Santa Fe, NM, United States | Member Since 2005
I have been waiting for several years for a new Tana French novel to be available. I was really a bit disappointed. I love her skill, I love the narrator. The story was a little dark and narrow for me. It was definitely intense, a real mystery, and shows her talent. I was not entertained in the same way as Faithful Place, which I will listen to for a third time. I am a great fan of hers, don't dispute her talent. Admittedly, I am a person who goes for a bit more feel good. It gave me such a sense of dread because I actually believe that places can be powerful enough to destroy lives. Don't get me wrong this an intense well written mystery. a little too heavy for me. And Faithful Place was not - go figure.
I don't have much of a review, but am hoping that someone reads these so that perhaps it will get through to the producers. I know this is probably a very good book. I have liked most of Jane Austins' work. the problem was that I like to relax when I am listening, I often listen in bed in the middle of the night when I can't sleep or for an afternoon nap. Johanna Ward, has a lovely voice, but she read so fast that I had to work to assimilate the text. It was as if she was reading it for a speed test. I am truly sorry, I was looking forward to the book. Hope this helps somehow.
I cannot get into the story, I can't find the story. Don't like the writing, The very beginning was intriguing but then it went south. Don't like the voice of the narrator. He is probably talented, but his affectations for this story are grating to me. I went for almost two hours on it before I quit. There seems to be a lot of words that are establishing a tone, but it is not pleasing or engaging. There is nothing to hold on to. I am sure some people like this, I read the reviews. I am particular and have over 500 books in my library. this one is on its' way out.
Honestly, I don't feel the need to prove my literary analysis ability with a lengthy review. I simply want to give a helpful opinion of my experience. Five stars says a lot, and I consider myself a discriminating listener.
I had a hard time getting it started, but loved the characters so much I just kept relistening until I got it. The story was well developed and had a real surprise ending! I enjoy "Robert Galbraiths' " writing. I am hoping, I assume, like many others, that this will not be the last we see of Cormerand (I don't know how to spell this) and Robin. The characters are truly likable and given a uniqueness that I I usually don't come across in detective or mystery writers. The realistic and what might be called foul language does not offend me . The thing that stands out in my mind apart from the characters, is the narrator. I am awed at his ability to distinguish and create such authentic voices. I actually went back and looked to see if there was more than one narrator. I don't recall in my 500+ plus books ever being so impressed by the narration. He truly makes a huge difference by delivering such an exceptional performance. I can't imagine anyone who loves mysteries not being happy with this "read".
I have never read Jo Nesbo before and was intrigued when another review had compared him to Steig Larson. That got my attention. I found that it did have things in common; the intensity, the unbelievable dark side of psychopaths, a familiar writing style. What it didn't have in common was a compelling and very unique hero or heroine like Salander. The story was well put together. The narration good.I found something missing in not being able to get involved with the characters. Harry Hole was the lead but I felt no connection or depth to his character. I didn't give it five stars because it did nothing for me to raise it out of the genre of generally good crime fiction. Lisbeth Salander took the Millinium Series over the top.
I love Robert B Parker, and enjoyed the Appaloosa series enough to listen to them all twice. I thought I would give this a try because Titus Welliver is a good narrator. I thought he could bring some continuity to the extension of the series and I was hopeful. Frankly I was just bored the whole way through. I listened to the whole thing, being somewhat desperate for entertainment, but this did not deliver. It was like a meal with no salt. No spice, Pretty predictable and a lot of rambling dialogue that did not create interest or depth. So sorry Mr. Knott, good effort. but C-.
I have read many of the Spencer novels. I continue to buy and listen and dread the day I have completed the series twice. I never mind listening more than once. I can't say this is great literature, great writing, or epic stories etc. But for me they are GREAT entertainment. I don't enjoy the over the top Reacher type, spare me, these are like super hero action comics. Nor do I like exploitive violence and brutality which are often not necessary. I do enjoy the Spencer character, I love the humor, the "tongue and cheek" Mr. Thin Man repartee, (can't spell that) from the thirties and forties. AND, I especially value the consistency of his moral integrity transcending the law or the norm. What's not to like. Moral superiority does it for me every time. GO SPENCE. LOVE HAWK.
I couldn't finish this book, therefore, not much of a review. I "read" the Secret Garden and it kept me entertained. I think it was the novelty of it. But the format and jumping back and forth did not work for me a second time. I find myself curious enough about the "who done it", but enough to prolong the chattery.
I especially enjoyed the well researched history. I found it to be somewhat long, but don't think there is much that could be eliminated. Although much of the story had harsh aspects they were never exploited. I feel like I was treated to an entertaining history lesson. I would recommend this listen, and will find the sequels. The narration is good. There were many characters, and accents which were well differentiated. I also appreciated the pace of the narration. I find that to often be problematical. Not here.
Other reviews called it fun, entertaining, laugh out loud. I don't think so. Silly is not really fun. Overall I am giving it a three because I listened to the whole thing. Curiosity driven. It is passable entertainment, and other than style points it will please a lot of readers, mostly women. I hand it to her because she pulls off what she is attempting.
This must be an earlier book from Michael Connelly. I found the writing not as good as in LIncoln Lawyer and later books. The story was okay, a bit drawn out, but it is what one is looking for in a mystery thrill. I found the datedness interfered with the story line especially in terms of the narrator. Overall the narration detracted from the experience. Buck Shimer did a great job in creating different character voices, but there was often a self conscious or emphatic delivery in the wrong places. I think much of it was faulty writing. The dialogue is inconsistent with the way people think and speak. There was too much reference to location in an attempt to present a valid circumstance. Connelly is not the only author to overuse this convention. If I am talking to a friend, colleague etc. It is weird to go into detail about the route. i.e. if I am Boulder, and I have lived there, I would never say casually, or in my head. I am going down Pearl Street to the Whole Foods Grocery. I am really nit picking but the point is that there was no casual delivery in these techniques. It is as if going down Pearl Street is important. Not really. Not even going to WholeFoods. It is an attempt to create realism that is superfluous. I find it to be very masculine, talking about names, places, directions, measurements. I would much rather know how a characters feels when driving down Pearl.
This is about the fourth Connelly mystery I have listened to, and it is the least accomplished I think. I enjoyed all the others, or specifically did not notice that the narration and writing technique distracted from the experience.
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