My usual reading fare are mysteries, ie., Harry Bosh, Hercule Poirot, so when I started listening to "Middlesex" I wasn't sure I'd bother even downloading the next two tapes. However, the narrator had a way of capturing my reluctant attention. The interwinding of the past and present was done with such finesse that I barely noticed the flawless seams. The charactors were actually visible in my minds eye even though I did not always care for them. Although it is still not the "type" of book I would probably ever read again, I've found this one to be of excellent quality with superb narration.
I have "read" all ten of the Stephanie Plum stories and think this one will be my last. The first three are sensational, I laughed out loud! The next few were fair but lacked that "j'ne sai qua". (The intangile something, but still ok.) Numbers 8 and 9 were out and out lousey and 10, well lets just say its FLAT. Where is the comedy! This was the main aspect of the stories. The last time Grandma Mazur was side splitting funny was in number two. Maybe the stories aren't as bad as the reader. I don't know, I just know I don't want anymore.
I am not necessarily a Dean Koontz fan, he's just too verbose. However, the reader in this particular case was so tremendously great he overrode some of the objectionable redundancy. In some cases this is a love story, warm and tender. The main charactor is gentle and easy to understand and of course the plot is pure Koontz, bizzare. Somehow it all fits together, works, and even the ending is pretty darn ok.
This was my third Simon Brett, Mrs. Pargeter book. I like them very much. The narration is superb, the main charactors very colorful, the plot is done well and suspenseful, and I do not have to deal with profanity, violence or sexual connotations. What a relief!!!
I get my share of that with John Grisham. This book was simple enjoyable entertainment!
I had never "read" any of these books but was delighted to find the stories pleasant, well read with good charactorization, and just plain enjoyable listening. No pulitzer prize winner but no foul language, no blood and gore, sort of like Miss Marple and "murder she wrote". Highly reccommend for light 'listening'.
First I must say the Narrator of this book was excellent, unfortunately the book was not. I realie that Koontz is like King, wordy, and his descriptive powers are excellent, however......
I struggled over the ramblings and back and forth confusion of the first 4 hours and then became maddened by the gross charactors and finally, upon the beginning of the second part, after already suffering 9 hours of book, I QUIT! I Deleted! I suggest you avoid all the hassle and just go on to another book.
As an avid "Bosh" fan, I found this novel unique as it put the usual hero in a different light. A few wild and tricky twists keep your attention and the narration is excellent. You can "see" Bosh on the stand, you can "see" McCaleb on his boat. And all TOO vividly can you "see" the murderer in the act. Quite good.
Her best work! Excellent charactorizations! First Rate!
Although I'm not jewish the references to the religion were interesting and added to the story line. Interesting finish. Was most enjoyable.
Kept my attention. Moved well with an interesting ending.
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