I downloaded the book before our summer vacation to one of the parks, so it was timely. A collection of National Park "slices of life" from a Ranger's perspective. Gives the reader a good look at not only "a day in the life" of a ranger, but also a broader insight into the career of a ranger. I liked it.
As far as contemporary fiction goes, this one gets 5 Stars. The original storyline introduces us to a single father, whose son is being raised, unhappily, by an aunt. The father makes a decision to bring his son home, and together, they grow up running a bar. A wonderful father and son story that is not ruined by stereotypes or over the top emotion. Characters are rich and unique. Even though the storyline spans a couple of decades, the author presents it as just a "slice of life." Contemporary fiction isn't often my thing, but this book was. David Aaron Baker was absolutely the perfect choice for narration.
Ronald Malfi writes a horror/mystery that is worth a credit. It got my attention on page one, and held my attention throughout. There were good twists that eventually weave together for a well delivered novel. The Floating Staircase is the story of a man who is haunted throughout adulthood for a moment of carelessness as a child, and a haunting that finally grants him the redemption he very much deserves.
This novel's strength is it's original storyline. It held my attention throughout...which is not easy to do... I'm a picky reader. Narration is solid and character-consistant. Horror fans will love the creepy winter overtones and how the storyline weaves in and out of the blizzard's path. The ending is unpredictable. The reader is satisfied, but definately feels that Golden is not finished with his story or it's charcters.
I ordered Miss Peregrine's Home not knowing it was targeted for Young Adults. I was planning on exchanging it. However, I listened to the first chapter and changed my mind. This novel starts quickly and moves quickly, like most in the young adult genre. It has solid character developement, horror, historical reflection of the holocaust and WWII, and time travel. It is well written and I found it worth the credit.
What a great book. Four individuals who think they are living the last day of their lives, meet by coincidence at the top of the building where they are planning to jump. Characters are all unique and a little quirky. The youngest of the group is angry, crazy, and hilarious. The narration of this character is outstanding. Excellent ending, with a look at depression vs. the realities of the everyday human life. All three narrators stellar. It's quite a party.
I have read several of Wilson's novels, and have always thought they were okay. Nightworld was much more engaging for me. It is character-rich, and definately has more action and fantasy/supernatural than his other books I have read. I think this one is worth a credit.
Exceptionally well written, The Good House pulls you in with the Black Magic and Voodoo of the Bayou and totally surrounds you with the cajun culture. Robin Miles is one of the most talented narrators I have heard. Each voice is rich with accent and accuracy as she switches from character to character. So glad I read this one. It's excellent.
I read this book many years ago, and read it again a couple of decades later. A suspense/thriller, and not his best by far, but I find that the mediocre works by Koontz are often above the best efforts of other authors in the same genre. In this book, an ex-mountain climber has to refresh his skills quickly to get away from a psychopathic killer. Whether it's the early works or the later works, Dean Koontz does a great job of getting you "right there" with his character.
The first book of two in the series, Crouch delivers a great mystery/suspense. A creepy town...time travel.. the post apocolypse.. ??...you will read and keep guessing all the way through the novel. A surprise twist at the ending makes this storyline a unique and original winner, and won my 5 starts. Intense and character-rich.
Had a hard time with this mystery, although I did make it to the end. The storyline needs to move forward (and backward in this novel) with a little more steam. It wasn't a waste of my time, but I wouldn't listen to it driving at night...drink some caffeine instead.
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