Sandra Brown is by far my favorite author, and I always look forward to her novels. I will say I listened to this audiobook almost non-stop, so it gripped me to the point where I had trouble shutting it off. However, I kept looking for the book to pull me in and it never quite made it. Mostly, I had trouble bonding with the heroine, Elise. This was most likely because very little of the book came from her person. Also, I think the narrator made her sound like a dumb nimcumpoop. I enjoy and expect strong heroines from Sandra Brown and I don't think we got one here. She worked so hard to keep the intrigue with the character, that I think this took away from really appreciating her. In the end, I couldn't quite feel the love story. Oh, yes, they fell in love, but I read it and didn't feel it. Overall, the story was good and I did enjoy it...just not one of my favorites from Sandra Brown.
Nelson DeMille is a gifted writer and definitely one of my favorite authors. With Scott Brick my favorite narrator, I was really looking forward to this book. Although I did enjoy it, it was long and I found myself becoming irritated by John Corey's sarcasm. DeMille carried it over-the-edge with this book. Like many other reviewers, I also thought there was too much time spent on describing Yemen, although I did learn a lot - as is usual with DeMille's books. It seemed the end was a bit rushed and I didn't get enough of an opportunity to really hate the Panther like I did with Asad Khalil.
Overall, I'm just grateful to have had the opportunity to have read/listened to another DeMille book. He's one-of-a-kind.
I'm a longtime Grisham fan and have read most of his books. I'm surprised at the number of highly positive reviews for this book. While the story was good, it lumbered along at a snail's pace. Literally, half of it could have been left out and the book would have been much better. It was just too long. I felt like it took me the year-plus it took to get to trial to get through the book. I also felt that the characters were haphazardly developed - some too much and others like Lettie, the focus of the story, not enough. I never felt like I really knew her.
Michael Beck did a great job as usual.
I'm such a fan of Dan Brown. I feel privileged for the opportunity to read, learn and experience his books. I will admit that I didn't initially get completely absorbed in Inferno as I did in his other novels, but I'm still so grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to it. I think the reason is that his first novels were so magnificent that even he would have a hard time surpassing them. But I loved every part of this book. I learned so much about Florence, Italy and Dante that I have renewed interest in learning more. Brown does such an amazing job merging reality and history into fiction that you always wonder, "could this happen?" I think it could and it scares the heck out of me.
Even though it took me a month to get through this novel, I'm so glad I went against many reviews and got it. I will be thinking about the story for many years to come. And I can't wait for the next Dan Brown novel.
I loved this book from the very beginning to the closing word! Abigail was one of the most unique characters I've read in a long time and Brooks was the perfect man for her. The storyline kept me hooked!
I've read all of Lisa Gardner's novels and LOVE when a new one comes out. She's definitely one of my favorites! D.D. Warren is a hard cop but I've really enjoyed watching her grow into someone you would love to have on your team. I think that Kirsten Potter does such an amazing job portraying her. Whether it's more than one narrator or just her (as in this novel), the performance is always amazing. This book is so worth the price. I honestly couldn't put it down (or for audible terms, turn it off). No words for it other than fabulous!!! I can't wait for Gardner's next novel.
The story and premise were great. The narrator was one of the best I've listened to and did an amazing job with accents and capturing the essence of each character. My only complaint with this book was the length. Easily, one-third of the book (or more) could have been left out and it would have been so much better. However, I loved the ending. It was worth the wait.
I love Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch, but Len Carious needs to retire. I kept wanting to clear my throat for him. I know Harry is getting older, but the narrator is too old sounding even for Harry. He does a poor job with voices and has so many unnatural pauses, mostly because I think he can't catch his breath. Honestly, he needs to retire well before Harry! Other than the narrator, it was a great novel. It's time for me to just read the novel if this narrator continues to be selected to be the voice of Harry Bosch.
This book made me feel like a female wrote it trying to come off as a male. How many references to "dick" can you take in one book? I love saucy romance novels, but I didn't make it to the end on this one, as much as I tried. Maybe things would have changed, but I was mega disappointed and not at all engaged.
After recently finding Michael Connelly, I'm working my way through his books. They are all outstanding, even though I haven't "read" them in chronological order. Although Len Cariou does a nice job narrating, I much prefer Peter Giles who narrates the Mickey Haller books. I think Len makes Harry Bosch sound too old and doesn't do well with the female voices. Peter Giles flawlessly transitions between characters. Regardless, I can't wait to listen to Connelly's remaining books.
I listened to this almost non-stop for two days, which speaks to how it keeps you hooked. Lisa Gardner has a wonderful way of weaving a complex story and developing multi-faceted characters. My only complaint is the ending. After developing such a great story, it was all wrapped up in a somewhat nondramatic fashion. Overall, I can't wait to download another one from this author.
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