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.
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.
I love Ken Follet's epic historical fiction books and John Lee is an extraordinary narrator. If you have read or are thinking of reading Fall of Giants, you will enjoy listening to this interview.
I read Pillars of the Earth in the first year it was published when it was still in hardback. I loved that book so much that I read it again at least four more times. Normally I do not re-read books because I feel there is not enough time to read and don't want to spend it reading books again. And if you forced me to pick a favorite book - which is nearly impossible - I would always name Pillars of the Earth. It is stunningly written. The characters are like family to me because I love them so much.
I am saying all of this so you know that World Without End was a book I both wanted to read and dreaded to read. I was hopeful that it would be as beautiful as Pillars and I was anxious that it could not possibly meet my expectations. But it did.
This book is well-researched with interesting characters who you will love and hate, but who will stay with you after you finish the book.
Some readers are put off by 40 hours of one book, but you will not regret the time. In fact you may be surprised and find you wish for even more. I did.
If you are a fan of mysteries this book can't be missed. It is dark and twisted with a completely imperfect hero. You will like this man, and sometimes you will dislike him too. He is tortured by his past, and wallows in his grief and anger instead of dealing with it. And the antagonist is evil, but you find yourself having empathy for him. I love that both characters are people you can see as authentic, and neither are completely good or bad.
Yes. Although we basically knew who the murderer was very early in the story Mr Carpenter found a way to keep the suspense high and he didn't rush the climax or the wrap up of the story after the climax. Sometimes these parts of the story are rushed and leave me feeling sad that there wasn't more. But that didn't occur in this book.
The book is dark and twisted. The characters are intriguing and I am anxious to see the second installment released on audible.
His use of distinct voices is top-notch. The story moved from one character's voice to another's quickly at times and Mr Levine made the transition easy with his voices. I hope he is currently recording book number 2.
I loved that this story involved Joe's wife and mother-in-law, and that once again Nate is front and center. Recently the crimes Joe has investigated took him away from home which also meant that the people in his life -- Mary Beth, Sheridan. Lucy, April, Nate and his mother-in-law are peripheral. But without them, Joe has less depth. I like that these novels involve a lead character who is real -- flawed, imperfect and authentic. However, when his loved ones are further from the story I find that Joe is more caricature than character.
This volume took Joe home and made this fan happy.
Never changes. My favorite character will always be Nate. Mr Chandler's ability to give Nate life is absurd -- it is that good.
The crime investigated in this installment was surprising. I always like when a mystery book author can bring in an element of shock, and Mr Box accomplished that here.
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