Though I haven't read the print version, there's just something about having all of the international characters come to life with their accents and foibles that really makes the performance superior.
Ian Rankin's Scottish detective series. I guess because both sets of heros aren't ashamed of their flaws- they both drink and smoke too much and are well past their prime but still have some guile when they need it.
His ability to take on such a wide sweep of character dialogues.
It's a perfect book for a looong drive at 18 hours. I usually prefer about 8 hours but this definitely kept outr interest for a long vacation drive this summer.
Into the Blue has a great mix of mystery and adventure with many characters drawn in great detail. It was one that I didn't have to cringe to listen to with my wife and family the way I sometimes do with a lot of sex and violence and profanity.
Tobias' autobiography left me feeling sorry for all who encountered him from his Mom to his many benefactors. In trying to be frank and self revealing he seems to be only aware of how others were oblivious to his inner deceit and shameless lies. He has no love for anyone and doesn't seem to care who he hurts. I can ride along with this for a while but over time it became apparent that he just didn't care about anyone else but himself. Writing it now that he is a successful author, I would have hoped for at least an after-word of some awareness of how people had helped him and some yes, gratitude for if not letting him learn at the feet of the masters at least some common humanity of a mom trying to do the best she could.
I thought I was just going to be annoyed with this story but McInerney's self obsessed, obliviously addicted character grows on you as he struggles with his talents and being his own worst enemy. I kind of live vicariously through characters like this since I've never lived in NY. You kind of want to slap him around and say hey cant you see how great you have it but that's the beauty and the device of the story. Just be warned- it's about living in NYC in the early days of Friends and Seinfeld without all the annoying friends and success.
Dana Haynes has created a memorable cast of characters in this fast moving thriller set in and around Portland Oregon. He brings in some truly bad bad guys but for me the real fun was in finding out how the crash investigators coordinate all the myriad parts of a crash site into a single "cause" for a plane crash. David Ledoux does a great job of creating voices for all of the many characters in the story which was a big help given the large team of "crashers" cops and villains who populate this story.
No Fear of Flying here- just a good time and a good listen.
I often try to find books I can share on car trips with my family from my 80 year old mom
to my teen aged kids. This is one of the few that can span the generations with ease. I hesitated buying this as it seemed a little too cute- maybe good for parents or teens but not just a regular pick up and read book. I am so glad I got it and enjoyed it thoroughly. The unique vantage point of being told by a dog who is a the end of his days gives the story a mobility and freshness that allows it to be both sage and full of child-like glee at the simple things in life and the importance of friendship and family. I did literally laugh outloud and cry outloud.
As always I try to listen on the faster speed on my ipod and generally buy abriged where possible. It's a short attention span world you know.
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