This is probably the stupidest book I've ever run into. Did a publisher actually pay money for it? I'm very sorry I did!
The concept of this story is really quite clever but the writing itself is awful. To say it is sophomoric would be too complimentary; juvenile is more descriptive. I won't even go into the poor grammar which I find inexcusable in a book reaching publication. Life's short, too many good books, don't waste your time with this one.
Not much to it, but rather quaint. I think some in my LOL book club would like it. (LOL in this case = Little Old Ladies').
I'm very glad I overlooked the fact that this was written by Dean Koontz (never one of my favorite mystery writers). I'm going to suggest that my book club consider this story. Not all of our members are dog lovers, but this is a truly beautifully written account not only of a man/woman/dog relationship, but of how the best relationships can help us to be better people than we had been.
Hard to believe this predictable, saccharin, poorly told tale came from the pen of one of my favorite authors. Oh well, we all make mistakes.
First book I've read by Barry Eisler and I enjoyed it from the first sentence. The setting in Japan is highly unusual and the "fixer" slant is different than the ordinary mystery, but neither is overplayed. A well written story narrated beautifully by MrNishii.
As I'd never before read anything by this author, I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy the book. Good story, good narrator - I hope there are more to come.
I had no idea what to expect from this book or this author and was very pleasantly surprised for the first 11 hours. During the last a good listen became a really stupid story.
There is so much more to this book than I got out of it as a child. The only reason I didn't give it a full five stars was the disconcerting way in which new chapters were introduced - with absolutely no pause between the last word of the previous chapter and the announcement of the next. This may have been a problem created when editing the sound track since it seemed inconsistent with the rest of the reading. All in all I did enjoy listening.
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