I was looking for something fun to listen to during a stressful period and this book hit the spot. I've seen the movie and enjoyed it and loved the book. The plot is similar, but not identical. Frances McDormand is a terrific actress and does an excellent job with each character. (I'd listen to her read the TV guide - she's great!) I highly recommend this recording.
I purchased this as I love the Falco stories. Sadly, this lacks the humor. Perhaps it's because Falco is such a clearly drawn "character" (in more ways than just one) that a young female just can't compete with him. This isn't a mystery - I knew from the get go who the murderer was, what would be his uh downfall and what the mistaken identity was. I don't recall the Falco stories as being so transparent, but even if they were the stories were just plain fun. In this one, whenever she went to her parents house I'd think "Great, now the story will get more lively" but alas, Falco is not permitted an appearance. The reader was OK....I just miss Falco and the person who reads those books is terrific - just the right amount of dry humor. I think, if you've not read any of Davis' other Roman stories, this would probably work just fine, but for me, I'm just hoping we get to hear from dear old "pa" Falco in the near future.
First question - why can't we see all the reviewer ratings like we used to? According to the page this recording is on there are between 5 and 8 reviews, yet I cannot see all of them. Why not an option on the drop down menu for "all" versus the options there now which I could care less about. I am writing this review because of the 1 negative and 1 positive we are allowed to see and feel that this book is well worth a listen. I really enjoyed the story and the narrator. The main character is described as a shy, uncommunicative type of guy and I think the reader really captured that. This protagonist is more of a real person versus the tough guy cops often depicted. The only character I felt was underdeveloped was his wife, who, although described as wonderful, is portrayed only as a sex object. She herself, in late term pregnancy, is also quite the minx. I doubt that a female writer would have created this character, but since she is not key to the story line, this weakness (clearly my view only) did not effect my overall appreciation of the book.
I listened to this entire piece because I spent money on it, but I spent most of the time rolling my eyes and moaning with disgust as I listened to it. I do not frequently read romances (the main exception is cited below) and if this is the caliber of writer who creates that stuff, then I will continue reading very, very few. The basic idea of the story has some interest for me as I've read all of the Diana Gabaldon time travel books. Yes, those are also romances, but her writing ability is at least that of a high school student, while any third grader could write as well (likely much, much better) as Harkness. Word choices are at the 6 year old level as is the sentence structure and stylistic devices. She uses every trite and overworked simile and metaphor known to woman. The intrigue of time travel is creating the sense of those earlier cultures - her imagination is sadly lacking in that aspect as well.The performer was OK given the trash she had to read, and her breathy, melodramatic style probably fits this type of piece. I regret spending my money on this one.
Having just completed one of worst written books in quite some time, I was floored by how captivating this story is. I've read and listened to other Hill books and have certainly enjoyed them, but this one really stands out. The performer, Jonathan Keeble does a superb job of creating the characters and pacing the story. It is definitely one of those books that made the two hour plus drive to work and back enjoyable. I hope Hill spins another fantastic tale soon!
I am a huge fan of all books written by Anne Tyler, but this is the first one I've listened to versus read. While the experience is equally enjoyable in both modes, I think the nature of her stories are excellent ones to listen to. Yes, as critics have mentioned, her characters are always not quite what is considered 'normal', but they are not evil or mean spirited. And the characters in this novel are no exception. While this story may not have the depth in the plot line found in her earlier work, it fully holds the reader's/listener's attention. The narrator performed excellently, allowing me to picture each character as the story unfolded. I know I've really enjoyed listening to a book when I turn on my car and am sorry to discover I'm on to another book. I really liked 'The Beginner's Goodbye' and regret having finished it so quickly.
I'd forgotten I'd read the book until the recording began. Although the title was familiar, because I had listened to Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (another wonderful book and performance) I thought this was something new. While I almost didn't listen, since the story had really stuck with me, I kept it going. Boy, was it a treat! Peter Altschuler's natural voice is so like I'd "heard" Major Pettigrew's, that he brought the character to life. The story is positively charming and with much humor. Although I'd read it, I again found myself laughing out loud numerous times during the story. This is definately one of those audio books that made me eager to get into my car and head for work!
This is a light, easy to listen while driving story. It ranks fairly highly of those books I've listened to, but I am such an avid reader and listener - with at least four books going at all times - that I could only rank order those that I really disliked.
The characters are well-drawn. It is not an tension filled type of mystery, but that is likely not the goal of the author anyway. It's very much a character driven tale.
The reader does such an excellent job with all of the characters it's hard to pick.
This book has a lot of humor in it, and I did find myself chuckling as I tooled to and from work.
I love mysteries of all types and have read a few of Gerritsen's other books. I found her previous work just OK (she's no P.D. James) but I didn't dislike the books. However, listening to her material has changed my mind. Too much melodrama and hackneyed phrased as in "she slapped the file photos on the table" - the cop "slapped" those photos several times throughout the story. The dialogue is unrealistic and everyone sounds like they barely got through elementary school. They're supposed to be professionals, but they don't sound like. I was a bit insulted - as if the author was writing for an audience of 9 year olds. The reader played everyone as a breathy female which added to my dislike and furthered the melodramatic tone. However, the one positive note I have is I liked the ending. Since I paid for this audio book, I forced myself to listen to it, but this will be my last Gerritsen.
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