I enjoy reading Stephen White, but like other listeners, I think narrator Dick Hill doesn't fit the part. Hill is great with more gritty, colorful characters. In this case, his voice, inflections and accent don't fit the bland but likable Gregory. Much of the dialogue was tiresome and not credible to me, especially Gregory's long (endless) sessions with Hella, in which she describes her own sessions with her own patient. Interesting, but overdone. Sorry, but I fast-forwarded through much of this book.
The Alan Gregory series has long been a favorite of mine; I've read them all and now I'm re-reading them in audio. The story line is consistently clean and fast-paced. I find the dialogue a little wooden and incredible (as in not-credible) at times, especially when the characters re-live their experiences. But if you want a clean, easy listen with all the knots tied up at the end, this one will do it.
I love listening to the Irish Murder Mysteries; the lyrical quality to the foreign accent is entertaining and fresh, and this reader does a great job with it. The book is very well-written with likable characters. It was great to see Frank again (hero in Faithful Place). I felt the dialogue and soliloquizing drags at times, could be edited tighter, but that's what the fast-forward on my I-pod is for. I also would have liked a tidier finish to explain the absolute identical nature of her unknown twin -- a philandering father, twins separated a birth, witness protection? -- I thought that thread petered out, a missed opportunity, but all in all, I love this series.
Great plot, original, entertaining, would make a good movie or episode of Cold Case. I felt the remembrances and philosophizing rambled at times, could have been crisper, although it did flesh out the characters wonderfully. This was a dark, dramatic look into the minds of ordinary people with ordinary, modern-day troubles that got out of hand. Wonderful glimpse of life in Ireland.
Some books hit you in the teeth with a hammer and you love it. This one is more like a dentist's drill -- there might be a good ending but you wish it would come faster. I confess, I only made it a few chapters before I figured I could make better use of my time; that said, I'll keep it in my library and someday when I'm on a long road trip and run out of anything else, I might reattempt it. Perhaps the pace picks up in later chapters.
Brilliant narration. Will Patton makes this can't-put-down book into a can't-turn-off story. A troubled, very human hero with bad habits that you would follow anywhere. I've read this book, but I prefer the audible version, because this reader is a master of inflection and timing.
I have yet to find a Lee Child book I don't like. A great read, on paper and audio. If you like thrillers and who-dun-its, impeccable prose, crisp dialog and a tough-guy-hero, you'll love this series.
I love Brian Haig's writing, witty and fun characters, well developed and immensely likeable. This reader doesn't always do it for me, as he lacks the witty and comedic personality I imagine when reading Haig's hard-cover, but this audio is still a good time.
I've read all the Micheal Connelly books, now starting on the audios.
A real treat to get an audio with THREE of his best.
In my opinion, can't go wrong with the Harry Bosch series.
Classic early-Scarpetta, when she was fearless and had grit and drive. I'm a fan of Scarpetta stories told in first-person -- as most of the early books were -- rather than the remote third person of the more recent novels. Great character development, edge-of-the-chair thriller.
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