Saint Augustine, FL, United States | Member Since 2006
One of the nice things about Child's Reacher series is that they are not carbon copies of each other. Without Fail had a plot twist that none of the previous stories had. That's about all I can say about it without spoiling things. But the consistent thing about the Reacher novels and the thing that keeps me listening to them is the ultimate triumph of good over evil and Reacher's superhero exploits. Another satisfying listen.
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.
Listened to this book with my 11-year-old daughter. Interesting to contrast and compare the original Baum version with the 1939 motion picture. I liked them both. Anne Hathaway did a good job with the narration but she screeched maybe one time too many. Thanks, Audible, for providing this excellent book as a gift.
It's probably unfair that I compare Nathan McBride to Jack Reacher. But it was hard not to with Dick Hill doing the narration. Even when Nathan becomes "The Other," he doesn't exhibit the machismo that we have learned to love with Reacher. This story was far fetched but that's OK when you're listening to fiction. Montez was really evil and that was a good thing too. But the total package didn't live up to the superlatives that some of the reviewers heaped upon it. I may or may not listen to another book in this series. Average book.
Another excellent book on the Sunshine State list that I enjoyed listening to with my 11-year-old daughter and she read along with the print version. It was challenging for her because, at 450 pages, it was the longest book she had ever read. But the story was a pure delight as it was told from the perspectives of the four main young characters. This provided some repetition, which was helpful in terms of comprehension. The author's imagination as she described the candy factory infrastructure made the reader/listener want to jump into the book and join in the fun. A fun book that teaches a lesson.
As someone who usually listens to mystery/thriller books, it was interesting to enter into the non-fiction world of the genre. I was alive at the time of the Manson murders but had forgotten much of the details. Bugliosi does an excellent job of recreating the events that took place on the horrible night 44 years ago. If I had one complaint it would be he did too thorough a job of telling the story. I didn't keep count but the cast of characters had to exceed 100 in the 26.5-hour narration. The main characters were easy enough to keep track of, but some of the minor ones got gobbled up in the incredibly detailed recounting. I would recommend this book to both those who were alive at the time of the murders and to those for whom the story is truly history to them.
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