I read The Passage and was engrossed. I bought the audio sequel the day it was released at audible. I had a difficult time following the story line. It jumps from past to future and back like a game of ping pong. If you lose attention for a minute you find yourself entirely confused. In a print version you can flip back to find the time transition. In audio format it's difficult.
Although I love Scott Brick, the story is just too complex with too many characters. I expect the print version would be better format to consume this book. Normally I almost always like audio more than print. After 12 hours of listening I just put aside for a later date. Maybe when I am sitting on a beach with nothing else to do I will pick it up again.
This book is difficult to listen to because it has too many story lines. There are three major characters and the story switches among them almost every 5 minutes in the narration, The main character, Jonothan Bourne, turns out to be a rather unlikable person who has no qualms about killing and torturing people. Not sure I really wanted to cheer him on in the book. Actually just about everyone is unlikable which makes the entire book rather "dark."
The book is not by original author, Robert Ludlum. The new author interjects his political views throughout entire book. It's mostly "America bashing".
This is really three different books. Two of them are interesting, and I found the other not. Although it about three generations of a Texas family, following the plot in an audio version is slightly difficult. You jump between characters, eras, and story lines rather quickly. Sometimes you miss the transitions, especially near the end where the three separate story lines come together. The beginning of the book and story about being captured by Indians was the most interesting. The story about the Texas Woman Oil Barron was not. It so reminded me of the movie Giant.
I love this book and found the abridged version sort of disappointing. I wish there was an unabridged one. The narration by Jeremy Irons is great though. Consequently I would recommended reading the book rather that listening to abridged version. I added it to my library because it was inexpensive and I had a $10 credit. Wish I had not.
You read/listen to this series for consistency. There is nothing new here. If you like the other Davenport books, you will like this one. There is really not much variation in the plot lines in these books, just a different criminal each time. You have Lucas chasing down the bad guys in his Porsche (although in this book it stays in the garage most the time), A little about his wife Heather, and in this book a little more of his step daughter who plays a larger role than previous one, but a not a huge one. There does seem to be some distancing between Lucas and his police partners (Dell, etc.) since they are hardly in the plot line. Lucas seems to be entering middle age and all the "bad boy" things are left to Virgil Flowers series. The book ends with Lucas taking his step daughter off to college. Yes middle age suburban living.
This is the first of Department Q series and was my favorite. The exception is the narration. Some of the accents are sort of strange. So if you listen to series in order you will notice the change in narration style to the following books in the series. Each one has a different narrator which breaks up the consistency.
However the story line is really good and keeps you guessing until the end. The book starts kind of slow so you have to make it to about hour 2. Although if you listen to this series in order it may be better, but you don't have to. Each book stands on its own and there is not much rehash of old story lines. This is a good alternative to the John Nesbo Series if you like Scandinavian crime thrillers.
If you expecting a typical Stephen King novel this is not it. It is really is just a crime drama involving an ex cop. Not that it is a bad book,but there are no "supernatural" elements to it. It Really reminds of a John Sandford (Lucas Davenport) or a James Lee Burke novel. The latter is especially true since Will Patton typically narrates that series. So if you like either of these two series you will like this.
There is you ex cop, crazy killer, and the amateur sleuths who help the ex cop. It's a standard formula for crime thrillers. Great narration, good story line, but not your typical King like Dr Sleep, Carrrie, etc.
I had seen this book for years and for some reason never read it. It is very similar to his other books, but with a unique premise. Once you give up on some basic reality (the cellphone being able to turn you into a zombie), it's really quite entreating. It's very similar to earlier books such as The Stand, but different enough to be a good listen. I suppose I liked it even more because it starts off in Boston where I live so I could better imagine the scenes. Stephen King has better books, but if your are a King addict this will work quite fine. Ringing off now.
If you expecting something really different with this book beyond the Harry Hole series you will be disappointed. If not, then you will love it. Set in Oslo, it is extremely similar to earlier books, but without the same characters. It is well written and excellently narrated so it makes for a great listen. It had a great surprise ending that was well set up ahead of time.
This is a classic of science fiction. I would suspect that it somehow an inspiration of the original star wars series. I am not a hugh science fiction fan, but I enjoyed it because it seemed to be both a science fiction book and a book set in the middle ages, You have Dukes, Counts, Emperors and other titles of nobility. They are continually scheming against each other in search of power, One character, the Duke actually reminded me of Jaba the Hut from Star Wars because he is so obese.
The one odd thing with narration which other people have commented on, is that different narrators are used for the same character. It throws you off. Scott Brick whose voice I always recognize is Paul, the main character sometimes and other times not. There is also a weird echo chamber voice almost like Darth Vadar.
Although this is a series, I probably won't continue on. The book comes to a satisfactory ending and there is no "cliffhanger" like so many other series. I suspect it was written as just a single book in mind. So you can listen to this one book and call it quits, especially when the last books in series are actually written by Frank Herbert's son.
Although this was written in 1950 shortly after WWII, it still a great story. It is really so much a war novel, but a love story. The writing is excellent as well as the narration. It does start a little slow but picks up the pace. It will be enjoyed by both men and women. Another book I found very similar was the Potato Factory which is another great book set in Australia and England.
I would also recommend this to Teens, especially girls since the major character and heroine is a woman. Jean Paget shows both courage, wisdom, and dedication. English by birth she is captured in Malaysia during WWII as must march hundreds of miles with other women as prisoners of the Japanese Army. This part of the war (malaysia) is often overlooked because it involved the British more than America. It was also a mini series at one time. I remember seeing it on TV a decade or so ago. Another similar book set in the same time period is Empire of the Sun , which is another great read.
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