It starts a little lame, but once things get going, the plot moves fast. It held my attention and made a long drive much more enjoyable.
I love the China Bayles series, but this book didn't move quickly enough for me in audio version. Maybe it is China's resistance to the idea of her father's murder that slows down the pace of this book. She remains so unconvinced by the clues staring her in the face (sorry, but I found her denial annoying) that the book actually takes on an unconvincing undertone. Or maybe it's the intermittent addition of the much older male reader for her husband McQuade, interrupting the natural flow of the book. I love, love narrator Julia Gibson -- she could read the phone book and make it pleasant -- but the McQuade chapters seemed to drag on, despite the male narrator's talent and timbre. His voice didn't seem to mesh with China's. The visual he invoked didn't work for me -- I guess I couldn't imagine them in a relationship. It's also one of the more serious books in the series ... I miss their light-hearted family moments. I miss the herb store. I miss the recipes.
Not Sandford's best, but hey, it's Virgil. What's not to love. This book may be better in print than audible format -- perhaps the many foreigners descending on Minnesota might sound more credible in a reader's imagination than they were off the tongue of this audio-narrator. I found it annoying that the male hairy, scary terrorist known as The Turk and the beautiful Israeli woman (both of them) had the SAME deep voice and truly awful accent. It was confusing who was talking when and to whom. I agree with another reviewer: Sandford and this narrator should stick to American characters. That aside, Sandford is one of my favorite authors, and I'm going to continue to buy everything he writes. He's that good.
Entertaining, enjoyable and smart, but not too smart. A fluffy but likable who-done-it and a believable heroine.
I usually love this author, and the opening sentence was a grabber. But I just couldn't get into this book. I found it slow and the character annoying, the first chapters full of self-pity and ponderous background. At 24 minutes in, I finally gave up and kissed this book (and my wasted money) good-bye. Maybe this plot eventually picks up -- I assume so, as Grisham isn't known for flops -- but for me, this book was a drag.
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.
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