My first experience of John Burdett and his Bangkok books - fabulous!! You can almost smell and feel Thailand and what a great twist on the American detective that breaks the rules - the Thai cop who is NOT corrupt. All the characters are unforgettable. Simply spell-binding, narration is delicious! Looking for other books read by McCready and already ordered the first two Bangkok books - highly recommend this exotic murder mystery.
Top 5% by far. I'm glad that her pen name was uncovered or I would not necessarily have found this book. Unlike fantasy/YA enthusiasts that are disappointed that this is not another Harry Potter, I loved the HP books because of the fabulous plot and character development. It reminded me of classic talent like Victor Hugo. I'm delighted she applied her significant talent to one of my favorite genres.
There are so many great visuals in this book, so hard to pick one. The vivid character development of the main protagonists is fantastic and the build up to plot climax extremely well done.
No, but he was so spot on I wish I could demand he redo Ian Rankin's books (another favorite author).
Can't wait to share it with others and looking forward to many more installments in the series.
Highly intelligent writing flawlessly narrated.
J.K. Rowling is so talented. What a total pleasure to have this talent applied to one of my favorite genres.
Comoran Strike, of course but Robert Glenister did ALL the characters so distinctly well, I'd love to have him redo some of my other favorite crime novels.
My main reaction was pure relish and enjoyment. Great writing and narration and plot - I'd love to see two dozen more just like it.
Can't wait for next installment.
Massive editing! The book was grossing overwritten. I gave up 2/3 through. Yet another example of how the apparently limitless appetite for fantasy fiction drives publication of so many poorly executed concepts.
I found the verbal and mental ranting of the villainess incredibly tedious. Evil priestess…yada yada yada … blood sacrifice…yada yada yada… OKAY EVIL I got it. Such gratuitous amounts of detail might be more forgivable in written form where one can scan over a great deal looking for plot advancement. When narrated with every single word given so much emphasis, the poor writing is just inescapable.
Don't know if someone like Jim Dale would have made this book tolerable, but the heavy emphasis on every word only made the excessive verbiage that much more annoying.
A good villain is required but about 90% of the "here's my evil thoughts and plan" should have been edited out.
Thank goodness returns are allowed. Got this on Daily Deal and too frequently I either already have it (the good ones) or it's a waste of time.
The real sin here is that this book got published. There’s clearly such an insatiable market for paranormal “erotica” that anything will be published these days. I can just imagine the pitch that sold it - Mercy Thompson meets Bared to You meets The Highlander’s Reward..
There was no paranormal world development because, hey, who needs to when cashing in on other writers’ concepts. So, I was already annoyed when the real focus of the book – the “Bared to You” cloning – was revealed.
Don’t get me wrong, I like a good blow-by-blow sex scene; it’s the S & M tone of this book and other “erotica” that I find unfathomable. How is more than slightly misogynistic sex – with seduction consisting of “I’m going to f... you” and threat of sodomy foreplay - that erotic? Tell me, how strong is a woman character who enjoys not so subtle debasement? With the paranormal element, it’s clearly aimed at women though the sex is more like your age old porno for men!
I bought this as the 3rd book in a 2-for-3 sale so I guess there is no point in returning it. If only I could get that 2 hours back and spend it listening to Mercy, Sookie and a very few other original and entertaining series again. At least I didn’t’ waste the whole 12 hours!
I agree with the negative reviews concerning the extremely condescending tone, but even getting beyond that I found many of the practices ridiculously complex - (filing system of strapping in every document in a folder – thereby having to unstrap to purge) and the tactics way over the top - (setting aside 2 days to remove everything from a closet and having a friend judge every item of clothing retained).
The information appears to be targeted at a very severe type of clutter – more like hoarding – of which I doubt anyone with this type of psychopathy would be likely to address it through an audible book. I found advice like “you do not have to keep a gift photo of throat cancer from a relative” just plain disturbing!
I bought this on sale, so I will admit that listening did get my spring cleaning juices going, but I did not benefit from the details. For the moderately cluttered life, I recommend “It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff” by Peter Walsh. I actually gained some creative ways to reduce what I had in a gradual, manageable, sustainable method and received the same insight in to thinking differently about your possessions WITHOUT the creepy anecdotes, repetition and lecture.
Different narrator, or just if Amanda (loved her in other Molly Harper books) had not attempted an "Irish" accent. Could only handle 7 minutes before giving up!
Something else in my library
Horrible Irish accent that swung between her regular voice to some type of Boston-esque over to a Brooklyn pronunciation for just certain words. Granted I listen to quite a few Irish books on Audible and work with a bunch of Irish people so my ears are well tuned and Amanda's attempt was like nails on a chalk-board. Could not pay attention to what she was saying, it was that distracting.
Can't say, would have read it and very well may.
If you are not that familiar with Irish speech, this may not bother you at all and I expect it may be as entertaining as Molly Harper's other books - loved the Naked Werewolf series and "And One Last Thing".
Enjoyed this series in the past, so I will read the book. The male/female narration in the same conversation is horrible (forgot about that on the last book!) Ron McLarty and Scott Brick did fine with the earlier books on there own.
Didn't get there
Not in tandem - performance was so stilted - like a high school play rehearsal - surely recorded separately - it undermined the close relationship depicted in previous reads. More like bickering teens in faux drama YA novels!
Will have to read to see.
I'm returning this one, and will remember to avoid male/female narration in the same conversation. (works in a Gone Girl, dual narrative, but not here).
Not much, I couldn't finish it. I found the combination of dialog and narrator very annoying for many characters. Don't know whether that's writing or performance. Also it struck me as ludicrous that a honest uniformed cop of only 8 years owned a condo AND a dojo AND used to run a bar? When did he run these other enterprises much less how did he fund them? So much of the early story was a lot of inconsistent cliches.
Not much! I am a James Lee Burke fan and really spoiled by a GREAT author/narrator combo on the Dave Robicheaux former New Orleans cop series. This author is rather new and a comparison to Burke is a brutal one, but one I can't avoid. Hopefully Kovacs will grow. I've read some other author's first books after discovering a good series, and may not have read more, if I hadn't first experienced a superior later book in the series.
Voices for the asian and african-american women characters sounded so stereo-typed and were simply annoying. I don't have any other books from this narrator in my library, so it's hard for me to separate the voice from the pedestrian writing.
Doubt it, but then movies are so RARELY like the books it is not good question.
I will return this book, and fill out my James Lee Burke Dave Robichbeaux series with the credit instead.
The even exploration of the topic with an amusing telling.
have not heard others, but liked that the author narrated and was good at it!
Great way to enjoy non-fiction topics.
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