Let me start by saying that Nineteen Minutes was chosen by my book club to read last month; it's not a book that I would've read on my own.
Nineteen Minutes is one of those books that I had to step away from occasionally because there were some scenes that were difficult to read. A mass school shooting is the central theme, but the book also addresses abuse, bullying, single parent issues, children's privacy rights, 2nd amendment rights and a few other things.
This was not a book that I found enjoyable. It actually enraged me at times - the spinelessness of some of the characters, the neglect of school officials to protect a kid who was being viciously bullied on a regular basis, the aloofness of the parents who didn't know that their own children didn't like each other or the carelessness of the parent who allowed her kid the freedom to have sex in the house til the wee hours of the morning as she slept soundly upstairs. WHAT?! There were so many things that seemed foreign and unrelatable to me that I struggled until the very end to finish the book.
I guess the one good thing I can say is that Nineteen Minutes sparked some good discussion at the book club meeting, so there is that.
You may notice that the way I rated this book does not match my review. I'm going to be fair here and acknowledge Jodi Picoult as a good writer. I will not give her low scores just because I didn't care for this book.
Probably not. Robyn Carr has at least 3 book series that are all written using the same formula. They all involve a quaint little town filled with people who are super neighborly, a town that is so wonderful to live in that even nomads don't want to leave, the people strongly believe in second chances and as you get to know them you discover that they are great communicators -even the men. And then some stranger happens along and for all the reasons previously mentioned decides to stay and fall in love.
The first series I read by Robyn Carr is Virgin River. I loved that series and I did reread a couple of those books. But now, the novelty has worn off and I didn't really connect with The Chance on a level deep enough to make me want to read it again.
I will never completely bash a narrators performance, but I will admit that I don't really care for Therese Plummers narrations. It's a matter of personal preference, but she over enunciates her words. She rolls every "r" and crosses every "t". She should lighten up a bit.
On the flip, side she's dramatizes the scenes pretty well.
The narrator and the action.
It's not that the narrator was that extraordinary and just knocked me clean off of my feet. It's just that I thought he had a voice that was perfect for this genre. Some narrators have voices that can seem like a character all by itself. Henry Strozier's narration didn't interfere with the story. I like that. It was perfect in a nondescript way.
And I really enjoy books that read like movies. There are some really good action sequences in this book and that's what kept me going.
Yes. I love a good series that allows me to really get to know the characters. I think I'd like to get to know Pike and Logan a little better.
No. This was my first.
"Wanted to?" Not necessarily.
Could have? Possibly - while taking a nice long road trip.
This book was enjoyable. I only gave it three stars because the storyline felt forced. I'm not a fan of books where family members of secret government operatives end up involved in some sort of deadly international event that requires the operators to go off the grid trying to save their lives. Those story lines never feel real to me for some reason - probably just a matter of personal preference.
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And then I have mixed feelings as to the likelihood of Pike and Logan being romantically involved in real life. On one hand, I can totally understand how two people can become attracted to each other in the workplace; most people spend at least eight hours of their day at work - some more than others. We interact constantly with our co-workers and pheromones are don't discriminate. I GET IT!
However, in Pike and Logan's line of work, I think its a bit of a stretch to think that a romantic relationship between a team leader and a subordinate would be so well received by the team members. I think its dangerous and a transfer would be in everybody's best interest.
Yes, I would and I have! Problem is, I don't know too many people who are fans of this particular genre. I recommended it anyway thinking that anyone with eyes to see and/or ears to hear would enjoy this book simply because it's just that enjoyable.
Yes. Just when you think there's only one 'Gray Man' in the world, 'Dead Eye' comes from out of the woodwork and shakes things up completely. And then the team of Mossad agents - that seemed to be really good at their jobs - had me considering, at one point, that this book could be the end of this series.
I love Jay Snyders voice. I never have any problems listening to him. His tone is perfect.
I think its kind of difficult to be moved by this kind of book, but there was a moment that made me particularly proud of Court Gentry. Court was trained as an operative prior to the advent of a lot of the technologies that are used in the world today. There was a moment in the book when he was somewhat vulnerable and uncomfortable with the idea of having to depend on technology to keep him alive, but he made the decision to fall back on his initial training and it ultimately saved his life.
This is always a hard question for me to answer because once you've read over a thousand books how do you answer such a question. So on a scale of 1 to 1000 with 1 being the highest I'd say it ranks somewhere between 300 to 400.
I like the pace of this story. It was slow to build, giving the reader just enough time to get to know the characters and build the suspense. There are little pockets of action thrown in occasionally and then it gets to the end and BAM!
Additionally-and this may sound weird-but I like the conflicting emotions that the main character Michael evokes within me. At the end of the day this man is a criminal and a cold blooded killer, but always-because of his circumstances- I find myself rooting for him.
Not sure how to answer this without a bit of a spoiler. Sorry! Lol I'll keep it as general as possible.
My favorite scene is near the end when Michael is in a position to fight back and he and finally gets to confront Touched.
I don't know if "moved" is the word I'd use, but parts of this story were very unexpected and very well written, but quite gory and will definitely stick with me for a while.
I always like to point out whenever a book is in a series and The Dead Yard is the 2nd book of The Dead series by Adrian McKinty. I would recommend that you start with the first book in the series, Dead I May Well Be. Great series.
I have two main things to say about For the Roses . First of all, before I actually purchased this book I read the reviews carefully. I was quite surprised to see that, as a romance novel, the length of the book exceeded 20 hours. The average length of a romance novel is usually no longer than 13 hours. That was a red flag for me, but I'm a fan of Julie Garwood so I disregarded the book length.
