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This book is pure escapism with a protagonist that is bigger than life. Part avenger, part vigilante, part superhero, Jack Reacher is confident that he will prevail no matter who the opponent. He comes up against some pretty evil characters, most of whom underestimate the calibre of their opponent. It's good (well mostly good) against evil and there is usually little doubt as to who will prevail. Never mind that the storyline is fairly preposterous; the action and flow, coupled with some twists and turns made for good entertainment. Author Lee Child took some liberties with his research, for example his re-creation of the layout of Atlanta's airport and his ignoring of the truck inspection facilities on the Georgia/Florida border. But he made up for it with a compelling narrative and descriptive (but not overly so) language. Dick Hill did a good job with the narration and I'd listen to other books he's done without hesitation. This type book should probably max out at four stars and I'm glad to award them. If you're turned off by violence and evil characters, shop elsewhere. Otherwise this book is well worth a listen.
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.
All three of these were entertaining and gave us a young Reacher with the superhuman powers his fans have come to expect. Second Son sounded very familiar and I'm pretty sure that the story was included in one of the full-length novels in the series. Not only were Reacher's physical abilities developed at an early age, so were his cognitive skills and powers of deduction. I was a little disappointed at Jack Reacher's Rules as they went beyond the premise and were often repetitive. All in all, Reacher fans will enjoy this listen.
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.
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