Every so often, I feel the need for the simplicity of a Sarah Addison Allen. Her books are comforting. They are interesting. They are light, but delightful pastimes. I suppose, in a way, she is our touch stone of how we wish things were. She and the narrator Karen White always make for a fun couple of evenings. The slight touch of understated magic is enough to tantalize without bugging us with things like werewolves and wizards. The romance is predictable and sometimes frustratingly obvious, but the soft southern feel rounds out the edges. And, as all good daiquiris do, they leave a little buzz before climbing under the covers at night for a good night's sleep.
Good reader, good story, good characters, good everything, just not stupendous or knock you out of your socks exciting. It had the feel of an old novel that had a retread which simply didn't bind together well.
At it's heart, I didn't become enraptured by the characters or the story. I didn't really care about his difficulty and was unimpressed with his solution to the problem. It lacked the stellar quality that I've long expected from John Grisham. It lacked the tension that I crave in the author's works.
As a fan, it's a decent read, but for new readers track backward to earlier works first!
I put off listening to this because of the reviews. May I begin with a counter view on Roy's presentation. I thought it was excellent. It is not his fault that two of the female characters had similar sounding names and I believe confused some listeners.
I love George RR Martin, but this simply went on and on and on. I understand that the original book would have been two feet thick and challenged the large hard print edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. I live in hopes that the characters that I wanted to follow and the forward moving plot that I needed will be in the next book!
May Tyrian the Dwarf battle on. May Arianna find her wolf and rejoin her family. May John Snow become relevant again. May Bran and his crew return. May the bastard son rise from his blacksmith's hearth. May the dragons arrive. Seriously, nothing was resolved that I cared about. Not a single thing. Then again, it is George RR Martin... he might simply finish all my favorite characters off in the next book...
I wonder if I could have listened to the next and lived quite happily without this one? Still, as a fan, I followed my banner man into the fray. I just wish it hadn't been mired in dysentery and mud...
Rock on Roy. You're great! I've seen your name pass on the roll of actors for the HBO series. Which part is it? I'm off to check.
This combination of the young, spunk girl and the older hit man was a real winner for me. I heard the book rather than read it, but you could tell the narrator was jazzed to have such fun scenes to read. A bit contrived the way the author conveniently found to feed her in and out but it was still worth it. The accent for the FBI agent Vance was grating, but perhaps it was chosen to keep the reader from assuming too much of a romantic connection. Hopefully the accent wasn't chosen to help distinguish female voices?
Seriously, I found the 14-yr-old and the main characters dialog far more fun than King and Maxwell.
The Dan Brown enjoyment factor is in the not-so-subtle guide book quality. Seriously, I need to hit Istanbul and the JFK mile... He manages enough hard and good science to make it intriguing, plenty of excitement with the necessary twists and turns. A bit on the too convenient side in places within this plot, but not every work can be hit out of the park.
I've read and/or heard them and enjoyed them all.
I'm becoming a fan of the duo of voices in audiobooks and the background side effects. It is a bit difficult to continue to hear female voices torn to pieces by a male reader. They frequently manage one voice fine, two sometimes, and three or more? Not so much. They fall back on stereotypes...
That said, you'll note that the performance brought the book's total rating up to a four star, whereas I only gave the book itself a three star.
Parts simply dragged along with too much exposition and not enough dialog. Also the 'convenience' factor was a bit too heavy.
To be honest, the main character and the 14 year old simply light up the whole book. I wish she had a larger role as she did in the first book. The new female assassin was excellent too.
Come on, spoiler alert?
Again, spoiler alert...
Your directed review is for the birds....
This was less about Longmire's family and his work team, and instead heavier on the interior side of the sheriff and that mystic string connection to the unseen universe around him. He is as tenacious and stubborn as ever, driven by that right on target moral compass.
This book was exhausting. Walt goes through so much and Craig Johnson drags you through each painful step by each painful step with him. I honestly believed that the author was finally going to kill this guy off. Or wait was it the other guy? Or was it the bad guy? Can you say Russian Roulette played with a high mountain storm and fire and cliffs and mystic confusion? Well, you get the idea.
I've not heard any of his other character work, so this question doesn't apply to me.
I'm hopeful that the next book will have a bit of lightness and more of Walt's trademark humor with his daughter's wedding. But let's face it guys, this guy's life is on the line so often that he's simply going to implode eventually, ie-give Walt a break Craig Johnson!
I really did miss the ensemble character list.
I was looking for a good read that didn't have a contemporary feel. Occasionally, I enjoy that. For example, Doyle's Complete Sherlock Holmes or even the modern author Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog. I'm not a Jane Austin fan, but once in awhile I have that urge to sink into something that comes at you slow, without profanity, and without wild crazy stuff.
It had its moments of boredom like every book in this style, but the point of view changes saved it. Never did I want to reach over and click it off or move it to the next chapter..
Neither out classes the other and they mixed well. I am just finishing a Baldacci book, First Family, where the two narrators didn't mesh well at all, leaving me with a disgruntled discomfort until I finally accepted it. In contrast, Bailey and Prebble worked well together and the audio mixing was excellent.
Of course not! That was the whole point of choosing it! I wanted to be immersed in the times! The book delivered.
For the right listener and at the right time, I would recommend it.
I fell in love with the Longmire A&E television series. Well acted, well written, and intriguing. So when the season ended, it was time to investigate the series that got it all started. It is great! I'd strongly recommend it to mystery or western buffs. I especially enjoy the modern American Indian influences.
I'm also a Harry Bosch (by Michael Connelly) fan and am enjoying some of Baldacci's books. This rates right up with them on quality. What I like more about the Johnson title was it's strong folksy voice and laid back western style. It made it a unique read.
His makes his voice match the character with unwavering talent and strength.I didn't enjoy the technical speed up in certain of the tense scenes. i'm not sure why someone made the decision to do that. If they felt it dragged, they could have made the speed up on the narrator less noticeable. It came across as amateurish. NOT the reader's fault!
Spoiler alert: The opening where the tough western sherrif is reading to the students was a stupendous beginning! Probably the most moving was the scenes were those beside his daughter's bedside.
I will be working my way through these. I actually purchased the CD book on ebay for my brother who is not an audible member. I enjoyed it that much!
Yes, but I love James Marsters. The man could read numbers and I'd love it.
How about the scene in his basement stair well for starters? The opening with the mail carrier delivering his mail to his 'Wizard Detective Agency'--which is classic Jim Butcher humor.The rain of toads. :-)Jim Butcher's creative alternative to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes urchins of the street to obain information.The nod to film noir in the beginning.
Yes, I loved it. I was hooked and ten books later, I'm still hooked.
If you haven't read Jim Butcher or listened to these, then you've never tried the hottest thing in paranormal urban fantasy. The majority of other offerings, simply don't add up to the master. His snarky humor, his fresh take on life, his sheer excitement for his characters is outstanding.
The story line got a 4 stars only because I know how great the following stories are. His skill as a writer increase through Book IV - Summer Knight and then keeps going non-stop. I envy anyone just starting them, because you won't have to wait for the sequels to churn out.
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