Good plot and storyline. Characters are well developed. Storyline is easy to follow.
When one of the main characters was murdered, something I did not see coming.
Maybe not. The narration would have been much better if Phil Gigante did not read the female parts in a falsetto voice. It made all the female characters seem like transvestites. It was a little comical and more than annoying. However, he did have good infliction of drama when drama was needed and urgency when urgency was needed.
Initially no. It started off too slowly as the multiple characters were introduced. But halfway through it started to become very addicting.
This was my first experience with an audio book. I chose this author because he is a resident of New Hampshire as am I. But I will read his novels again. He is a very compelling writer and, because of the setting of the novel, I had great a visual concept of the events. There were some large holes in the storyline but I think some of that was intentional as though to draw your attention to other possible conclusions.
Joyland -the title alone is ambiguous enough to wonder what the King of horror would put behind it. It is a wonderful tale that encompasses so many genres of literature, a little whodunit, a little sultry, some supernatural and a touch sentiment. The characters are so complete in description and the narration by Michael Kelly rounds them out so well that they are like family. You don't have to be in the carny world to say "Oh I know someone just like ...", well, you pick the character to complete that sentence.
The main character is Devin Jones, a young man who is just manly enough for the male readers but soft enough for the females. And that isn't the only balancing act. The plot flips from a let's catch the killer crime novel to a story about his relationship with a cougar Mom and her handicapped child. If this sounds corny it's only because I'm not the writer that Stephen King is.
Its been a while since I've read a Stephen King novel and for what its worth, I've already uploaded another of his more recent works.
Stephen King may have once been the master of horror. Now he's just the master.
Sometimes I think that when a novel series becomes a successful TV series the books are doomed. Since Rizzoli & Isles aired I always hear and "see" the actresses that portray them on TV and can't seem to get the most out of the novel. In this situation it seems written as a screenplay and not as a novel. The book starts off well but loses it's bite in the middle section. Then the bodies start piling up and I always see that as a bad omen. Really, how many people have to die before the cracker shot team solves the murders. And, in this case, they really don't. The scenario just sort of plays itself out without much help from either main character. I was more interested in Rizzoli's family issues (and I think she was too!) than in the crime itself.
Still, the character development was very well done and I thought the narration was excellent in spite of what other reviewers though of as a bad Boston accent. The story line, although a little far fetched, was rounded out with the crime at hand and the intertwining of the characters personal lives too.
I usually love Tess Gerritsen novels. Perhaps they just don't translate well to audio. I will buy the hardbound editions in the future.
About the same
It is hard to pick the "best" part of a classic written by one of the 20th century's most acclaimed novelists. But if forced to commit it would have to be that the personality descriptions are so vivid it's like I know these people personally.
There are so many from which to chose but I think it would be the first courtroom scene. Telling more would be giving away too much.
No but I did find it difficult to turn it off!
A classic revisited. I missed so much when it was required reading. Although it takes place in a time span fron the 1920's to the 1940's the values and circumstances still seem relevant today.
Original bohemian hero
Mostly. John McDonald wrote these books in the 60's and not only are the plots still relevant today but so many of the his futuristic sentiments are now fact.
Yes! There was a line where John McDonald goes on a tirade about banks, credit cards, mortgage, overspending that almost predicts our current financial situation in the United States. I couldn't believe my ears. It was like he saw it coming and no one listened!
Travis McGee was my first hero. Back in the 60's I read every one of the books in the series. Being able to have them again is a like a blast from the past. I thought they may feel dated 50 years later but not so. They are as fresh as they were then.
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