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I'm not sure who would enjoy this one. The author spent a great deal of the time filling in information about the lives and histories of minor characters that only played a small role in the story. I was waiting for the action or suspense to start and instead, I was listening to what someone was having for dinner or how they had decorated their apartment. I like it when the author fleshes out the characters, but this story went too far. There was a detective in this story who was involved with one aspect of the book and for some reason, the author chose to give me lots of details about his wife and their dining room table. The wife wasn't involved in the real story. She was a background character. I'm still not certain why I need to know about the table.
I would have liked this so much more if she had stayed on focus with one story. I think this tried to do too much. There were several things that needed solving within the story and every mystery came with a group of characters. By the time she told us who they all were, how they met, what they had for dinner, who lived next door to them, and how their marriages were going, I had lost interest in the whole thing.
This was my first time listening to Jan Maxwell and I think I would enjoy listening to her again. She did the best she could with the story she was given. I liked listening to her and she did a good job with the male voices in the story as well as the female characters.
Without spoiling the story, I will just say that I would have cut out background information on people not important to the plot and left out at least one victim in order to give the reader fewer meaningless characters to sort through. I would also have left out the minor romance. It feels sort of squeezed into the book as an afterthought and it isn't important to the plot.
I normally love this author's books and have read most of them. This one just didn't work for me. There was a very interesting main plot but sadly, by the time all of the surrounding story lines were filled in and explained, the main plot suffered. I wanted to like the book, but this is the only Mary Higgins-Clark novel that I haven't enjoyed. I shall look forward to her next one though, because normally she is very entertaining.
I liked the links between the characters and the way that each of their histories hooked together to form a complete one.
The story has so many characters that it is difficult to name just one. I liked Nell and Christian very much, but some of the minor characters were quite good also. Although they weren't in the story for very long, they were memorable.
There is a quiet conversation between Nell and an older gentleman who is a retired fisherman that I enjoy very much. It's a part of the story where things start to come together a bit but aren't entirely revealed. I like the fisherman and I found myself wondering how the story might have been different if he had responded to events in his past in a different way.
It was, very much so and I had to make myself stop listening in order to get other things done, like go to work. lol I became very involved in this story.
So far, I have listened to two book by this author and enjoyed both of them. At the moment, she is on my list of favorites. I hope she continues to write for a long, long, time.
I enjoyed Carrington MacDuffie's performance so, yes, I would listen to her read again. I am not certain that I would purchase another Betty Smith book. I might read one if it were given to me. I enjoyed some of her characters, but parts of the book just weren't the sort of thing that I enjoy listening to. I know this story is considered to be a classic and I had always meant to read it at some point. I don't regret listening to it. I just didn't enjoy all of it and don't see what makes this classic literature.
I have pre-ordered a John Grisham book but it doesn't come out for a few weeks. I suspect that the next one I listen to will be some type of mystery or thriller but I haven't selected anything yet.
I enjoyed her voices for the characters and at points in the story she sang because several of the characters are musical. If I had read the book myself, I would have missed out on her bringing the songs to life. She performed the book with great feeling and although I didn't always find it easy to become involved in the storyline, she gave emotional expression to all phases of the book. It was because of her reading that I finished the book, that, and the fact that I am trying to read more classic literature.
Not really. I will listen to more classic novels but this one didn't really give me any inspiration.
I loved the character Sissy, the narrator's Aunt. If the book had been about her more of the time, I think I would have liked it more. I did not feel any great sympathy for the narrator's father, Johnny and I think that is the main reason that the book wasn't very enjoyable for me. His character annoyed me and the narrator was his daughter, Francie. Francie adored her father and so a great deal of the story focused on him. Also, the author spent a very large amount of time telling us what the family had to eat, where they bought it, how much it cost, how they prepared it, and who ate what. I realize that this was done to show how hard their life was, but after the first 'meal purchase event', I understood that and got tired of hearing about every bite of food they ate.The male characters in this story, with the exception of Francie's brother, were all either a great deal of trouble, worthless, or far too needy.
Comfortable, Entertaining, Surprising
Well, the book is the second in a series, so naturally, it reminded me of the first book, "Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer". It also reminds me of the old "Hardy Boys" mysteries.
I enjoy his performance of all the characters but Theodore's Uncle Ike is my favorite.
For me, this wasn't a book of extremes. It's a nice, entertaining story. I lughed at some of Theodore's observations about the grown ups in his life. The author writes this series with young readers in mind, so I know I am not the target audience. I enjoyed it very much in spite of that. I think it is the sort of book that a parent and child could both read and then discuss without either one being bored.
I really enjoy the characters that the author has created for this series and I look forward to finding out more about them.
I got caught up in the lives of the characters and couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to each of them. The author gave life to so many different, engaging, people within this story.
I liked the way the story changed point of view so that most of the characters revealed how they felt at various points. I was also fascinated with the unexpected twists in the story.
I had never heard Caroline Lee read before but I enjoyed listening to her very much. At times, it was as if I were sitting with a friend who was telling a very entertaining story. She has a lovely voice.
I would love to have dinner with Gerry. He is so intelligent and has a wonderful understated sense of humor. He is also very intuitive and has a way of seeing what matters most.
I listened to this audio book in my car while traveling and tonight, when I arrived home, I sat in my car and listened to the last three chapters, wanting to hear the ending before going inside and yet knowing that I would be sorry to see it come to an end because I enjoyed it so much. If all of this author's books are this good, I can't imagine why I've never listened to one before. In my opinion, this is not to be missed.
