Been reading about Harry and his homicides for a number of years, love his acerbic attitude. This book is the first one that is a deep look into the character of Harry himself and his personal background/childhood, all tied in to his profession. Will be of particular interest to anyone into psychoanalysis. Dick Hill is superb, you will have no trouble following who-is-saying-what-to-who. Worth the download; made me stay up too late!
Tami Hoag might have a crush on Channing Tatum … maybe? Not sure mentioning a current Hollywood heart-throb in a book, at least twice, is a good idea. Someone picks this book up in forty years and they’ll have no idea who she’s talking about. That said, The 9th Girl, is a decent police procedural. Not giving anything away that isn’t revealed within the first few pages. A teenaged girl pops out of a trunk in front of a party-limo that can’t avoid hitting her. The story moves on from this point, i.e., who is she? Why was she in the trunk? What caused the caustic burns on her face? What’s with the tattoo? The investigation proceeds through suspicions of parents, frustrated cops, deceptive teenaged angst.
The characters are oversimplified images, not fully rounded. It’s hard to root for anyone in particular. The cops act like cops, type-a and hard-boiled. The teenagers act like teenagers, hate everything and everybody, shave their heads and have earrings in their lips. Mothers are like mothers with cubs. Dads are stoic and distant. Nobody stands out.
Writing, in my opinion, begins with character development … followed with plot. Something is skewed in The 9th Girl, and although I had no trouble sticking with the story, something was just …. off.
Okay mystery, but not one of Hoag’s best. Narration was fine.
Close to 600 audiobook reviews, read by James Daniels and Sandra Burr, originally published in 2001, the unabridged version of Midnight Bayou is just under ten hours of listening. Typical Nora Roberts, i.e., a nice curl-up-on-the-sofa story. Not deep, not life changing.
The Roberts formula shines through the story. Take a dilapidated old plantation mansion in New Orleans, a young Boston lawyer (Burned out at a young age, which is a story in itself, I would think.), throw in a stubbornly independent, albeit beautiful, local, a few ghosts, a little southern Louisiana superstition and voodoo, some reincarnation … and ta-da … you have a winner.
Nice narration, fun listen.
Two parallel stories begin this tale. One centers on a scandalized journalist, Vargas, seeking to recover a shattered career by investigating a mass murder near the Mexican border. The other surrounds two sisters on a cruise, one a Holly-Go-Lightly named Jen, the other a straight laced attorney, Beth. The sudden disappearance of Jen in a Mexico port of call, sends Beth into a frenzy of searching. You’ll wonder how the author can possibly bring these two, completely unique, story lines together into a uniform plot. He does, very well. This is a page-turning thriller.
Read by the incredible Scott Brick, the story is approximately eleven hours of listening. Scott could read a cookbook and make it spellbinding; he uses his stellar talent in joining with Robert Browne to make a good book even better. Fun listen. Surprised that there aren’t more audio reviews; less than 50 at this writing. Lot’s of planning went into this story and all the pieces come together nicely. Enjoyed.
Pines is close to nine hours of listening, read by Paul Michael Garcia. There are close to 2000 reviews on Audible at this writing, and the book has a four-star rating. Not likely there is much I can add to what has already said, the story is a page-turner. A secret service agent is dispatched to a small town to investigate the disappearance of fellow agents.
The book should be part of a Sci-Fi listing, because although Pines is a thriller, the tale involves time leaps and the macabre. Any lovers of Dean Koontz or Stephen King out there? Pines is in the same vein. The main character goes through several physically abusive situations, more than necessary, in my opinion. Lots of narration defining his aches and pains … I actually muttered ‘I get it!’ a time or two, and fast-forwarded through repetitive torture scenes that were a bit gratuitous and added nothing to the plot.
Paul Michael Garcia does a great job, good narration.
Don’t expect a Tom Clancy/Vince Flynn type thriller or a Tami Hoag crime procedural - Pines is Sci-Fi, through and through. But, good Sci-Fi! Enjoyable listen.
Dick Hill. One of the best! Sorry to say, First to Kill isn’t one of the best. The lead character, Nathan McBride, will remind you of another type A, take no prisoners, kick-ass, fundamentally soft-hearted former military dude. Maybe it’s the fact that Dick Hill narrated First to Kill. If you read primarily via audiobook format, such as I, Connelly’s Jack Reacher is brought to mind. Hill is the voice of Reacher in all of that series, as far as I know.
