I would ask Connelly to think about his writing style. It's always objective, realistic, full of detail, which is absolutely adequate for a detective story, especially for Bosch who thrives on that odd detail nobody else noticed but which turns out to be decisive for solving a case. So far, so good. However, Connelly also describes his characters' emotions and develops dialogue in the same style: objective, realistic. Is this how real humans think and talk? It's not convincing, but more important, it's not engaging. As a fan of Ellmore Leonard (outstanding dialogue), Bo Nesbo (reflective but always complex character development), and younger writers like Lou Manfredo (Rizzo's War) and Lou Berney (Gutshot Straight), am I asking too much of a highly respected novelist like Connelly?
I've read most of Connelly's books and I enjoy his post-Bosch novels more: the Lincoln Lawyer, the Brass Verdict.
Clear, didactic, tiresome.
To quit reading Bosch
A completely different narrator would be crucial.
I never finished the novel.
Henry Strozier narrates like a tired old man with a maddeningly slow pace and excessive emphasis on certain syllables.
I've enjoyed Martin Cruz Smith's novels in the past, but I'm afraid this experience has turned me off to him
The main characters: the cool Kit, his lovely mother and smart Cressy, his beloved. They are wonderfully portrayed, complex human beings that go through several transformations in their feelings and relationships as the novel progresses.
First, the setup: serious Kit poses as his rakish twin brother, Evelyn, who is nowhere to be found and must appear at a family function to save his upcoming nuptials. The hoax turns out to be much more complicated than originally envisioned, making for a thoroughly enjoyable plot. Also I greatly enjoyed the description of an English manor house in the early 19th century, the food, the clothing and the general setting. It's full of interesting detail that brings an old story into the present.
I listened to and enjoyed the Black Moth.
I'm looking forward to more books by Georgette Heyer, a novelist I feel fortunate to have discovered.
I was gripped immediately by the story of an ex-CIA operative who's being hunted by his previous employers, his incredible inventiveness when faced with insuperable odds, and the terrible scrapes he gets into (and out of).
The character himself. The Gray Man is a cool and extremely competent killer but not a psychopathic monster. He's trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to maintain his humanity after years of working as a special operative.
The first scene where the Gray Man is picked up by a rescue aircraft only to discover that the guys on board have every intention of eliminating him.
Jay Snyder provides an extremely good narration, with the right tones and different voices. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
No, I don't think so.
Her characters are interesting only from the anthropological standpoint: they project a clear and crude image of life among Alaskan Indians. The whole story revolves around her main character, but she doesn't pull her weight. So the story drags out, and it doesn't help that Stabenow's style is full of clichés.
I would prefer Jean Smart, a wonderful narrator.
I love historical fiction and especially loved I Claudius, by Graves, which is why I tried this book. But I was greatly disappointed by the plot. Well, there really isn't a plot: it's a drawn out memoir which takes a long time to take off. The exasperating and humdrum narration of Laurence Kennedy didn't help.
I'll try another book by Graves, if I can find one not narrated by Kennedy.
I don't think so.
This book is for listeners very interested in daily life and political ins and outs of the late Roman Empire in the East.
It's pretty high up on my list of whodunits. Sara Paretsky is a wonderful writer. Her principal character, P. I. Warshawski is a lovable, maddening, intrepid investigator who risks life and limb to get the bottom of the assassination of a young Phillipino immigrant on the bad streets of Chicago after almost running her over. She goes head to head with powerful players in the media, the police, the prison system, and although she gets beat up along the way, she comes out on top.
When Warshawski gets unjustly accused of kidnapping a kid and thrown in jail.
Warshawski. None other.
It's a lot of fun but there are times when you get very anxious over Warshawski's risk taking.
Extremely entertaining and full of suspense.
I'm not sure I'm always in the mood for the gruesome detail of his murder scenes. His characters are mostly twisted, treasonous, aggressive opportunists who see life as "a thing of smoke and tears."
I love his narrations. He has just the right twist of humor in McCarthy's brilliantly ironical character descriptions.
It's a good read as far as the glittering style is concerned, but I was repulsed by the atmosphere of squalor and the poor character development.
This is high quality detective fiction. Karin Fossum is one of Sandinavia's finest mystery writers.
The plot is complex and the characters are fully rounded people who evolve throughout. What makes the listening experience so engaging is how the characters interact, often in unexpected ways.
I can't say it made me laugh or cry (pretty extreme reactions) but it certainly fascinated me, raising my expectations and suspense.
I plan to continue reading Karin Fossum
Yes, if you like historical fiction and adventure. It's colorfully written, full of local detail, and fascinating political intrigue surrounding the adventures of a young Roman tribune.
Simon Scarrow's series on Macro and Cato, also historically based but centered on the adventures of two Roman soldiers.
He does a good job impersonating different characters. But his narration is stilted, full of stops and emphases that detract from the flow.
I'm sure to listen to more of Fabbri's novels.
Without a doubt the narration. Lars Kepler is a writer I admire, and I expected another exciting and complex police story. But Eamonn Riley kills the story.
No, unless it's narrated by someone else.
I'm hoping for other audiobooks by Kepler with a different narrator.
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