It is great to have a "between-the-numbers" book to tide Evanovich fans over until #13 hits the stands in June. This is a great Valentine's Day present for an Evanovich fan. It again includes the character of Diesel who was introduced in "Visions of Sugar Plums". It is always interesting that Stephanie Plum's main men (Joe and Ranger) are always on the periphery when Diesel is in town. The description would seem to suggest more interaction with all 4 characters but that doesn't happen. At any rate, it is good, fluffy fun with some great lines, some good laughs and it gives us a much needed Stephanie Plum fix until the next book. Give it a listen!
I like audio versions if the narrator is good and I believe Scott Brick to be one of the best whe it comes to narrating books. Audio books give a different sense of personality and I like that.
I'm not sure about other books. Nick Fox reminds me of Neal Caffrey from TV's "White Collar". The situation also mirrors the TV show in that a criminal is being paired with an FBI agent. The difference is that this partnership is not acknowledged in the book series.
I love the smooth style Scott Brick has. He gives Nick Fox a particularly droll style.
I did listen to most of it in one sitting.
I really like the character Jake - Kate's dad. He is bored in retirement and loves backing up his daughter. His various buddies are also very funny.
Awareness, Intrigue and Redemption
I think I liked the tortured nature of Mickey. He is tortured over his daughter, clients, tragedies that occur in the book and isn't handling all of it very well. I also like the fact that Michael Connelly weaves Harry Bosch into Mickey's stories and sometimes vice versa.
I'm not sure Peter is my favorite narrator. No real complaints - just not my favorite.
I think this is a book listened to in sections so you can think about what is going on. It was always hard to shut off the iPhone and go off to do something else, though.
I have always loved Michael Connelly's books and I have come to look forward to the next Mickey Haller as much as I do the next installment of Harry Bosch.
I have loved the Rosato and Associates novels and have missed them so I am thrilled to have this book. Mary DiNunzio has a number of changes in her life. She also takes on an interesting case with a 13 year old (with a trust fund) who believes that the man serving time for her sister's murder is innocent and wants Rosato and Associates to investigte the case. Mary takes this on and goes on another adventure.
While Barbara Rosenblat will always be the voice of Bennie Rosato, I did enjoy January LaVoy as the narrator. She gave different voices to the characters - and there were a lot of them! I will agree with some of the other reviewers - the almost shouting when she was narrating Mary's father was a bit much, particularly when one was wearing earbuds!
Lisa Scottoline has said she will try and do a Rosato and Associates novel each year and I will be looking forward to them.
I enjoy all of Mary Kay Andrews novels but my favorites are with Weezie and BeBe. This was a fun story with Christmas, weddings, babies and everything else you could ask for in good "chick lit". I hope we get another chapter of life in Savannah with Weezie and Bebe!
What starts out as a quiet Christmas Eve ends up with a look back at Walt's first months as sheriff and a Christmas adventure with Lucian, Doc Bloomfield and some new characters. Once again, Craig Johnson can transport a person back to a time with a younger Walt but still the Walt we have come to love. This novella was touching, funny, exciting and, as always, another satisfying visit to Absaroka County. A great Christmas story without too much tinsel and glitter.
I am apparently the dissenting opinion. I liked this outing with Virgil Flowers. I think I liked the lighter, funnier storyline. Yes, maybe the plot was a little suspect but I liked the various characters, agencies, fake agencies and even Ma Noble. I will agree that I thought Mr. Conger was a little lax in trying to have different voices. I had a hard time distinguishing between Lucas and Virgil. He did great accents though. I will also agree that he has never done any research on the pronunciation of the cities in Minnesota. I still haven't forgotten Cloquet being pronounced "Klo-ket". Still, I think this outing may provide new characters for Virgil in the future. It was fun taking a walk on the lighter side.
I'm not sure what has happened to this series. I blame it on the change of narrator. Carolyn McCormack was the voice of Lindsay Boxer. They changed to January LaVoy and Lindsay became whinier. I always wanted Lindsay and Joe to marry but it hasn't improved the character or the plots.
I also agree with other reviews that there were too many plotlines running through this. Yuki's court case was too much. I like when she is involved in a case involving the other women. Yuki seems to have become the favorite character. I have never been that fond of the Lindsay/Rich partnership and I don't like where the Rich/Cindy relationship ended up.
I get the feeling that this book was more of a result that it was time for another book rather than any thought or feeling behind it.
I am a true fan of the Lucas Davenport series. Lucas has aged and developed into a great character. I really enjoy the funny and sometimes snarky conversations between Lucas and the rest of his cronies (Del, Shrake, etc.) They frequently make me laugh out loud. I also like Lucas the family man. This book has the most interesting villian - a female politician. There are great twists and turns into this book.
I always look forward to these books........and I like that f******g Flowers too!
While Michael Brandman is no Robert B. Parker - this book seemed closer to the books of old. I liked the two cases, a murdered teenager and the possible mistreatment of residents in an assisted living situation. While I'm not sure if a police officer could handle things the way Jesse does - I like his style!
My only complaint is that it was very short. Robert B. Parker's books weren't long either but this one seemed shorter. Perhaps I was enjoying it more and just didn't want my time with Jesse Stone to come to an end.
I started listening to the Longmire series last summer. I consumed them as fast as I could and even bought more credits to feed my addiction! I had eagerly anticipated this title and I was not disappointed.
1) It is longer than many of the books in the series. More Walt is always a good thing!
2) It has interesting and intriguing storyline that seems simple, at first, but ends up being much more sinister.
3) The characters are so well described you could pick them out in a crowd.
4) I love the way Walt and Henry have a shorthand for everything. Explosions are rated on the Claymore scale, etc. Their relationship is one of the best things in this series.
5) The humor is wonderful. I sometimes think Craig Johnson writes things to make himself laugh but it always works for me
6) The plot twists really caught me off guard and happened right up to the end of the book.
Walt is one of my favorite characters and while I watch the TV show and love Robert Taylor's version of Walt - but my favorite will always be the book Walt. Craig Johnson does an amazing job drawing and narrating this character. He is so much more layered. This Walt is older, wiser and funnier. He isn't quite as depressed as he used to be but he is the character you can always depend on and wish real life brought you these kind of people. George Guidall does an awesome narration although I missed Doc Bloomfield's German accent.
So I highly recommend this book. Take some time and spend it with Walt in Absaroka County.
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