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The later books in the Jim Chee/ Joe Leaphorn Navaho series saga were lacking in comparison with his earlier works. His daughter's work (at least I assume this is his daughter) doesn't greatly reverse this slide. Officer Bernadette Manuelito is too broadly drawn to be a strong main character. the only thing we know about her for sure is that she resents her husband Jim Chee giving her directions; much less orders. This despite the fact that he is her superior officer.
The culprit in the book is obvious before you reach the halfway point. Despite this, both professional police officers and the FBI are don't perceive it until the the last hour of the audiobook. The relationship between 'Bernie' and her family never rises above obvious cliches and her sister is so entirely unsympathetic her problems so obviously self induced it wasn't possible to care much for her troubles.
The biggest problem I had with the audiobook though; was the reader. Perhaps it would not have mattered who replaced George Guidall; it wouldn't have been the same. This reader certainly wasn't up to the task. Perhaps it was Guidall who mispronounced Navaho words for the first fifteen or so works; but I doubt it. Christina Delaine might improve over time but to those who've listened to the series read by George Guidall it won't be the same.
Certain elements of the mystery were well done. The story dovetailed nicely with a previous Hillerman work and the intricate murder plot was nicely done. If you appreciated the last few Tony Hillerman Navaho cop books this one will at least match those; particularly the last two. For those of you who were fans of the earlier books in the series; save your credit.
A long tedious walk through a teenage girl's flirtation and subsequent relationship with her eighth grade English teacher. Too many stories about drugged out weekends; too many phone calls to the totally inappropriate teacher Mr. Ivers; too many cigarettes smoked alone in her room. The focus of her affections is a not very appealing either by description of his looks or in the context of his character. The more compelling sequences in the book are always her interactions with someone other than Mr. Ivers. As for the narrator; she seemed unfamiliar with the pronunciation of a great many words; or maybe that's just me. The deep personal nature of the revelations made by the young woman as she matures both stirring and enlightening; unfortunately just not all that interesting when they become ceaselessly repetitive.
Though there are any number of positive aspects to this book; a lack of credibility in the actions of several characters in this story and the results that occur thereto dropped the rating from a solid 4 to a weak 3. In addition one of the principle reasons I purchased this audio was due to the setting; the mountains of western North Carolina. There is practically no action that occurs in that setting that couldn't have occurred in Anywhere, USA. Given the amount of detail contained in this narrative a bit of local color doesn't would been not only reasonable but welcome. Indeed much of this book seems to be rather generic.
This one is a borderline call for me when it comes a recommendation. If like me, you're fascinated by the implied geography; this one isn't likely to scratch that itch. On the other hand if you just want a nice love story/ mystery you'll probably like it.
This is the third Meghan O'Brien novel I've purchased from Audible; and the weakest. There are far too many long poignant declarations of love. Both of the protagonists prattle on these endless declarations of self deprecation; making statements that proclaim "I'm not worthy; I'm not worthy. Then there the long detailed play-by-play renditions of rather Vanilla sexual encounters that do little to move the story forward. So I hated it right?
Wait (you just checked my rating) how is I gave this book I hated 4 out of 5 stars? Because Meghan O'Brien did an absolutely great job of creating two likable yet human leading ladies that you have no trouble getting behind and pulling for. The brief snatches of back-story the author supplies are an excellent for providing context into the characters. Their interactions with friends and family likewise offer insight into who Mel and Regan are and how it influences the people they became. The relationship between Regan and her straight friend Adam is a particularly good one.
So though there are plenty of flaws in this narrative; it is still a good story with plenty of sympathetic likable characters. Worth the credit.
This is a rendition of the history of the Kashmir region that though it is overwhelmingly Islamic belongs to India; which is predominantly Hindu. It details how the indecisive British viceroy; Lord Mountbatten contributed to the problem by refusing to make a decision, thus leaving it to the two countries to make the decision. Another one of the solid Great Blunders in History from the History Channel.
The raw material was here for a great book. The psychology of the criminals and the crimes worked; there was a nasty cop who derided the efforts of Tempe, Ryan, and Skinny Slidell who gets his due in the end. So why did I end up giving it only three stars? 1) Way too much superfluous detail which did nothing to move the story forward. 2) The lack of astute police work; Tempe seemingly has developed a penchant for stream of consciousness hypothetical questions to which she expects answers. For instance a key piece of information as to how a dead woman's DNA was transferred to a victim's was painfully obvious to anyone actually listening to the audiobook. Tempe had in fact; seen exactly where it came from; yet three hours of the audiobook went by before she managed to regain her memory in the form of a Eureka moment. Then there was the her constant need to have everyone telling her anything to reiterate painfully obvious points that a ten year old should have been able to grasp; never mind an experienced anthropologist and Medical Examiner.
The Bones series has always been; in the words of Forrest Gump, a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get. For me this one possessed the potential to be the best; too bad that it didn't.
Completely unfunny with stuttering and long pauses between wannabe jokes; take a chance only if it's free.
This novella contains a weak plot; broad unrealistic caricatures; a totally ridiculous core concept; yet I can't bring myself to dismiss it completely.
Our main character Kathy interviews for a job with an LGBT lobbying group and despite a myriad of federal regulations that would prohibit such discrimination, she has to be a lesbian to work there.
Badly needing a job she invents a girlfriend by referencing a friend of a friend that she's never spoken to. There is a nosy know-it-all employee who's sure she's posing and she wastes no opportunity to announce her views to everyone within listening distance. When Kathy's boss tells her that she will be expected to produce said girlfriend at the company Christmas party she knows she has to get creative. Anna is convinced to play the part of her paramour and the resulting events at the party are as over the top teen movie like as they are unlikely. Still there is a likable quality to this story that makes it a worthwhile listening experience..
Christian Contemporary DJ Seth Andrews tells the story of his conversion from fundamentalist to going through the motions to atheist. There are some in depth checks on what the bible actually says and parts of the old testament in particular are as bloody and as sick as anything Caligula ever did. The author touches on the depth that right wing politics have touched and changed this country's religions. If this is an issue you've struggled with you found very much new ground being broken but the author is both a good writer and an excellent narrator; with less than five hours of material this is a succinct look at a largely unexplored and ignored movement; a good listen.
Tiffany Peon's writing is humorous and Mia Chiaromonte uses a droll understated tone to convey the essence of the words. As this genre of book practically mandates a snarky, sarcastic tone there are times when the author's rendition of these dates can come off as unkind; if not cruel. On the other hand her humor is understated and there doesn't seem to be many gratuitous shots taken at the men. Interwoven into this scenario is the author's resumption of her affair with her ex boyfriend Chris. Given the cost this audio is an excellent listening choice if you desire 105 minutes of entertaining escapism.
If you were a fan of any of the dramas of nineties on the independent television network's you will be comfortable with the plot of this selection. Even one of Audible's great narrators couldn't rescue this one from abject mediocrity. Take a pass on this one; and if you want a good quick listen choose something from Diane Capri's "Get Jack Reacher" series.
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