This book is not worth the time nor effort of listening... It starts out okay with some suspense which I expected to build but it did not.... it read as a four short stories that were blended (but not well) together. The ending is unexpected because there is nothing in the first half of the story that relates to the ending, except you know that somebody died. The stories are so disconnected that you forget that somebody is dead. The villain is brought in at the end as a "gottcha" type character which is okay, but the story does give any insight about how the villain came to be "financially" able to spy on and then stage such elaborate revenge on four people. All in All the story is unbelievable and it does not get you emotionally involved in any way. In the end you know virtually nothing and I did not feel emotional or cared about any of the characters. I usually like Niobia's work.
This is neither abridged nor unabridged. It is simply a very short-short "sample" of Jack Reacher and his abilities of observation and deduction. I am a long-time Lee Child and Jack Reacher fan. Nevertheless, this story is so short that it's hardly worth a review because there is not much that can be said without saying too much. I agree with the other reviewers who disliked the shortness of the novel and I agree that there is a lot missing in the development of characters and the development of the storyline/plot that would have provided clearer answers as to the ending and "why" of the story. I also agree that this one is not worth a credit, but I bought thru one of audible's special offers (1.95). As usual, Dick Hill does a superb performance job.
This is one of the more intricate mysteries in the Three Pines series, but the story happens outside of the Three Pines village. This novel deepens the listener's understanding of one of Three Pines' dysfunctional families while providing a murder for Inspector Gamache and his team to solve. Cosham's narration is excellent as usual.
I really enjoyed most all of Louise Penny's Three Pines novels. I believe that I have read them all. This one was really intriguing. Maybe it's because I like the style of Chief Inspector Gamache. Maybe it's because I like all of the characters of the Three Pines village. It is difficult to write a review on this one without giving away too much. The synopsis written by audible is a good description. A despicable woman has been murdered in front of many potential witnesses but nobody saw a thing or they saw but are not telling! If you like a story that is more mystery/suspense and some thriller aspects, then the Three Pines novels might be of interest to you. The narrator, Ralph Cosham, is an excellent performer. He is the voice of Gamache for me.
A little over the half way point of listening to this book, I decided to see the movie which was interesting and really held my interest whereas the book was getting on my nerves with the back and forth reading of Nick and Amy's journals. I still have not finished listening because the movie quenched my interest. The movie was more succinct and got to the point without too much filler. While listening to the novel, I just couldn't get past how boring, drawn-out, and saggy the story had become. At this point, I assume the movie's ending is the same as the book. If so, I can say that the ending was a huge disappointment and I just didn't care what happened to either character. They were two sick puppies... they are both selfish and it is too bad they are married to each other.
With all that said, I did find that this mystery/thriller/suspense is not your cookie cutter type in anyway. First, the writing is superb and the narration is good in terms of performance. Second, the use of twists and turns in the way Flynn depicts and unveils the dark side of this couple are unique. The premise of the storyline is good, but just too much filler in the book.
If you can take 19 hours of listening to one novel, then this might be the listen for you. I just can't bring myself to recommend... see the movie instead.
The premise of the story was good and had potential to develop into an excellent story but the ending and the ongoing guessing as to who was threatening and why the vice president was being threatened, got a little frustrating. The ending was laughable. After 30/40 years, the motivation for such a threat was not logical. I think that somebody (writers, editors) did not do their job. Somebody signed off on this one based on Lee Child's reputation or something just as stupid. I gave the high stars because overall the story held my interest and because I am a fan of Jack Reacher. Narrator, Dick Hill is at his usual best. He is the voice of Jack Reacher. I wish the ending had more grit, more teeth, more substance that made sense to intelligent readers.
This I my first read/listen by Brett Battles but certainly not my last... I picked the title based on reviews and 4.95 offer by audible. I am so glad that I took the offer and glad that I read this one first (based on the highly rated reviews of the other Quinn titles).
