How do 3 and 4 add to 1; I'll tell you how? If any of the caricatures of human beings in this book were anything like real people I must have missed them. If any of them displayed two dimensions, much less three; I guess I missed that as well; which is too bad. There are times when in this audio when the text showed a great deal of wit, humor and talent. The plot was potentially very interesting, and the outline of the book's characters seemed to be unique and promising. Unfortunately the actual writing only delivered the aforementioned one dimension of sit-com caricatures. The author is talented and I would consider other works of hers in the future; however i can't recommend this one.
As someone who has listened to Jimmy Buffett's music for over forty years I purchased this audio with certain expectations. This collection of stories disguised as a book met those; which I suppose is both a positive or a negative. That is to say that if you're familiar with his songs then you've heard most of these stories. Many of the characters were introduced in Buffetts 1989 CD collection "Off To See The Lizard." Given his proficiency in musical output it isn't all that surprising that these characters as well as their stories seemed pretty familiar. There are some facts about Lighthouse Lens,' Cuban baseball, and tropical sea battles that are new. However once again the attitudes and the back stories of both positive and negative characters are so familiar they're trite. This was a nice summer listen; or winter listen for those who wonder where the summers went.
The ending and the afterward were the best part of this short story. The very long slow buildup to get to that point seems to take forever. Another problem is that the reader relates the story in a quiet, calm, mellifluous voice that doesn't transmit the inherent tension in the situation. It's not awful, but neither is it very good.
In the last few years due to my daughter's influence I've become the reader/ listener of chick lit. This is one of those girly romance novels that I've been led to and shockingly have come to enjoy. This just happens to be one of the best of those.
Heiress Cara Winterbrooke's parents die in a small plane crash. Going through the remnants of their papers she finds her adoption papers and suddenly everything she thought she was has changed. So she researches her heredity finds her birth parents and heads to Florida to find, and get to know them.
A runaway mare arranges the initial meeting with them as well as the man she'll eventually marry. I suppose I should have given a spoiler alert there but is it really necessary; a romance novel is a romance novel when it comes to the basics? The horse that belongs to a local rancher charges across the road causing Cara to wreck her car. She's found by Ben a rancher who helps her dissuade a couple of local wrecker drivers of questionable ethics who want both her car and probably her body.
As it turns out Ben is the owner of the ranch where her developmentally delayed parents live and work. Ben was also once the Lucadore and Telenovella star known as El Diablo Americana whom Cara had a huge crush on throughout her adolescence. Many tender moments heartwarming exchanges, adventures and romance follow. If not for the author it could have easily been just another cliche loaded romance.
In this case though the author creates characters that you actually care about either in a positive or negative manner of Billie Letts and Carl Hiaasen. The good hearted people like Karen, Ben, Lilly or Matt wind their way into your heart. The scenes that could easily come off as over the top Hollywood saccharine instead find their way into your heart.
There are many more plot details that I haven't touched on; I'll leave those to the listeners to discover on their own. If you want to listen to this audio with someone I would recommend that you do it with someone you share a connection with. This was a special experience in connection for myself and my daughter. Our story resembles this one in certain aspects and listening to it was a great experience.
Raine Stockton is preparing for Christmas in Hanover County and it isn't exactly a season to be jolly. She can't afford to complete the renovations on her kennel and dog run, she's finally divorced and her ex Buck Lawson has a new love interest. Raine herself is in the process of starting a new relationship; maybe. Miles Young is interested in Raine and she him; maybe. All that was before his ten year old daughter showed up in Hansonville with an attitude and a mouth. Add to that everyone she usually celebrates Christmas with is leaving for the holidays. Not to mention that someone is stealing all the baby Jesus' in town. Oh yes three Golden Retriever puppies are left at her house.
Then she finds a live baby in the manger at the Christmas Pageant and things become even more serious. Naturally between Buck, Raine and her own Golden Cisco solve all the crimes and Christmas is merry for all.
