Spenser and Hawk are two of my favorite fictional literature characters, and were played accurately on TV and in movies by Robert Urich and Avery Brooks. Mr. Mantegna was never convincing in film as Spenser but he does a fine job as a reader, I was pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately it still doesn't work. Mr. Parker's beautiful style is very sparse, using conversation as the mechanism to tell the story (no 400 pages of Steven Erikson to open a single door here). Unfortunately the reading script needs screen play or stage play editing to remove the near endless, "I said, she said, he said" remarks. They are migraine inducing and disrupt the pace and flow of the story, rendering even some of Parker's best works poor as audio books.
This story, the third appearance of April Kyle, is tired out of the gate, although the dialog between Hawk and Spenser sparkles as it should. It's too bad, because this story drops the majority of the pendantic psycho analysis babble that afflicts some of the other Parker books. Parker may be one of those authors best read from paper.
The Cuckoo's Calling was really good with interesting characters and a decent if not convoluted story. I was hopeful that The Silkworm would continue in the line. Sadly, at just over halfway through I have given up. To say that the story plods would require a significant jolt of caffeine. Moreover, so of the scenes are both grotesque and sickening and there are no redeeming qualities in the victim that could make anyone care less. Strike is more mentally dense than in the first book and there is far too much dreck about how is secretary/aspiring detective feels about him. The reader is excellent with his grasp of various accents but even this excellence cannot save a truly boring story.
13 times I've walked beside Gabriel Allon. Never perfect, never indestructible, always honourable and consistently brilliant. Allon is a hero for an adult. He falls, he fails and he strives and he wins.
Considering the history, there are two long anticipated outcomes pending, not yet delivered. This is one of my very favourite Gabriel Allon stories. It's written in three parts, the first two stand alone, and the final is the way a wrap up should be done.
Daniel Silva's characters are real, they're believable, and his insight into how the professional service agent's mind works is very compelling. We are so accustomed to western heroes being American or British, the slight Israeli provides a nice balance and his humanity makes him a joy to read and encourages anticipation for the next story.
Daniel Silva's Allon is not James Bond, he is not any of the Seal/Ranger/Force Recon/SAS/SBS/Delta warriors. He is an artist, and art restorer, who also happens to be the best that Mossad fields. If you've never read Silva, you're missing a great deal, but start at #1 and work through the series. You'll be very glad you did.
George Guidall is Walt Longmire. This is classic Longmire, with the characters you really like, some sad losses, a win you've hoped for, great historical research, interesting side characters and really bad bad guys. The only downside is that if you've never read a Longmire novel, don't start here. There's an arc and you really need to read them in order.
I have read or listened to all the John Wells novels. I really like the character and have enjoyed every other Alex Berenson book. I struggled to finish this one, jumping out to listen to three other books before buckling down to finish this. Not because it's a good story but because I kept hoping something would happen to make it better. Truthfully the last hour is far superior, but getting there is a slog through muck and mire. I actually logged in to see if this was one of those "by famous author and some other guy you've never heard of" because it didn't read like Berenson, didn't move like Berenson and if you had never read any of his other books, could put you off the author completely. Feels like a contractual obligation, not a real effort.
After that last plodding debacle featuring Jack Reacher that was nearly unfinishable, this is a much better story. The plot is a bit convoluted and elastic but the characterizations are very well done and the story moves along nicely. The characters have much more dimensionality since the last book which read like a contractual obligation instead of a novel. This is much more aligned with the novelist and his best known protagonist.
This is a much better Fargo book. There's more back story, a better historical launch point and less blather.
It's been a while since the last novel by Frederick Forsyth. This one makes it worth the wait. Likeable heroes, despicable villains, and a very plausible premise. No superhero stunts, just solid storytelling and clean action. I recommend this book highly. The only downside, and this is personal, is that the hero, Christopher Carson is known as Kit Carson. Not an auspicious state to associate a good guy with a murderer and bringer of war to the North American Indians.
I think folks looking for an insomnia cure delivered by a wet voiced reader will love this.
His voice is dripping with moisture and he sounds like his teeth are loose. He brought nothing to the characters or story, such that there was a story. I've heard Mr. Hill before and he was okay. Here he would need to improve to reach terrible.
Disappointment. The whole book stinks of intractable obligation. I like the other Reacher books. This one was phoned in. Using string and a tin can.
If you like Lee Child, or Jack Reacher, avoid this and keep your happy memories.
The plot is more Clancy than recent novels, with more twists and sweeping story lines. Unlike other collaborations, this one feels more like Mr. Clancy actually showed up for the writing. The quality of research and the accuracy of the depiction of cyberwar was very well done. I found the Ryan Jr character more like able and less two dimensional than in previous books.
I've neverr heard Mr. Phillips as a reader before and I was very impressed. His pacing is great and he is always clear and easy to understand. He's not overly emotional but he very much fit the story. I look forward to hearing him again.
I wouldn't say I wanted to listen n one sitting but I also never felt a need to step away for a few days.
It's still not real Tom Clancy, but it's the best co-written effort
I thought of this at the end of the first appearance of Crow, not entirely unlike the first meeting in a novel of Spenser and Hawk. This was a good story, better than the last crossover with Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall. Crow is a bad guy, but you like him for his autonomy, a hallmark characteristic of all Parker characters. Stone is more of a smartass in this book, much like a well loved Boston PI. James Naughton is a very good reader and you eventually stop noticing the endless "he said she said" overlays that are invisible on the paper page but really stand out in the audible book.
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