I have a difficult time understanding why this book has pretty high ratings from the other reviewers. If, like me, you have been a 'from the beginning' Anne Perry fan you have to recognize how the quality of the books has declined. This book, Blind Justice, is a perfect example. The main plot is a decent one, but the story drags, and Perry's characters have become much less interesting than they used to be. They have become routine.
One of my biggest issues however, and so much more obvious with an audio book, is how Perry disrupts her own dialogue with monotonous and very drawn out explanations of what the character is thinking. So much so that now even the characters have to be snapped out of their reverie. Often there is a statement about realizing the other person in the conversation was talking while they were off in la-la land. No real surprise there since the individual is zoned out for an eternity at times. The tangents are so lengthy that the actual dialogue is completely disrupted so that there is no flow to it. In a printed book you can skim or even skip those parts but in an audiobook it is much more difficult to do. However the reader shouldn't have to. The book should flow on it's own.
I truly believe that Ms. Perry needs to put both the Monk and the Pitt series to bed. She's played them out far too long and the more recent books simply cannot hold a candle to the earlier books. Cater Street Hangman and The Face of a Stranger are still two of my most favorite books, ones that I have, and will again, re-read. The recent books however, are totally forgettable. Time to let them go.
I really enjoyed the short-lived King & Maxwell tv series and decided to give the books a try. I was not disappointed. The story, or parallel stories, of Secret Service security details gone wrong were intriguing and the characters were interesting and likeable (the good ones anyway!). I've already purchased the next two books in the series.
I've listed to a number of books narrated by Scott Brick. He does an terrific job of voicing characters with one tiny little oddity that I don't understand. It is fairly common to hear what a dear departed Jewish friend of mine used to refer to as the 'Jewish mother voice' upturn to questions. It certainly isn't anything that would deter me from listening to book narrated by him, I am always happy to find him narrating a book I am interested in, but I find it curious.
I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning. I really enjoy the pieces of history woven into the fictional tale. I look forward to the author's historical notes at the end of every book. Sebastian and Hero make a great team. She is his equal in many ways and that seems to make him a better person in the process. She certainly is no wallflower! I am glad too that Cat Boleyn was 'off-stage', finally. That story had run its course. While I'm sure it is not the last we'll see of her, Sebastian's superficial obsession was getting a bit dull.
My only gripe is that while I like Davina Porter, I don't think she does male voices particularly well. She makes Sebastian sound a bit of dandy and I don't think she can quite capture the timber of a man's voice. However, it is not enough of a distraction not to still enjoy the listen.
I think it must be a real challenge to tell a story that crosses so many generations, that keeps up with the evolving society of those generations. Woods did a fabulous job. This is by far my favorite book by him. I like his series characters, but they can wear thin after several books. This book I'll listen to again, definitely.
These books are fun. Well as 'fun' as you can call them when they are about terrorists. Terrorism aside though, I really like these characters. Their personalities are quirky at times, but people you could believe exist and in the context that they exist. The suspense and tension keep me engaged throughout. I certainly hope there are many more to come.
R.C. Bray does an excellent job narrating!
I'm really not sure what to make of this story, and I'm not sure how much of my impression of the story is a result of the way it was narrated. I didn't quit, so I gave it a 3 but it was not memorable nor am I interested in reading another. Odd, odd, odd.
It would be very difficult to describe why this story is so good without describing the story, but is is an amazing one. It was very eye-opening in spots, learning things both about the Germans and the Americans in World War II. The narration was so well done so real you felt you were listening to the principals involved. Robertson Dean should get whatever top awards there are for narration, he was simply outstanding.
You must listen to, or read, this book. Not just because the story is unbelievable but also to witness the huge range of human behavior when faced with unimaginable experiences. You will be moved, awed and amazed.
I really enjoyed the concept the author chose, an FBI agent with organized crime connections. Not 'bent' but related. It was a lot of fun to see how the two worlds worked. I thought the storyline was very good, and the conclusion was great. It was a story and a narration that kept me wanting more. I look forward to listening to other Nick Bracco stories and future narrations by R.C. Bray.
Really, what else is there to say? Johnson continues to turn out terrific books with a beautiful sense of time and place and with characters who are people you want to know (except for the bad guys of course!) I so enjoy the humor interlaced throughout and the telling could not be better done. Guidall is fabulous.
I think all I can really say is that the book is too long. The story isn't a bad one, but it begins to drag. The 'mastermind' behind the crime is no surprise at all, despite the narrator insisting the listener was fooled too. This is my second and probably last Tana French book. The last one was also long and dragging and with not much in return for the listener's persistence.
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