The print version might have been better for this book. It took a while before I could get into the book. I'm not sure if it was the book itself or the narrator. However, I struggled with the narrator in this book. The story itself became quite intense, and it was difficult to stop listening at times (despite the narrator).
A lot of the dialogue was painful to listen to as it seemed that all conversations were on the same level of emotion. The narrator didn't seem to use much intonation, if any. The dialogues felt very choppy. Perhaps that was the intent, but it didn't serve the book or the readers very well.
I enjoy books that contain little or no profanity. Unfortunately, this one had a decent amount, so it was difficult to listen to at times. My second complaint for this book is that it was predictable at times. Although it did have a few good twists and turns, there were a few parts where it seemed like I could see it coming for a while. That being said, the story was very interesting, and I enjoyed the book overall. The predictability did not detract much from the read nearly as much as the profanity did.
There are some people you don't want to mess with and some people you want on your side when you are in a bind. Reacher is both of these. I have reviewed other Reacher books and they have all been enjoyable. One of the nice things about Reacher books is that Lee Child has written them in a way that allows the reader to pick up any of the books in the series. You don't have to pick up the first in the volume to know what is going on. Given that this was the first in the series, I was excited to read it, and it didn't disappoint. I will certainly continue through the series.
Take this review for what it is worth as I did not finish listening to it. I really struggled with this book because it seemed like it took way too long for characters to develop (if they even developed at all) only to switch authors and stories. I really liked the premise of 5 different stories set within the same world created by these authors. Unfortunately, by the time I even remotely started to have any interest in the first story, the book moved on to the next. I quit sometime through the 2nd story. Perhaps I need to give it another shot, but I may have to be pretty desperate at that point.
I know this was only half an hour, but it made me eager to try the book The Returned. The premise is very interesting, and it really allows the reader to imagine what it would be like to return from the dead from the perspective of the no-longer dead and the loved ones and acquaintances of the no-longer dead. With that said, the perspective from the no-longer dead could have been a little more in-depth. I would freak out if I learned I hadn't been around for the last year, but the author seems to gloss over this a bit. This could be intentional, but the book may potentially have some logical gaps. Regardless, this had me excited to listen to the whole book.
I had seen the movie, upon which this book is based, and loved it. Certainly, there were discrepancies between the movie and the book. I certainly understand that and have no problem with it. However, a huge problem with this ending is that it simply ends. Most movies that are based on true stories will provide a "where are they now" at the end. I think these are a must for any story based on actual events. While I will not spoil the way the book ends, I will simply state that the "where are they now" is completely omitted. Abagnale does not give any details whatsoever as to what he has been doing since his days running from the law. While I usually prefer a book to a movie, this is one time where the movie got it right. My rating would have been higher in that case.
I saw previews to the movie and was interested. I saw this book and decided to try it out before watching the movie. I was hooked fairly quickly, and Jack Reacher has become one of my favorite series of books. And I say that with only 1 and a half of Jack Reacher books under my belt. Jack Reacher is a mix between Jason Bourne and Sherlock Holmes. He is an incredible deducer but can beat the snot out of anyone he needs to. I absolutely loved this book and author. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
On a side note, I watched the movie shortly after reading the book. It was a mistake. The movie was average and Tom Cruise does an okay job of Reacher, even though he doesn't have his same build. However, the movie just couldn't pull off what the book does. It's too bad, because the books (at least so far) are fantastic.
I really struggled with listening to this book. So many names were introduced in the beginning and the story was slow, so it was difficult to keep track of anything. I almost gave up listening. I pushed through the pain and am glad I did. I think the story recovered enough to interest me in listening to more of the books in the series. Time will tell if I am sold on the entire series. Overall, it was an enjoyable "read," but it certainly took some time to get into the book.
I absolutely loved this book. Being a conservative, there were things in the book that I had to look past. However, it wasn't too heavy on ideology. The story was very interesting, and I loved how certain big questions were revealed towards the end. Ultimately, I would give Barrett six (6) stars out of 5 for his performance. I always looked forward to hearing Owen Meany's "voice" as Barrett portrayed him superbly.
I enjoyed listening to this book as there was never really a slow moment. The book captured my attention from the beginning and kept going until the end. I quickly realized I would want to read other books in this series. This was more than confirmed with the turn of events at the end. I have all books in this series on my wish list, and I will be reading them.
Without giving anything away, a scene at the end was a bit shocking. I had to read it twice to make sure what I read really happened. It wasn't a typical ending. It made me want to read more in this series.
The narrator did a great job in bringing life to Odd Thomas. Odd's sense of humor and lack of fear was easily witnessed by how the narrator interpreted him. As good as Koontz is, I have always had a hard time picturing who Odd Thomas really is. The narrator made that much easier.
The book is not as good as earlier Odd Thomas novels, but it is still pretty good. Other than the fact that Odd and Annamaria were invited to stay at the manor, I'm not sure why this was a sequel in his story. It could have been a standalone novel. Nothing was really answered with respect to Annamaria. I hope Koontz isn't trying to figure out what to do with her while he writes other Odd novels. Of course, I won't complain too loudly about additional Odd Thomas novels, but I would like to see where the Annamaria thing is going.
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