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I love Ms. Harper's snarkiness anyway (not to mention her storylines, characters and the spot-on brilliance of Amanda Ronconi's performance - no one else should EVER narrate one of Ms. Harper's novels, in my opinion; she's that perfect), but this book, in particular, was laugh out-loud funny and clever! There are ways of making a story about a lying, scheming, cheating spouse funny, but Ms. Harper nailed it to perfection! I only wish I'd read this book BEFORE my own similar story...the imagination of her main character's hijinx was inspired! I would highly recommend all of Ms. Harper's novels (there isn't a dud among them), but this one is my favorite. Unless your funnybone has been surgically removed, you won't regret it!
I loved The Shining and couldn't imagine how Stephen King could come up with an equally awesome sequel, but awesome it is! This novel is full of fun surprises and S-curves, and I had a blast from start to finish. Will Patton does a terrific job, in my opinion, performing all of the various characters and conveying the appropriate mood for each scene.
If you like suspense - and even if you've never read The Shining - I highly recommend Doctor Sleep.
In short, this book didn't work for me on a number of fronts. It began with promise but went to hell about one-quarter of the way through, until I lost interest entirely. It didn't scare me, although that would have been nice. On the contrary, it bored me. I couldn't become invested in any of the main characters, the storyline belched and finally stalled-out, and the techno-noise inserted randomly in places invariably startled and annoyed me every time.
It's apparent to me that the author has the talent to construct a good novel....but this isn't it.
I'm definitely going to be demanding my credit back for this mind-numbing turkey. I'll keep this brief. The storyline started on a high note but took a nosedive and kept tumbling. The narrator had little to work with, that's true, but was still horrible. Stephen King's books are among some of my favorites, but NOT this one! That he's responsible for this monstrosity is unbelievable. And finally, if I ever again hear the phrase, "Only this and nothing more", I'll probably lose my s*@t!
This is Book 4 in the Dublin Murder Squad series, and in my opinion, the absolute best of the lot. But if you've not read books 1-3 (and you really should just because they're so wonderful), no worries. As it's not a continuing saga in the traditional sense, you won't be at all lost or confused not having read any that came before. In fact, you could start with Book 4, then read Book 2 or 1 or 3, in no particular order, each being an entirely separate and unique storyline independent of each other.
While as I said, the others were wonderful, Broken Harbor is truly something special. It starts out strong, then continues to build all the way through, never faltering, never slowing. The storyline is unique and inspired. It was maddening to have to put it down for awhile when real life intruded! The writing is masterful, and the scenes are heartbreakingly vivid and tender. The characters are superbly developed and given flesh, each with their own talents and frailties, secrets and aspirations.
If you've never had the pleasure of reading Tana French before, you're in for quite a treat. And if I were you, I'd start with Broken Harbor. But then again, I always start every meal with dessert!
I'd heard nothing about this book or the author prior to investing a credit, but the title and synopsis sounded intriguing. Now having wasted 4+ hrs. listening to it, I can report without hesitation that there is nothing worthy of intrigue here. The writing is bizarre, particularly the initial chapters, consisting of nonsensical metaphors, mixed metaphors, and similes, as if the "assignment" was to construct a work of fiction with "X" number of literary devices contained within, regardless of the appropriateness of said devices. Then add to this confusing word salad the cadence, which is strangely poetical in nature, rather than literary. Two- and three-word sentences abound, and the choppiness is both distracting and obnoxious.
Regarding the plot, who cares? The main character, a teenaged girl, is never fully developed and to wit, I was never able to truly empathize with her. Her friends, especially "Buddy"/"Adam", are more caricatures of humans rather than fully human, as are her parents, siblings and everyone else in the cast. My basic rule of thumb is, if I don't "buy" the characters, I'm certainly not going to buy anything that happens to them. And I didn't.
I actually made it all the way to the end, but only because it's approx. 4 hrs. in length. If it had lasted any longer, I'd have shelved it permanently following the concluding sentence of Chap. 1. I hoped, of course, that it would get better. It doesn't. If you're in the market for a novel that depicts teenaged experimentation with street drugs that grabs your attention, this is not that book. This is, unfortunately, amateurish shlock that will only succeed in boring you to tears and wasting your credit.
I had low expectations for this book. In fact, I let it reside on my MP3 player for quite some time, leaving it for the last. Boy, was I ever wrong! Once I grudgingly started it, I couldn't put it down. Everything about this novel is top-notch, from the story to the narration. It tells the story of what it's like to be the only child of hoarders, from childhood to adulthood, and how it changes who you are. There are struggles and anger, but there is also undying love and guarded hopefulness. I cried more than a few times throughout this superb novel, but there were laughs too.
This novel will stay with me for a long time and eventually, I'll re-read it. It was that good.
Coben is one of my favorite authors. I've read and re-read most because I enjoyed them so much, getting lost in his wonderful stories and captivated by his characters. This started out like so many other Coben gems, strong and riveting right out of the gate. But it all started getting convoluted mid-way and by the end, the bad guys (and there were many of them) were ensnared in a complicated web that I no longer cared very much about. You see, most of the baddies were people we either never got to know at all, or were only vague shadows hanging out in the outer peripheries of the plot. Unlike most Coben villains, they didn't make the flesh crawl because they were strangers to the reader. And that was the fatal flaw in this story. I cared about a few of the characters but only slightly.
If you're a Coben fan, as I am, probably nothing I say will dissuade you from spending a credit or even real money on this book. Heck, Scott Brick is narrating so it's worth the price of admission, right?. But I thought it only right to prepare you for the inevitable disappointment. Even Coben, master of the thriller genre, is entitled to an occasional blunder, right? Well, this is it.
I'm a Stephen King fan, but this one didn't work for me. As someone who numbers many of his books as some of my top 50 favs (ie, Desperation, The Stand), I couldn't imagine how I missed this earlier book so I bought it, and was so excited. Over 21 hrs. with one of my favorite authors, and to top it off, HE narrates...how wonderful! To my dismay, it wasn't wonderful. And it came to me a couple of hours into it how I'd missed it in the first place. I'd tried to read it years ago and finally gave up out of boredom. It doesn't go anywhere forever, and when it finally does get moving, it's not worth the journey.
As for the narration, if you can stand 21-1/2 hrs. of Stephen King's congested adenoids ("please" comes out puhl-neeze, for example) AND mediocre story, then you're more patient than I, and more power to you. Personally, I'd rather have the 21 hrs. back of my life I gave up for this book.
...and yet, you won't want it to end, either. This book, like most Gregg Hurwitz' books, grabs you by the throat, raises the hairs on the back of your neck, and you'll love every second of it. The plot is original, characters fascinating and multifaceted, and the action constant.
If you're a fan, as I am, of thrillers and suspense, Gregg Hurwitz will spoil you for just about every other author of this genre. The Survivor, The Crime Writer, and They're Watching are also top-notch thrillers by this author, and I highly recommend all of them.
This is one of the worst literary experiences I've had in a very long time, thankfully. The plot plodded along, seldom advancing, and never capturing my interest. The character dialogue was unbelievable, disingenuous, and dull as paint drying. I've have happily settled for killing them all off in the first one-tenth of the book, adding a period, and ending my misery. Instead, out of an unfortunate streak of masochism, I forced myself to finish this thing, and believe me, it never got any better.
The narration was perfect for this catastrophe; in other words, it was also horrible. It was stilted, the accents were extremely odd, and she sounded as completely bored as I was, which was probably true.
I've never written such a brutal assassination of a novel before, but this book deserves it. If you're looking for a riveting thriller, something you can't bear to put down, look elsewhere. This book misses the mark by a mile.
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