I feel like I've just finished an Henning Mankell trilogy; Dogs of Riga, White Lioness, and now The Man Who Smiled. I must admit I enjoyed them all. I guess now I"ll have to go back to his first book and then hope that the later Wallander stories show up on Audible. In Man Who Smiled, the author again delves into the human side of Kurt Wallander and he has many of the same feelings we all do, at least I know I do. I always thought the weather in Sweden would suck and in reading these books that's affirmed unless you like living somewhere where it's foggy, rainy, cold a good portion of the time. The mystery flows pretty well, too, sometimes it seems the story moves slowly as the investigation plays out but Mankell does make the story interesting. Sometimes you think what is Kurt Wallander doing but it does make for an interesting tale.
First time author, born in New Zealand who lives in Australia. A witty, well-written fairly short listen about a geneticist who is nerdy, emotionally stunted who is looking for the perfect woman for a life partner. This book is really entertaining, easily keeps your interest and is engrossing enough to keep at it and finish quickly.
PT Deutermann is a pretty good author. My first book of his was set in Israel where current day people were trying to solve an ancient mystery and it was pretty good. I hadn't heard of this author prior to that and when i started looking at his other works only then did I realize most were World War II stories, specifically the Navy in the Pacific theater. This book is pretty far ranging starting around the time of Guadalcanal and going right up until the time right before the Philippines were liberated. The author has an extensive Navy background so you feel like the descriptions of the battles are about as realistic as one could get, pretty brutal. I'm not much of a boat expert so I didn't know many of the technical terms aboard a ship but that didn't really distract from the story. Throw in some fiction, some romance and you have the makings of a good tale. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look forward to my next Deutermann.
This is my second Camilla Lackberg book and I can see the improvement over the first one. Her books so far aren't overly suspenseful police procedurals but they are interesting and entertaining. The author has good insight into human nature plus I enjoy the Swedish settings and talk about life in Sweden. Throw in the interesting twists and turn the author put into her stories and it's an entertaining listen. I know I'll listen to the next one as it's about a mother with a Nazi past, the end of this book gives you a lead in plus I looked ahead at the next one.
I had reached a point with David Morrell's books where I couldn't remember if I'd read his books just by looking at the title and sometimes the summary. So I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this book which appeared to be a stab at a new genre for him. Having lived most of hs adult life in Iowa and New Mexico, it was intriguing that he would try and write a murder mystery set in London in the mid 1800's. He pulled it off quite well and if he continues with the genre I'll give him another try. The painstaking research this effort must have taken to tie a real life character, some 40 year old murders tied into crimes of the time were very well done. This wasn't a crime thriller like many where it becomes a page turner but I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend giving it a try.
Sometimes you get involved with a series where you know that when a new book comes out in the series that you will buy it and enjoy it. It's like seeing an old friend again, you just look forward to it. This latest book in Ian Rankin's Inspector John Rebus series fits that mold. It was a good story, going back in time when Rebus first became a detective and working on a current day case that ties into the old days. It was well done. I find with the narrator and his Scottish accent, i really have to pay attention all the time. When I pay good attention I get most of what is being said but if my attention wanes at all I start missing stuff. I guess my choice would be to keep the narrator and accent as the story is set in Edinburgh, Scotland after all. I'll look forward to the next one!
My second book by author Ben Coes, the second book in the series. The US along with the Rand Corp and others I'm sure, are always studying different world conflict scenarios, thinking though the scenarios coming up with issues, outcomes, all that the scenarios would entail. I'm guessing the author to some extent at least knows of these scenarios and this book is one of them. Along with the US, Indian, Pakistan, China, Lebanon, and Israel all play a part in this non-stop action packed thriller with super agent Dewey Andreas at the heart of the action. There seems to be no regard for loss of life in these types of books. And, sometimes the scenarios seem a bit far fetched but not completely. I would hope these scenarios would never play out but you never know. At least this author tells a good story of fiction that keeps you entertained.
First time author, debut novel by the author I believe although he's done plenty of writing in the world of television. The story pits the USA versus China in a present day actin thriller where all of the latest and greatest technology available is brought to bear. The protagonist is brought into the story to use all of this technology and his knack for finding patterns to try and stem the tide from a Chinese threat using these same tools. It was action packed enough to keep you interested and make you wonder if this type of warfare might really be fought. Maybe it already is. I enjoyed the listen enough that I will give the next book in the series a try whenever it comes out.
If a person has made it this far in the Outlander series, this being book #8, then that person is evidently hooked on the series, which I am. Diana Gabaldon has created an amazing series that after all these pages, these hours of listening or reading. You feel like you know the characters and you like them. And, Davina Porter as the narrator is awesome. To me, Davina is Clare Frazier and she brings the stories to life. There have been a lot of memorable characters in this series and in this book she seemed to bring a good number of them back into the story, both good and bad people. She does a good job of giving you a bit of a memory jolt in refreshing you on characters and incidents. It makes me wonder if I would ever want to listen to the complete series again from the start? I think not, at least at this ime, but you never know I guess. For some reason I thought book #7 was the last in the series but with this book there is no doubt the series isn't at an end. Can't wait for the next one and I really, really liked the way she ended this book.
I thought this series was a trilogy but, if so, it took the author, Cindy Woodsmall, four books to get the story told. The saga of an apple orchard in Pennsylvania, two brothers loving the same woman and she loving them both, a tornado in PA destroying the orchard and then them all moving to Maine to start a new one, and all of the accompanying trials and tribulations finally come to an end in this story. As usual, Cindy Woodsmall's greatest strength is her insight into human nature and being able to communicate that. Once again, you realize the Amish are people just like the rest of us but these stories could have any setting and be good. If anything, I wondered if Rhoda didn't choose the wrong brother, the other brother being my favoritet character in the series. I enjoyed the series and will look forward to her next books.
The author, Diana Gabaldon, evidently wrote this short story as a filler between book #7 and book #8. The two main characters are faimly to Jaime and Clare and you get to know them both much more than in previous stories. You suspect Michael and Joan play a more prominent role goin forward but you can only only guess what that might be. The book is 4 hours long and it was perfect for a 5 hour road trip. Davina Porter is great as the narrator as usual. The book really gets you ready for book 8.
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