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I do recommend this book, but the title suggests nail-biting and page-turning suspense. It is NOT THAT level of gripping. I like the main character, and I was interested in how his story unfolded. And the medical, surgical, biological descriptions seemed realistic without horrifying me (as in grossness).
My slight complaint is the tidy and somewhat mushy way the loose ends got neatly resolved in the conclusion.
This book gives away the endings of 2 previous books, so I suggest you read the series in order.
WARNING: ALL REVIEWS OF THIS BOOK COULD CONTAIN A HUGE SPOILER
Mine does not. Read on.
I was disappointed in this book. The only reason I continued to listen, all the way to the end, was because of the author. I kept telling myself that a Jodi Picoult book must have something going for it. So I hung in there.
It simply was not interesting. I love elephants (they play a major role in this book), and I learned a lot about them, but the story itself was drawn out and boring.
The ending DID surprise me, and for that I am grateful.
I gave the book 3 stars because 7/8 of it deserves 1 star, and the ending deserves 5 stars. So I graded it by meeting in the middle.
I do love J.P. Beaumont, and Gene Engene, but this listen left me wondering ... "Are they getting more sappy? Or am I getting a little tired of them?"
A good story, solid writing, but definitely a "light" mystery. This is the first time J.P. and Joanna Brady (new character to me) were partnered, as two different Jance series overlapped. Clever. But I am hoping that when I go back to the regular Beaumont series (without Brady), I will regain my former and greater appreciation of Ms. Jance's books.
Yes, hilarious and dark. Like real life.
Some of the things the kindergarten moms say are so nasty as to be ridiculous and humorous, yet, at the same time, the "big and little lies" cover up some disturbing realities of marriage and parenthood.
At first, I didn't think I could stand the "listen" because I am not a fan of the Aussie accent, but the story won me over.
I highly recommend.
To enjoy this book, you have to enjoy a LONG story, a complex set of characters and at least three timelines. I would characterize this book as science fiction, so be prepared for LOTS of references to futuristic technology. Very cool.
I was initially concerned: Could I keep track of everyone? But I encourage you to hang on because the result is well worth the effort.
NO SPOILERS HERE:
This is a story about a family of cloned brothers that is prominent on several different worlds and that - in particular - controls fuel production, so they are wildly rich. It is also a story of ecological ethics and carries a Biblical theme (the Garden of Eden comes to mind), in my opinion. "Humanity" is a central character in this book and resurfaces throughout.
It is also a police murder mystery, a convoluted family drama, a commentary on politics, a monster-slasher story, a "who dunnit" and a morality play.
Be prepared for one thing: Author Peter Hamilton periodically thrusts the reader back 20 years, but not necessarily in the order that would immediately clarify certain details. So he will toss you a moment in a brand new character's life for what seems to be no reason at all. Ten hours of listening later, he will bring this character back, and you will think, "AH HAH! I am beginning to get it."
The only reason I gave the story 4 stars is because of the degree of complexity. It will discourage some readers and demands more effort.
As I stated earlier: hang on, and ENJOY!
As a follow up to the introductory novel, this book was just OK. I still enjoyed getting to know the Spellmans.
This is #14 in a series, so do NOT start with this one.
I LOVE Agent Pendergast and all of the other characters in this series. I miss them when I am between books.
I also love the fear-factor in the series; some of the plots are really scary, some tense, and some neither; this one is a good mystery but not at all scary, if that matters to you.
What makes this story stand out is the fleshing out of the character of Constance Green, Pendergast's ward. She turns out to be quite an asset (no spoilers from me), and long-time fans will love her role in this novel. Wow!
The writing of Preston & Child has gone up and down pretty dramatically. This book is somewhere in the middle, and definitely worth reading. Here is what bothered me: 1. Character omission: Lt. Vincent D'Agosta figures prominently, but his wife is invisible. As another police officer, she would have been a natural, even if on the sidelines. 2. HUGE unanswered questions: WHY was it necessary to stage the revenge activity (not really a spoiler) in the odd, remote spot out west, and why were the elaborate details necessary. They weren't, so why include them ???
So, yes, read this book, but no it is not of the caliber of Relic and Reliquary.
P.S. 5 stars for the narrator - Rene Auberjonois.
Zany. Unpredictable. The descriptions of this book sort of turned me off. I expected it to be "silly." But Lisa Lutz is a very good writer who has fleshed out believable characters I care about. She has also included one real mystery (one of the cases Izzy is working on as a P.I. in her family's firm) and a series of plot convolutions that held my interest.
And the narrator is fabulous. Ms. Moore does not have to produce the menu of accents you might find in a Follett novel whose storyline crosses Europe, the UK and the U.S., but she has what I believe is a much harder task. She has to distinguish between a mother and two sisters in the same family, and several male characters using subtle differences in tone and cadence. I was really impressed.
If you have any sense of humor at all, read this book. Fun.
You all know what this book is about since it is now a major film. But I hope you don't know the complete plot. I didn't have any idea what was really going on, and I had no idea how it would end, until I listened to the book, I am glad to say.
Ms. Flynn builds the story one step and a time, one brick after another. There is nothing missing, nothing skipped over. It would be a great book for a class on fiction-writing or story-telling.
When the audio books begins, you may groan at the peppy voice of Kirby Heyborne, but hold on for a bit. It gets better. In fact, I am sure that Heyborne was intentionally annoying at the beginning to emphasize his character's journey.
Worth reading? Yes.
The best book ever? No.
I am amazed at the number of reviewers who said this book would make you grab your pillow, have sleepless nights, get goosebumps. Not at all. Is it interesting? Yes. Are there many moments when I am not sure what is real and what isn't? Yes. But not scary.
(If you want to be scared, read "Salem's Lot" by Stephen King, or read "Relic" and "Reliquary" by Preston & Child.)
I enjoyed it, I recommend it, and I will miss the main characters, especially Nora.
P.S. If you like narratives that tie up all loose threads by the final pages, do not read this book.
This is part 3 of another fabulous Follett series, "The Century Trilogy." I highly recommend them all. Especially now that part 3 is available, I envy anyone who is just starting the set with book 1 "The Fall of Giants."
The story follows the characters in families in England/Wales, Russia, the U.S. and Germany from the very beginnings of WWI through the election of Barack Obama. An overwhelming task, definitely fiction, but including and based on historical facts.
The only criticism I have is that the stories are just a bit too positive. There certainly was tragedy and loss for each family, but it bothered me that so many of the characters become movie stars, elected officials, famous writers, etc. Narrator Lee excels at all accents except American, but I still love the series.
VERY long - loved that too!!!
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