stories. Yes, they tend to be formulaic, but I love these stories for their sheer bloody enjoyment. The author does an excellent job of building in the actions, patterns, and personalities of the time (as I understand them to be). He also educates you into the military thoughts and concepts of the British army during the Napoleonic Wars in Spain, Portugal, and France. And if the French leaders were are narcissistic as Cornwell suggests, I wonder how they won any battles at all.
The only complaint I have is Patrick Tull as the narrator. I much prefer these stories read by William Gaminara or Frederick Davidson, Tull is not bad and I got used to his accent as the book progressed, but Gaminara and Davidson are better. Personal preference there.
If you like British military history in general, and the Napoleonic Wars in particular, then you will enjoy the Sharpe novels.
This was a most interesting story. One that seems fanciful when trying to imagine two communist countries like Russia and China playing "King of the Hill." In Clancy's world, there is only one true King. And that King has to be ready at all times for the unexpected. Thanks to the excellence of many small people, the evil plans of others can be thwarted.
But turning Russia into a true ally? That is being very creative.
The storyline is titillating, creative, destructive, and has the unknown good guy riding to the rescue at the last minute.
As always, Clancy's stories are fun, challenging, long, and worth every minute.
Michael Prichard is an excellent narrator and makes this book an wonderful investment in your time and a truly enjoyable read.
This book continues the excellent merging of the fabulous writing of WEB Griffin and the outstanding narration of Dick Hill. Whenever I listen to The Corps series, I always pull up the maps of the region whre the fighting is described and follow along with the narration. This combination brings the story alive.
Dick renders the characters in the story believable and adds the appropriate emotion and voice inflection that makes listening to the story fun.A good narrator makes a good book fun. A great narrator makes a great book memorable and brings the listener back again and again.
Grisham is one of the best storytellers around. The story includes a mental breakdown, an alcoholic binge, new fatherhood, another alcoholic binge, a humiliating loss in court, a very sick child, bad corporate behavior, good corporate behavior, and a nice family. Oh, lots of money changed hands too.
This book has a very bittersweet ending as well.
Nadine, the female attorney who humiliates our protagonist. Loved the way she was described, how she handles the case, as well as her brief comeuppance.
The First Imprssion Is Not Always Your Best.
Another excellent book by a master storyteller. Whether you like legal thrillers or not, this book has interesting characters, a logical storyline, and a bittersweet ending, especially for parents.
Absolutely. I have always been interested in the life of Joshua Chamberlain. He played such a critical role in the Battle of Gettysburg and its outcome. yet he was just an everyday person, not a military man.
I always wondered how such a man could stand up to the stresses of war like he did and be the great leader he was.I also wondered what life was like for him after the war ended.
This book helps answers those questions.
The book is well written, adds excellent detail, and fills in the life of Joshua Chamberlain nicely. The one area I would have loved to see more detail is the relationship between Chamberlain and his wife. The two seem so different and those differences do not appear to change much over time. The threatened divorce would seem to have warranted further investigation, but the author does not add to that. Nor for the reasons why they stayed together.
All in all, an outstanding book, well written, about the life of a complex, Christian man who lived his life as best he could consistent with his stated beliefs.
Such a man would be considered a dinosaur today. But a life well worth studying.
Parker makes an excellent narrator. His balanced presentation was enjoyable, but not monotonous. He is able to provide the needed voice inflections and emphases need to keep a long, non-fiction book interesting.
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