I am a big fan of John Nesbo novels, and having listened to them all had to find an alternative. I read the reviews and this novel, book 3, in the series got the highest rating, so I started there. I did not feel like I missed anything from previous novels, so I feel I can safely backtrack in the listening order. Set in Stockholm, it fits well in the genre of Nordic serial killer books (Nesbo, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, etc.) . If you liked any of those books, you will like this and vice versa. So if you have not read Nesbo, you can listen to this series and then move on to him. That way you will almost a dozen books to listen to.
Most people, especially those under 40 probably don't know we fought in a war in Korea. I could barely remember it. But this book of a fight to the death between Americans and North Koreans in a frozen battleground that is haunting. Vastly outnumbered the Americans hold their positions against fanatical North Korean troops. It is a battle to last man. Great for history fans, but it is rather graphic and almost sad because it was a war that was fought to just end in stalemate. Forty years later North Korea is still there.
This is mostly a funny book about quitting smoking. If you smoke (which I never have), listen to it. It makes fun of the lengths you have to continue to smoke from confined smoking rooms in airports, to standing on the street outside of office buildings during a break, to having to stay in crappy airport motels so you can smoke in your room. Funny, funny, funny if you do not smoke. If you are hooked maybe not so much.
I bought this and put aside for several months. When I was out of books to listen to, I picked it up again. This may be one of the best written novels I have listened to. It takes some patience to get into story, but once you do, you will be hooked.
I listened to this book several years ago, and I can never get it out of my head. It's a testament to " you only live once", so take chances and enjoy life as it comes. The novel begins in a nursing home (where we all will wind up some day) and goes back in time to life in a traveling circus in the 1930s. Join a circus, how great is that. Superbly written and narrated. On my top ten list of best audible books.
I normally like the author's books. This one not so much. It has a great premise, a man who is a savant and can remember everything. I like that. But how this plays out is rather odd. It's a combination Silence of the Lambs, and Dustin Hoffman in Rain man. The villain is out to destroy the "memory man" but the reasons for doing so are just plain unbelievable.
The narration is fairly good, it usually is when you have 2 narrators (which I think is cheating).
I normally don't like westerns, but this an all time classic. After reading it I watched original movie with John Wayne on Netflix.
Narration is great since it is a woman narrator and most of the dialogue is from Maddie. Well worth the credit and I would rank this with classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and East of Eden. Great book for teenage girls because while Brewster Cockburn shows true grit, Maddie shows true spunk. Set a goal and do everything you need to achieve it.
I enjoyed this book because I like history and I like business. This combines both fairly well. As other reviewers have pointed out its sort of a history of Ford. It was the car company and still is, but during WWII they made nothing but weapons. Planes, tanks,trucks, and aircraft engines. The numbers are just staggering. 10,000 bombers plus countless other weapons. The battle was fought in Europe and Japan but the war was won at home. Raids of 1000 bombers a day destroyed nazi Germany. Ford had a goal of making a bomber per hour. By the end of war they were hitting their goal. Imagine a factory that rolled 8 huge air force bombers a day.
If you read the synopsis of this book you might want to say, that looks uninteresting. Actually it is one of my favorite books in the last few months. Both the narration and writing are superb. The author has an "ear" for dialogue. so you will find yourself laughing at some times. The plot twists and turns so it is often suspenseful. . But the major good point of the book is that main character is just a regular guy who will not compromise his morals. No Jack Reacher kind of character bent on killing about every third person he meets, but someone just dedicated to his job as a fire claims adjuster who will not tolerate fraud and an underlying murder.
So good I think I listened to entire 13 hours straight.
I have listened to many of David McCllough books, actually my first audible book was his novel 1776. Although nonfiction it reads more like a novel with an excellent description of the devastation created by the Johnstown flood. If you like American history this is a must listen.
About a third of the book is a lead up to the flood, about 1/3 is the flood, and the reminder is the after investigation of the flood. In the end one can suppose mother nature was mostly to blame. THe description of a eighty foot wall of water that tore down the valley after the collapse of the dam is gripping. It is interesting to here the tales of what separated the living from the dead, mostly plain dumb luck
Worth the credit
I listened to the author's other book, Cold Cold Heart, and enjoyed it much more than this one. Although well written, the suspense is not that suspenseful and most of the characters mostly unlikeable. The main character, Annie, gets in trouble on the local police force for arresting fellow policeman, Nick Fourcade, for beating a murder suspect senseless. He is a cop gone wild, justifying terrorizing just about anyone who he suspects of a crime. He would be right at home in Ferguson, MO.
Most of the book seems to be about the petty revenges among the police force. They treat her badly she just responds with really vicious comments. No wonder they don't like her, I wouldn't either.Then you have two really unrelated stories of a murder and multiple rapes in the town. Characters are introduced which have no point in the story, and only a minor twist at the end makes it slightly interesting. I only paid $3.95 on a daily deal so I am not that disappointed. At full price I might have returned it.
The narration was just ok, having liked the narration of Julian Whelan better in Cold Cold Heart. The female voices are good, but the narrator adds too much a New Orleans French twang to the male voices making the narration difficult to understand
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