Yes! This is such a fascinating slice of (fairly) recent history, but so few (until now) knew anything about it. If you already saw the movie, this will fill in many, many details for you - as well as delineate what was theatrical license to make the movie flow & what, in the movie, was portrayed exactly like it happened. If you haven't seen the movie, you'll love this book, too! As I said, I listened to this twice in a row & might listen again, soon, as each time I picked up on something different. A true-life spy thriller, with all the bells & whistles.
When the author went back to where the diplomats were staying, & they'd all gotten into character for the roles of their lives.
How many people and how much planning, at the CIA, goes into POSSIBLE situations that MAY erupt around the world (made me proud). Plus, all the details that might change from moment to moment on something as seemingly innocuous as an entry visa, & what "our people" do to keep on top of those details. I love all the minutiae/idiosyncrasies/technicalities of real spy work. :)
I saw the movie at the theater twice (which I never, ever, ever do...which shows how fabulous I thought it was!), wanted to know all the details one couldn't learn from the movie, & therefore used a credit for the audiobook. I am so glad I did, as the story has loads more to it, and the narrator keeps it moving. I kept having to remind myself that the author wasn't sitting with me, telling me his story!
Not unless she had nothing else to listen to.
Yes - I've read other books by her, & really liked them - just not this one.
This book was very, very well-written, as are all of Scottoline's books, & I really, truly, absolutely wanted to love it. Instead, I hated the way it hung me up on tenterhooks from almost page one, without relief. Hour after hour, no reprieve in sight, one can become mentally & emotionally exhausted. I did something I just don't do, & loaded other books to listen to during the same time period, giving myself a break from this book at least every hour. I finished it only because that is what I do, unless a book is VERY poorly written.
As to the characters, I hated the mother, unequivocally. She's a b***h to end all b***hes, & one of the most obdurate, implacable, self-righteous characters I've ever had the displeasure of reading. As well, there are multiple situations where she, as a judge (of all people), should have known about/been aware of dangers, issues, & topics, yet she was clueless, & thus the book's credibility was lost. A judge who is held in such high esteem by her peers would surely know SPOILER ALERT! that since she had motive for wanting to kill someone, & since she had been seen arguing w/that someone the night he was killed, that these actions just might make her a suspect. Instead, she continued to do things that made her look even more suspicious/guilty, & was flabbergasted that her actions might be thought dubious, or that anyone would think this of her. Give me a break. I mean, really?! A judge, who deals with the criminal justice system every day? Snort.
I'm having a difficult time rating this story; like I said, it's extremely well-written, but it still left me feeling resentful towards the author; I wasted too much time & expended too much emotional energy on this. SPOILER ALERT!! The "tied up in a bow", bland, feeble, & vapid ending was just the last straw. Too glib, & it fell flat. It should be only 2 or 2.5 stars, but the talent it took to write this is so well-honed that I have to give the extra half star for the work. Don't waste your money or credit. I
Michael Connelly has come back to us after a few so-so books; this one is a winner! I was on the edge of my (proverbial - I mostly walked, cleaned house, & cooked while listening to this☺️) seat through much of this, was kept guessing, & totally bought into the characters & story. Michael Haller, the "Lincoln Lawyer", has been one of my favorite law-novel characters since the first, & I've fallen in love all over again. The narrator does a wonderful job; not once did I think his reading was less than stellar, & I'm mightily picky when it comes to narrators. You do not have to have read the previous books to enjoy this one, although it is always fun knowing the background. Connelly, however, wrote a fully stand-alone book here, so don't think you shouldn't read this if you haven't read the others. I do think you'll want to, after you've read/listened to this, but nothing in "The Gods of Guilt" is a spoiler for the earlier books.