The character of Harry Bosch himself. I like the man and I always enjoy listening to him solve a mystery.
At first, I thought the plot was a bit too familiar but the further into the story I listened, the more surprises there were. While this book is basically a police detective story, it also mixes the politics of that job in with the story. It's not this author's best work but it is some very good Detective Bosch.
Harry Bosch was my favorite character but I thought Dick Hill did a wonderful job with the female voices in the story too. He is a very talented performer and I would enjoy listening to him read again.
There is a moment that involves old photographs that was very moving but to say more would be telling too much.
If you enjoy Detective stories, this author writes good ones. I have enjoyed all of the ones that I have listened to or read by him. I count his works among my favorites.
I enjoyed the dialogue in this book. In my opinion, Stephen King always manages to catch the proper tone of the characters when he gives them voice. I loved the observations made by the lead character who is also the one telling us the story. His thoughts on his life, the lives of others and the events unfolding were fascinating and very in character.
I liked the fact that in this story, you get three different tales that all join together at a certain time in the main character's life. You get a mystery, a bit of King's old school horror, and some true-to-life romance. The characters are all flawed but all interesting. They blend together well but as you read, you know that this group is held together more by the location and shared experiences rather personality. This is the story of a young man in the 21st year of his life and the dialogue sings. As always with King, the pop culture references of the time are perfect!
At first, I didn't think I was going to enjoy Mr. Kelly's style, but after about twenty minutes, I realized that he was the perfect voice for the lead character. He sounded exactly like a 21 year old male at a pivotal time in his life. His reading style was understated but after a few minutes, he became Devon, the lead character in the story, for me. He also captured the other characters as the story progressed. I would gladly listen to him read again. He sort of slipped into the story and surprised me. I liked that.
'A Dog's Life', maybe?
Over the past few years, some of Stephen King's books have failed to hit the mark for me, but this one and 11/22/63 have brought me back into his world. I was a huge fan of his early works and I am once again, a huge fan. This book is magic and when he is in top form, Stephen King brings the magic.
Heartbreaking, triumphant, truthful
I really don't like answering this question in reviews. I think it gives too much away. I will just say that any time the story goes into the history of Vivian, one of the two lead characters in the book, every word is memorable. Her life is populated with memorable characters and events beyond the scope of what normal lives in today's world are like.
My favorite character performance-wise, is Molly. They get her voice just right and everything about her rings true.
Yes, it was. I could have dropped everything and listened to it all, but unfortunately, like most people, I just didn't have the time for that.
This is a wonderful book and it was far more entertaining than I was expecting it to be. The two main characters are wonderful. They are both interesting woman who have lived complex lives. Both are also very brave but yet without seeming to be unrealistic or unbelievable. The story is, at times, heart-breaking, but in other moments, it is filled with wonder. It held my interest from the start and when it was over, I was left wanting more. I could listen to the story of these two women for several books more. The author picks the correct point at which to close the story but that doesn't mean that the listener is ready for it to end. I highly recommend this book.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys history and likes detailed information within the story.
The most interesting part of the story are the relationships between the characters and how they deal with the particular time in history and the events with which they are faced.
The least interesting part of the story for me, are long political sections within the story that discuss circumstances from so many angles that you lose site of the story itself. Long stretches of information on troop locations and battle formation slow down the story in places and make it a bit dull unless of course, you enjoy knowing how many troops were stationed near farms in Berlin, or small towns in Spain, or where ever. For me, those portions of the book that moved into troop movements and numbers took away from the part of the book I loved; the personal stories and how individuals reacted to the events.
My favorite character in this book is Ethel, a woman who comes from Wales and whose beginnings were humble but who manages to change her life and that of her family as the story evolves. She's clever and outspoken and John Lee reads her in a way that showcases her directness and her compassion.
This is a very, very, long book, so no. I was content to listen to it over a period of a few weeks. Sometimes it would get bogged down in details and I would have to turn it off for a while. There are so many characters and so many historical events in this one book that sometimes, I needed to take a break before moving on with it.
This contains lovely, well-written, characters and while listening to it, you get a sense of what it was like for people of various political views and different nationalities during some of the most epic events in world history. The author makes you see different points of view and even if you don't agree with the character's reasoning, you can see how they came to do what they did. I enjoyed the first part of this trilogy more than this second section, but I would recommend both of them and am looking forward to the third book in this series.
I would put Total Control in the top twenty audiobooks that I have listened to at this point. The author is one of my favorites and the story is exciting and well thought out.
There are many, but one that I can mention without spoiling the story for others is the moment when you begin to realize that one of the characters in the story is not who you have been led to believe they are. The reveal is very well done. The character's loyalty and their alliance is a nice twist.
There is a lot of action in this book and Jonathan Marosz is able to convey that with his reading. You feel like you are there rather than like someone is retelling it. He captures the excitement, suspense, emotion, and energy of what would be big action sequences if this were a film.
What lengths would you go to in order to secure a fortune and how many people would you consider expendable?
There is a character in this book who is entirely too self-sufficient, considering the description of their life prior to events in this story. While I enjoyed the action and the events in the story, I found it hard to believe that this particular character was able to do the things that he/she did during the course of the book. It made the story less entertaining once I realized that the author was going to allow this character to be so very kick-ass in spite of his/her background. It just didn't fit well with the events. Something in the character's background to make this possible for the read would have been nice, but it is still a very entertaining read.
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