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This Reacher story lacked much of the macho interplay that we have come to expect between our superhero and the cast of bad guys. But what was lacking in the first 10 hours or so is more than made up for in a riveting final 90 minutes. I continue to be a fan of narrator Dick Hill but he went a bit overboard with his interpretation of Hobart. Injuries left Hobart unable to speak clearly and Hill did his voice so well that it was difficult, and sometimes impossible, to discern what he was saying on first listen. Other than that annoyance, Hill did his usual splendid job. I've reviewed all the Reacher novels in chronological order and this one doesn't differ from the rest. Escapism with a larger-than-life hero who doesn't take hostages. Violent good prevails over violent evil.
What I like about the Prey series is John Sandford's ability to continually create some pretty evil guys. He doesn't disappoint in this installment with the really oily dynamic duo of Horn and R-A. Neither of them have anything even resembling a redeeming social value. They are perfect bad guys. Sanford also introduces a new character, who I hope will appear in upcoming installments. Catrin Mattsson had a baptism of fire in this novel and is deserving of a Virgil Flowers kind of spinoff. I hope we at least see her in future Prey offerings. Finally, Richard Ferrone made this story come to life with his dead-on vocal interpretations. A musician could read music and lyrics from a new song and have an idea of what the finished product would sound like. But hearing the instrumentation and vocals would, for most of us, make for a better experience. Same goes with Audible books. Reading them would be fun but listening to them is much better. And with a narrator like Ferrone, the experience is kicked up a notch. A five-star winner. Keep 'em coming.
The first 1-2 hours of this book were a struggle to get through. Scenes changed with little or no transition and a multitude of characters appeared that made the story hard to follow. When I finally got my sea legs and figured out what was happening, things got markedly better. Other reviewers were correct in praising the narration of Frank Muller. One of the top five I've listened to. Walsh was a character that was hard to like but you pulled for him because he had already more than paid for his transgressions. DeAngelo was unlikeable and ruthless. On the other hand, some of his traits were admirable. Not many, but some. The story itself was a good one and keep me interested until the end. I correctly called one of the late twists. Stay with this book if the beginning wears on you. It's worth the effort.
This was an interesting story, which could have been presented in a more-interesting fashion. The narrator did little for me. If Lululemon's has any male sales associates, this might have been who was doing the narrating. I think a female narrator would have worked much better. The way the story was put together was also lacking. It was more a series of independent facts than it was a weaved-together story. I probably would have enjoyed it more if someone created a piece of non-fiction and based it on the true story. A 10-minute epilogue could have then summarized what actually took place. With all that said, it was a relatively short listen and one that was worth my time. Upon it's completion, I Googled the characters in the book and put together names, faces and other nuances not available in the book. And you can't do that with straight fiction. Worth the price I paid with an Audible Daily Deal.
Give me a really bad guy who will likely get his comeuppance and I think you have the basics for a good thriller. Greg Iles gives us one of these evil creeps in the person of Joe Hickey. I'm not sure John Sandford or Jeffrey Deaver, two authors who forge mighty nasty characters, have ever given us anyone who can compare with Joe. Iles balances out Joe's evilness with the gentle giant, Huey. You're never sure what final road Huey will take but, deep down, you hope it will be the right one. All the other characters exist simply to keep the story moving. And move it does during a 24-hour period that should keep iPods operating from start to finish well within that time frame. An excellent thriller with good narration by Dick Hill who, believe it or not, never once said, "Reacher said nothing." Well worth a credit.
The premise of this book was a good one. And because I like stories that include time travel, I ended up giving this book four stars. But I can't help believing that the author could have improved his product by including one or two less replays. The large number of replays probably required that he make large jumps in time to avoid having the book run longer than it did. I kept on encountering non-sequiturs before additional listening gave me the perspective that the scene was several years removed from the previous one. The transitions were very dramatic. There were many loose ends left at the conclusion of the book but that wasn't necessarily a detriment. Readers are left to conclude whatever they wish about the reality or the cause of the replays. Far-fetched but entertaining. Well worth it on a BOGO sale.
At times this book was humorous and probably quite salacious for the time it was written. The characters were interesting and well developed but the story was jumbled and rambling. The ending was abrupt and didn't provide closure. Not sure if the author wasn't as crazy as his main character, Eliot. Snippets of good writing but overall a disappointment. Others may disagree and it may be worth a five and one-half hour gamble if you want to experiment with an unusual listen.
Too many minor characters, too many psychics, a preposterous plot and a little gratuitous romance make this book totally forgettable. Yet, I didn't hate it and was never tempted to quit listening. I wanted to learn who Annie was. I wanted to learn if Hollis was going to be able to regain her sight. I wanted to learn if John would be able to avenge the death of his sister. About the only thing I didn't learn was if Luke was able to get elected to the governor's mansion. Maybe in the next installment, which I will not be listening to. Truly not a bad story if you're into psychics and such.
Listened to this book with my 11-year-old daughter (at 1.5 speed) as she read along with the printed copy. Of all the books I've listened to with her, this one kept her interest piqued more the most.The narrative mixes fiction and non-fiction together quite nicely and is sprinkled with humor that will appeal to listeners of all ages. And Rush's narration is top-notch, even at 1.5 speed. I hope Rush follows through with plans to continue the series. I'd advise Rush-Haters to hold their collective noses and have a listen to this book. You'll be glad you did.
The first two hours of this book were tedious at best, but as the story continued I was reeled in. I think it was the development of the novel's main character, Elizabeth, whose spunk and spirit had me rooting for her to achieve the happiness (at the risk of revealing a spoiler) she was ultimately to gain. The dichotomy between the inherent goodness of several of the characters, including Elizabeth, and the pride and prejudice of some of the others made this an interesting tale and a truly enjoyable listen. It's a classic for a reason.
This was a great little book, which I thoroughly enjoyed listening to with my 10-year-old daughter. Entertaining with life lessons. Worth the listen.
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