Colorado Springs | Member Since 2011
It seems that the listeners are divided about whether they think Carolyn McCormick is a good narrator. I want to like her. I always liked her on Law & Order. But her narration is flat and too formal to add the grittiness I desire. Additionally, the four women aren't dissimilar enough. I cannot always identify who is speaking and even find that at times I need to back up and figure it out.
I like the Women's Murder Club series. I read numbers 1 -6, and listened to #7 before listening to this one. It is my least favorite of the eight. Mr Patterson's writing has many elements that seem too simple; the tension didn't build to the end of this book. The twists and turns didn't take me for the suspenseful ride that I look for when reading a mystery.
I did enjoy getting to know Cindy a bit more in this novel.
I read a handful of reviews and found them to be of little help because they were so up and down. But the book was on sale and the publisher's description was intriguing so I took the risk. I am glad that I did because I liked the story very much.
Is the plot far-fetched as other reviewers have claimed? Of course, but it wasn't hard to take the leap. If you watch the nightly news you will see that people are actually crazy and the most preposterous stories are not fiction. I found the tale believable enough. And, to be honest, when I read mystery novels I want to go for a ride. I want to question the story a bit. I don't want it to be jarring so as to take me out of the story, but I do want it to be a story I have imagined myself.
Is the lead character imperfect? Yes. And I love that. I don't enjoy characters who are too glamorous, too pure, too smart, too talented, too accomplished. I want the characters to be likable and detestable at the same time. I want to cheer for the characters and yet hate some of their actions. I want to have pity at times and respect at other moments. I want characters who feel real.
I will read more books by Mr Robotham very soon -- I am buying the second book in the series as soon as I finish this review. And I hope very much that Simon Prebble is the narrator. He was fantastic!
The last couple of Pickett installments almost made me give up on the series, but because I had pre-ordered this book I decided to give Joe, Nate and company one more chance. I am glad I did! In this novel Joe again leaves home but somehow MaryBeth and Sheridan stay involved in the storyline. And although I would like more of Nate, he was there and somehow his minor involvement felt more than minor. Same with Lucy and Missy.
The plot line was believable and intriguing. And Joe was less perfect than in the last book. It was nice to have the flawed, and genuine Joe back. He is much more likable when he isn't too perfect. Last novel he felt like a caricature; this time he is character. So much better.
I like the plot. However, once again Joe is the lone ranger -- only minor peripheral help from Mary Beth and an absent Nate. Joe has to fight the evil EPA and FBI alone. Characters become Caricatures when they are the lone "good guy" and show no vulnerability. In this installment Pickett is the only one who can negotiate a raging river and a canyon that nobody else survives. He is the only one who can get through a raging forest fire. He is the only one who can figure out why a rogue agent goes after a local family. He is the only one who can guide the DA to a conviction. Just Joe. All alone. Joe against the world and Joe wins again. It is boring and Joe is no longer believable or interesting.
I have enjoyed the Joe Pickett series -- particularly the novels that feature Nate Romanowski. He is by far my favorite character. So, one might expect that this outing would be my favorite of the series because Nate is the star. And I would hope for the same Unfortunately I don't quite get there. Nate is undermined in this book. His secrets are spilled and he seems like just another anti-hero in just another mystery series. He isn't unique in this book, and his uniqueness is what made me love him. I hope Nate reappears in the next book and we discover that there is much more beneath the surface that wasn't spilled all over the pages of Force of Nature.
If you are expecting a mystery, stay away. If you are a fan of science fiction, you may love it.
Unlike all the other reviewers I did not love this book. I expected a mystery set in a dystopian society. It is a mystery, but doesn't read like one... it reads like science fiction. It is a dystopian society, but feels differently from that also. I found myself confused often. I wanted to like the book more than I did. I wanted to expand myself and read a book that was outside of the genres I usually read. I wanted to read something different and just love the story and the writing. But I didn't. For me the story was a bit too dark, far too far-fetched and and not at all mysterious. For me mystery is about suspense rather than surprise. Waters built to a surprising end, but did not keep me in suspense.
I bought it on sale based upon the great reviews, but I was disappointed with this purchase. In fact, I may ask for my money back on this one. The plot holds no surprises, the ending is never a mystery, the characters are likable but simple, and the narration is poor with no delineation between the characters.
Not once was there a surprise in the story. Well, actually I was surprised by how often the author jumped past huge chunks of time. The time sped by without any real analysis of the meat of the story -- life on the island.
It was impossible to delineate the voices. Every character had the same sound ... pacing, tone, accent, everything was exactly the same for every character including the two leads.
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I liked this book. It isn't a sequel to Alcott's beloved Little Women. It is more of a companion book. We get to flesh out the absent March father, and to flesh out Marmie as well. Geraldine Brooks has a wonderful writing style. She obviously did extensive research for this book. And she knew that she was going to attract some avid Alcott fans who would have high expectations. She treated the characters with love and respect and I appreciated her efforts. It isn't my favorite of her books, but I loved my chance to revisit the story I read so many times in my youth.
Richard Easton was fantastic. I would definitely listen to more books read by him.
Follett and Lee are a superb combination. Together they produced one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard.
Fall of Giants explores the lives of many people spread around the world during World War I. It is masterful. Mr Follett researches his books so incredibly well and then sets that research into the lives of his complex and compelling fictional characters. You will fall in love with the characters and the story will bewitch you. It is marvelously well-written, and equally as well-read.
Don't be dissuaded by the length of this book. The time will fly and you will finish it still wanting more. Luckily it is a trilogy.
Pat Conroy is a phenomenal author. If you haven't read any of his books, do so now. His facility with the English language is dazzling. He writes how I wish I spoke. He uses adjectives and other modifiers to paint pictures unlike any you will see with almost any other author. I have a hard time picking favorite books or authors... but if I made a short list Pat Conroy would be on it right near the top.
I read The Help on my Kindle. A month later I listened to it also. This book is exquisite, with radiant characters who make you feel. I learned things about myself. I thought about what I could do to be happier. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is an exploration of humanity at its best and worst, and it is somehow always hopeful. Stunningly beautiful.
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