I have listened to all the Reacher novels and have rated them all four or five stars. This one was my least favorite. Too much description of vehicle lights at night and truck details. It seems like Lee Child is becoming more obsessive compulsive in his writing. The plot and characters were below his usual standards. I am a fan of Dick Hill as in Child's and Greg Iles' books.
This was not a good week. I purchased this book, Michael Connelly's "Reversal", and Vince Flynn's " American Assassin". Among my favorite authors; only Flynn was worth the money.(I traveled a lot this week-so I do appreciate Audible's offerrings-have over 300 books in my audible library)
Wow-great listen-one of my favorites-(note to reader and producer-Lompoc as in Lompoc Federal Correctional Facility is pronouced Lahm-Poke)
I have read all of Sanford's book and am a fan. I am also an avid listener of Audible books(over 400). This narrator completely spoiled the book. I recommend that Audible drop this narrator. I will NEVER buy a book he is associated with.
I will not be able to describe my experience in listening to this book. So very profound and moving! I have to believe that hearing the author's(Khaled Hosseini) own reading of his book added greatly. The book convey's Afghan history, culture and the seeds of the current demolition of the country's richness and best of its people. But it is the relationships between father and son, friends of different social levels, and the evil effect of the Taliban on these people-direct and indirect. I cried a number of times and I hardly ever am moved to tears. My favorite books were "Dr. Zhivago" and "The English Patient"--now I must add "The Kite Runner". The first two were made into wonderful movies-"The Kite Runner" movie was disappointing in that it did come close to the marvel of the book.
Perhaps I am listening to too many books. Parker's use of "I said, she said, I said", and Joe Mantegna's narration bugged me for the first time in the Spencer series. The plot was OK and the humor was there as usual. I missed Hawk. Mantegna portrays him well. In this book all of the characters had a Joe Mantegna accent. As I said, maybe its me....
If you enjoy the macho man, you will love Mitch Rapp as the CIA recruit and his relationship with his "drill instructor". The plot was excellent and filled with humor. Vince Flynn is the master in this genre. His most usual narrator is George Guidall and he couldn't be better. George also narrates Craig Johnson's wonderful series placed in Wyoming with Sheriff Walt Longmire. If you have missed these I recommend them-different than Flynn's novels but also FIVE STAR quality in writing and narrating.
I have worked as a child psychologist for 45 years. During my semi- retirement I've listened to 100s of books from audible.com. This was one of the best. The author wove a very plausible plot associated with the challenges of a son with Asperger's Syndrome. The clinical picture was spot on. I am a little embarrased to admit to twelve hours of straight listening. I do have a life(lol). I was just awed by the story and the wonderful portrayal of the effects of this disorder on the family and the school mileau. The book had great passion, humor and truth! Kudos to Audible but most of all to Jodi Picoult. No one could write such a book without a first hand experience with an Aspi. I will recommend it to all the Special Ed teachers, diagnosticians, and legal professionals I know.
I have read all of M. Connelly's books. This one gives you an intricate and nicely developed who-done-it plot with realistic emotional intensity. Guilt, remorse, redemption-it was gut wrenching for me. I listened to J. Kellerman's "Evidence" last week. It was horrid and I used to be a big Alex Delaware fan. Connelly now surpasses Kellerman in all areas including psycological aspects of the novel. By the way, I am a clinical psychogist-40 years including forensics and police consultation. Connelly is my favorite.
I also have read all of Kellerman's books as soon as they were released. This one was bad, I am sorry to say. Rambling, circumspect and irrelevant dialogue. The plot was lousy. Delaware's input was trite and equivalent to Psychogy Course 101. Ahab's written confession was impossible. I could go on but I don't want to reveal the plot for those unfortunate ones who buy the book. Jonathan's earlier books are 5-star and if you have not read them, avoid this one and enjoy Alex Delaware, Milo Sturgis, Robin as they are principles in exciting and plausible psychological thrillers.
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