Taking a lot of tired cliches and wrapping them around a lesbian character doesn't make the cliches any fresher. That being said there are moments of semi-brilliance when the author is able to bring the characters to life. Unfortunately these moments are interspersed with a predictable plot line and some dialogue worthy of network television. The overall book has it's moments and the information on the criminal aspects of the plot are good. Hopefully in the future there will be a time when her main characters actually appear three dimensional. As for the reader; the same applies to her. She has a good overall pacing and at times, the right tone. Other times she seems to think her audience is a class of fifth graders.
Though there are some good stories in this audiobook the authors spent too much time on obvious well known stories. They also didn't go very deep into many of their selections. This is particularly true when it comes to sports; as the authors spouted cliches and unfounded rumors (Michael Jordan was really suspended during his baseball hiatus); or that everyone knew that Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were using steroids in 1998) rather than more interesting, in depth less known stories. Still as part of the Daily Deal it was definitely worth the purchase price.
Let me begin by stating that I am a fan of Gladwell's and his three previous works I've both read and listened to repeatedly. This work further heightens my appreciation of his work. Once again Gladwell turns conventional wisdom on it's head. Why it's better for many students to not go to a "top" school. David actually had the advantage over Goliath. The deeper reasons of the strife that tore apart Northern Ireland. Gladwell gives a unique perspective that even those who don't agree with his perspective are forced to review the questions that he raises. As always five stars for a Gladwell book.
The details of one of the most horrific stories in American History. It gives the back stories of the families of both the victims and perpetrators. It also describes the weaknesses of both America's gun laws and mental health system. The great recession of 2008 has reduced this country's spending on mental health by five billion dollars. The only treatment available for mental illness for the majority of Americans is either in the emergency room or the prison system. The pain experienced by the Lanza family as well as the families of Adam Lanza's victims is relevant to understanding the complete loss in all scenarios like this. Until the shooter takes up an all too easily attainable firearm they often appear to be a sadder case than the victim. The story of Newtown reminds us of the lack of control inherent in a country that provides practically no mental health care and a ridiculously easy access to firearms. By far the saddest conclusion is that the future holds a world with even more Adam Lanza's and repeated number of Newtowns.
An excellent beginning, good writing, and the power of a great character are; in the end, wasted due to the two weaknesses of Lee Child. The first is the omnipresent filler that takes the Jack Reacher novels two or three hours longer than they need to be; this one drags things out to a painful level; it is the weakest Reacher novel since Tripwire. The second factor is the overly drawn out finale that is a part of every book in the series; in this case though it is taken to ridiculous lengths. There is one anti climactic scene that to me appeared absolutely ridiculous. There is much that's okay in this listen but if this is your initial foray into the Reacher series; you might not read another.
The death of a retired police officer takes both Alex and Milo back to their beginnings. It's a story about privilege and the lack thereof and it's consequences. A young girl from a bad household is tortured and killed for sport by a group of rich boys. The cover-up has lasted for a lot of years as have the aftereffects, for Milo among others. As Milo and Alex conduct an unofficial unauthorized investigation the lingering shadows of the past affect them both; Alex is also dealing with the breakup of his long term relationship with Robin. As the story comes to a close and Alex deals with a life and death confrontation, Milo fights the power and wins a new role for himself in the hierarchy. An excellent example of the best of Alex Delaware.
I found this novella to be average at best. The excess amount of time spent on Lucy's pain and injuries was over the top. Her constant mantra of "I have to save my family" became tedious.The limited scope of the plot narrowed the book to the point that I struggled to maintain interest to the end. Reading all the positive reviews made me wonder what I missed in the listening experience. I found this selection an easy one to miss.
Though somewhat dated it is still a good listen. Stephen King is a true fan; somewhat limited in baseball knowledge but is a great writer. The surprise here is Stewart O'Nan. He is the more knowledgeable of the two writers and his passion for the Sox is powerful. He is less involved in the history and particularly the superstitions that King embraces. One of the irritating portions of the audio was their constant belief that they knew more about the game than the team's manager Terry Francona. Another was their angst over every loss. Yes it is a part of baseball to scoreboard watch but the level of upset due to the Yankees taking the lead in the division over the Sox; in May. Those problems aside it is an excellent listen and the readers are both excellent.
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.
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