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What a Hoot!..... Tom Wolfe does Carl Hiaasen does Confederacy of Dunces. A wonderful romp thru the over-the-top and down-the-rabbit hole world of modern day Miami. All that is missing is Horatio Cain and Tony Montana and "my little friend".
Lou Diamond Phillips does a fine narration making the Cuban accents intelligible.
This is for Miami what Confederacy of Dunces was for New Orleans.
I'm a HUGE CJ Box fan. As I listened to this narrator - David Chandler (also the voice of Box's Joe Pickett) I had to keep reminding myself this was Cork nor Joe. Cork and Joe are brothers from different mothers.
Finding Krueger and his large collection of Cork novels I feel like I've found long lost CJ Box stories. Both involve rural outdoors and a straight arrow hero with a family. Just enough differences in the two (Joe and Cork) to make all the books interesting.
Very David Sedarisian and quite Bill Bryson-esque.
My normal "reads" are crime and covert-ops espionage so the occasional side venture to humor are always welcomed. The narrator here even sounds like David Sedaris who I always felt is a long lost son of Woody Allen.
Great travel choice with the family. Maybe a few hours longer than necessary but easy to leave and come back to without having to recall any plot lines or characters..... there is no plot or characters.
My first DeMille title was Gold Coast, then Gate House. Both OUTSTANDING. Then I got into his "fight the terrorists" collection with The Panther being his latest. I have now completed "the John Corey series". No DeMilles were ever as good as those first two.
This was way too much John Corey wisecracks.... enough already John (and Nelson). And the entire book takes place in Yemen. OK, I knew that going in. A little of Yemen goes a long way.
My favorite authors are James Lee Burke and CJ Box. DeMille's first two "Long Island stories" were as wonderful as anything I've ever enjoyed..... but leave the "fight the terrorists" to Vince Flynn, Brad Thor and Ben Coes.
Scott Brick was very good as always.
Every Burke story & narration is great prose and spoken (whether by Hammer or Will Patton) in a truly believable dialect.
Most of my favorite authors deliver reliably solid stories but none as consistently as James Lee Burke. OK, maybe CJ Box and Baldacci are as solid too.
Buy it - Listen - Enjoy!
Despite being a 75 books/year reader, this was my first Stephen King read. Just not into horror, sci-fi, et al. I have seen several of the TV movies adaptations however. That said....
I thoroughly enjoyed this one which I understand is not "typical" for King.
I was leery going in that this was going to a strong-arm political statement. King and I are on different sides of the aisle politically. I'm sure some will see it as political. I got over that early on enough to settle into the "unrequited love story" aspect of it.
There will be a plethora of books this year on the Kennedy Assas. This one likely will stand alone. At 30 hours it does require a substantial time investment. It's worth it IMO.
I've read every one of Hunter's Swagger stories (both Bob Lee & Earl). That Hunter is keeping BobLee in real time and aging is sad but, heck, I'm aging too which I often lament. I found this book more about Hugh Meachum than Bob Lee. Bob Lee was secondary to Meachum narrating his memoirs of Nov 1963. I enjoyed Meachum's Yale "snoot" perspective and the narrator's voice for Meachum.
Hey Stephen.... howsabout another story on Earl cleaning up Arkansas in the 50s.
FWIW: my favorite Bob Lee story is Point Of Impact with Behold A Pale Horse as #2.
I prefer Maberry's Joe Ledger series, but this was fine. I will probably continue with this series. I'm not much for these "horror in a small town" stories made famous by Stephen King. A steady diet of them warps my thinking.
Larry Corriea is another good author in the Man v Zombie gendre.
Be advised! This may get you hooked on John Corey and require many hours of the next five Corey stories by DeMille.
No one knows Long Island like DeMille. I've only visited there a few times but feel I know the area thru Demille. His Gate House and Gold Coast were great too but not Corey stories.
Scott Brick is among the best 2-4 narrators in the business. He IS John Corey.
The ending of this one totally surprised me.... it made perfect sense in retrospect but what a surprise.
Like everyone else says.... Scott Brick IS John Corey.
Now, on to Wild Fire.
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