While this book contains some wonderfully mythic material, I couldn't get past the delivery. The book jumps from 1st person to 3rd person narrative. It jumps from story-telling to what appears to be reading directly from someone's autobiography of their past.
I liked the characters, but I couldn't love the characters because there was no continuity to the story.
Now that the television series has come out, it was fun to equate these characters and their personas to the faces that we have on our television. I especially enjoy hearing the Edgar character and visualizing Ryan Hurst.
Mr. Baldacci never fails to spin an awesome web throughout the story. There is rarely, if ever any lull in the story. The characters are familiar, but continue to develop, leaving us always wanting a bit more, and always wondering "what's next" for them.
Mr. McLarty is simply the finest at this craft. After Tom Bodette, Mr. McLarty may be one of America's very finest minstrels. I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the two-voice (male/female) approach. Ms. Cassidy is stellar as well. However, at times when there are two female characters conversing, the voices get a bit confused for a moment or two.
The descriptors during the underwater scene were so strong, that I actually became a bit claustrophobic.
Keep 'em coming Mr. Baldacci. Who needs Lumisoty when we have you to exercise not only our mind, but our very soul.
I would highly recommend this as a very enjoyable read. The story line is well adhered to according to the series and the characters continue to develop into the plot line.
It was difficult to accept anyone other than Bobby Canavale in the role of Michael Bennett. Overall, Mr. Mastrogiorgio did a good job with the performance. But, replacing an iconic voice is an unenviable task that would have challenged even the most talented performer. Henry Leyva was excellent. His ability to adapt to the vocal inflection and accents was spot on and never missed a beat. Understanding that much of that may be a result of outstanding production and editing, I nonetheless found his performance solid and bound me to the personality of the characters.
Can't wait for the next Michael Bennett book. Well done!!!!
The story is very well written with only the minor exception of the fact that it is being written in first person for a 1997 time period, yet the author chose to reference ahead to 9/11/2001. When telling a story from a present day perspective, it is bad form to reference the future which you should know nothing about yet.
The downfall of the audiobook is that Mr. Hill has two vocal inflection stylings: the main character and everyone else. Every character beyond Jack Reacher sounds so much alike that it is challenging for the listener to differentiate between characters when they are engaged in conversation. It also sounds as though Mr. Hill is trying terribly hard to over enunciate and takes on the air of being read right from the book as opposed to being truly a story-telling experience that causes you to forget that he is a narrator and become immersed in the story and character.
This may or may not stop me from downloading future Lee Child, Jack Reacher books. However, with better options for my listening enjoyment, it will make it difficult to select one of his books over others that compete within the genre.
Yes. The plot was well developed and twisted well enough to keep me guessing throughout the story.
No. He was stiff and unable to var4y voices well enough to create character differentiation.
From Book 1 to 13, the Mitch Rapp saga has been everything that lover of this genre could wish for. The loss of Vince Flynn will send painful reverberations through the souls of the many fans of Mitch Rapp and his unapologetic patriotism and sense of duty. Last Man is filled with the up, down, and sideways twists and turns that we have come to love in these adventures. Tying in with previous storylines is a great added bonus. Knowing that we won't have Mitch Rapp to save the day, and George Guidall to bring him to life for us is almost as painful as what Mr. Rapp might do to us if he caught us being all melancholy regarding his departure.
RIP Vince Flynn & Mitch Rapp - you WILL be missed!!!
Very much so. The story twists on several fulcrum points that invoke imaginative creativity and had me developing possible scenarios in my head, only to find that I had traveled the wrong road.
Yes, and Mr. Guidall never disappoints.
No. I liked the breaks at certain intervals that allowed me to process the action to that point and try to determine what I anticipated as next steps. This was very much the fine wine, best savored slowly but steadily.
The plot is excellent and engaging
I loved the story and character development. The performance left me feeling dry as though the narrator was reading not performing.
The multiple narrator voices were terrific. I found that I enjoyed this more than I expected to.
It is difficult to compare this to other books beyond the Alex Cross series, and this does not dissapoint. The story moves at what feels like light speed, with twists and turns that make it incedibly difficult to put down the iPod.
I really enjoyed the multiple voices.
I enjoyed and appreciated Tyler Perry as Alex Cross in the movie of the previous book. The performance was powerful enough that now Mr. Perry's face will forever be the face that I see when listening to or reading these stories. It was really enjoyable to have that image with me as I became emotionally invested in this story.
Threat Vector stands at a level above similar stories. Tom Clancy's usual attention to detail combined with the development of characters that the reader can become emotionally invested in make this an outstanding adventure. Lou Diamond Phillips once again provides excellence in the performance of the broad spectrum of voices needed to narrate and keep the audience invested.
Private presents a great character in Jack Morgan in the long line of defective detectives that we, the readers of murder mysteries have had the opportunity to glimpse inside their lives. The multiple directions and plot lines make for an extremely enjoyable and quick read. The story never gets bogged down and avoids the trappings of twists or turns that don't make sense. just to try to keep the readr off balance.
This work represents another solid winner for James Patterson, and warrants a thimbs-up for the collaboration with Maxine Paetro.
My wife and I were drawn in from the first sentence. Admittedly, I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the Camel Club series. However, I can easily see myself being drawn in by Michelle and Sean, and would love to see them in ongoing stories. The dynamic is solid and the personalities well layered. Ron McLarty as always delivers a stellar performance, but I found myself longing for a cameo by Oliver Stone because of his voice. The story develops quite well. Some sections drag only slightly, and there may be a couple of superfluous characters, yet that doesn't detract from a fantastic story line. The sub plot with Michelle's family definitely gives a nice twist and edge.
Brass Verdict is an unabashed winner. Putting Bosch and Haller together was a true stroke of genius. As with every Connelly offering, the action starts on page one and never quits. The personality of all of our favorite Lincoln Lawyer characters jumps through the words and off the page, triggering the emotional juices that made it impossible to quit listening. Giles offers a great depiction of Mickey Haller, but only a fair and somewhat disappointing rendition of Harry Bosch. Vocal stylings didn't alter enough from one character to another, and consequently, at times it was difficult to know who was speaking. That does not however diminish the engaging story telling and adventure.
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