I can think of 5 or 6, but to have one SO close to the end that was so unexpected, yet fitting was great.
I liked everything about Jim Frangione's performance. What I did not like was a review that complained about his performance. One of my key measures (of over 500 titles) is how much/often I simply don't notice someone is reading/performing and simply get lost in the story. If not for the cruel, stupid review I saw elsewhere, I'd never have noticed him at all. It was a masterful job considering the size and scope of the story and the myriad characters and accents involved. I may go listen to something else he did just to check him out more. As a first listen, I have to give him 4 out of 5 GuidallStars.
Many more than I expected. Probably 6 or 7 that would all be spoilers, I guess the first one was the near-opening scene of "feet in cement".
Dennis was close to having my "Prayer Review" One more like this and he gets it. (Yeah, I'm full of myself today but I have probably earned it.)
I was so worried when the estate began announcing various writers picking up Dr. Parker's series. So far, every one has been worthy. This is no exception. It's a bit different than some of the others in that it is longer but that's a bonus here. The best compliment I can think of is that I can't tell someone else wrote it. Naughton is perfect as Jesse and overall and as with Ace Atkins on the Spenser series I am now going to see if Reed Farrel Coleman has a back catalog. If you miss Robert B. This will make you feel better.
This may appear again now and then.
Dear God: Please let this man write another book soon and please let me be here to listen to it. I can't say something like 'even his worst book is good' because I can't think of anything he's done that is worse than anything else.
Before I post this list I have to say that Sandford, Parker and MacDonald are EXTRA special. And Richard Ferrone as John Sandford's voice is an amazing match. Like George Guidall with Craig Johnson and pretty much anything George reads.
Robert B. Parker lived in this space for me as did John D. MacDonald, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, John Hart, Craig Johnson, John Lescroart, William Kent Krueger Ridley Pearson ,and Jonathan Kellerman. Some others are really good but these guys have something special. If you are into mystery-thrillers I just gave you a back catalog I wish I could have...but I HAVE had it and it is an incredible treasure. I stopped going to libraries and swap places just so I can encourage these guys by sending them money. Please enjoy.
This book is a joke. Thank God for the return plan. Preposterous events and characters. Terrible performance. I liked Stephen Frey's prior work but this is just bad...
JUST BE CAREFUL... I automatically, instantly buy anything by Michael Connelly so I didn't realize I burned a credit for a book that was priced at 2.63 since it was only 50 minutes long. I am pretty sure they'll let me pay cash retroactively but better if you know ahead of time. I HOPE this is like last time he did this...the Short story was released a few months before the new Bosch novel. I just can't find any data on when it is coming...here or on Connelly's site.
I might end up doing all of them again. All of John Sandford, I mean.
Absolutely. There were SO many characters doing so many things, some expected and some not.
That f*ckin' Flowers, of course.
I almost cried when it was over because I had nothing half as good lined up. I laughed a number of times but I think my favorite was Chapter 23.
I think I may be ready to say John Sandford is my favorite writer ever. Definitely my favorite one still working.
David Ellis' story
Yes. I didn't find myself anticipating as many elements as I usually do after over 600 Audible titles and thousands of books before those.
Usually I like Luke Daniels just fine. His ONLY, but HUGE, error in this book was Joel Lightner's voice. I have read or heard all of David Ellis' books. I think he would agree and Luke is in danger of becoming a joke like Scott Brick if he keeps doing that. And Tanya Eby just wasn't needed for this book. She wasn't horrible...except every time she did a male voice. It was also a distraction to hear the same character voiced by 2 readers.
Oh, not really...it was just a really good story.
Not really. If it was on the page I'd have quit. Will Patton made it barely finishable.
This would have been merely tedious if it was half as long. It was interminable. This is just tired. I have done the whole series. I kind of thought Dave and Clete might be dead at the end of the last book. I kind of wish they had been. I hate saying this. I have never said or thought it about a series this long before...but again...if you appreciate how good Will Patton is this may be better than nothing at all.
This was as good as any of them. It is as good as Ferrone doing Sandford or Guidall doing Craig Johnson.
I am inspired to give up James Lee Burke.
If, by chance, this is your first time with the series you might like this.
This could easily hook someone on audio books AND John Sandford's series.
It was very cool to have Lucas, Virgil, Kidd and others all together.
Richard Ferrone IS Lucas Davenport AND as with George Guidall and a few others, I don't find myself thinking about who's doing it as much as I do the story...except when I pause to admire that aspect of the performance.
All of it...it was like watching a movie in my head while I was on a 1000 mile trip.
See also my "Prayer Review" on other titles. It applies here too.
No but only because I just don't. Anyone who does this will want to.
Scott, because he did what he thought was right, paid the price for his mistakes etc. I hope to see another one of these along with more from Joe Pike and Elvis. Maybe even a "SuperFriends" version with all three and even Det. Cowley (sp?)
All of them. One of my best narrator compliments after well over 500 titles is when I mostly don't think about who is talking. When I can't find new titles by favorite authors I may add MacLeod Andrews to the list of people I check out like King George (Guidall).
I did laugh a couple times, and yes, there were a couple damp eye moments.
If you are new to Crais you are in for a real treat.
I loved best that Kevin Pollak seems to be the guy he always seemed to be. He is amazingly talented. Incredibly funny, humble but at the same time not unaware that he is really good at what he does. He talks a lot about Tom Cruises' enthusiasm for everything. I'd similarly note Kevin's excitement at getting to meet as many of his heroes as he has and his seeming lack of awareness that he is right there with them as far as his fans are concerned.
I liked his writing style. It was effortless to listen to. I may get the book someday just to see the photos but if I had read the book I'd still do the audio just for the voices. I mean reading this book when audio is available would be like sending Stevie Wonder a painting for Christmas.
There were so many where I laughed out loud. I don't even want to pick one...but to honor the question I'll mention Alan Arkin calling to tell Kevin he had to stop leaving messages for himself (it makes sense when you hear it). Or Rip Torn maybe which can't be printed here.
I choked up several times when he said things I feel deeply. I didn't choke up over his comment about why he hates strip clubs but I did laugh. I have always felt the same.
God, I hope he writes another book. I am going to find his online show next.
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