Next I considered the reviews. Now when I read reviews on four/five star books I actually pay closer attention to the reviewers who rate the book lower. Within the first 1/2 hour of listening to For the Roses one of the reviews immediately came to mind - "Too much dialogue". But again, I trusted the author and ignored that too.
However, it became perfectly clear to me that the reason the book the book was so long was because there is indeed too much dialogue-about mundane things-and some of the conversations felt a bit contrived as though she were trying to address as many social issues as possible to demonstrate how evolved the Clayborne's were during this period of time. But quite often I found myself zoning out from sheer boredom - and I'm someone who prefers a decent amount of conversation!
On the flip side I found this story to be quite touching. The Clayborne family personified acceptance, unconditional love and honor. If the world adopted their values and beliefs we wouldn't have half the problems we do now.
Considering the fact that I dislike the narrator, I doubt it. As a matter of fact, after listening to the first book in this series my plan was to finish the series in print, but I waited so long to read The Hawk that I forgot about that plan UNTIL I heard the first couple of sentences.
Take your pick. Its pretty similar to countless other historical romance with just a touch more history and depth to it.
I had to speed up the book because not only did he read too slow, but sometimes his rhythm was a bit off. He doesn't do characters very well, especially female characters, and his Irish accent left a lot to be desired. On a positive note he has a great sounding voice; a very pleasant tone.
I'm not going to bash Mr. McNab. It is my belief that narrators each have a type/genre of book that they are more organically suited for and historical romance just may not be his thing.
I like the series.
Considering I've read ALOT of books- a thousand plus- I'd say top 20.
What's not to love? Dewey Andreas, the fearless hero of this book, is like a drug!
Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of military/suspense/espionage/thrillers. Some of my favorite characters are Mitch Rapp, John Wells, Jack Reacher and Court Gentry. If you like these characters too, then you'll LOVE Dewey Andreas.
I like SO many things about this story. Mostly, I like that it exists! It is the fourth installment to an AWESOME series that I don't want to end any time soon. The character development, the intricate plot, the steady pace, and the high-speed action sequences that leave your heart thudding; they are so well written that when I remember scenes from the book they feel like scenes from a movie.
Next, at the end of the third book I was hoping that I'd get to read more about one of the characters, Kohl Mier; his story felt incomplete. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that he was given some closure in Eye for an a Eye.
Lastly, I like how emotionally stimulating this book is. Yes, it is primarily an action novel, but it has some moments that will definitely pull your heart strings. It needs those moments for balance because some of the content in this book is pretty heavy-especially if you've read the entire series.
Yes. Peter Hermann is the narrator for two other books in this series. I have not heard any narrations of any other books to compare, but I'll say this - Peter Hermann is fantastic! He has a great tone to his voice, his accents are spot on and he acts out each scene with expert dramatization.
This book is great by itself. But if you really want to make it better you should start with the first book in the series. You won't be disappointed. After I started with the first book I couldn't stop listening and I just plowed straight through to the third one. Luckily there wasn't a long wait for the fourth book to be released. This was money well spent.
Yes, if I knew that my friend was either a fan of military/suspense or open to reading different genres. This was just a great book overall; very well written. There was some human interest there with the young aid workers and a few scenes with John Wells that were a bit surprising. It was also pretty cool to see Wells operating out of his comfort zone, on different continent in very different setting.
And I guess that's a part of what makes men like John Wells so fun to read, they don't let the fear of the unknown hinder them. They are trained to operate on their own, trust their instincts, and react quickly to some really sticky situations that the average man would need a couple of days to figure out.
The first time Wells comes face to face with the hyenas in the hut where the four aid workers had been held. I've heard about how vicious hyenas are, but something about that scene really gave me a different perspective. It was pretty gruesome.
Things started to look really bleak after Wells has been in Africa a couple of days and, at one point, he began to feel a bit hopeless and decided to call some folk back home. He called his son and his son unexpectedly threw him a lifeline in the form hope. Hope that he was wanted to open the lines of communication between he and his father and possibly start rebuilding their relationship. I remember smiling and feeling a burst of happiness. Wells had been wanting that for so long. Now I'm looking forward to seeing how the relationship between father and son is repaired in the coming books.
This is a great series to read. John Wells is a complex, yet simple man. And this was my favorite book in the series.
Maybe I'm just easy, but I was impressed by Lee Child's ability to shake things up a little for Jack Reacher. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that Reacher fans are never really surprised when they read a new Reacher book. It usually goes like this:
1.Reacher heads to a new destination.
2.Reacher gets drawn into some mysterious situation.
3.Reacher can't resist a good mystery so he sets out to solve it.
4.Along the way Reacher ends up defending some person who is being bullied in
some way and he usually meets a beautiful woman who is hot for him and totally willing
to be his part-time lover until he's ready to move on.
5.Reacher solves the mystery and has a big showdown with bad guys.
6.Reacher gets out of dodge.
And that's all fine; after 15 or more books, we're used to it. Which is why I like what Child did with this book. In Never Go Back the format is still the same, but the things that make Reacher who he is are challenged and that's what made this such an interesting read for me.
As far as the narration goes, Dick Hill does a great job. He always gives a pretty straight-forward narration; no bells and whistles. He's not great with female voices or accents, but you always know who's speaking in a scene. No big deal. The only problem I have with Dick Hill is that his narration doesn't always match the the mood of certain scenes. It's not a deal breaker though.
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