I love(d) this series and look(ed) forward to each new one. Not this. What set this series aside was the personal relationships, I can read tons of other "police" case books. This has none of the ups and downs, fun, personal interactions of the older books in the series. I can't say I won't buy the next one because I will hope that the "life" rather than just "crime" returns to the series.
I have many in this series and over 400 audio books and this is the first time I ever almost stopped listening because of the narrator. His voice sounds like a creepy whisper perfect for Halloween. I found it difficult to concentrate on the story I was so put off by it. Obviously I skipped a lot in the series and would go back to catch up BUT will NEVER listen to another book narrated by Richard Ferrone. WARNING, WARNING, WARNING.
I first started with audio books with my favorite author, Jane Austen. 70% of my books are mysteries and I love P.D. James so when I heard about this I thought it would be perfect. So wrong. Just about halfway through and not going to finish it because it is annoying. P.D.James has altered the personalities of the major characters. Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliams, even Lydia, Charlotte--all going against the personalities developed by Ms. Austen. Maybe as a standalone...without the connection to Pride and Prejudice it might be better.
Not bad enough to stop...not good enough to ever re-listen. Disappointed because loved many of the Harlan Coben's I've listened to. In one word - TEDIOUS. Maybe as a novela, much shorter and tighter would be good.
Listened to this because friend's book club read it and his "review" was interesting mainly because he didn't know much about the religious background. Well either did I and I have to say the beginning of the book was fantastic...if only it were sci-fi instead of religious.
I think this is a first for me...as I was listening I was NOT enjoying it and was tempted to stop BUT I really wanted to see how it wound itself out so practically listened nonstop...Wanted to get to the end but really disliked much of the getting there. (Tempted to just go to last chapter but needed to see how it got there.)
I have NEVER heard such a boring monotone reader. Absolutely the worst. I had to push myself to keep listening and quite frankly thinking of sending it back in protest.
Certainly interesting idea taking Dallas back to Dallas. I guess by this time I'm tired of the psychology of Eve's past. Can't imagine another time she has to battle with controlling her desire to kill the bad guy, didn't we do this in the family home invasion ending? (I can't remember the title of that one.) But I keep re-reading the series and keep buying the book (just downloaded the newest one this morning) so obviously the good outweighs the bad significantly
Read this book decades ago. Probably saw the movie but reading the book now on my smartphone was a different experience. It is the story of Michaelangelo's life. I am not a knowledgeable art lover but each time the story talked about things I could just "look it up" on my phone, see the pictures, understand what the story was talking about. Ok, there were some necessary negatives--lots of names of people I found impossible to keep track of. Long, detailed descriptions of his working BUT once I realized I could go see what they were talking about what had been less interesting parts became MORE interesting parts. Even the question of his sexuality became interesting--read/listen to his life, make your own decisions. And for the history lover a fascinating time. Can you imagine Da Vinci and Michaelangelo being competitors in a contest? Fortunately De Vinci decided to drop out and Michaelangelo "won" the block of marble which became the David. So if you want a rather lengthy listen that isn't full of fast-moving events, and you have interest in biographies, history or Italian Renaissance art, this may be the perfect book for you.
Ok, it is a level 3 story BUT if you are an Amtrak lover it is special for you. If you know the Capitol Ltd and the SW Chief it is great. The use of the train sounds, etc was a great idea. Pretty far fetched but surprise ending--no spoilers here.
I admit I went to read this after watching the movie 42 about Jackie Robinson. Also as an old (meaning I'm old) New York Giant baseball fan who lived and breathed the rivalry with the Brooklyn Dodgers I was interested. Also remember Jimmy Breslin's sports columns, how could I go wrong. I saw the movie and wondered how much about Branch Rickey was true, how much license had been taken. I was told Rickey was so much MORE than the movie portrayed and having read the book that was true. So you can read it as a baseball fan, as a student of the civil rights movement or just some interesting picture of life and hopefully how much it has changed.
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