Reasons to love this 2 credit book:
Intricate and captivating plot**
Havers vs. Arderey**
Ending that makes you want to have the next book ---now!
This is not my usual genre, but I enjoyed the story mainly because of the narrator
who did such an outstanding job on several of Carl Hiassen's books. There is way too much information for me on all things supernatural and cremation, but the narration moves along at a rapid pace which kept my interest. I did try reading this on kindle and couldn't finish the sample, but the narrator really hooked me on finding out where this was going.
The action is told through multiple characters -- some more believable than others, but all totally interesting. Who can resist kids, dogs and hot romance? The plot seems somewhat contrived and, although often gruesome, still entertaining, and a good listen.
Resolving not to let the slow pace deter me, I kept plodding on to the end and felt exhausted by the narrator, by the plot, and by the characters.
More action! More intrigue! Less introspection! Less police procedure tutorial. I understand Bosch is having some kind of mid-life crisis, but nothing in the story made me care.I kept expecting that the two different cases would somehow get interesting, or even connect but it never happened.
The narration contributed greatly to the old and tired theme. His voice made Bosch seem a very old man and I felt like we should all take a nap. He cannot do female characters at all and should not have tried.
No, the ending left me not caring about any of the characters or finding out about the obvious unresolved plot-lines.
No more Bosch....bring me another Lincoln Lawyer!
In choosing this book I broke my own two important rules. #1- Read ALL the reviews #2 LISTEN to the sample. The reviewer who said the narrator was annoying was so right. Unfortunately I read a few of the positive comments and clicked "buy". I disliked the narrator from the first chapter and could not get through even 2 hours before quitting. I understand that she is trying to sound like a young girl and it really misses the mark. To me, the narrator makes Flavia sound like a brat.
I'm glad this book has such a great following, for it is clever and amusing, but do listen before you buy. I don't even want to read the print version now as I would "hear" that voice. Flavia is ruined for me. And only myself to blame.
20 hours? Seemed like 40. Yes, there is interesting historical perspective; yes, there are a variety of interesting characters; yes, there is a plot line of continuing killings( very gruesome) and the mystery of who is doing the killing, but it takes forever for the story to move along and even when the killer is revealed I was disappointed to see there was another hour until the end. I kept listening, convinced that it would surely get more engaging....never did. I was well into 6 hours before anything at all happened. Previously I listened to "Company of Liars" and "Mistress of the Art of Death", which I found much more interesting and suspenseful. The narrator was excellent, but the novel, while well written, is just too slow for my taste.
I'm not a SK reader, but was intrigued by the short story premise and was not disappointed. Some were better than others, as is usual in a collection, but makes it easy to move on if you don't like one. Particularly enjoyed Things They Left Behind, Cat from Hell, Reststop, and the last one is not to be missed. The different readers provide variety and help separate the stories. If you want the usual SK, don't get this...if you want something different, give it a try. This is very long, so don't expect a quick listen. It is more a journey than a destination.
I read both of Declan Hughes books - The Wrong Kind of Blood and the Colour of Blood and enjoyed both. They are not for the delicate reader as there is violence and brutality and profanity and much, much drinking. But there is also an insight into the Irish soul...and for those of us who have an Irish heritage, a comforting insight into our dark side. It is not necessary to have read the two previous books to enjoy Dying Breed, which apparently is not in print yet in the US. I'm not a particular fan of horse racing, but the information in this story was interesting and informative. There is a lot of sorrow in the story, but also vindication. Well worth your time.
Steven King listed this on his "Best Books of 2008" list and I borrow my title from his review. Reggie, the teenage heroine, is my favorite character, but all characters are wonderfully portrayed. There is a wonderful dog in the story and happily, the dog does not die! It is amazing how it all comes together in the end and quite satisfying. I had no problem with the narrator and thought she did an excellent job. I will be listening to her other books.Highly recommended.
At times, my eyes (ears?) glazed over at what I thought were meaningless details...but do not quit. Salander is the spice that will keep you going and just when you think the mystery is over, there will be more. Some of the details are confusing, especially the financial details, but it doesn't matter, because the overall story is amazing and I look forward to the next book in the series which apparently will involve Salander. Sadly, the author has passed away. Highly recommended.
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