Fulton, MO, United States | Member Since 2008
If you loved the previous stories you will love this one also! My only complaint is that I'd like Jeff Lindsay to stop reading his own books. Yes, he does fine but the guy that used to do them was better. You'd think that after becoming rich he'd spread the wealth around and let a professional present his story.
First the terrible narration was a real irritant. Either one of the narrators would have been better than the two of them together. It was irrational how they switched back and forth with all the he said/she said... nuts! The child voices were especially over the top ridiculous. I love listening to books but go with the print version of this for sure.
Second, I had trouble following the characters. I don't know the series so I didn't know who was who and Coulter switches between the first and last names so much it was really difficult for me to keep track. I find it easier to keep track of multiple characters in print but maybe that's just me.
Third, you really have to suspend disbelief in that the characters are shot/injured and hop up and keep going. Only the first guy shot is treated like it was a serious thing. I'm okay with that but some people insist on more reality and if that's you then you won't be happy with this.
If you are already a fan of this series then nothing on earth will stop you from reading this but I strongly suggest you go for the print. This isn't really my favorite genre but I'd read another from this series with a different narrator.
Be warned that you will need to get book three right away so you'll be ready to keep going. This book continues but does not conclude the Katniss trilogy. It ends in a cliff hanger so have three up and ready to go!
I love it when an author builds their own universe and this is a winner. I refused to read these books for years (snobery about not reading young adult lit) but I got pulled in by the deal of the day and never looked back! Go ahead and get all three!
I hurried to listen to Ender's Game so I could finish it before I watched the movie. That was a mistake because it is worth slowing down and digesting. I read this book when it first came out but didn't remember a lot of the story so it was a joy to revisit. The only thing I didn't love was having multiple readers. I don't want people acting, just one talented reader. Don't forget to listen to OSC talk about the story and how it was made into a movie at the end.
I bought this on the deal of the dey so I can't say I wasted a lot of money... It is an achievement to make a murder so sanitized and bland. It was a challenge to finish the whole story. I kept falling asleep and having to go back and find my place. Buy it if you need a really good nap.
I could write the same review for all Royal Spyness Mysteries... Cute as a bug. Fun. Entertaining. I love the world and characters Rhys Bowen has created. I love how Katherine Kellgren narrates the series. Great art? Nope. Just cute, fun and entertaining. Does it need to be more?
I always figured Dexter would die. I'm okay with that. My dream is that he be killed by a serial killer who only kills serial killers... I've been entertained by previous story lines and was ready for Dex to go out with a bang. A pop? No, it's just a whimper.. It's like the author had nothing to say and felt something had to happen anyway. The last 30 minutes may be the worst Lindsay has ever written.There is no way a Dexter fan is going to skip this book but I can't imagine them not being disapointed. Also let me say that I miss the original narrator (Nick Landry?). It's very Stephen King to say I need control over every aspect of my story but I didn't like the change at all. Lastly, the way Lindsay read the chapter headings in his super low voice sounded like farce to me. Insulting even. Dexter fans deserve better. Will there be another book to fix and finalize?
I love serial books. I love that I follow along as the characters and the world are developed. I love that I saw Mavis from street grifter to cop friend to rock star to wife to mother. More than serials I love mysteries. When I can get both then it's perfect. I don't love explicit sex scenes. Just leave that to my imagination... I don't love hearing about rape--it's dispicable, unforgiveable and the opposite of entertaining. I like, however, that it's the basis for the Eve Dallas character, showing how she deals with it and that she lives with it and that it is the basis for her wanting to protect, defend and seek justice. I've read all the Eve Dallas books and this is the one that makes me wish I had never started. There is no mystery in hunting down a madman. There is no entertainment in hearing, step by step, gleeful torture and murder. If I could clear this from my brain as easily as brushing a bad taste from my mouth I certainly would!
I love Tom Clancy but this book goes on forever and get bogged down in the military and political intrigue. It doesn't help that the narrator is too soft spoken for me to understand easily. I liked the book okay overall and it is sure a bargain if you pay by the word but I rate this pretty low compared to some of his other great books. It does tell an essential part of the Jack Ryan storyline so it's still a must read if you want to know Jack...
Only Tom Clancy can make me enjoy listening to a story full of war and political intrigue! This isn't his best ever book but it is well worth the read!
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