I loved this. Loved it, loved it, loved it, & then "meh", but that was ok since the rest was so fab. Hornby is obviously an astute watcher of people, as he picks up on details that make his characters real. I wish the narrator didn't almost whisper (most of) her lines. That seems to be how "posh" people (or those who wish to be thought of as "posh"...) narrate, these days; it's just irritable, after a while, to us listeners, with all that breath behind each word. But, if you liked any of Hornby's other books, you will like this, I PROMISE, & the whisper-reading will melt into the background of this tale.
This is an adorable story, & I'm truly looking forward to the next in the series! It's the tale of a brand-spanking-new physician who is hired as an assistant in a Northern Ireland country medical practice, not far from Belfast. His boss is gregarious, loud, & does many things quite differently than newbie learned in med school, & of course newbie thinks his way is the only way. Hilarity doesn't quite ensue - it's not a slapstick-y book (much better) - but it is fun, makes you laugh, & you learn the ins-&-outs of a small Irish village, complete w/eccentrics, snobs, lay-abouts, & hard working, good people, all through the story of the medical duo treating their bodies, hearts, & minds. Perhaps this isn't a Pullizer-winning tale, but if you liked James Herriot, Maeve Binchy, or even "The Vicar of Dibley", I'm sure you'll find taking a break w/the village of Ballybucklebo from all the stresses of life (& possibly even from that Very Serious reading list through which you've been plowing...) time well spent.
Probably not, but I would read it. I am not a baseball fan (& know next to nothing about the statistics of baseball - I just know ERA, RBI, etc. from crossword puzzles!😜), but I watched & loved the movie, & so decided to give the audiobook a try. The story & premise behind the concept that totally changed how baseball teams are put together now (or at least, how SMART GMs put their teams together, now...), I found not only fascinating, but downright funny, at times! I even cheered aloud for the A's & Billy Beane (I LOVE how he makes money for his team, & also how he gets other GMs to want specific players & trades...when they weren't even in the market!), but the details with all the statistics and baseball argot were a bit difficult for me to follow. This is where reading it, in a physical book, would have helped. HOWEVER, I still truly enjoyed it; one can just let details of the stats slip by, and listen to - & enjoy! - the story.
He has a pleasant voice, & I've liked him in other books...but he DOES tend to read each book with the exact same tone & sense of foreboding (in a baseball book???). He needs to listen to readers like Davina Porter & Gerard Doyle, to hear how the best readers change their narration with each story.
Oh, yes...but that would be giving away the end!
Even a non-baseball fan, or non-reader of sports books can enjoy this tale, if s/he likes listening to stories of paradigm shifts & the people who were instrumental in those shifts. It's fun!
Yes, if I didn't have anything else to listen to & needed something to make me laugh. A cute story; a fun, light read. I like the whole premise of the poor royal relation, & reading some about the "inside" of that life in the 1930's.
Maybe Tristram, just for his voice!
The narrator is good - but just that. Her accent is not the proper "U" accent she should have for the main character, & that certainly hurt this rendition. Her Irish accent is believable...to me. However, I'm not as up on my Irish accents as I am my English accents. 😁
Overall, though, it was still easy to listen to and she is certainly a fun narrator (her reading of Tristram's voice had me laughing out loud! 😊). I'd definitely listen to her again! It's just that this book would've been a bit more enjoyable w/the correct royal-upper-class accent.
Laugh. No crying - like I said, it's a fun, light read.
This book should have another title. The main character really does no spying - just meets the person she's supposed to "spy" on, & sort of does a little detective work - but it is still a cute book. I wouldn't use a credit on it, but I'd tell interested listeners to go ahead and buy it when in a deep discount! I think I paid $3.95-$5.00 for it, and it was worth that amount, for sure. I'd listen to more in the series.
The best? The inside look at the craziness of Big Fashion & the people who think that's the only thing that makes life worth living. It's funny.
