Dick Hill's female voices make them all sound like breathless morons. If you can stand that, the rest of it is a worth a credit.
Audiobook review. Sycamore Row begins about three years after A Time to Kill left off. The main character, Jake Bergance, is still a small town lawyer in the south. He is still wary and confronted with the undercurrent of a southern mentality regarding blacks and whites. Some will call it out-and-out bigotry, some will call it a waning culture of racial bias. I suggest reading A Time to Kill first, because there are several references throughout Sycamore Row that will make more sense. The story centers on a man who amassed great wealth through primarily legitimate means, even though he led a personally colorful life. No spoilers, but this man dies early in the book, leaving the bulk of his massive wealth to his black housekeeper. This would be fine, but this resulted in his son, daughter, grandchildren, etc., all being left out of the picture completely. Much of the story takes place in the legal arena, very John Grisham, and if you enjoyed A Time to Kill, you’ll enjoy Sycamore Row. Jake Bergance is selected by the deceased man himself, to represent the estate and, at all costs, see to it that a last will and testament stands. Throughout the story, the reader will ask themselves: ‘Why would he leave nothing to his family?’, ergo the thrust of the tale.
As we all do when reading a novel, movie casting will bring Matthew McConaughey to mind because of his portrayal of Jake in A Time to Kill. This book has no where near the rape, life and death, murder and mayhem of the previous novel, it’s more a study of familial relationships, and how greed can bring out the worst in some and the best in others.
Grisham created a winning tale, taking advantage of several well-rounded characters from A Time to Kill. I personally enjoyed the story, it’s one of the better Grisham novels in several years.
Audiobook review. I’ve been reading Lee Child/Jack Reacher series for years. I’ve always enjoyed the character, a no-nosense, alpha male. I think maybe…just maybe, Lee may be losing his momentum with this release, the 18th book in the Jack Reacher series. Child has taken to repeating phrases in his writing of this book. A lot. For example, ‘He breathed in; he breathed out.’ It seems to be an attempt by the author to do something ‘different’, rather than simple character behavior, i.e., ‘he frowned’ or … ‘A trickle of sweat ran down his back.’ etc.. It’s not the only instance and he’s making Reacher almost seem mentally deficient, constantly iterating his thoughts. I’ve read several Jack Reacher stories and enjoyed them….but THIS? Child is doing this repitition throughout the book and I’m annoyed as hell. The character behavior is predominantly in the beginning of the story and eventually tapers off, although it doesn’t completely go away. Not as dynamic a story as it could have been, in my opinion. I listened at 1.25 speed as Dick Hill seemed a little slow.
When downloaded, the reader was Peter Berkrot. I listened to eleven chapters and received an email from Audible informing me that the audiobook had been replaced due to listener reviews. The remainder of the book was narrated by Luke Daniels. I had no problem with narration.
Honestly, I'm struggling with the proper tone of this review. I admire Roberts, any struggling author would. The J. D. Robb In Death series alone is enviable, let alone all the other best selling books and made-for-TV gems this author has penned. The story of Whiskey Beach is okay, I guess, typical boy-gets-girl love story, ultimately. Throw in some murder, mystery, and an ancient mansion overlooking a wind-swept beach and you have a winner.
One of my issues with this story doesn't have anything to do with a tried and true formula, which Roberts has perfected. It's more along the lines of writing conventions that successful veteran writers ignore. An example is point of view. In Whiskey Beach, today's acceptable standards are ignored. If submitted by an unknown writer, this book is likely headed to the slush pile. Personally, the double standard is a bit hard to take. If you're a Nora Roberts, the rules don't apply.The book is enjoyable, albeit a bit formulaic. A three-star read.
This is one of the better Jude Devereaux romances. The chemistry between lead characters is great. Although there is adult content, I wouldn't hesitate for a teen interested in historical romance to read. I'm not sure where this story fits in the chronology of exactly when it was released in the series by Devereaux, but it is the background story of the town named Edeline This town appears in Lavender Morning, and if I'd known, I would have read Days of Gold first.
The real star in this story is the reader, Davina Porter. She is, hands down, my favorite female reader and I have no doubt I enjoyed the story partially because of her narration. Her diction is superb, the male voices excellent. I highly recommend anyone interested in the world of audio books listen to Davina at least once. In addition to Devereaux books, Davina Porter is the reader for the Outlander series by Gabaldon. The lead male character in Days of Gold is a man named Angus. He has the same voice as Jamie in the Outlander books ... but that won't bother you, in that both characters are authentically represented as Scotsman, kilts included with the brrr of their Scottish brogue.
It's all in this story, the reluctant hero, the feisty beauty, forbidden love, and a wonderful supporting cast of good guys and bad guys. Fun listen, and not likely my last Jude Devereaux.
