Listening to a James Lee Burke novel with Will Patton narrating and Dave Robicheaux as the lead character is like visiting an old friend. You know you are going to have a great time and Creole Belle didn't disappoint. Patton's narration is great and he really brings the characters to life. The story gives you a good feel of what life in southern Louisiana must be like, although without all the crime and seedy characters maybe, but who knows? Burke is great at character development and I love his insights into human beings and life in general. And, Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell are two characters unlike any others. I'll look forward to the next Burke novel, be it set in Louisiana or Texas. And, when the author decides to hang it up, it'll be a sad day.
Why would an author that has had great success take on a new genre? It can't be about the money. It must be that the author just enjoys writing, maybe it's the challenge of showing others or maybe just yourself that you can do it. But this author, by any name, gets it. This book is the second in the series and the author does a great job of building on the first while weaving an interesting crime thriller. I wouldn't say there is great suspense in this book but the characters are really well developed and interesting. It's a thinking person's book and the setting with a bunch of authors, editors, and publishers is good. You get into the mystery after a bit and the book just flows. I'll look forward to the next book in the series, the author can really take the series in many different directions.
Interesting premise in this one, my second Lowell book. Two families involved in precious gems task a family member to get to know the other to get an inside track to the other family. The two not only get to know each other but sparks fly immediately. I don't know that Elizabeth Lowell is known as a romance writer but this one had plenty of romance in it. It was an entertaining listen, though, as the author wove the story line of the mystery, the gem in this story being jade. You learn a lot about jade in this book. I enjoyed the characters, the setting in Seattle and the San Juan Islands, and the plot was OK. Sometimes it seemed the book didn't flow as well as it should but it didn't detract from the book too much. I will listen to book 3 in this 4 book series.
I didn't really know much about the life and times of President James A Garfield when it was recommended to me. But I like history and it sounded interesting so I went for it. It's actually a fairly short listen and due to the interesting times was easy to stick with. The biggest fact I learned was that Garfield was a good man, made of presidential timber although he didn't even want the job and the mark he would have made could have been significant if he hadn't been shot just four months into his presidency. The book tells of his life from a young age until the end. When you read history you always find the key issues of the times and inventions that were being made that still affect us greatly today. Garfield was alive when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, they even knew each other, and both witnessed the beginning of that great revolution. What would both of them think of what a telephone can do now? This era was just 16 years after the end of the Civil War and here a second assassination of the nation's leader took place. You can imagine what this did to the psyche of the USA. Good book
I came across this series and started with book #1 and this is my second in the series, book #2. I'm still not quite sure what genre to put this in? it's clearly a murder mystery but it's not really a thriller, not a page turner. It's more in the line of a Sherlock Holmes mystery, a thinking person's mystery. And, yet, there is also the aspect of an American author writing the story set in England and sort of making fun, a spoof almost, of the British way of life, the language, the aristocracy and the class system, which we Americans find interesting, I suppose, if not a bit strange. Still, with all this said, my goal in any book is to be entertained and that I was.
If you are like me and started listening and enjoying Jo Nesbo due to his Harry Hole series, that is probably what drew you to this book. When I first read the summary and reviews, I wasn't sure if I wanted to tackle this book. In the end, it was my enjoyment of Nesbo and Harry that had me listen to this. I'm glad I did. There is no Harry Hole in this novel but the trademark dark, brooding characters are there. Nesbo really came up with a creative, imaginative story in this book, a young man who goes to prison to try and find out the truth as to what really happened to his father. Nesbo explores a lot of different angles of human nature, makes you think about your own life and those in it. As the story weaves its way through, you get caught up in it, think about it and it really flows to the end. I was almost dreading finding out what dark, dastardly things might happen. I really enjoyed the book.
This is my second Neuhaus and I enjoyed them both. In this one, the author was slow in the beginning, seemingly laying the groundwork for the eventual crime. I read in researching her that in her first book she edited out 400 pages so this must be a trend. I've also noticed that several of the northern European authors I've listened to seem to plod along setting the stage for the crime. Maybe it's a cultural thing? But when the author did get to the crime the story did get going and became a page turner. This book, like other European crime stories I've listened to, has a real dark side. I would expect that as Neuhaus gains experience she will become more succinct in her storytelling. The translation from German to English was pretty good as well and I liked the narrator.
This was my second book by Joseph Find and it had been several years since the first. I was at a bookstore to hear author Greg Iles speak about his latest book and he mentioned that Finder is one of his favorite authors. This book had recently come out and was showing on audible so I decided it was fate and time for this second book. In reading some of the reviews, several were negative almost to the point of stopping me listening to it. But I persevered and am glad I did. Was it the greatest thriller ever written? No. Was it entertaining? Yes, it was. If you've ever thought to yourself, what if my life came into contact with a crime syndicate and they wanted my cooperation, it would change my life to the bad, no question. That's what happened in this book. I thought the author created an imaginative tale that kept me interested and wanting to know how it would all play out.
Living your life according to your own expectation not others is at the core of theplot in this book. Most of the books I've listened to with Amish settings have had more crisis in them so this wasn't the most exciting of them. But, it was a fairly short, interesting tale that makes you feel good.
If you're a Walt Longmire fan you'll want to listen to this book but I don't know that it's the best in the series. The plot to me was kind of sketchy to be set in a really small town in Wyoming, I just don't see it happening. But, the creative, witty writing of Craig Johnson is there and that's why you listen. The stage is also set for some future action so that's another reason to listen. Since I listened to my last Longmire the TV series on A&E has been canceled, supposedly due to the average age of viewers being 60 and conventional TV wisdom being that for advertisers the age range must be 18 to 49. In listening to this book it is true that many of the characters are older but in my opinion still enjoyable. Maybe the author should take heed and add some youth and spice into the series. I don't know, that's his call and maybe he doesn't want to. I will say that the TV series took some serious liberties with the series as laid out in the books and part of me is saying I'm OK the TV show got canceled so I don't have to experience these parallel Longmire worlds. From what I've read they TV producers are looking for another TV channel to carry the series but at this writing nothing has been done. C'mon, Craig Johnson, give us another good Longmire, your version.
I have now listened to all of two Adrian McKinty trilogies. I loved all six books. I really like his writing style, the narrator is great, he develops great characters, and he tells a good tale. What's not to like? This book ends the Michael Forsythe trilogy and like all the other books it's action packed, interesting, and well told from start to finish. All I can say is I hope you enjoy McKinty as much as I have.
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