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I listened to A Darkness More Than Night a while back and I was not impressed. After I reviewed the book I said I would listen to another with a different narrator. Both the narrator (Dick Hill) and the story made this book an excellent listen. I am used to hearing Hill and his superb narration in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. His work here too is commendable. More than just the narration, Connelly introduces Bosch as both a likable and roguish police detective whose ways seem more suited to those of a private eye. This story had the right amount of everything; romance, misdirection, tragedy, vindication, bad guys, victims, flawed characters and you name it. I will listen to another Harry Bosch novel, especially if Hill did the narration. This was purchased on an Audible sale and was the best value I received in more than three years. It would have been well worth a credit.
Rachel, Anna, Megan, Tom and Scott were characters we got to know because the author brought each of them to life. I was also impressed with the use of different narrators for each of the female leads. I haven't heard multiple narrators work as well as they did for this book. The author also gave the listener enough clues to see where the plot was heading before actually arriving at the climax. What the book lacked were twists and turns. But this is a minor criticism because the story sold itself and went where it logically should have gone. A very good listen.
Listening to this book was very much like watching the TV show, all the way down to the voice of the narrator who sounded remarkably like Angela Lansbury. The major plot twist was well telegraphed and Jessica was as deductively superior to everyone else combined who collectively remained clueless throughout. Some interesting characters and descriptive language that made it easy for the listener to picture what was going on. A good multi-tasking book.
The dialogue and wording of this story were up to Burke's usual standards. I was a little disappointed by the story, which I didn't think captivated as well as others by Burke. Will Patton is in my top three of favorite narrators and nailed this recording. He nearly turned a four-star book into a five-star one. Character development was excellent and Burke drew a very clear picture of all the main ones. Although the ending was a bit abrupt, Burke made up for it by an unanticipated twist. Good listen.
I listened to this book with my daughter who had seen the movie several times. I might have been the only person in the world who read this book without having seen the movie. About what I expected. I wasn't surprised by the few twists and turns although I have to honestly say I didn't automatically anticipate them. Listening with my daughter made the exercise worthwhile.
I'm pretty sure I read this book about 50 years ago but had little recollection of it. After listening to the audio version I became aware of why I remember so little about it. It is very forgettable. And so I invoke my self-imposed rule that no classic ever gets less than three stars from me. It's abrupt ending did not help. I might note that I gave Jane Eyre and Great Expectations five stars so it's not just my lack of culture that influenced me here. Maybe others will appreciate it more than I. It's less than a four-hour listen so you're not risking a lot to give it a whack.
This story is filled with a whole lot of characters who are easy to hate. Perhaps the newspaper editor is the worst of them all. You have a primary plot and two sub plots that Sandford did an excellent job of weaving together. There's never any doubt that the dogs and the good guys will prevail but the journey is fun anyway. Standard Virgil Flowers fare with maybe a little less female intrigue than usual.
If you're a Jack Reacher fan you will neither be disappointed nor blown away by this latest offering. It had a good mix of the cerebral and physical dominance that is the calling card of our hero. Fans will start salivating when the character of Little Joey is introduced. If they ever made a movie of this book I would want the late Andre the Giant to play Joey. If he wasn't late, that is. Casey Nice was a likable character and here's hoping that Child brings her back in future offerings. The twist at the end caught me by surprise but I think it was well set up and believable. Knowing that Child did not phone this one in, as he did with "A Wanted Man," should be enough to make this more than worth a credit for Reacher fans. Enough said.
I thought this was a pretty good story but would have preferred that one narrator be used. The writing was somewhat disjointed and the use of multi narrators didn't help. Also I did not like the author's technique of jumping ahead of important milestones in the story and reflecting back on them. I gave the book three stars because it revealed some behind-the-scenes looks into politics and journalism. I'm also a fan of Megan Kelly and heard she did some first edits. A solid three stars.
As a dog lover and supporter of the incredible work performed by hospice folks I knew this book was a no-risk listen. Didn't think it was particularly well written and I never really connected with Jon. Thank goodness for Izzy and Lenore. Izzy went from rags to riches in spirit and was almost too good to be true. Lenore was a lovable Lab who proved near the end of the listen that she possessed more than simple puppy love. The book provides some insights into hospice care and was well worth the listen.
Somehow I had managed to spend my entire life without reading this classic. It's short and to the point. I'm not sure how this dramatized version differs from the original but I suspect the story lines and dialogue are similar. I'm glad this was short because I don't think I could have listened for several more hours. I did, however, like the dramatized version, replete with sound effects and murmuring. Made it a little better. I've listened and I can cross another classic off my list. Don't think I'll tackle 1984.
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