The story kept me listening and on the edge of my seat throughout. This is the story of how a newly inexperienced rookie cop uses his instincts, combined with his training lands him in the middle of a professional hit and clean-up job gone wrong. He thinks outside the box and finds the clues overlooked by the detectives working the case. Quinn reminded me a little bit of a younger Colombo but much more...more modern, more action, more suspense and much more entertaining. This is the story of how Jake Oliver became Jonathan Quinn, the Cleaner. Highly recommend.
Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators and he did an excellent job.
I like listening to Ralph Cosham. Generally, he uses a calm tone and use increased tension and excitement in his voices when needed. For me, his voice makes the novel easy to listen to for 9.5 hours of narration. It is character development and personality quirks that help him to distinguish his voice for each character.
I did not read Book 1 first.. I read three of the novels before reading this story (book 1) and I have three or four more books in the series to go. So far, all the stories have held my interest throughout, however, I would strongly suggest reading this series in order if possible which will help the listener appreciate and fully understand the back stories that are referred to in each story.
What I've found is that Ms. Penny builds each novel upon the previous story in some way. Yes, I have had to "suspend my disbelief" a little too much but I think the stories give me what I am after and that is a good whodunit while transporting me to another place even if its a fantasy/made up place. Three Pines is described so well that I feel that I could find it. Character development is very good, you get to know the reoccurring characters very well.
In addition to the whodunit aspect which has good twists and turns, there are mystical and otherworldly undertones in this little village where everybody knows everybody and it's become a second home for investigator Armand Gamache.
Never read the printed version... please do not ask this question. we are here for the audio versions.....
No favorite scene, but an unusual scene is when Lord Crick's body exhumed and opened, a storm of flies comes out and catches everybody by surprise.
There is not much to be said about this story... it is pretty much one dimensional in that a man (Lord Crick) is dead and buried, his death ruled natural causes, but the town gossipers says that he was murdered and Lady Farrell's husband is the suspect. Lady Farrell calls on the best anatomist to investigate and -- you guessed it! -- somebody else killed him.
No, the plot did not keep me on the edge of my seat, but I thoroughly enjoyed the easy, relaxing listen.
I had not listen to Prebble before but enjoyed listening to his variety of voices. He has a good range of voices he produced for the characters. I look forward to listening to him again.
An Interesting Political Twist on Wire Tapping.
This suspenseful drama is set in England and is largely about the behind the scenes of horse (jumping hurdles) racing... the who's who among the owners, etc. and the back biting that goes on to get the upper hand over your opponents. There is no real sex scenes but a little talk.... The main character is a Jockey who investigates to find out who is giving a newspaper rag lies and misinformation about his sister and her husband's financial information and their horse training business. Interesting and Entertaining....
I like this writer. His stories are usually very interesting. This story had a strong beginning, middle and an ending that at first I thought "what the hell" does that do for the ending of a pretty good story and what does that have to do with redemption?!!. But upon reflection, I think the attorney did get his redemption afterall, but not in the way that he had hoped it would be.
Suffering the loss of his wife and child, this attorney agrees to take on a "hot button" case that he believes will help him redeem himself if he can save the defendant from a "death" sentence. He had just won a case even though he knew the defendant was guilty. And now he is suffering the tragic loss the his family. He is feeling guilty that he was a workaholic and didn't spend enough time with his wife and child before they was tragically taken away from him. He thinks that maybe if he could help save an innocent man's life, he could redeem himself in the process.
The story moves along at a good pace and had good twists and turns, and the ending had a good "didn't see it coming" twist. At first I was totally disappointed but after reflection I realized that, Yes, the attorney did save a person's life but not in the life or death kind of way he had hoped for, but from a more romantic kind of way.
The narrator did an excellent job with differentiation between male and female voices. Kevin T. Collins' voice is soothing yet with lots of energy. The kind of narration that I like. The price for this novel is low and worth the listen... Recommend.
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