First of all the narration was awful. However I could look past that if the writing was good. I am a big fan of Lee Child but this writing was so juvenile I could not finish the book. The story was going along ok but use of way overused phrases like "mind like a steel trap" mad the book boring. In addition I found the reduction of female characters to nothing more than male fantasy figures really annoying. Essentially they were described as the equivalent to stereotypical male fantasy figures that might be found in a porn movie: brilliant/beautiful Harvard/Yale educated 26 year old FBI agent who says really dumb things in the midst of a kidnapping like: "hold me" "kiss me, it makes me feel better" . Yikes!
I could not finish the book. Too bad. Since I have red other Lee Child (Reacher) books, written after he matured I am assuming this trash is just secondary to immaturity and possibly really bad editing. I will move on.
Near the top
Slow build. A bit talky at times but so classic King. So many details required to result in the tragic and terrible conclusion
Yes. It is sickening, sad, tragic twisted. All King's standard stuff.
If you like King, you gotta read it.
You would have to be unbelievably stupid to like this book. Of course I have never liked romantic fiction of the soap opera variety so who knows.
I just read Matterhorn (the Vietnam war novel) and then another old Stephen King and maybe now I will look for another Patterson. Not sure.
It was so sappy and stupid I have no idea. But the material was worthless so the poor performer had nothing to work with
The whole plot was geared around describing how beautiful and perfect these characters were and clearly building some type of tension betweem them. It was soooo unrealistic it never worked. Harlequin Romance probably does a better job
What can I say?
Probably not. I never listen to books or read books twice.
First rate. He is one of my favorite narrators. Captures the subtle differences in Irish accents without overdoing the drama.
I love Adrian McKinty. His books can be gritty and certainly "R" rated but they are worth the read just about every time.
Mankell is one of my favorite authors both for his terrific stories and his beautiful writing. Having read just about all his books, Before the Frost is particularly enjoyable.
All Mankell's books are thought provoking. He tends to have a clear agenda (very liberal) behind his writing but he also tends to focus on very important topics.
I love Stephen King's books but honestly his narration is so awful I cannot even listen to this. I can't fairly evaluate the story or give an overall because I have not listened to the whole thing. I am guessing that is great. will read the book in paper form or ebook and get back on that.
Change the narrator!
Unfortunately a good narration requires a beautiful voice and lots of acting, neither of which are talents of King's. He remains, however, one of my favorite writers.
Please please please do it again with a new narrator.
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