I read "An Instance of the Fingerpost" and "The Dream of Scipio" a few years ago, and remember loving this writer's prose, character development and the way he sets a historical scene. "Stone's Fall" never disappoints; it is a suspenseful interwoven story of generations of family, historic and governmental betrayal, love and finance. Wow! A great listen.
Neutral. I kept waiting for something to really happen, and it never did. The Corrie Swanson character is drawn as self indulgent and never learning from her mistakes, that gets boring quickly. Pendergast is but a shadow in the background of this story, not the driving force as in others in the series.
No, because it was the weakest of the Pendergast series. All the others were more complex stories, stayed with me longer.
Yes, all of them and he is a gifted narrator. I enjoy his performance.
Yes, I could.
The story didn't have the twists that mark a Pendergast book, I missed the complexity of the previous stories.
A better story and better narration. The Cain character is interesting but not fleshed out enough, and the Maggie character is just ridiculous.
The second in the series, since I already purchased it.
maybe, but not too soon.
the story could make an interesting stage play?
I love Lisa Gardner's previous books, and this has none of the suspense, terror, or well drawn characters her previous works have. The story is disappointingly straightforward, the Maggie character as well as her narration are terrible, and there are parts that I are just soft core porn in disguise. Very disappointing all around.
Tulip :). Think Abagail was the best drawn character.
I found this narration sometimes hard to follow. The narrator didn't have enough distinction between character's voices. With so many male and female characters, it helps to have at least two different narrators, or one who can make the characters voices sound more different from one another.
Some sadness, thinking of the terrible things children suffer at the hands of adults they trust
This book was nicely balanced. I've listened to many in the series and sometimes the DD Warren character sounds too snarky and cynical. Here, I like how the author changes her ever so slightly now that she's become a Mother. And we get to know more about some of the minor recurring characters, too. Wink and a nod to the Quincy characters making cameo appearances. This author still keeps me guessing, so a delightful listen even when the subject matter is difficult. There is something about the way Gardner writes -- sometimes so honest it surprises me.
Yes, I have listened to many books by this author and been delighted with both the stories and narrators.
A bit slow at times, and overwrought at other times. Too much cynicism in the voice of the DD Warren character.
This story is so implausible and unbelievable it had me rolling my eyes. The author's other books are well written and paced, but this is just disappointing as it advances. Try any of her other books, especially
I didn't read the print edition.
Jason, for his fortitude, his depth, his ability to keep secrets. D.D. Warren, however, has started to annoy me as a character.
Not sure, but telling would mean giving away too much to a reader before s/he should know things.
This is a suspenseful and very smartly written book. I like when authors bring back characters from their earlier works, and it was done expertly here. Although if you didn't read the earlier work, that doesn't hamper your enjoyment of this story. Lisa Gardner has hit on a formula that works with great characters, and while I have grown tired of James Patterson's formulaic feeling books, each of Gardner's efforts feels fresh and interesting. This listen will keep you on the treadmill longer, entertain you on a long car trip, or make falling asleep a little difficult at night. Highly recommended.
Yes, despite the creepiness of the spiders; I actually stopped listening initially after a few minutes BECAUSE of the creepiness of the spiders. I returned since this author has not disappointed me in the past, and I'm very glad I did. Complex plot and heartbreaking to think of the little boys. Not for the feint of heart, however.
For me, this book was less about the law enforcement characters and more about real monsters in this world. I found the
REAL monsters don't hide in the dark
I just don't care about these characters, other than Bennett, so this book, while a suspenseful listen, has me rolling my eyes. Shallow celebrities dealing with their individual personal issues while trapped in the church.. YAWN! The Alex Cross books were written in such a way and the characters constructed such that you could care about them: the victims AND the criminals. These characters? I find myself looking forward to the bad guys killing the next vapid jerk they have taken hostage. Pass on this one.
Yeesh, this has got to be the slowest story ever told! The narrator is a dull and slow reader, making it even worse. I'm not sure what the appeal is, but I am continuing to listen, so I can't just dismiss it. I find the characters pedestrian and not particularly like-able, I find myself rolling my eyes at them. You could call this book "homey" and sentimentally retrospective. The character who's telling the story has had exactly one interesting passage and I'm half way done. Not a good choice for a listener who tends toward melancholy or depression. I feel it bringing on seasonal affective disorder.. and I live in a warm, sunny place!
The reader makes this story worth listening to til the end, making accents of the variety of characters on NY's Lower East Side sound so amazingly real and effortless. To that end, the author has captured the sounds of the city and its neighborhoods, no doubt. But the story meanders, and the ending is about as anti-climactic as they come. Listen for the reader, Bobby Cannavale, not so much for the author, Richard Russo.
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