Only Stephen King can make exquisite horror from such an everday device. I couldn't stop listening- right up until the end. I was frustrated at first with the abrupt ending, but then just "wrote" my own. Well read, but had some odd tonal variations, probably from later editing.
I've read all of Dean Koontz's books. They keep getting better. Not in terms of the bizarre plot- this one's OK. If I pay attention, there are so many poetic moments- not in sappy verse, but in cogent wisdoms almost casually tossed out with a beautiful economy of description. I am going to have to get a print version and re-read to capture some of these. I also liked his use of his favorite word in the adjectival form verses his usual use of the noun. I always listen (hint) for the word in every book. Koontz is indeed a master wordsmith.
Told from the perspective, in recollection, of a black man growing up in the 60's, and musically steeped in swing, Jonah is a rich and wise character.
Korey Jackson gives each character a unique voice, from black to oriental to "city". He brings them to life.
Actually, I wanted to linger over the words, and not push through them at once. The action kept me riveted, but the prose captivated me.
If you haven't read Koontz before, prepare for a treat. It you have, slow down on this one and treasure his descriptions and reflections.
Fresh originality, stories coming from "left field" (sorry Col, don't know the hockey term). Not all stories were equally hilarious, but enough were that I couldn't stop laughing on some of them. My favorite- the take-off on Emily Bronte: "A Tale of Two Critters." As the new reality started dawning as to who the protagonist is, all of the pieces previously presented feel neatly into place- a full laugh with each detail. Sorry can't tell you about it; it would spoil the revelation.
He brings life to all of the characters, even himself in the forward.
I couldn't wait to get to the next story.
I can't wait for the --- sequel??? Actually, anywhere Colin wants to take his WORK, I will follow. If you know his real work, you will enjoy this. If you have never heard of him, you are in for a real treat.
While not a phenomenal story line, it is still very good, which is standard for Mr. Koontz. What sets this book apart are the numerous passages that are so well expressed, they "wax poetic." (This doesn't mean they rhyme, but they are quite thought provocative.) Yes, he does use his favorite word, twice in short order (a word found in virtually every book of his except "Oddkins," because that book, aimed at children, excludes word of such complexity- hint: "listen softly" for it. I think I need to purchase a paper or digital copy of this book and re-read it to find anew those passages and highlight them. Overall, good story, well narrated, but if one pays attention, some deep nuggets of wisdom scattered abroad. If you are a Koontz fan, you are in for a treat. If you are new to Koontz, this is a wonderful introduction.
I only hope Mr. Koontz has a plethora of books left in him.
probably, but I would tell them my thoughts and let them decide
Good plot, nice suspense building. He combined action in various venues into the story.
Just about anyone. It was an odd choice having a British narrator for an American novel. Americans now don't pronounce their "r"s. Worse- it seems everyone east of Austria speaks with a guttural voice- very difficult to distinguish characters. I found the most distracting.
The plot was good, but the dialogue was often tedious. Part of that was technically correct- the protocol for giving and receiving order aboard a submarine, part was just plain slow moving, as in the white house discussions. Perhaps accurate as to how it would probably occur, but it doesn't make good listening (or probably reading).
Mr. Baldacci turns in another suspense thriller. An unlikely alliance, twists, and tense moments keep this a riveting listen. With a male narrator, the use of a woman for women's voices made this even more enjoyable. Having gender appropriate voices for the roles should be the norm for audio books.
If you have never tried one of Tim Dorsey's "Serge" books, this one is a great start. He has been able to maintain these insane characters over several books with extremely creative plots (and murders) while taking his fresh shots at Floridian foibles. As usual, I found myself literally LOL. I'm already impatient for the next book. The only shortfall I noted was vagueness at Johnny Vegas' latest disaster. There is usually a more graphic description of how his dismal record is kept intact. Oliver Wyman has honed his narration to perfection (and we know narrators are gods - read the book). Download this book and be ready for the wild ride -- heck, be bold and live large like Serge, and download all his books! They're addictive.
I believe this is my favorite King book. Fascinating premise, believable and compelling with its historical detail. I especially appreciated the wonderful stories within the story. It is the tale of noble, selfless love and personal sacrifice for both the common and individual good. I found myself not able to stop listening. The journey keeps one riveted and the ending is bittersweet.
I can't recall listening to a more unique story. It's not a simple, nice story. There are no real heroes, or rather, all of the characters are human- flawed, imperfect, struggling, sometimes lost, yet real. This book defies most audible categories. I was reluctant to purchase this, but am glad I did. I suspect I will be ruminating on this for a time to come. I did find the author's use of "you" in describing actions a bit odd in that there really is no one central character, not even Skippy. Yet the "you" appears for many of the characters at various times (but not for others-- strange). The performance, utilizing many voices, it excellent- a real listening treat.
It seems that in every single dialogue, the discoveries have to be spelled out one letter at a time. It is as if these intelligent people all become clueless morons when listening to another. It made for endless dialogues that crawled along at a snail's pace. And they comprised a good portion of this book. I think the author was being paid by the page. Not worth four volumes of listening.
This is the second book I have listened to by Moore. He is genuinely original and funny. I only wish he had enough confidence in his humor to leave the profanity behind, or at least tone it down. (It reminds me of stand-up comedians who feel the need to fill their acts with profanity to "be" funny.) This book brings Moore's offbeat humor to a suspense novel. Although it doesn't take much imagination to see how the story ends, its a blast getting to it. If you can tolerate the profanity, I say you will find this a fun ride. There wasn't a moment when the story dragged or bumped.
The reader makes Moore's books come alive. I can't imagine these books read by someone else. He captures the quirkiness in the characterizations and in his narrative reading.
I just bought Fluke and can't wait to get to it.
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