This horrible waste of time is marketed as a mystery and thriller, but it's a badly written manipulative romance novel. Shallow characters that induce eye-rolling, a sadly underdeveloped subplot apparently written as filler--perhaps the author had too recently read "Kiss the Girls"- so poorly done as to be embarrassing. In fact, if this book were any more full of filler, it would be sold at Wal-Mart in giant bags of dog food. Don't waste your time.
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.
Joe Ledger is a lot like Jack Reacher; if you're a fan of the Lee Child series, you'll enjoy this series. There's more than a little X-Files thrown in, but more science fiction than supernatural (the first book's plot focuses on zombies, but there's a scientific explanation for them). Ray Porter's narration absolutely MAKES the book. He's amazing, and his character voices are so well-drawn, expressive, and consistent. I would listen to the man read the phone book.
I liked this a lot - it was very suspenseful and fast-paced; the author did a great job of building the story and making it very creepy. The characters were interesting and engaging, and the underlying premise is really cool. The narrator did a FANTASTIC job of creating a unique voice for each of the characters, and considering how many there were, that's impressive. You could easily tell which character was speaking regardless of how it was communicated via the words. I will look for more by both this author and this narrator.
This is well worth the listen if you like horror and have high standards for it.
I have greatly enjoyed Elizabeth Strout's other books, including "Olive Kitteredge" and "Amy & Isabelle." "The Burgess Boys" is almost shockingly disappointing. The story is dreary, the characters utterly unlikable, and the narrator sounds clinically depressed (I guess I would be, too, if I had to read this drivel). I couldn't even finish the first half.
Intriguing characters and a well-written story about German women living in Berlin during WW II. I really liked the characters and how the story evolved, and I will read more by this author.
Lee Child's plot is as inventive, well-thought-out, and twisted as ever in this thriller (which lives up to its name!) Unfortunately, Reacher's nose was broken in the last book, and the narrator read every.single.line of Reacher's with a stuffed up nose. It was awful and distracting and horribly frustrating to listen to. Had I realized this was the case, I would have read this one in print rather than suffering through hours of Jack Reacher's broken nose.
I loved "The Persimmon Tree" and "Jessica," but "The Story of Danny Dunn fell flat for me, despite the great narration. Courtenay's characters are usually very rich and have a lot of depth, but in this book I felt he was just going through the motions. The characters are flat and often more of a caricature than a character. At multiple points through the story I was thinking "Just get ON with it already" and I found the ending predictable. I was especially disappointed in the character of Helen, who seemed even less realistic than the others. All in all, far from his best effort.
Kathleen Wilhoite could not have done a better job with this book--she is delightful, and brings every character to life. Part mystery, part comedy, all fun. It took a little while to get into the format, which switches back and forth between letters, e-mails, and narration, but it is so worth the trip, and so fun. Well done on all fronts!
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