Like the other books in this series this one starts slow before picking up and turning into an enjoyable read. It picks up right where the last book left off and we get to enjoy Matthew Corbett's continuing journey as a budding "problem solver". Unlike the other books this one isn't so much a mystery story (until the end at least) as it is an adventure. If you are reading this for the sleuth aspect then you may be disappointed but if you are reading because you enjoyed the characters and ongoing story line then you will like it. It's an adventure more than a mystery.
Toward the end it gets a little bit fantastical as too many things appeared to intersect for my taste. One of the strengths of the first two books to me was that they painted a generally believable cast of characters. The characters are still true but the story takes certain turns that feel forced. Having said that I will absolutely be downloading the fourth book shortly and am hoping for more - provided the installment #4 doesn't go too far.
Lyndsay Faye's books and Caleb Carr's period detective novels. It will be interesting to follow the characters in future books. This one did a very good job of setting up the series. The characters are enjoyable and the protagonist isn't so superior that he instantly figures everything out. It was a believable premise and book.
I loved New York by Rutherfurd and this book fell well short of that for me. Perhaps it's because as an American I identified more with New York and had a deeper interest in the history. However, I do think this was a harder "read" in that the story spans such a long time and so many families and characters. It's still a very interesting book that shed light on a lot of England's long and fascinating history for me. You may want to have another book that you listen to, as I did, during this one so that you can step back and take a breather.
What's going on here is very interesting. It seems Caleb Carr is writing each book in this series from a different one of the character's perspective. The first book was from the perspective of journalist John Schuyler Moore and the second from point of view of young Stevie, one of the many street kids that Dr. Laslo Kreizler has saved through is institute. There are strong hints in this, the second book of the series that the next book will be written in the words of Sarah Howard.
These books fit all the criteria that I look for - long, entertaining, great reader, and solid historical fiction. Both books feature Teddy Roosevelt as a character and lots of character development and detailed historical setting. I really like these books. If you like mysteries, court room dramas, investigation adventure books, and historical fiction these books are for you.
These books start a bit slowly but the characters are enjoyable and you grow to know them. Edoardo Ballerini does a great job of reading. His accent is perfect for Matthew and his voice changes are excellent and easily distinguishable. The story line is entertaining and one of things I enjoy most is that while Matthew is extremely intelligent the author doesn't allow him to make absurd leaps to conclusions or seem too super intelligent. Even the heroes of the story have their flaws and I think too often in these books the main characters are too smart, too perfect, too unrealistic.
I am well over 125 audio books in at this point and have only recently discovered Robert McCammon. Starting with Swan Song and now this series - a much different kind of book from Swan Song - I am thoroughly enjoying his writing.
The reader was perfect for this book. I enjoyed his performance above all. The writing and story line are superb. The characters are very well developed and you come to truly wrote for and are invested in the protagonists. If you have enjoyed apocalyptic books from writers like Steven King then you will enjoy this one. It's very well done and easy to get through, although you won't want to rush it. This is a lot to take in.
I love WWII history and was excited about listening to this book. I really enjoy this genre of books where authors draw on true history and mix in fiction in the form of educated guesses on conversations etc... With that said, I was slightly disappointed. It's my fault. I listened to this book on the heals of Herman Wouk's books Winds of War and War & Remembrance and also after listening to the first two books of Ken Follett's Century Trilogy.
In the works from Wouk and Follett you are treated to a plethora of extremely well developed characters and you become engrossed in their lives. You know their thoughts, desires, strengths, weaknesses, and inner-most thoughts. This book was more straight forward - it was about the combat and the men that waged the war and that was all. Had I have listed to this book first I am sure I would have a different perspective. Jeff Shaara is a great writer and his research, attention to detail, and historical accuracy is second to none. I enjoyed this book but missed the varied perspectives I got from Wouk and Follett. Any student of history cannot help but like this book and I will absolutely invest in the follow up tome as well as other Shaara books.
I just wanted to set expectations for fans of Follett and Wouk. This is slightly different kind of fictionalized history. The only comment I have on Paul Michael is - and I know how odd this sounds but long time Audible junkies will know what I mean - that he often sounds as though he is reading rather than performing as the great narrators do.
This book could very easily have been boring. As a matter of fact, it was at times a little slow. I was hungry for more Herman Wouk after devouring Winds of War and then War and Remembrance. When I saw that Kevin Parisaeau was again the reader of Wouk's words I was all in. The book did not disappoint, although it wasn't as great as either of the aforementioned books.
Wouk clearly knows the navy and he nails diverse group of characters. Narrators just don't get any better than Pariseau. He has great range, cadence, and enunciation. He's great all around. Wouk can get very, very detailed at times but never to the point where you feel, as the land lubber that I am, that you are lost in nautical language or terms. If you like WWII history you will enjoy this book. It's not about combat but rather the varied mindsets of men that are in a state of war but mostly on the outskirts and looking from the outside in and how that plays on their minds and spirits. Wouk paints a convincing picture all around. This is not an action packed read, it is very character driven.
I like Koontz's sometimes off the wall writing. This was a little different for him. It wasn't all that scary, although it had its moments. The character development was deeper than some of his past works. I had held off on this book for a while, it just didn't sound that interesting to me. I discovered I was engrossed right off the bat. There are so many characters to genuinely like and take an interest and one very, very unlikable, flat out demented character you hate. But none of the characters are shallow and you get a very interesting look into the mind of a delusional narcissist who gets crazier as the book progresses. The characters are vivid, the emotion is real, and the book is impressive.
Stephen Lang's reading is spot on. I wasn't sure I would get into his voice for a book of this kind. He can be a little monotone and sound oddly snobbish, but it works, it really works. You have to listen to know what I mean but when he reads the thoughts of the villain it's perfect. Overall it's a 4 and story it;s a 4, performance it's a 5.
I resisted fantasy series for a long time before finally taking the plunge. Okay, that may not be completely true because I grew up a fan of Stephen King and have listened to the Gunslinger series, but only after I exhausted nearly all other King titles. The Demon Cycle series has convinced me that I was foolish. I have discovered that business and presidential history are best read in print for me and fiction is best listened to, at least for me.
This book began a little bit slow but I never thought of putting it down, not for a second. It's part of the greatness of the series - Peter V. Brett gets into the details and builds the story of each of the important characters. Early in this book it just happened the character building was of the "bad guys" and it left me anxious to learn about where our hero Arlen was. It eventually got around to him and I was richly rewarded for the patience. I am so impressed with the writing, the narration, and the detail in this world Brett has created
This is an easy 5 stars all around for me. I can't wait for the next book in this series. This is really the first series where I went online discovering and listening to the first two and sought out a date for number three. I will do the same for number four. Can't wait!
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