Having listened to over 80 audiobooks in the past 2 years, I have not felt compelled to write a single review before this. Yes, some were less than scintillating but the reviews warned me of that, so I was forwarned and took some educated chances...often pleasantly surprised. I sadly write to say that this was the singularly most disappointing, boring, trivial story I have listened to. As I was drug into one boring uneventful "sting" operation after another for hours and hours, I felt neither a sense of suspense or even interest. While taking 1/2 hour detours into irrelevant descriptions of how one character came to acknowledge her lesbian sensitivities or how another character is really a sensitive caring guy while he has unending sexual daliances outside his marriage (deathly ill wife at that, as if the plot were taken directly from an undergraduate screen play) this story just dies on the vine. By the time any meaningful tension develops, well into the 9th or 10th hour, I just didnt care anymore...A glutton for punishment I finished the book and left myself a virtual sticky note to beware of Scott Turow in the future....Although the story could not be saved by the best of readers, this one sounded like Elliott Gould reading to a 6th grade class. He has an irritating habit of occasionally overemphasizing when none is needed, but mostly he read as if he had just learned the language, or was unprepared, or bored. He seemed to have only 2 voices, a mean black man (just one character) and a dry older jewish man (everybody else)
A great murder mystery, which begins by telling you who done it then proceeds to confuse you as to just exactly who that is. In the final telling, the young women of this family do seem a little short on common sense or at least caution in their relationships, but still a good read.
I found myself enjoying this story as it developed. It was probably written for young adults but this older adult found it interesting enough to consider reading more of the series. It has a good pace of action, funny and interesting group of characters and creative situations and resolutions.
I could not do that
It is a decent performance of dry material
I have to put this into the "just another apocalypse survival story". Some books just never really get off the ground, like this one. From beginning to end I felt it was 2 dimensional, I didn't know much about the characters and cared less. Simply put, it just had no reason for being written. Neither funny nor tense, not thought provoking or heart warming, it just sort of plods along.
I highly recommend this book. A great Irish reader and a mystery that the author has placed so realistically into the 1980's strife of northern Ireland that I had to research to assure that it was written very recently. Not for the squeamish or homophobic it lays out the conditions under which people in Northern Ireland lived during the 60's throught 90's. I was a little familiar with the IRA but this gives a deeper view of the poitical landscape while weaving an interesting mystery and an equally interesting detective.
Several of the action sequences are drawn out too long, a relatively minor issue, but I found myself losing attention even while in what should be an exciting moment.
I am a sucker for this genre that blends mystery or crime in parallel universe of ghosts or wizards etc. ala Dresden files, The Iron Druid or even Monster hunters international. A common thread here is wisecracking long suffering hero's.
I very much enjoyed this reading
Although not really a distraction, this book reads as if each chapter was written like a monthly installment in a mystery magazine or web series, although I have no personal knowledge of this. On several occasions we are reminded of an incident that needed no reiteration unless the listener had been away from the story for an extended period of time.
Complex, Heroic, Creative
He is brilliant with all the characters, women and men alike.
Yes, I nearly did!
Ever since Monster Hunters International I have patiently waited for the next book from Larry Correia. In a genre that can get bogged down in trivia or contain few or virtually no new ideas, his stories are complex, humorous, exciting and original. If you enjoy fantasy along the lines of the Dresden files or the Iron Druid, I would be surprised if you did not enjoy all of this series.
The sheer nerve of this guy. What he calls "social engineering" is nothing more than scamming and capitalizing on peoples trust. The fact that he, reportedly, did not take financial advantage of people for monetary gain (with the exception of the radio call in scam) carries some weight. While he probably greatly embellishes some of his exploits, he really doesnt need to. His understanding of the technology of the time (late 1980's and early 1990's) is amazing and his manipulation of that technology and the people surrounding it is the story (that and his paranoia)
No.. this is not a "moving" book. Its about a techy genus with an associated personality disorder. He admits, only in passing, early in the book that he was molested as a child, and never mentions it again. I'm certain the nurture/nature influences both teamed up to make him a uniquely damaged soul. He seems to be nearly sociopathic as he uses one person after another to get information or resources that help him move through his paranoid life, without a single guilty look backwards. In fact in the end he rants about the unfairness of the legal system and how he was badly treated, while leaving a wake of victims behind him.
In the end, I have to say it was a very compelling story, couldnt put it down.
Since I enjoy Christian Rummel's reading of this series I would say I prefer this audio version.
I have very much enjoyed the different levels these books have delved, without being too complex or boring. This review applies to all of the first 4 books of the series. Initially it seemed targeted strictly to the space war shoot em up fans, but has pleasantly surprised with intrigue and nice development of various characters.
This series really grew on me and now reminds me of Patrick Obrien's Master and Commander, except I have not become bored with Lost Fleet. Initially it failed to grab me but I persevered and have become hooked. The generous use of conflict, both literally against enemies and between characters who may, or may not, be friends is most enjoyable. When I first read Master and Commander I loved the naval strategies and strength of personalities that were developed in the early books, only to become bored as the later books had very few action packed sea battles and the associated tension. This series has kept my interest with plenty of relevant action and surprisingly interesting relationships.
I would recommend most of Baldacci's books and this one fits that bill. Good character development is always important and this book moves consistently, rarely bogging down. Although the plot is generated from a fairly creative idea, I did find that it unfolded in mostly predictable and somewhat cliche'd manner.
The book moves well and never bogs down, lots of action.
Yes, although I am used to male readers voicing female parts and visa versa, i also enjoy each being read by someone of the same sex. Both of these readers do a good job.
I find Baldacci's earlier books more entertaining. Some times its difficult to put your finger on why a book falls a little short of expectations. I think this story is simply a bit worn out without some really creative new twists. There are also a number of situations that are simply a bit unbelievable, when our protagonists are able to figure out certain puzzles with, frankly, to little information
Yes, any time you find yourself ready for a new book, as I do every few days, Craig Johnson and George Guidall are a great choice. I would have given 5 stars but, although creative, I thought the back and forth from present to Viet Nam was just a little too heavy.
Its a bit of James Llee Burke's Dave Robicheaux thoughtful southern cop feeling, but not so poetic or heavy, with a touch of Michael Connelly's flair for distinct character and mystery development.
Thats the real strong part of this series, very well developed characters all. My favorite Henry adds spirituality and strength to every book, followed by Walts spicy, foul mouthed deputy "Vic" and of course Walt Longmire himself as an always stabilizing influence.
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