I went into this book as a fan of Lee Child and Stephen King, two authors that were influenced by John D. MacDonald. After reading the first book in the Travis McGee series, I can understand what attracted these two modern-day masters of mystery to MacDonald in the first place.
This book is filled with memorable characters, engaging dialogue and captivating action. It also has a good deal of vulgar language, which I'm perfectly fine with; it just surprised me considering when this book was originally published.
Like many great authors, MacDonald takes this story to another level by weaving in thought-provoking analysis and commentary. This introspective awareness helps flesh out who the main characters are, where they've been and where they're going, both in the book and beyond the pages.
Entering this book without any preconceptions, I feel the narrator did a fine job with all of the characters' voices.
I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the books in this series, and I recommend you give "The Deep Blue Good-By" a shot; it's enjoyable from start to finish.
Like James Patterson's books, I'm going to keep this short. I, Michael Bennett isn't worth your time or money. It's a shallow, soulless story that fails to captivate on any level. I didn't care about the plight of the protagonist and the antagonist was a two-dimensional stereotype. The best parts of the book were the family scenes but those alone don't make for a good thriller. Also worth noting is the cliff-hanger ending that requires you to buy the next novel to find out what happens. Last chapters are supposed to tie up loose ends and satisfy the reader - this failed on both counts. Skip this one and spend your money on an author who still writes his own books, like Harlan Coben.
The Enemy by Lee Child is the eighth book in the Jack Reacher series, and it’s different than its predecessors. This novel is a prequel that takes place in 1990, back when Reacher was a Major in the United States Army Military Police Corps. It’s an interesting tale that includes Reacher’s brother, Joe, and his mother. For those looking to learn part of the backstory of this famous fictional character, The Enemy delivers. Like most of Child’s books, there is an exceptional amount of detail – about weapons, the military, you name it. Longtime fans will enjoy this, while others may find it laborious. By the end of the book, twists and turns come at a fast and furious pace. While some of them are hard to believe, they are well thought out and unpredictable. Despite being a detour in Reacher’s modern-day adventures, The Enemy is a worthy addition to this formidable series.
For my money, no author has the ability to create vivid characters and palpable relationships the way Coben does. This story was told in the first person and done so effectively. As I was going through it, I felt just as confused as Jake, wondering what was true and what was false. I also felt his love for Natalie and his anguish over losing her, not to mention the roller-coaster-ride of emotions Jake experienced throughout the rest of the story.
The first Harlan Coben book I read was The Innocent, and it’s my favorite, quickly followed by Tell No One. Six Years is one of Coben’s best novels. It grabbed me from the first page and never let go. Filled with compelling characters and mysterious circumstances, this twisting tale of suspense is a must read.
Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, and I immensely enjoyed this essay. His candor throughout was refreshing, and the narrator did a wonderful job of conveying King's signature delivery. Overall, it's a worthwhile listen on a very important subject. But only open-minded people need apply.
I just finished listening to this audiobook and it was excellent. As always, I wanted to read the novel before seeing the movie, and I’m glad I did. From what I’ve heard, the movie changed several key elements of the book. What made this book so enjoyable was the terrific character development and wonderfully absurd dialogue. This novel is tragic, romantic and psychotic, all at once. And the Philadelphia Eagles, Kenny G and Southern New Jersey are all integral parts of the story. It’s unlike any book I’ve ever read, and it’s one I won’t soon forget.
This audiobook is unlike any other I've listened to and a wonderful Thanksgiving gift from Audible. The collection of stories contained within are funny, sad and heartwarming. It's a wonderful reminder of why we should be thankful for what we have and those that love us. I highly recommend it.
I just participated in the AIDS Walk this fall in Philadelphia, but prior to doing so, I listened to this audiobook. I wanted to have a greater understanding of the AIDS epidemic and the best way to overcome it. Elton John's book did just that. It provided a clear overview of the current worldwide AIDS crisis, how we're addressing it and what we're failing to do.
Having Elton John narrate the book was a treat because it felt as though I was having a cup of coffee with him. However, since he's not a professional narrator, there were moments when his pacing was off and he'd awkwardly deliver a word. It wasn't a deal breaker, but it was noticeable.
This audiobook also provided me with a rare glimpse into Elton John's personal life and the demons he had to battle over the years. These tidbits humanized the music legend and provided a greater context for the AIDS work he does today.
If you're thinking about buying this book, I think you should go for it. It's a fascinating listen from start to finish about a disease that doesn't get the attention it deserves.
I'm only five books into the Jack Reacher series, but Echo Burning is one of the best so far. The characters were well developed and Child did a wonderful job describing the town in which nearly the whole book took place. And, as always, Dick Hill did a fantastic job narrating the book, especially the little girl, Ellie; he brought her to life in a way that's remarkable. If you like Reacher, check it out.
James Patterson is always good for a quick, captivating read, and I've enjoyed the Michael Bennett series thus far. However, Worst Case was very weak.
There were virtually no twists, and those that did occur were lame. The most significant "surprise" was the killer's motivation, and that was the biggest disappointment of all. The moment it was revealed, I felt as if I'd wasted my time up until that point.
On the positive side, John Glover does a fantastic job narrating the villain. And the chemistry between the main characters is believable. It's just a shame that it was wasted on such a uninspired story.
If you plan on reading this series, I recommend that you borrow this book from a friend or the library. It's not worth your money.
I'm listening to all of the Jack Reacher novels in order, and "Die Trying" wasn't nearly as good as "Killing Floor." Dick Hill did a wonderful job as always, but the story itself just wasn't as captivating as the first book. That being said, it's still an entertaining listen that's worth your time. Just don't expect it to change your life.
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