I have read almost all of Le Carre's books. This one just became my favorite. The story and the reader are both spectacular. If anything, the story is more relevant today than when it was written in 1983. Don't miss this one.
One of the best. Densely plotted and vast in scope. I love all of the author's work. Although the LA Quartet is always going to be my favorite, I think that this book is his masterpiece.
Having heard the author read before I can tell you that Craig Wasson captures Ellroy's style perfectly. And that's good because it is a long ride. Worth every second.
To call it warmed over James Lee Burke (the mysticism of the Bayou), Robert B. Parker (the relationship between the protagonist and his love interest and his relationship with violent criminal colleagues with a heart of gold) and Mickey Spillane (violence) would be a disservice to those writers. This was absolutely wretched. Predictable and boring. The only audio book that I hated more was The Gray Man by Mark Greaney. REALLY avoid that one. I have read (probably way too much) crime fiction. I love it. This book seemed like the author learned all of the cliches but none of what makes the best of crime fiction transcend the genre.
Even the action scenes were boring. I found my mind wandering as the bodies piled up. I fired off two quick shots from the blah blah blah... The tragedy that Parker faces at the beginning of the book doesn't seem to phase him. He tells us it does but nowhere does he show us that it does. The book is also predictable. If you have read 2 or more crime fiction novels in your life you will be way ahead of the plot.
It would be nice if the narrator learned how to properly pronounce words. His mispronunciations, especially of locations where the pronunciation can easily be discovered (my favorite was Ro-hee-buth for Rehoboth Beach, DE), are really distracting. The narrator seemed to have no interest in proper pronunciation. There were more mispronunciations from this reader than I have heard in all the other books I have listened to combined.
Sorry to say it did not.
Avoid this book! It is the first one for which I am going to seek a refund from Audible.
Five stars for the beautiful engaging book itself. An extra blue star for Patti Smith's wonderful reading. Cannot recommend this highly enough.
I don't generally listen to a book more than once but if I were one to do that, this would certainly be one I would read again.
I can't wait for his next book.
The writer's use of language is sublime. The story itself is fascinating. It is the story we all thought we knew but never really did. Strongly recommended.There are only two flaws and they are both minor. Sam Dastor is a joy to listen to. The only problem that I had was his attempt at an American accent. Men, women, children--it was the exact same voice. That became a little distracting, especially when the person speaking is someone famous with a voice we all know. The minor other fault is in the writing. I got a sense that the author tried very hard to be fair to everyone and to note his biases up front. Given what happened to him that seems heroic. That said, there are a few instances where he attempts to indicate that all is forgiven but you get a sense that the exact opposite is true and perhaps the author isn't aware of it. Again, a minor flaw. On the whole the fact that he is able to tell this story without rage is truly amazing.
Not Connelly's best but still a pretty good listen. It starts slow but gets rolling pretty well if you stick with it. I read a lot of negative comments about the narrator. I think he did a fine job. Pretty similar to Len Cariou (who I like very much) truth be told. The story is a police procedural and the narrator has a no-nonsense style that fits the story quite well. I am making a point of saying this because although I have read every single one of Connelly's other books, I almost skipped this one due to the horrific comments about the narrator. Glad I didn't.
When I saw that it was recommended by Audible I checked out the description and it sounded interesting. The plot was very good (though predictable) which is why I gave it two rather than zero stars. While the plot was certainly fast paced, the characters were like game avatars. They were for the most part one dimensional. When the book was over I ceased to think about them at all. Empty calories.
He did the best he could.
Me. As the listener.
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