Audiobook Review. Lavender Morning is the story of a girl who inherits a large home in Maine from her mentor, an elderly woman the main character has spent her life adoring. The story reveals the mentor's life, WWII fiction, and the main character's search for explanations. I'll not provide any spoilers beyond this fundamental information, which you'll get from simply reading a blurb. The story is a touching memoir to this elderly lady, her unrequited love of WWII. It's not a good audiobook, in my opinion. There is way too much use of the word 'said', distracting ... it may not be annoying in print as a reader tends to skim over extraneous words, but in audio format it makes me lower the star rating. Jos said, Luke said, said Jos, said Luke ... not every line of dialogue, but it sure seemed like it, and it took away from the story.
Sort of interesting, in the sections that involved WWII action, to envision the characters as young and beautiful people, in love during a violent time. Those sections are part of a story/diary written by the elderly woman. As these stories are read in the form of 3rd and 1st person stand-alone Chapters, I've some problem with the point of view sometimes being that of other people and this woman writing about it...confusing imagery. She's relating feelings and emotions of men and other characters speaking about herself as a young woman. How would she know what they thought or did when she wasn't present? A bit picky, but I shook my head in wonder at what up and coming writers today would get crucified for...why would an agent or publisher let Devereaux get away with this approach? Well, because she's Jude Devereaux, no other reason. People will spend money on Jude Devereaux books, which is all the publisher/agent cares about. If you like romance novels and can look beyond that which by some standards is considered "bad writing", you'll probably enjoy Lavender Morning. However, I don't think the Jude Devereaux style is something you should emulate if you're attempting to get published today and you're an unknown. You'd be toast.
Not if it's a romance, no.
This is a romance, and the lead character is a woman. The story is read by a man and it distracted me through the entire story. Especially in explicit love scenes from the POV of a female. I guess he does an okay job, but whenever he spoke in the voice of Douglas I cringed. The story is okay, a bit fluffy. But, if you're into a romantic time travel mood this'll do. Good enough to make me buy a few more Judy Devereaux books with my credits :-).
This is a book that is the telling of by a doctor his personal experience(s) of near-death following brain damage.
The audiobook is read by the author, Eben Alexander, which I suppose lends more credence to the events he describes. Although an interesting conveyance of these events, I think you need to stretch your imagination a bit to stay with him.
Lots of hype, which is why I bought the book. But, I think the human phenom of wanting to know the answers to what happens after death is the reason for the book popularity. Everybody wants to know.
This is one man’s experience. I still wonder if my experience would be the same. Hope not to find out, at least anytime soon.
The last 1/3 seemed to be cramming a bunch of plot into too few pages/scenes. The author tied up loose ends and seeing the end of the book in sight, raced to the finish. Secondly, if you're a writer, you may question the current mantra regarding POV, point of view. There are opinions of editors/writers/publishers/agents etc., that a writer should pick one and and stick to it, no exceptions. This author does pretty much as he pleases with regard to POV. John Grisham doesn't need to follow writing rules because, well ... because he's John Grisham. There are those, like Steven King, who say 'story trumps all' ...ergo, trumps writing rules? Yeah, I think so. The story of the Racketeer is okay, creative. There are plot twists near the end as you would expect from Grisham. It's not as good as his early works, so don't expect it to be.
Statistics - percentages - lots of them. It's apparent the author did a tremendous degree of research regarding the war in the Pacific. There is a voluminous amount of detail from the survival ratios relating to American pilots and/or POWs. Everything from airplane crash stats to PTSD stats, to shark attack stats, etc., etc. What comes to mind is that when the primary character in the book, Louis Zampernini, made mention of something, i.e., life in a POW camp, or survival on a raft in the middle of the Pacific, Hillenbrand took that information and proceeded to conduct detailed research, and would pepper the story with pages of that research resulting in prolific detail, not all of which contributes to the story. It's a compilation, albeit well done, of her notes, in many instances. Supremely educational, especially to those who are ignorant of WWII in the Pacific and Japan atrocities. It's the true story of this man, and likely many, many other men, who were subjected to equally horrific abuse. As a baby-boomer descendant of 'the greatest generation', I wonder what the descendants of Japanese prison guards think when they read stories like this. There are 'black eyes' in the history of all peoples, Americans included, but this type of inhumanity is beyond comprehension. Everyone should read. But be prepared for lots of numbers. Edward Hermann was the right choice for this historical read.
This is a very typical Sparks romance. If you like him as an author and you like the genre, this'll do. IMO, it is repetitive throughout and formulaic in the dynamics of the story and the relationships among all the characters until the ending, which is original indeed. Until the ending I sort of had the feeling that I knew the story, where it was going, and had heard it all before. The reader was good, emotional where it was required to convey the words written. I've heard this is to be a movie, and I guess money-goes-to-money is the reason why. I get the feeling that it was written with that possibility in mind. Which is ok, I guess..but transparent. Bottom line, worth a credit if you like Nicholas Sparks. It's nice to have a male author write a sweet, PG-rated romance. You can let you teen read it.
No, it wrapped up the plot nicely
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