PORIRUA, New Zealand | Member Since 2011
The characters in American Gods are interesting and the reading performance is superb. American Gods deals with the weird, the strange, and the unreal - all of which I like. However, I also like stuff to actually happen, and this novel kept me waiting too long between the main events. The plot was too slow moving for my liking. It kept me interested until the end, but only barely.
I'm not really into zombie stories or novels filled with non-stop action. Zombies just seem too unbelievable and non-stop action without any substance bores me. Also, despite listening to numerous audio books over the years, I have never listened to a whole series continuously one after the other - as I tend to get bored and want a change.
This was all until the Remaining series came along. The story includes zombie-like creatures ('the infected') and lots of action, but it also includes great characters, an ever-developing plot, and a whole heap of tension and drama.
This is a very compelling series. I couldn't stop listening to the whole series of The Remaining, one-book after the other.
It's a big call, I know - but I enjoyed this book more than it predecessor The Shining. Why? I think because the evil in Doctor Sleep is more tangible; Rose the Hat and her 'True Knot' have human-like characteristics and emotions, but they must do the unspeakable in order to survive.
One thing I love about Stephen King is his ability to create interesting and complex characters, and draw us close to them. His characters are often likeable despite their flaws. Sleep Doctor is no exception. Through Dan Torrance we glimpse the world through the eyes of an alcoholic with a disturbing past and an ability to 'shine'. Through Rose we see a vicious yet alluring leader struggling to keep her family, her True Knot, alive. And through Abra, we see a typical teenager, cocky and naïve, but with powerful physic abilities and a vengeful streak.
I thoroughly enjoyed Sleep Doctor and would recommend it to those who enjoy a good Stephen King thriller/horror.
I enjoyed this story, but frankly it wasn't in the same league as some of my all-time favourites that are also highly rated, like Pillars of the Earth or Ender's Game. There is great characterisation in this novel and the performance is superb. The story was a little slow at times. I don't think it deserves all the hype, praise, and five-star ratings it has received. Overall, however, I think this is a good book and I would recommend it to others.
A perfectly executed story and audiobook. It deserves its place as a science fiction masterpiece.
I have really enjoyed Stephen King audiobooks in the past, including The Shining and Under the Dome (which is one of my all -time favorite audiobooks). But 11.22.63 was too long-winded for me. It started well with an interesting situation and I had high hopes. However, about half way through the book, I lost interest and gave up. The story did not move fast enough for me. I say, however, that Craig Wasson is a good narrator.
I loved this audiobook. The story is intriguing and moves along at a good pace. I find that some audiobooks are hard to follow because the action and settings jump around too much. That is not the case with The Lincoln Lawyer, which is both easy to follow and exciting.
I really liked the main character, Mickey Haller. He is passionate, smart, well intentioned, but also flawed (eg he has addiction issues). I also liked that his view of the world, and the criminal justice system, is not black and white. Sometimes guilty people get off, and sometimes the innocent get convicted. And even when the system gets it right and the guilty person gets convicted, this doesn't necessarily mean the outcome is fair and just. Haller (and probably Connelly) recognizes that, more often than not, criminality does not equate to 'evil'. Just because a person offends, it does not automatically mean they are 'bad' or 'evil'. Mickey Haller knows the legal system isn't perfect, but he works within the system to help those who have offended but not are necessarily bad. Occasionally, however, Haller is confronted with 'evil', and he has to deal with that too.
The Lincoln Lawyer has great characters, and is an exhilarating legal thriller.
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