The Raine Stockton dog mysteries are a sweet pleasant listening experience that I share with my overgrown kid of a daughter. Her attitudes echo the old south and her feelings about her dogs is touching. A great shared experience for us.
Okay; this is a hard one to call. It is certainly a series that shows promise; Allie Hemingway is a formidable, if not exactly a really likable protagonist. There is a lot of action and Hemi's partner Phelps is a strong supporting player.
On the other hand. Hemingway's boyfriend Daniel is an undeveloped character, Allie's family are shadows and the motivations that drive Hemingway aren't clear.
The two principal reservations I have with this book is that I found the villain too brilliant to be believable. The second one is that I found too much of the violence in this book to be more gratuitous than was necessary for a book. It actually reminded me more a movie plot; say something in the lines of something in the Hannibal Lecter series. I can't recommend this particular selection but I will keep an eye on future works with this character or by this writer.
I could review this one in depth but it really is the same old story. Chet and Bernie take on a case of a missing kid for a mother. The story of how the kid came to be missing is full of holes; once again it seems that the divorced father of a missing has gotten involved with the wrong people and now owes them money. The bad guys take the child to prove a point and make sure that Papasan cooperates with them. At some point Bernie gets arrested again; Chet gets captured again. Stop me if you've heard this please. In the end Bernie saves the kid and brings him back and apprehends the bad guys. Okay this is obviously the series, and the author isn't planning on stepping outside the comfort zone that they've established so the fans of this series will have to settle for a dog that relates a good story. This one is a solid four and a good time listening experience.
A missing boy on Holiday is the impetus for the Trafalgar B.C. police to search the woods where they locate the body of a man missing for fifteen years. It is particularly meaningful for Constable Molly Smith; back when she was 14 year old Moonlight Smith, she was one of the last people to see Brian Nowak alive. In the intervening years 15 years since Brian's disappearance his family has disintegrated. His wife is a practically a recluse; a shadow of herself. The son Kyle is an angry man incapable of forming human relationships, and still lives in the basement of his mother's house. Daughter Nikki; Moonlight's childhood friend ran away at sixteen and is now a prostitute in Vancouver.
The investigation into what happened to her father brings Nikki back and sets the Nowak family against each other as long buried truths rise from the ground with Brian's corpse.
Constable Smith's life is further complicated by her boyfriend Adam's desire for a more serious relationship with her and the fact that her boss, Chief Constable Brian Keller and her mother Lucky are being seen together all over Trafalgar.
A nice solid story well told and well narrated.
The narrative started a little slow and I had to force myself not to give up on it; boy am I ever glad I didn't. This was one of the better, more touching in a non maudlin way, audio's I've ever listened to. Edward Stanton is a thirty nine year old man with both Asperger's and OCD. The lack of affect in the voice is quite well done by the narrator and the writer's OCD indicators are familiar to those who've worked in the field of mental health. The insights that Edward delivers in riposte to his father and those he states in his daily letters indicate the strength of his sharp, deeply probing mind.
Edward's life is changed when a single mother with a nine year old son moves into a house across the street from him. Edward finds himself connecting with the boy (Kyle) and with his mother (Donna) in a way that both pleases and troubles him. His life is further thrown off track by his decision to try on line dating. The one date that he does actually attempt doesn't go off well at all. His psychiatrist provides a sounding board and a reality check for him as she guides Edward through his decision making process.
I won't go any further than that; don't want to spoil the story for anyone; it's too good. This is an unqualified five star listen that I totally recommend to all Audible listeners.
Perhaps I have just read or listened to too many books about the Iraq War, but too much of the information in this selection is repetitive to me. The reader is well known and has evidently narrated a great many audiobooks but I found that his voice atonal and so deep I wondered if he'd had a cold during this performance.
If you haven't been inundated by the stories of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld subterfuge in the run up to the war in Iraq and it's failures during the war this work will be beneficial. If you've read or listened to more than two or three audio's on the subject you might want to use your credit differently.
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