First to Kill is a thriller, centering on high-level politics and skullduggery covertly pulling our main character into a revenge laced situation. Lot’s of characters to keep track of, a few twists, but the bad-guys are well known throughout. Mild love interest interspersed … just because it’s expected, I guess. Didn’t add anything to the story. A little trouble holding my interest and sadly, I didn’t rewind, just kept moving forward.
Night Sins, read by Jennifer Van Dyck, is approximately twenty hours of listening. Too, long, in my opinion. The author could have accomplished as much with two-thirds of the text. The story centers on the abduction of Josh, a little boy in a small Minnesota town. This kidnapping occurs on the same day that a new agent arrives as a replacement. Slamming through a good-old-boy network of cops, our MC is typical of the women of the 90s. Carrying a huge feministic chip on her shoulder, her abrasive attitude is a modus operandi throughout the novel that I personally found annoying.
Originally published in the mid nineties, the feminist attitude is understandable; women in general were pounding against glass ceilings throughout all businesses, and in this novel, in a small town police department. The MC is a bit too caustic in her zeal, however, which makes her an unlikeable character.
The crime story mystery is the most interesting part of the story. A number of suspects float through the tale, including the father of the boy and the local priest. The love story, a relationship between the local chief and the newbie main character, is very forced. Normal people are not quite as volatile with people they love, especially during that initial heart-thumping time of early romance. As written in Night Sins, this affair comes across in phony with contrived dialogue, and includes gratuitous sex scenes adding nothing to the plot. A not-so-bad crime procedural or poorly written artificial romance … not sure.
The reader does a good job, clear diction, etc. A bit coached, I think, to convey the snarky attitude of the MC.
Bought this book because of an Audible.com ‘Daily Deal’ special. The description given doesn’t make it clear that this is a young adult book. Lot’s of childish angst and a bit too juvenile prose for my taste. Sorry, couldn’t finish beyond the first few hours of listening.
I can’t condemn the book, it’s just that the valley-girl-teenaged behavior just grated. Even character names had me rolling my eyes :-). Life’s too short. But, if you’re under fourteen, you might love it!
What can be said that hasn’t been said … cliché though it may be, is accurate. The most enlightening part of this story is the prologue read by Arthur C. Clarke himself. The creation of the novel in close collaboration with Stanley Kubrick’s movie production was news to me, and fascinating.
The story itself is read by Dick Hill, just under seven hours in length, released in 2008 - just prior to Clarke’s death.
Worth the credits. The movie now make more sense and I look forward to watching it again. Enjoyed!
Read by Scott Brick, The Skin Gods is just over thirteen hours of listening. A crime drama, the evil doer re-creates murder scenes from dark movies, the first of several being the shower scene from Psycho - the old Alfred Hitchcock classic with a young Janet Leigh. He replaces the original scene with his snuff work and returns the VHS to the local video rental store (remember those?). Thus begins The Skin Gods.
Frankly, I had a bit of trouble with this novel, maybe it’s the horrific murder recreation. It’s pretty gruesome, ergo, I would squirm, then fast-forward a few times. The cops are desperate, the killer relentless. No character is the type-a macho dude or dude-ette to root for, neither a cop nor the bad guy. Just one frustrating situation after another. Not a bad story, by any means, but not my “cup ‘o tea”.
Scott Brick, as usual , is terrific. So, there’s that.
The Second Ship is approximately twelve hours of listening, read by MacLeod Andrews. Over 1000 audiobook reviews can be found on Audible.com. The story surrounds the visit to earth by an alien civilization. One ship is known to exist by the government and media. The Second Ship is known only to three teenagers who stumble upon it accidentally. Keeping their secret, they delve into the mystery and are suddenly gifted with unusual abilities. The purpose and implications of The Second Ship is the basis for this young adult tale as the teens scramble to avoid governmental agents, school supervision, well-intended parents, and a few bad-ass fellow students.
Don’t hesitate to let the kiddies listen to a fun SciFi adventure. MacLeod Andrews is a pleasant listen with a wide variety of voices.
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