Any short story collection is bound to have its ups and downs, and that's very much the case here. Some of the stories are utterly compelling and well worth the price of the listen--others fell flat and left me wondering what they had to do with the theme, or how they possibly got selected.
One that particularly stood out for me as being excellent was "The Last Ballot,"
Overall, I would say this was worth it, and while I'm not usually interested in introductions, I have to say I enjoyed Lee Child's description of how he selected the authors he was able to invite, as well as the selection process for the remaining 10.
The narrators do a great job with the material and I'd listen to them read other things as well. Overall, this was worthwhile.
Kimberly Rae Miller's open, honest, and yet still loving depiction of what it was like to grow up with a compulsive hoarder. Her story is painful but she has a great sense of humor about it and shares it in a way that really pulled me in. She narrates it herself, and she's great at it. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.
I loved the first book in this series - it has a great gross-out factor tempered with a lot of humor, and a dead-pan delivery (ha ha) that reminds me of Ray Romano (love him).
The second book is much darker, dramatically ups the gross-out factor, and has way less humor. Plus, it introduces vampires, which feel very out of place in this story, and I had a hard time reconciling it. I don't think I'll continue with the series; I wish I'd stopped at book 1. (Still read book 1 - it's an awesome ride!)
I absolutely loved this book...there's a mystery at the center of the story that you may figure out relatively quickly, but it's still such a great trip getting there. I got really hooked and found I couldn't put it down. The characters are great - funny, vulnerable, smart, and engaging. When I finished it, I went back to some favorite parts and re-listened. Well done!
I love, love, love, LOVE this book. I've listened to it multiple times and it gets better with each listen - so much nuance, so many little things to discover. It's an enchanting story (in multiple senses of the word) with absolutely fantastically engaging characters. The narration is great, and the narrator does an excellent job of giving each character such a unique voice that there's never any question of which character is speaking. One of my absolute all time favorites!
I had read The Great Gatsby before, but Jake Gyllenhall's narration really brought the book to life for me and showed what a great book it actually is. It's so well-written - little turns of phrase that just capture the imagination and almost put you in the scene. Definitely worth a listen!
The vampire protagonist is a little bit of Jack Reacher and a little bit of film noir and a little bit of vampire and a WHOLE lot of fun. Read them in order, because the story does tie together - but regardless of how you enjoy them, just do. Scott Brick is often not my favorite narrator, but his voice comes to life in Joe Pitt, and this is the best I've heard him. I am going to continue the series - it's compelling and a whole hell of a lot of fun.
This is a creative story line and fans of The Hunger Games series will enjoy it. There were a few things about it I didn't like so well (no spoilers!). The narration was a bit flat and lacked energy.
Those who said this was a lot like a Twilight Zone episode were dead on - it reminded me very much of that well-loved show. A great story that draws you in from the opening sentence. It's well-thought out and smartly written; it really held my attention! The narration was also very well done. I liked this a lot.
My only criticism is that the author needs to master the use of personal pronouns. I think "Ethan" was about every fifth word.
WOW. I had steeled myself for a run-of-the-mill mystery, and I was so pleasantly surprised that the twists and turns kept coming. The characters are well-drawn and well-rounded and this is just a dynamite mystery. I kept thinking I had it figured out, but it kept surprising me. I'm looking at the rest of Brian Freeman's work!
If you love the Joe Ledger novels and were excited to find something else by Jonathan Maberry, let me save you the trouble by warning you away from this absolute trainwreck. it's like what Maberry might have written when he was a college sophomore - overwritten, over-dramatic, and with some of the oddest use of adjectives ever. It's clumsy, ugly, and saddest of all - a complete bore of a listen.
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