Goldens Bridge, NY, United States | Member Since 2006
I like Elvis Cole ... but Joe Pike is minimalist cool. I thought the pace of this story was better then the first two. The usual twist at the end was unexpected. The biggest downside to the book is we are losing the mystery of the character ... which was a highlight of the Cole Series.
Got tired of waiting for next Camel Club, book - so thought I'd give this one a try. Standard Baldacci character development, early intrigue and potential plot outcomes. Baldacci gives you enough upfront to say ... dang, I knew it would be them. Not as good as the CC team, but these two characters have potential. I'm starting book number 2 today.
I'am a big Crais fan and greatly looked forward to this book. The performance was screwed up as they failed to read the chapter numbers. I was on road traveling and kept thinking I was missing chapters. I even wrote them down when they were stated and reversed a couple times when somewhere skipped. The way the book is written (jumping around) made the readers technique even worse. Maybe the reader could have said something at beginning of recording about skipping the chapter numbers. In the end totally ruined my enjoyment of this book.
I'm not sure what to make of this Stone Barringtion book. While everyone must grow up, the joy of fiction is characters can be suspended in time. In this foray is all about wonderful rich people and there wonderful rich life. Stone makes lots of money as partner in firm, he gets close to his kid, his kid is smart, he finally marries Arrington, he looks nice in riding pants. There is no twist of government intrigue, no beautiful smart femme fatale, no car chase, no flash of Stone's hard edge ... in a nutshell no mystery or drama. All the things that have made Stone a favorite are missing. I kept waiting for the changed birth certificate to cause a problem. For the villian to actually be connected in some way to the premise of the kid's movie. For Herbie, Joan or Dino to get capped by mistake. Nada. What did happen was predictable. Tony Roberts did a good job, but this was my first real disappointment with the series.
I was looking forward to this latest recording and must say I was disappointed. Not as much by the story, but the performance. I was appalled at how poorly the Hawk voice was performed. The actor spoke as if Hawk was a TV pimp or ghetto character. Anyone that is fan of series would be disappointed. The story was ok, actually gave a few glimpses into Hawk's life that were interesting --- but I could not get past the voice.
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