I throughly enjoyed Julia Glasses "The Widower's Tale," but, then again, I am of a certain age.
Mark Bramhall was the perfect, slow, almost drawling voice of an older man, but far from boring. He made Percy Darling jump to life with his gently sardonic wit, and insightful self deprecations.
The book was a little slow going at times, and its punches were slow to build rather than a constant bombardment of action, but I think it was well worth the listen.
Not quite spellbinding, but well done none the less.
I was very entertained by the reader's voice. A perfect old man's voice, and had an easy to absorb manner when speaking the thoughts of different male & female characters.
Some twists & turns and a clever ending I hadn't expected.
Overall a very engaging story.
John Grisham is such a great writer that even a slow book like Sycamore Row has its good moments. The narrator, Michael Beck, was the perfect voice, but even so the story dragged, with a very predictable outcome, where the good guys and gals win in the end, and all is right with the world once more.
I'm glad that "The Bat" was not the first of this series I've read, or it would have been the last. In general I have enjoyed the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo, but this one, for me, was laborious to listen to. The characters lacked the form and depth the other novels have, and again, another deep love affair begins and ends in a week.
The narrator was Ok, but nothing special. Some voices were well done and others not as well done. Over all it was a good try but no banana.
"Gun Church" kinda says it all. Bizarre but intriguing. I hung on till the end, but can only mildly recommend. The characters were not the inspiring sort, rather short on morals while creating their own unlikely principles, sense of community and belonging, while devaluing life in general. Sort of a William Tell with guns, and much deadlier.
Nice narration by David Pittu, however the characters in "Salvation of a Saint," tended to be without much depth, even one dimensional. The book was still interesting enough to listen to. I never felt the need to stop in disgust, but was able to listen all the way through. Just not a first class work of fiction and not much mystery there either.
A modern day rewrite of Dumas should find any book writer quaking in his boots, but Archer does a good enough job of it. I wouldn't award him any prizes for insite, and his version of vengence and justice was rather feeble, but all in all you might not want to pass it up completely. It was decent, but bland entertainment.
I liked the way the author introduced our main mystery and interwove other cases making quite a basketweave out of the book, but I did get tired of the constant whinning of our main protagonist. My wife left me, I drink too much, my daughter avoids me, my father is nuts, and on we go. I like reality when I read (or listen), but all dark and no laughter gets boring after a while.
Dick Hill did a credible job with his narration. He did a good job of finding the voice of Kurt Wallander, and I enjoyed the resonance his voice gave to the characters.
While eerie thinking of a psychotic, serial killer who believes himself to be a kind and compassionate liberator, not to mention a demonic father thrown in the mix, the idea of government run amok surrounding everyone with lies and laws, with privacy only an illusion, is the real bone-chiller.
The narrator did a wonderful job when speaking as the voice of all the characters, but when it came to narrating the body of the text, would all the sudden speed his voice up as if he couldn't get the words out fast enough. I would have perferred him to use the same cadence as when he was speaking as the voice of the characters themselves. I gave him a four because, all in all, an exceptional job.
I love Koontz and I thought this book one of his best.
A great thriller. A good versus evil mystery with some grey areas between the two. Romance, evil characters, suspense and a pace that makes it a really fun listening experience.
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