I had already seen the movie and was looking for more information about why Mary Anne was sent away. I figured it got edited out of the movie. WRONG. Instead I found this a tedious account of a superficial family that disintegrated and blamed it all on a horrible rape. the actions of the family were still unfathomable in the book as in the movie. thankfully my iphone has the ability to speed up the book so I listened to the last half at 1.5 and 2 times normal. It was the only way through it. I'm glad Oprah liked this book but I sure didn't.
I am a die-hard Ludlum fan. I have been reading/listening to his books all my adult life. I usually find his intricate plots, twists and turns totally engaging. There were a few disappointing lapses in this book. For instance, the lead character drove a very distinctive sports car to the home of a computer guru friend without a thought that it was easily trackable. Hello?? Granted, this was a minor point, but it was quite unusual for Ludlum books and was disappointing. There were a few more like this that I won't mention and spoil anything. The audio had numerous sequences where phrases or even sentences were repeated. Didn't an editor listen to the final result? The narrator was pretty good but all his British accents sounded a lot like Cary Grant! Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen. It is the first of a the Covert One series and I really like to listen to series books in order and am glad I started this series. But it is not even in the same league as "The Parsifal Mosaic" or the Bourne series novels, all by Ludlum, which had much more developed characters and more intricate plots.
I know a number of other reviewers have said they have had enough of the John Corey's wise cracks but I still love them. His irreverence is hilarious and is often exactly what I'm thinking. I did think the story wasn't quite as good as the the previous ones in the series but it was still very good. I was a little disappointed in the minor role that Kate played in this book. I know the middle eastern setting where she was forced to cover her body, hair and face reduced her ability to take active part in many of the situations, but it was almost as if the author dismissed her as readily as the Bedowins did. Aside from that, this was a very enjoyable listen and if you have liked John Corey in the previous books, you will probably like him in this one. As usual, Scott Brick does an excellent job narrating.
This was such a refreshing, different mystery,. It had none of the usual cliched, urban settings and scenes. It was very interesting and I couldn't stop listening once I started. I've stayed up until almost 2am because I had to hear the end. About 3/4 of the way through I figured out that one character wasn't exactly what he/she was portrayed to be but I was VERY wrong about their actual identity! Gregory Harrison did a superb job of narration--not too flat or too emotional. This is a great listen.
I have to agree with other reviewers that the author's lisp made it sometimes difficult to understand. But once I got used to it, I didn't notice it. I found the story enthralling but then I tend to like most medical mysteries, fact or fiction. I didn't know a lot about the 1918 flu and found the topic very, very interesting. While this definitely is not a comedy, I found myself laughing at the comparison of the two "expeditions" to obtain tissue samples. A guy with a shovel and two strong helpers, and a million dollar expedition with 2 tons of equipment, dozens of journalists and hazmat suits that took years to plan. The latter, of course, receiving federal funding. Also the description of the outcome of the expensive expedition as not being a failure was classic spin! I suggest you listen to the sample of the book and see if the narrator's speech will be too distracting to you before buying. If it won't, this is a great book. I will probably listen to it again. If you have listened to "Hot Zone" and liked it, you will like this one.
I have tried three or four different times to listen to this book. I just cannot get past the VERY slow start. I have listened to a lot of epic novels, detailed historical books and other books some might find tedious but just can't get into this one. I have tried multiple times only because of the glowing reviews. Maybe I will give it another try but for now it will have to just sit in My Library.
I read this book as a child and have seen the movie countless times. I absolutely love the story. Betty Smith develops characters that you develop feelings for--both positive and negative. She has a way of making mundane, everyday life seem enthralling and even exciting. The brutality of the treatment of poor children and their indomitable spirit to overcome obstacles is amazing and inspiring. In our times of unending materialism, the life the family leads seems so deprived by comparison but the love in the family triumphs. Yes, this book is old-fashioned and probably won't appeal to a lot of people, but this is well worth a listen.
This is the third in the John Corey series and it did not disappoint. I love John Corey's sarcastic sense of humor and distaste for authority figures. A man after my own heart! Fiction based loosely on historical events can be fascinating and really gets your imagination going. the downing of TWA flight 800 is the event in this book. The plot is enthralling and I really didn't see the ending coming.. Scott Brick does an excellent job of narration as usual.
John Corey, former NY PD and now on contract with the FBI anti-terrorism task force, is one of the funniest, most sarcastic and irreverent cops/agents of all time. While the plot is dead serious and gripping, the dialogue and Corey's dry sense of humor kept me laughing out loud. As usual, Scott Brick is superb as the narrator and he brings Corey's sarcastic wit to life.
I stayed up all night because I couldn't bear to turn it off. I'm not a big fan of sci-fi but this story was so good I got caught up in it. The writer started off the sci-fi stuff with small clues interwoven in the character and plot development so that everything was totally believable, at least at first. The characters were colorful, amusing, and very likeable. I found even the. very imaginative sci-fi ending gripping which is saying a lot for someone who doesn't like sci-fi. A thoroughly enjoyable listen. The narrator was really exceptional too.
I'm a big Herman Wouk fan but this surpassed any expectations I had. I couldn't stop listening to it. This was a great story and the writing and character development were superb. I really liked the narrator. He was really good even when doing female voices. I felt transported back in time to WWII while listening. The description of the Caine was to expertly done that I swear I could smell the sea. Get this book, you won't regret it!
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