I usually look forward to listening to a book that I have read before. The narration adds one more dimension and I am amazed at what I missed when reading the book myself. BUT not in this case. I forced myself to listen to 3 hours of the dragging narration before I finally gave up. A good narration can really make a difference, unfortunately a bad one can completely ruin a book.
I wish Mr. Child had done his research. There were just too many glaring absurdities. Armadillos protected in Texas?! Driving 60 miles to the nearest grade school? 3 hired hands who do absolutely nothing and sleep in? Ranch owners that are all evil, lazy and sit on their hands? ONE truck on a ranch? I got tired of hearing how HOT it is in Texas in the summer.The people just didn't act or re-act like most country folk would.
I cringed at the way the legal system was depicted. No police officer is going to leave a little kidnapped girl with a drifter overnight to await the return of her mother. Unbeliveable situations like this just ruined the book.
The author is obviously a city boy who never bothered to visit a working Ranch. I have loved the Reacher series but you HAVE to have a little realit yand logic in the story! This book didn't show Reacher as being extra intelligent or tough, it just made everyone else in the book lazy idiots.
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote.
I can't think of one.
Yes! I do love the charactor and Dick Hill does an amazing job. But I would hope the author would take a little more time to do his research and develope charactors in the next book.
Just trying to figure out why Mr. Child let them cast Tom Cruise as Reacher in the movie. Another bad decision.
I would listen again, I am sure I would catch much more the second time around, especially now that I know the direction the story will take.
The Giver, himself, because he seems to know most of the secrets.
Mr. Rifkin does a great job.
I think when Jonas first comforts Gabe and you realize that he is giving him memories.
I am still confused about the ending. I read that the author did not intend it to mean that two boys died but that is certainly the way I understood it. Oh, but I so wanted them to make it! This is a great book and brings up many concepts from individuality to religion. And while I enjoyed it, myself, I just can't wait to share it with my 11 year old granddaughter.
Research and comman sense. Nothing will ruin a book for me more quickly than watching the main charactor make illogical choices inconsistent with the situation. This woman was supposed to be an exceptional officer, you can't have her acting like a a 15 year old in situations that she should have been trained for. I just hate reading about a strong woman protagonist who acts like a simpering fool.
No, but it will be the last Deborah Ledford book I read.
Can't think of one.
The absolute worst was when the psychotic killer comes after our heroine and she refuses to kill him. Huh? where did that one come from!
I can't imagine anyuone enjoying listening to this book. The story itself had too many "holes" and inconsistencies. If all urges were satisfied then what happens when individuals want different things. Seems like crime would be rampant. The whole thing just didn't make sense to me. And the narration was just plain irritating.
No, but I won't be reading any more Aldous Huxley or listening to Michael York.
Particulalry annoying, were the various English and Irish accents attributed to the charactors. If all babies were raised and trained by the state they would not grow up speaking with different accents. There was so much whining and screaming and yowling going on in the narration of this book It made it hard to take an interest in any of the charactors.
If I had been the editor the whole thing would have ended up on the floor. Not much there to work with.
This book just didn't appeal to me at all and the narration just made it worse.
If the charactors would have reacted more like real people do, if the situations had been realistic.... Really? A child kills her father who is trying to rape her little sister and is imprisoned for 29 years? Really? That child's sister grows up to be a criminal attorney and doesn't see a way to help her big sister? Really? A teen ager witnesses a bloody murder and Mom drops her off with a neighbor afterward? A 6 year old is killed and there is no formal investigation?
If the main charactor, Belfa, was a little more rounded and whole, not just a woman who repeatedly and tediously patted her teenager, calling her "Sweetie".
No, I'm still looking for more great myseries with a woman for the central charactor but great ones are few. I'm still looking for more charactors like V. I. Warshawski and Anna Pigeon and Kinsey Millhone. Belfa Elkins doesn't seem to be a whole person, she needs rounded out. She seems to consist of and be shaped by just a few things in her past.
Disappointment that the book wasn't what I had hoped for and sadness, at the West VIrginia she describes (apparently, the author sees nothing good in her home state).
Dick Hill is Reacher. He is the perfect reader for this series and makes the audio book! I love that gravely voice with his thoughtful pauses and sighs.
Interesting twists and turns. Its fun to get a glimpse of Reacher in the service.
Fun, outlandish, crime drama, but this is one that would be better to read yourself than to listen to. Scott Brick is a great narrator but why would they pick him to narrate a book by and about a woman? The main charactor completely loses all personality when read by Mr. Brick.
Not in the audio book version.
Pace, maybe... Personality and charactor, no... I was actually glad when it ended.
I see this as the first in a series. But, please, find a more suitable narrator!
If the author would have done research, or had some one with a working knowledge of ranch life proof-read her manuscript she could have avoided many of the glaring inconguities in the book. She could also have skipped the female erotism. There was way too much of it and it was just irritating.
She could have done so much more with the interesting story line.
I think Ms Leigh did a very good job with what she was given. If there was a saving grace in this audio book, it was her!
The long drawn out love scenes!
If you are looking for the typical Harlequin-type romance (x 3) with a western theme then this is the book for you.
Nope. It is not that Nick Sullivan does a bad job it is just that George Guidall does a much better Mitch Rapp.
He could have finished the book. I was left hanging. I actually went back to Audible to download the missing last chapter and then realized that there was none.
Mr. Martin needs to do his research before he puts pen to paper. There were too many glaring inconsistencies to make reading this book enjoyable. If you enjoy Harlequin Romance books, you will love this one. Simpering romance with no imagination.
I did enjoy listening to Daniel May's deeply resonating voice.Luci Bell does a wonderful job!
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