I first read 'Watchers' some 20 years ago. It has always been one of my favorites, and listening to it has been like reuniting with an old friend. Well narrated, with great characters (especially Einstein!), this is Koontz at his best.
I had read The Shining in 1977, when it was released. I saw the movie, and was disappointed that it strayed so far from the book. I have decided to listen to the recent King release Dr Sleep, which is a sequel to The Shining, so I thought it would be a great idea to refresh my memory - A wonderful decision - Reading King is fun, hearing his words read to you is a whole new enjoyable experience. So happy I made the choice.
The performance of Campbell Scott was superb.
I think he handled all of the characters very well.
The finale, of course - The rescue, and the demolition of the evil hotel...
The overall story was excellent - Suspenseful throughout.
What's not to like about Scott's performance? After more than a decade, I recently returned a book that I had bought because of its high rating, only to be disappointed with the reader. I have never been unhappy with a Scott Brick performance.
Laugh at times, and sigh with relief.
Coben & Brick make an unbeatable team.
The entire story. When my wife and I arrived in South Africa, some 30 years ago, the local inhabitants all suggested we read Wilbur Smith, for an understanding of the country, culture, and history. We devoured the Sean Courtney trilogy, and continued to enjoy the adventures of the entire Courtney clan. Highly recommended.
Too many to choose just one.
John does a fine job, although there are a few spots where I question his accent. Not serious enough to be off-putting, and probably not very noticeable for anyone that hasn't actually lived in the country.
The Courtney saga continues...
Trust me - I've yet to recommend Wilbur Smith to anyone that hasn't thoroughly enjoyed his writing (and impeccable research). Please can we have some more Courtney family based novels, unabridged. A Sparrow Falls will complete the first trilogy, and I'm waiting patiently.
Yes, I already have. I had the good fortune (or mis-fortune, dependent upon one's point of view) to be employed by a firm that moved, lock, stock, and barrel to South Africa. Upon arrival in the friendly village of King William's Town, in the eastern Cape, many friends, quickly made, advised that to really enjoy South Africa it would be helpful to understand its history. The best way to do that would be to read Wilbur Smith, starting, of course, with the Sean Courtney trilogy. Heeding that advice, I was quickly addicted, and have since managed to read everything (with the exception of a couple of the more recent Egyptian novels) that Smith has written. Impressive, exceedingly well-researched, thoroughly enjoyable, I would highly recommend the entire series, which delves deeply into the history up to fairly recent times. I would NOT recommend listening to unabridged versions, and I'm looking forward to hearing John Lee's presentation of The Sound of Thunder.
The entire plot.
Difficult to pick one particular scene from so many.
The deaths of his wife, and of his best friend Duff Charleywood.
I hope more of Smith's books will be recorded in the unabridged version.
Good storyline, enjoyed the early days of John Corey.
The final solution was great fun.
Scott is the ultimate reader, and his performance of any novel, especially DeMille's work, is always superlative.
John Corey, because he's John Corey.
Really looking forward to 'The Panther'
It's in the top 10
Can't compare Travis to any other character I can think of, and I might say the same of John D MacDonald's creative talent.
I didn't feel he showed enough emotion, somehow he seems to lack the machismo of the real McGee. Also, I was dismayed at his pronunciation of 'cay'. I could be wrong, I suppose, but I have only ever heard it spoken as 'key', and I can't believe Travis McGee would do otherwise.
The last chapter moved me, as do the last chapters in most of the McGee series.
In 1956 or 1957, I was in the USMC, stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In the PX there I spotted a paperback book with a banner running diagonally across the front cover that read 'I wish I had written this book', signed Mickey Spillane. That book was either The Damned or Dead Low Tide, I can't remember which, but reading it began my appreciation of John D MacDonald. I devoured just about everything he wrote, enjoying them all, but the Travis McGee series was the icing on the cake.
I had never read Gregg Hurwitz, but I saw a recommendation for this book from David Baldacci, and when I realized it was narrated by Scott Brick I knew it would be a win - win. An edge-of-the-seat thriller, nearly impossible to stop listening, with well-developed characters (especially Shep, as vocalized by Scott Brick). Thanks to all involved in this one, and I'm ready for more Hurwitz.
As a long-time tennis fan, I've followed Andre throughout his amazing career, and feel that he's now won a Grand Slam in the publishing world. The only fault I can find is with the reader, who should have, at least, made an attempt to learn the proper pronunciation of the various players' names. Well done Andre, and may your life and that of Stefanie and your children continue to be filled with love and joy; and may your foundation go from strength to strength. Thank you for sharing.
20+ years ago, when already a Dean Koontz fan (Whispers, Phantoms), I read, and fell in love with, Strangers. This is the author's epic novel of friendship and hope, sometimes predictable, often suspenseful, always thought-provoking. After reading it the first time, I wondered what treatment it could be given on the big screen by a director like Spielberg. But the story is far too big for a movie, rather it could (and should) be filmed as a TV mini-series. Take note, SciFi Channel! I did find the narration a little slow at times, and didn't approve of all of the characterizations, but after listening for a few hours I became very comfortable with the reader and give him a big 'thumbs up'! For anyone that doesn't balk at a 29-hour listen, this is an outstanding choice. Those that choose not to listen are missing a wonderful experience.
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