This was my favorite of the series since "Cold Dish." I don't know that any protagonist is better matched to a reader than Walt Longmire is to George Guidall in this series. I highly recommend the book. If you haven't started the series, start with "Cold Dish" and enjoy the ride!
This is one of my favorite series by W.E.B. Griffin, and this installment did not disappoint. Having read a few of the reviews, I'm not sure why all the unhappiness with the narration. Michael Russotto narrated 6 of the first 7 books in this series, and, to my ears, his voice is the respective voice of the characters.
Griffin is one of my favorite authors. His characters are rich beyond words. If you get this deep into the series and you don't haven't grown to love Matthew Mark Paine, Peter Wohl and the gang, I'm not sure if you are capable of seeing lightning and hearing thunder. (A little Griffin figure of speech there :))
One of my favorite aspects of Griffin's writing is his dialogue. The bad new about that is that he has spoiled me for other writers. For example, when you go from one of W.E.B. Griffin's books to a Baldacci novel (in which nobody on Earth speaks like his characters...and I still like Baldacci novels, just saying...) you are left missing the witty dialogue of Griffin.
Great author. Great series. Great novel.
Ken Follett is one of my favorite authors. With that said, this is (in my opinion) by far the weakest in the trilogy and perhaps my least favorite Ken Follett novel.
First, great historical fiction teaches you about the past- and I feel like I have learned a great deal of history from the first two books of The Century Trilogy. That did not happen in this book.
He portrays American political events through a lens of black and white, made up of good guys (liberals and Democrats) and bad guys (conservatives and Republicans). I'm pretty partisan, and would guess that my opinions would be the opposite of his. With that said, even from my perspective I know that Carter probably wasn't as miserable of a President as I thought he was and that Reagan probably wasn't as great as I thought he was. However, there is no nuance whatsoever in Follett's portrayal of American Political figures.
In short, I thought the historical perspective (relative to the US) was naive and one-sided. The characters were less interesting than in the other novels and the story was less compelling.
With all of that said, I don't know that there is such a thing as a bad Ken Follett novel, and, the narration was first rate.
I am a loyal reader. When I start on a series, it is really hard for me to not listen to every book that comes out in that series. So, as utterly cringe-worthy as this book was, I am probably going to get the next one.
Dialogue is the driver of a good audiobook, and that is the biggest problem I have with this book. The dialogue in this book was just so poorly written. I'd cite examples, but I just don't have the energy. Unfortunately, the utterly corny dialogue is narrated in an equally corny manner. I'm entirely comfortable saying that real people do not speak like any of Baldacci's characters.
It's not that the plot is bad, or that the characters aren't interesting. Like most of Baldacci's novels, the plot is fine and the characters are somewhat engaging.
This novel had me missing the dialogue of W.E.B. Griffin (although long winded, I just love the guy) as I've recently finished (for the second time) The Corp Series.
With all of that said, if you like Baldacci, you will like the book.
The Lieutenants introduces you to timeless characters that you will never forget.
W.E.B. Griffin is one of my favorite authors, but not every person I have recommended them to have enjoyed them as much as I have. I've thought a lot about that and I believe there is a pace to his novels that I love. I find the level of military specificity and detail incredibly interesting, and this lends itself to a more relaxed pace. Its a little bit like listening to a great baseball game. There is a certain pace that I find very comfortable.
The themes of honor, loyalty and "the Brotherhood" of war make for a great listen. Again, the characters have become incredibly familiar to me and this is the first novel in a wonderful series.
The central short story, "A River Runs Through it"- deals with the themes of love, family, obligation, and the huge challenge of what it is that we can and can't do on behalf of those that we love. Of course, fly fishing is also mentioned a time or two. :)
I loved this and I glad I found it. The themes are timeless and really resonated with me. I can't imagine anybody not thoroughly enjoying these stories.
First, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Andy Carpenter series. There is not another series of books that I have had universally positive feedback from recommendations I have made to friends and family. So, if you haven't listened to (or read) any of the other novels in this series, I would strongly recommend that you start with the first one and enjoy the journey!
You will find the perfect marriage of story and narrator, as Grover Gardner IS Andy Carpenter.
Now, regarding "Hounded"- this is my favorite Andy Carpenter novel. It delivers all of the usual ingredients that make this series so satisfying. Great narration, humor, wonderful characters, a few good plot twists, and adds to it conclusion that is so satisfying, I listened to the end of it several times. :)
Thank you Audible, David Rosenfelt and Grover Gardner!
I'm a big fan of Kevin Elko. He is one of the best keynote speakers I have heard. As somebody that loves the messages the Kevin shares, I was glad to find this audible. I listened to it and have reflected a lot on the themes of the book.
I love the series- easily listening, great narration/reader. With that said, this novel seemed to lack some of the charm of the other books.
A Great book and a performance by Dick Hill that was incredible! I have bought this audible book for a few friends because I just had to share it. It doesn't start quickly (at least IMO), but once the protagonist gets introduced, you are off! The characters are rich, the dialogue is fantastic, and Dick Hill renders all of the different characters in such a way that they come to life.
Easily in my top 5 Audible books of all time!
After having read the reviews I was expecting pleasantly surprised. I didn't think this was the strongest book in the series, but it certainly was worth the credit and the time. The first book in the series was one of my favorites audible books of all time.
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