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Dennis Lehane is one of my favorite writers. I've faithfully read his books for years. That's why it bothers me to have to admit that I really couldn't like this book. I wanted to, and I tried to like it, but I was glad when it ended.
There were far too many characters to keep track of. A good book should take the reader away. It shouldn't be hard work to remember multiple characters, especially when the plot is so implausible flimsy, unconvincing, and far-fetched.
This is a book that tries hard to be full of inspirationally motivated lessons in life. The narration was good, but the story itself was geared more to an adolescent mindset. I had hoped for some sort of spiritual uplifting, but it just didn't accomplish that for me.
Nothing profound here.
I'd say it's overrated, and a bit long.
It's pleasant enough to read and these simplistic fables and philosophies are nice to think about, but as a story it's not too exciting.
Every now and then I find an author I've never heard of before and it's like hearing a great new song.
In this case it's Johnny Shaw. This guy has the right combination of crude humor, bad-ass plot, and a certain quirky, slightly crazy, twisted point of view.
I should say this too: IT'S NOT FOR EVERYBODY.
It's more of a guy thing.
If you're PC, or easily offended, don't buy it.
If dirty jokes turn you off, go read something on Oprah's list. This is not for prudes.
It's not the work of a genius of literature.
If you love a dirty joke and a crazy adventure this is for you.
It's funny. It's raw. It makes me laugh right out loud even when I'm not feeling very well.
It's the kind of humor I grew up with when I hung around up the schoolyard.
Well, let's see... if the author stopped focusing on the minutia, every tiny detail except the plot...if once in a while SOMETHING ACTUALLY HAPPENED, and if he could go on for two or three paragraphs without the hideous thoughts of a 65 year old man's sexual fantasies, well, then there might be a much better listening experience.
Maybe not. I'm amazed that the reviews of this book were full of praise.
None. I don't blame the narrator.
All of them.
Don't waste your money on this awful book.
This was a suspenseful story about cops in Boston. Was it great literature? No. Nothing fancy here, just a good hard-edged cop story, simple as that.
Yes, there were some cliches, but the dialogue was well constructed, the storyline moved right along and the narration was excellent.
After a string of negative books I found this one - a tale with characters I could care about, root for, and even worry about. Good people in tough situations, rising above the many problems they encounter, this is a tale of fatherhood, a coming of age story, and a lesson in history. It's also a lesson in life. You have to play the hand that you've been dealt.
You have to play the hand that you've been dealt.
Veteran rocker remembers.
It's honest. He bares his soul. I felt the urge to revisit some of those great old songs now that I have more insight about them.
His ability to remain friends with Crosby, Stills and Young.
I enjoyed about 90 percent of this book. I could have done without the political rants. I never understood why rock stars feel qualified to push their political beliefs to their fans. It's this simple: Shut up and play your guitar.
Interesting, Suspenseful, Unique
Maybe Cold Mountain...
All of them. He was great.
This is not only a well-written tale, it's also action packed historical fiction. I loved it. I'd love to see a movie come out of it.
Surprising, stunning, unsettling.
I wouldn't say there was a single character in this book who I would ever want to know. A terrifying collection of creeps and killers. But I found myself just wanting to know what was going to happen next, and the writing was dark, but unique and powerful. This is not a happy smiling story. Nobody has a nice day in this tale. This is not a book for the faint of heart or the squeamish. If you mixed Cormac McCarthy with Truman Capote and Stephen King...well, that would be one ugly but fascinating kid. That's what this book is like. This is a book for people who slow down and stare at accidents. I'm stunned by it. It was damned good!
The narration was simply the best. Reading a book is great, but having a good storyteller tell you a story is better. A narrator can make such a huge difference in the enjoyment of a book, and Mark Bramhall did his job on this one. Splendid narration.
It's very good, but I wouldn't recommend it to the timid types, people who scare easily, or most women I know who expect romance and cute endings. This is a hard-edged scary book.
Shorten it up and it would be a much better story.
I think the "bad guys" all sounded the same.
Oh, I wouldn't want to be burdened with the amount of editing needed to remove all the unnecessary repetitive scenes.
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