Please don't let this novel prevent you from trying others in the Kay Scarpetta series. I admit, this was a disappointing novel. Very little suspense, no real climax, a flat ending. However, the earlier Scarpetta novels were great, and I can highly recommend them. From Potter's Field, Black Notice, The Body Farm, and others were excellent reads. Note: I have not cared for Patricia Cornwell's non-Scarpetta efforts (Southern Cross, and Isle of Dogs come to mind), and this particular Scarpetta novel seems more of that ilk.
This book was somewhat of a letdown from the second book in the series, which was already a letdown from the first book. This was not a series that got better as it progressed. Somewhat predictable, and I kept thinking about movies or stories from which I could see parallels to this book. It was just OK.
I never read any of the Anne of Green Gables series when I was growing up. I think I purchased this one on an Audible special. I am SO glad I did! I enjoyed the book so much, that I have already purchased the second and third books in the series from Audible, as well as a Kindle edition of the complete collection. I wish ALL of the books in the series were available from Audible, read by Barbara Caruso. I think I probably enjoyed the book more now, as a 50-something adult, than I would have in my younger days. The stories within this book lightened my heart. Such good, clean, heartwarming, funny tales. And I love Barbara Caruso's reading. Not overly dramatic, which I can find quite tiresome. Just perfect!
I just started listening to "The God of the Hive," and I don't normally rate a book before I've completed it. However, I wanted to alert other listeners that they should read "The Language of Bees" BEFORE reading "The God of the Hive"! I am so glad that I had already decided to read this series in order. This book picks up ONE DAY AFTER the conclusion of "The Language of Bees", and the storyline between the two books, insofar as I can tell from listenting to the first 30 minutes or so, is continuous. The events referenced to this point in the book are direct occurrences in the previous book. I think the listener would miss a great deal of information, reading these two books out of sequence. I love Laurie R. King's stories of Mary Russel and Sherlock Holmes, but I like stand alone novels. In my opinion, "The God of the Hive" is definitely NOT a stand alone novel.
If you're looking for the humor of Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, keep looking. If you're looking for one man's ideas about diet, exercise, and self affirmations, and his suggestions about how to apply them to your life, then this might be the book for you. I was not looking for a self-help book. I bought this because it was an Audible Daily Deal, AND because it was written by Scott Adams. It turns out that those reasons, alone or in combination, are not sufficient reasons to buy an audiobook, and least not for me. I almost chose to not finishing this book. I got pretty tired of hearing the same ideas, and the same disclaimers about them not being "advice" (read CYA here), over and over again. The only reason I chose to finish the book is that I do not like it when other reviewers give reviews of books they have not read, and I wanted to get on here and let others know that this is a self-help book, not humor. I enjoy the Dilbert comic strip, and believe that I will continue to enjoy it for some time to come. I will have to think long and hard, however, before I ever purchase another book by Scott Adams. When I finally got the the end of the book, my immediate reaction was along the lines of, "Thank GOD! Now I can listen to something I'll enjoy."
I enjoyed listening to this dramatization of Star Wars. It was good to hear some of the details that were lacking from the movie. It would have been great if ALL of the original actors had been available to read their characters' parts. I'm glad they were able to get Mark Hamill to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker. The other character/voice actors did fine, too, but the original actors' voices would have been a real treat.
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