The least? Probably how the author is just as snotty as her boss, by painting all Southerners as "rednecks" & worse - all a bunch of uneducated, bigoted hicks, blah, blah. Weisberger is apparently unaware of the irony. "It's ok to be bigoted towards Southerners, because they AREN'T we fabulous, oh-so-intellectual & better-than-the-rest Northeasterners." Otherwise, it's a fun read, if you can ignore the author's own near-sightedness...AND the awful narration. Bleagh. If this is your first time with the book, I'd read it, rather than listen. Only listen if you've already read the book & liked it - you should then be able to get around the narration.
The narrator's voice is far too old to read for a 22-year old. She is just not believable as the main character, & is lousy with accents. A little too breathy (not "sexy breathy" - which would've been worse) - as if she's attempting to soften the start of each word. Prim & proper. For a 22-year old New Yorker? Get real; I'm not buying it.
Maybe (but not likely)...if the narrator is supposed to sound like a mature woman. But she sounds like a narrator for a prim romance or a how-to manual, & since I don't usually listen to either, I'm not likely to want her as the narrator for the books I like.
It WAS made into a movie! 😝
A TV series? Nah...it'd be the same thing, over & over. It would turn into a soap opera.
I did really like the book when I first read it, which is why I bought the audio version when it was on sale. I'm glad I did, but I'm also glad I already liked the book, because if I'd listened to it first, I would have wondered what all the hype was about. The narrator (ok, I know I'm going on & on about her!) really did change the whole "tone" of the book.
Yes; the narrators brought the book so alive - gripping story - and hearing from each character's voice clinched it. Sometimes when this method is used, it's hokey - but not this time! Listen to this book! It's engrossing, enlightening, gut- and heart-wrenching, had me holding my breath for long stretches (breathe!), yet never lost my interest, & made me almost want to scream, at times, because I wanted a particular character to notice/find out/ask something. The story was brought that alive, that I felt I could almost contact a character!
Oh, there were so many memorable moments. When Jacob testifies, when you find out why the book has its particular title, the prom story; so many moments made me tear up, so many had me laughing, & others had me on the proverbial edge of my seat. I'd find more things to do, just so I could keep listening; my kitchen has never been so spotless! Ha!😄
They bring the characters so alive - things they stress I'm not sure I would have picked up on - & perhaps moments of humor were funnier because of the narrators' interpretations. Plus, I wouldn't have gotten my kitchen so clean! 😜
So many did. Just learning about Jacob & his Asperger's moved me, & the ending had me in tears, w/tenderness. (But this isn't "chick lit", by any stretch.) Hearing from Jacob's brother & how he had to take on the role of big brother, Jacob's school days, the bullying, & those big headphones! I'm not sure there was a moment when I wasn't moved, in one way or another.
I bought this book
1) because a friend is a huge Jodi Picoult fan & I kept telling my friend I'd read one of Picoult's books,
2) great reviews, &
3) because I'm interested in the autistic spectrum, & Asperger's, in particular.
1) want to read/listen to other Picoult novels,
2) can't rave enough about this book,
3) have a greater knowledge & even more empathy w/those w/such conditions (who are the whole family, as the condition impacts all), &
4) want to listen to this book again - something I rarely do, this soon after I finish a book! Usually, if I re-listen, it's years later.
I also want potential listeners to know that even though the main character has Aspergers, this is not a book about Aspergers; this is an absorbing story w/a character who has Aspergers. Please don't let that aspect put you off, if you are not usually a fan of such books.
No - not w/this narrator. He made me feel like I was back in elementary school, listening to a film strip. This man was NOT the right pick to narrate this book! It was like he was instructing the listener. I almost stopped listening after the first chapter - in fact I did, originally - but then found myself stuck somewhere w/o anything else to listen to. The story was a good, solid Harry Bosch novel - not one of Connelly's best, but still one I'd recommend for another Bosch fan. To read.
Almost anyone else...even a woman! (The lady who reads the Sue Grafton's novels?!) Someone who sounds like Harry - kind of gruff but approachable, at the same time. I wish I knew names of narrators I've listened to w/the "right" voices. The narrator should be telling you a story - be a part of the story - not instructing you.
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