The complexity of the lives of the parents. The nastiness of some of the mothers was perfect. Issues that women and men deal with every day and mostly in secret were exposed realistically and powerfully.
Madeline is an amusing and cheerful person. She is great.
The flavor of Australia. Her accent was interesting. Her acting was superb. She brought life to each of the characters. When she was one of the characters saying "hello" I felt she was speaking to me. She did the voices of the children well also.
I would have, but it was much too long--almost 16 hours. I did look forward to listening every night. I guess it could have been a little bit shorter, but was fine as it is.
I can't imagine who would enjoy this.
Get to the story and stop distracting the reader with verbal gymnastics.
Yes. No real problem with him.
I feel a bit misled by Audible. This book was recommended to me by Audible because I read many (all right, all) of James Lee Burke's books and loved them. This author is nothing like JL Burke. I think I am going to "return" the book.
Someone who has lots of time on her hands and who likes slow unexciting mysteries.
Waiting for the next Lee Child or James Lee Burke book. Maybe I'll try Silva? De Silva? I am looking for an intelligent writer with strong characters and challenging story lines.
Never heard him before, but his performance was great.
None or all. All bland people.
Inspector Banks was not a colorful character with none of the expected characteristics of the lead investigator. Maybe that's why readers like him--low key and not a big heroic type. The book was boring. The only reason I finished it was that I was on a 1200 mile drive from Florida to NY, but I often lost track of who was saying what or where the story was going. Also the young girl murdered did not engender sympathy in me. She, too, was colorless.
Yes, with reservations. I did like the character of Lucas Davenport (although he is neither Jack Reacher nor Dave Robicheau). This is the first time I have read a book by the Sandford. I am looking for a new author to follow because I have read all of Lee Child and James Lee Burke. I will give Sandford another try, and hope the next book won't be as violent as this one was.
The least interesting aspect was the author's tellling the story of Del in Texas. Truthfully, it was like an unformed twin growing on its brother's body. What the heck was the point of that?
He is a great narrator.
Yes. Watch out for psychos.
The descriptions of a certain woman being beaten was really unbearable. I had to fast forward through the gruesome and oft repeated descriptions of this woman being beaten and raped--her teeth, nose, and bones broken--made me sick. I seriously felt nauseated. It was like violence porn. I'll give another of his books a try, but if it details such abuse of women I won't be able to finish it.
James Lee Burke definitely. Nick Sullivan---NEVER. Sorry Nick Sullivan, but you're up against Will Patton who OWNS the Dave Robicheaux narration franchise.
If Will Patton had done it.
Yes, never read another Dave R book narrated by Nick Sullivan
People who like fantasy and who can put up with time travel and such nonsense. People who liked "The Time Traveler's Wife" would like it.
The narrator was the same as the author and it seemed prideful of him to do his own narration. An outside narrator could have found more nuance in the reading.
The part in which we hear that the protagonist has already returned to the house several times. Huh? Also, the lady in the sky coming to take him. Also, the circle, etc. Silly.
I couldn't distinguish among the grandmother, mother, and daughter. The author not only wrote the book and narrated it, but then told us how so many of his friends made suggestions. I wish they had suggested a coherent story.
Fewer words. Seriously wordy and deliberately obfuscating.
I couldn't follow who was who. Too many settings. Too much beating around the bush.
Bellman, unless he's the murderer. I don't think I'll ever find out because getting back into this book is like swimming in alphabet soup. Words, words everywhere, but not a drop to really drink.
Can somebody explain who the murderer was and what his/her motivation was?
I was transported to the Rez, to the inner circle of the four teenage boys. I could smell the grass and feel the rain and taste the Rez steak sandwiches. This book surprised me time and again. It is basically a serious story, but just when you think it's bleak, Joe and his friends, speaking colloquially, make you laugh with their expressions, their sense of wonder at the world of drinking, sex, religion, etc.
Joe. This kid is great. He is a well-rounded character--is intelligent, ok looking, somewhat athletic, loyal to his friends and his parents.
All of them. Gary Farmer was my personal Indian guide into this world. His cadence was weird, just weird enough to sound somewhat foreign, but not "Me no speakum English" kind of nonsense.
When the neighbor woman came to visit Joe's mother. I was so hoping that she would regain her strength.
The scene of the priest chasing Cappy was hilarious.
I did not expect to enjoy this book but chose it because it had recently been mentioned. I am glad I did.
Maybe the abridged version
No, only from this author. I had high hopes for it.
Dick Hill is great. He did his best to make this tedious book, with a weak plot and colorless characters, good.
All of the names of the highways, streets, intersections. God Almighty! Why do I need to know the car was stopped at Wilshire, made a turn on CIenga......It sounds like the Californians on Saturday Night Live who keep telling everyone the name of every street they took to get anywhere.
I need to know if the books get better before I buy the latest one by Michael Connelly because if it's as boring as this one I won't go near it.
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