The book is okay as far as stories like this go. Some of the transitions and resolutions of events could have been better told, but if that is how it happened, then that history is probably the truth. What REALLY ANNOYED me about this book (and why it gets it's 1 star rating) is that Dave Williams was the winner of the $3.5 Million at the WSOP, and John Finkel had NOTHING to do with it.
John and Dave are both Magic: The Gathering players in 2000. That's the similarity and the connection, they didn't play together "for years" and Finkel didn't teach Williams to play Magic. It's like giving Jason Schmidt credit for Barry Bonds hitting 73 Home Runs in 2001, (both players were in the same sport "baseball" and on the same team that year)
I guess I just find it disappointing that this book was so misleading from the outset. I do not recommend it for the same reason I would not recommend only reading 1 side of any history....it's (at best) biased, and at worst, lying.
I may never buy another Grisham book again. This was so formulaic that my brain ended the book 4 hours before the poor narrator. Please try not to blame Catherine Taber. I'm not sure she wasn't fed up by the end
What wasn't wrong with this story. Grisham had informed us that coal regulation is slipshod and practically in the pocket of big coal...gasp!!! Say it ain't so!! This story is almost an amalgam of every other Grisham book but with none of the drama. And the end is as close to Deus Ex Machina as possible outside the science fiction genre
Could've been worse
I've learned through this book that John Grisham doesn't have it anymore.
Seriously save your money/credit. The only reason this got 2 stars is because I averaged 1 star for the story with 3 for the narrator. Poor woman didn't deserve to be treated like this.
Well the most enjoyable thing was the investigation of an interesting man with a long and quite historic life. John Hay was a part of some of the most important events in US History and his place in those events makes for an interesting read. There is a little too much speculation in this book for my biographical tastes, but given how many of Hay's letters didn't survive I guess that's understandable
What I liked least is that by the time Mr. Hay became Secretary of State to Roosevelt, I'd just had enough of hearing about his unrequited love, his friendship with Adams, his treatment of his family. It makes John Hay VERY human, which I appreciate. But he was Human for a LONG time.
This is my first one. As a biographer, I'll say this much....he's thorough
If this was a movie it'd likely be on HBO or PBS like the Adams documentary so I'd likely see it when it came to Nexiq
This book is just badly written. I have read most of the sources which the author quotes, (Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Whoever Fights Monsters, everything by BSU leaders Russ Vorpagel, Robert Ressler, John Douglas) as well as a great deal of the professional literature and I was actually offended by the use of these works as sources for this dull, incomplete, and poorly written (timelines are wrong etc.) narrative
I seriously doubt it. This man is an English Professor and has no Psychological or Criminal Justice credentials that I can find. He talks about the rise of the commercialism of serial murder in the US in the 1990's and all I can say is he speaks from experience since this book was written not to enlighten, but to cash in on a certain genre.
The narration was fine, it's hard because when a narrator is given garbage, it's sometimes easier for your mind to blame the voice
Anger....that I wasted a credit on it.
Do yourself a favor. Don't buy this book. You are better off reading Ann Rule (and I don't say that lightly)
I love the fact that these haven't disappeared from my library like some other books have. Douglas Adams wasn't only a brilliant writer but is a brilliant reader as well. I definitely prefer the Holistic Detective Agency to Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. But it's still Adams, so what's not to love.
The Scene in the Coffee shop
I love listening to Adams read. There are great narrators in the Audio world, but Adams (like Gaiman) is one of the few Authors who you HOPE are reading the book that they wrote because the love of their characters and their stories come through so well in the telling.
I always want to listen to anything written and read by Adams in one sitting.
I don't think it is fair to rate against ALL the Audio Books I have read. I have been an Audible member for 13 years and I have a LOT of books in my library.
Where it rates among the Short Story Urban Fantasy compilations I have read.... I'd say about 5th. Not the worst but honestly not the best. I like Urban Fantasy but only in short story format. I tried reading a full Jim Butcher novel and kept skipping ahead.
Kelner and Harris are good Editors, but if you want the best collection, choose one that was edited by George RR Martin
Sure, again. I have developed a liking for Urban Fantasy Short Stories.
You'll never learn like this again....
I enjoyed the fact that Deaver wrote a novel specifically for Katherine Dance, but warning those of you who chose books for length and author, this book is about 12 hours long with an abridged copy of "The Blue Nowhere" tacked onto the end as "part 3".
Don't get me wrong, "The Blue Nowehere" was a good book and it shows a progression in computers but a.) I hate abridged books and b.) When I am going on a trip I sometimes choose a book from my wishlist based as much on length as on topic or author. Shame on you audible for at least not warning me.
I am neither a lawyer nor do I work in the legal profession, however, I found this book to be an excellent compendium of some VERY important cases in 200 years of American Law.
Darrow's comments on racism were (sadly) 40 years ahead of their time. And the closing from the Ruby Ridge case was excellent. The arguments that took place during Miranda proved to me that the Warren Court was just looking for a case to use as a way to make law. Listen to this book and you will not only learn about some great criminal case decisions, but sociology and history as well. I wish the other 2 in the series were available on Audible.
You know, I think this is only my third review ever after 7 years as an Audible Member. But I just couldn't let this one go without comment.
Brad Metzler's "Book of Lies" is to the "Book of Fate" what Dan Brown's "Deception Point" is to "The DaVinci Code".
Not only does the listener have to stumble along with poor Scott as he reads through this morass, he has to keep stumbling hoping there is a point to this book somewhere.
As a side note to Mr. Metzler, crab-apple trees do not bear fruit in winter in Cleveland.....I know this for a fact as I lived there most of my life....I know it is a small point but man it stuck in my craw.
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