After reading the reviews my expectations for this book were high. At times it delivered. I had several problems with the story however. First I have never read a book about today's world where police officers had the amount of power Sam and her colleagues did. Second an investigating officer sleeping with someone involved in an investigation? The level of romance in his book seemed to be preponderantly heavy vis a vis the amount of police work. though the book had it's moments it isn't one I can recommend.
The behind the scenes story of Katrina and the things that policy did to make the problem worse. It speaks to all the decisions made in order that some already ridiculously wealthy men and corporations could further enhance their bottom lines.The dredging of the canal, the loss of the estuaries and the increased vulnerability created by policies that helped only a few at the expense of an american city. It also exposes the utter incompetence that was exhibited by the political cronies appointed to positions far above their qualifications. A fast moving, highly informative study on the consequences of a lack of foresight created by the policy of government by greed.
I listened to this audiobook while shoveling out a water feature and building a rock wall. it was a nice distraction. I was impressed by the lack of cliched characters among the book's core; with the possible exception of the book's villain. The author went a little overboard on the protagonists sexual past, and her love interests lack thereof, but it was only a small distraction. Overall the story is pretty good, and it flows well. The science in the book, as well as the military background of the protagonists family adds to it.
Six hours through i was ready to grant this audiobook a five star rating, The quirky off beat characters are interesting The plot line about a displaced family attempting to reclaim their inheritance is good.Unfortunately there is two to three hours of useless filler material forced into this book. Two many rehashes of possible culprits. Too much doubt on the part of the main character about whether or not she can trust the "oracle." Way too many declarations from her about how "she would do anything for her family." This despite the fact that she has been estranged from her family several years. Despite all this I have no compunction about recommending this audiobook. It's a nice listen and is even heartwarming at times. It isn't great, but i do rate it as quite good.
This is supposed to be a mystery, but what mystery there is in this selection could be solved by Encyclopedia Brown. The romantic situations in the book are equally predictable. That being said it was an enjoyable listening experience. It was especially interesting that the story line was based on immigration issues. A controversial subject currently in the news on a regular basis. A relaxing listen, and if you miss a few seconds; no problem. There aren't a lot of surprises.
A unique fictional view of global climate change. The setting is Greenland, which in and of itself is unique. There is information on Greenland's melting glaciers and a good back story pertaining to Greenland's history. It rescues a rather tepid and typical lesbian romance novel that bogs down too often in cliches. That was the reason I couldn't give this work five stars. I found both the setting as well as the subject manner intriguing. Jordan's history gives some explanation of her unwillingness to pursue the relationship. A good listen.
When the writer concentrated on the story this was a very good piece of fiction. Unfortunately far too much time was spent on detailing sexual encounters. The sideline story concerning S&M was given too much time and detail. In an audio format this isn't as entertaining as it might be in another medium.
Another issue was the reader. Most of the story was read in a monotone that grated on the ears. There was also some word fumbling as she had problem with pronunciation on some words. Overall I saw some potential for future works if the author concentrates on moving the plot rather than digressing into Penthouse Forum territory.
I'm not sure if this was a well written book or not. the reader was so god awful that pretty much any work would have been overshadowed by her. Teachers in kindergarten reading to five year-olds do a better job than this narrator.her dull flat monotone and her tendency to stumble over words made a couple of chapters almost painful to get through. I gave up and moved on.
The initial portion of selection; the part where the two ladies were in the elevator was both touching and entertaining. Afterwards the story drifted into the same basic cliches that all romance novels seem to devolve into. The promise that Meghan O'Brien displayed in the initial section of this book offers the potential of better works ahead. All that being said the beginning is enough for me to recommend this audio.
In the beginning I was thinking I'd found a great new author for my collection. A strong main character and a good plot line in the first few chapters soon devolved into an overly detailed mess. The constant back and forth inside the mind of the female protagonist soon became tiring. As did the moody non-communicative 'mentor' Jack. The protagonists patience with and submission to this character became tiresome as well. If three or four hours had been eliminated from this selection this might have been an excellent listen. As it was, it became a tiresome slog through the underbelly of criminal society. Ms. Armstrong is a talented writer and the book was well narrated. Hopefully her next mystery book will avoid the short comings of Exit Strategy.
This is the story of a few guys who predicted the sub-prime bust and got rich from their prescience. It also details the stories of the people who resented these men; even as they made their doubters ridiculously wealthy. It further details the mass insanity of a world that naively held the view that a boom could be perpetual. The insanity brought about by the erosion of regulations, up to and including Glass-Stegall that eventually broke the world economy evolved from a belief that markets are omniscient. Which in the case of a basic honest market may be true. However given the roulette wheel that is Wall Street is not only a baseless assumption, but a dangerous one. This book detailed the myriad of ways in which the system was manipulated. The story of the 24,000 thousand dollar a year Strawberry picker who qualified for the 750,000 mortgage is indicative of the what the lack of accountability does to the marketplace. As always Michael Lewis does a great job in breaking down complex financial actions into easily understandable language. Like most of his books it is a five star effort.
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