I am a big fan of Jonathon Kellerman's books. They are usually tightly constructed psychological thrillers that examine the minds of criminals in the context of the ordinary individual's reaction to the crime. Gone is not one of those books. The plot is tired and the writing weak. Instead of Kellerman's usual thoughtful and deep analysis of the human condition, one is treated to a skim across the surface of what might have been an engaging story. The only thing that is "Gone" is Kellerman's usual style and finese. All that being said, it is still a good "read" once the listener sets aside expectations about hearing a classic Kellerman story.
Where to begin? Cutting the length of this turgid novel would have improved the quality. Follet's attempts to connect the divergent threads fails to be believable and is often improbable. The author's attempts to describe relationships depends on social, racial, and sexual stereotypes. Women are described in terms of their sexual attractiveness and bedability. The gratuitous sex scenes do little to move the story forward. Instead, they feed Follet's fascination with the sizes, shapes, and appearances of women's breasts, which detracted from the story and thrummed with an adolescent boy's fantasies.
Follet returned to his roots of anti-Communist and Cold War dogma and stereotypes. All communists were either bad or delusional and Democracy is the salvation of the world. He skipped over the more recent and relevant international political events in favor of trying to resurrect old stories. His treatment of the late 20th century was heavy handed and exceedingly biased.
Lee had a tough job in narrating this multi-character text. Although he made a valiant effort, his attempts to mimic regional and international voices fell short resulting in confusion. The story would have benefited from having more performers.
Once I began fast forwarding through unnecessary verbiage, I enjoyed the historical sweep of the narrative. The book needs serious editing!
Follet undertook a daunting project in writing this trilogy in a relatively short period of time. He appears to have relied his successful Cold War novels for information and tone. Hhe fails to address the role of the Middle Eastern conflict on international politics. In fact, the book is so Eurocentric that I wondered what had happened to other major players.
I have recommended this title to friends who appreciate a complex and multi-layered tale.
I enjoyed them all.
I would have liked narrators who had more differentiated voices.
Yes. Unfortunately, life did not afford me that opportunity. Instead, I listened to it in the car, while doing housework, and cooking.
Setterfield built a story much as one would construct a house--from the foundations to the more articulated and clearly defined rooms. She included surprising corridors and hidden rooms that held the secrets of the tale.
Murkarami's latest book shows his growing maturity as a writer and willingness to move beyond his established magical realism genre. I recommend this concise and tightly woven book to readers who are new to this author. He seamlessly balanced the psychological, emotional, and physical journey of the protagonist.
If I told you that, I might spoil the enjoyment of the reader.
The protagonist, Tazaki, lived through Locke's rendition.
I became completely immersed in Tazaki's journey
Marakami has written a beautiful book that immerses the reader into the mind and world of Tazaki.
The Arab-Israeli conflict is a complex problem with both sides contributing to the struggle for each group to be autonomous. Had Uris acknowledged the equal culpability of the Jewish settlers in escalating tensions, the book may have been tolerable.
His one-sided picture of a complex subject has done so much harm as he justifies the excesses of the Israelis in destroying a rich and ancient culture.
As I listened to this grossly exaggerated and inflammatory piece of garbage, I became more and more incensed by the author's willingness to blame the Palestinians for their homelessness and degradation.
Uris presnted This blatant piece of anti-Arab propagand in a blurred fact/fiction format that blames the displaced Arabs for their forced homelessness. His specious arguments come across as grossly biased, untrustworthy, drenched in bigotry. Gratuitous scenes of Arab sex-and-violence are inserted to remind the reader that this is a "savage, uncivilized people, hell-bent on revenge for having their lands and livlihoods forcibly stripped from them. Generalizations about the Arab "nature" abound. Similar remarks about blacks or Jews would probably be considered unpublishable and inflammatory.
Absolutely! The author's ability to weave the stories of several complex characters stands out among writers. I felt as if I had been sucked into a swirling whirlpool that drew me deeper and deeper in the the plot.
The final chapter of the book in which all is revealed stands out.
With a book of this length, selecting a single scene as a favorite is virtually impossible.
Anna became my most memorable characters for her depth.
Inferno read like a mediocre movie script. As a result, it was disconnected and disjointed with two dimensional and predictable characters. As a result, the book is boring and filled with unnecessary and repetitive scenes. Like John Grisham, Dan Brown has sold out his considerable talent for the sake of movie rights. This will probably be the last Brown book that I read or listen to.
I am a huge Stephen King fan and consider him to be one of the best authors around. All that being said, Dr. Sleep left me sleepy rather than sleepless. The story seemed contrived and predictable. It certainly did not meet the usual high King standards. I almost felt as if he had run out of ideas and decided to dust off an enthralling tale of the super natural, hoping to touch on the glory of The Shining. Don't get me wrong--I still couldn't stop listening to this sequel; I just couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. Perhaps another and more serious problem was the narrator. Will Patton tried to inject the missing feeling into the book with an often sonorous voice that attempted to convey fear and tension. Instead, he interfered with the story, often detracting from the tale with his overly dramatic reading of simple sentences.
However, an author as prolific and talented as Stephen King is entitled to an occasional miss. I will continue to look forward to his amazing offerings with anticipation.
Stephen King brings his prodigious intelligence to a difficult task--addressing the growing gun violence in this country. He comes from a place in the middle of a mind-boggling controversy and presents a well thought out solution to this conundrum. It is a must read for anyone who agonizes over protecting our second amendment rights while controlling the proliferation of death-dealing firearms.
Americans are obsessed with breasts as sexual signifiers. As a result, their real beauty and purpose become obscured. This delightful, well-written, and carefully researched book examines many facets of our breasts including breast enhancement and the real role of the breast--feeding our young. I particularly enjoyed Williams study of the environmental hazards that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Finally, the narrator's matter of fact reading invited the listener to pause and consider that maginificent orb--the human breast.
One of the best!
The book had so many outstanding and memorable moments that I could not possibly single out one.
Vance has the ability to bring life to a variety of men and women with believable sh*ts in accents, intonations, and emotions.
As a student of the Tudor dynasty, I crave historically accurate and compelling interpretations. Until now, my attention has centered on the royals with barely a nod to the supporting cast. Mantel has done an outstanding job fleshing out Cromwell's character and bringing him out from behind the door. My only quarrel with this second book is that Henry VIII is portrayed as a buffoon, driven by his single minded desire for a male heir. Although Cromwell held considerable power, he did not match Henry in intelligence and ability to bring peace to a nation ripped apart by its devastingv civil war that brought the
Tudors to the throne.
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