I see the five star ratings here and the best selling status of this book on the NYT weekly list, and I wonder what all these folks get from a book that I believe was peopled with trite characters, shockingly, even sickening, evil deeds, and pedantic writing that went on too long for me. I finished it as I was stuck in the car, not because it riveted me. I found the Strike character unlikable, the subplots unnecessary and banal, and the tone of the writing very high-brow for such a genre. Count me among the few people who would never recommend this book to anyone and who will leave this author on the shelf. It's a wonder I didn't fall asleep while driving.
This book really hooked me because I am both dog person and mystery lover. The reader was brilliant, always adding to the experience, never overpowering it. The story was both touching and real. The book offers edge of your seat drama, pathos, and clever resolution. The inner voice of the dog was so believable. At one point I had to turn it off (first time ever!) because I was sure the next scene would be a disaster for the dog and I had to prepare myself. See for yourself...
I was overpowered by the readers. The contant shifting of voice distracted me. They were talented readers - no doubt about that - but the attempt to turn this into a stage-type reading was hampered by the way the dialogue was written.
Meanwhile, the story was choppy and full of flashback references I didn't get (undoubtedy a prior book) , the plot contrived and unbelievable. Bring back "The Camel Club!"
Keep a notebook by your listening device for this one. I got so lost in the odd names and the convoluted histories that it became a chore to listen. So I gave up by the 6th chapter. Be warned: lots of details, and many characters, unlikeable as well.
I had a tough time with this book because the variety of timezones and the odd narrations left me having to rewind and wonder if I missed something. The main thing missing, other than the needed continuity in the story, is a plot...This was a story of a family over time, and the timezones jumped around to add to the confusion, and while the setting is unusual, and some of the components are troubling, it really lacked punch and I wound up disappointed.
I don't think I could have finished this book in print because it is unnecessarily long and many places are simply rehashes of earlier situations. It desperately needed an editor to cut it down by at least a third.
The reader was terrific, and that's what kept me reading. I don't know what has happened to Nelson DeMille, who is among my favorite authors. This one didn't cut it.
What a tall tale! Yet, how wonderfully done, from the writing to the narrator. It was a delight to get lost in. I am recommending it to all I know, from ages 12 to 100, who love a yarn with a little mystery and much heart.
The narrator was AWESOME!
This one's a keeper. No wonder it's been on the best seller list so long! I was totally hooked, twisted around, compelled to keep listening. The readers were perfect; the story was original, and the writing was exceptional. I was sorry to hear it end.
Good grief...who wrote this? Certainly not one of my favorite authors, Lee Child! This tale is boring, boring, with such a strung out plot that it truly defies believability. The reader drove me nuts, sounding like he had a bad cold through the whole thing as he tried to voice Reacher's broken nose, and there was such an underlying sarcasm in every other voice. There were so many understated cynical voices throughout, It was painful listening, but I bought it so I felt I needed to finish it, hoping all the while that something would happen. It didn't.
This was a an entertaining read full of historical tidbits and cultural enlightenment. The readers were spectacular, finding a variety of voices, dialects and tones to portray the many hands on a plantation in the old pre-war South. The story had twists and turns - some predictable, some surprising. The heroines show a side of slave life that readers seldom see in print and their spunk and character gave the story its energy. It was a page turner, one I will certainly read again.
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