Written during a time before CSI and Law and Order, Cop Hater takes the reader back to a time when police work was pounding the pavement. No technology, no women in the workplace, "foreigners" looked at as if they were exotic animals, smoking indoors and everyone dressed in their Sunday best, are just a few things that make Cop Hater so enjoyable. The reader has to figure out the who-dun-it without the cell phone records or DNA evidence. It makes you wonder, how did anything ever get done before David Caruso and his Aviator sunglasses?
I picked up this book because I was looking for another series to start. I'm sure I wouldn't be reading the next one.
This novel was just mediocre for me. There was nothing special about the plot, and the summary tells you all you need to know about the book - guy dies and he can only talk to one person - he wants to find out who killed him.
Although I like MacLeod Andrews as a reader, I couldn't stand the sound of his voice in this reading. The accent, the emphasis, everything just drove me up the wall. I prefered him much more in Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart (there, the cadence of his voice was much more appropriate and added to the story as well as the character).
This is a novel to pass the time. Nothing ground breaking here.
...but you already knew that. This book for me was so engrossing, I was honestly surprised that I had sat through a 47 hour book so quickly.
King for me created a terrifying picture of the accident that ends the world. Can people nowadays really survive without Google, electricity and their cell phones? I think what really hits home with this book is how plausible it is. If something were to wipe out 99% of the world's population, how easy would it be to give up?
I never read the abriged version, but I cannot imagine what could have been left out of this book, but I loved every word of it. I think this may be my favorite novel of his yet.
The way Brandon Sanderson manages to create new worlds, or just restructure our existing one is intelligent and seemingly effortless.
Think the X-men, but completely re-imagined with the heroes turning into the villians.
I can honestly say that I never wanted to hit stop while listening to this book. I am eagerly awaiting the next one.
Although Karin Slaughter's Trent series does not need to be read in order, it helps. This novella picks up right where the previous book left off, and the next book picks up at the ending.
The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it was so short. I can't get enough of Will Trent and Grant County.
Dick Hill did a great job bringing to life the sometimes slow moving storyline. His telling of the story kept you engaged and made you feel as if you were truly in the mind of the main character. Although the plot at times was a little slower than I would have liked, it was an excellent story.
The setting of the story didn't allow for the main characters to use their GPS to find a location, or call a friend on their cell phone to warn them off...this absoutley heightened the tension in the story line. Instead of relying on technology, the main character had to rely on his training and footwork to get the answers he needed.
Excellent read, I would recommend this book.
I am usually not the biggest fan of Stephen King. He tends to be too wordy for me at times, but I absoutley loved this novel. I think his attention to detail and descriptions are what made this book so amazing. Time travel, in my opinion, is a tricky subject to handle, but King managed to master it while keeping the reader entertained and involved. I have to say there were times I wanted to skip forward so I could cut the suspense and find out what happened but I didnt because it is worth the wait.
Touching on a subject that almost everyone knows something about, or has some opinion on was bold on King's part. No matter if you think Harvey was the lone gunman, or if there was someone on the grassy knoll, you will love this book. It's told from a completely reimagined perspective and sheds new light and thoughts on the what if's. What if Kennedy wasnt killed? What if LBJ hadnt taken over? What if time travel is possible? Who was Harvey, really? Why did he think killing Kennedy was necessary? -- It also makes you think of the things you would like to do over, and if your do over is worth the price.
Wasson did an excellent job narrating. At times I was so engrossed in the story I felt as though Wasson truly were the protagonist - not just someone reading lines from a page. Everything about this novel is amazing.
It's a decent story line. There is nothing deep and revealing about the plot. Just think Expendibles.
No, I have to say that I couldn't stand the reader's voice in this book. During his narrations, he was fine, but when he tried to differentiate the characters - everyone, and I mean everyone got a Southern accent - a horrible one at that. Im usually not too picky about my readers, but this drove me up the wall. If everyone is supposed to be from California or Washington DC, why the hell do they all sound like they just stepped out of the backwoods of Alabama?
When choosing a book, I like to read some of the more negative reviews first. Even if 50,000 readers thought the book was amazing, there are still that 100 or so that can find something wrong with it. That being said, I took this book for what it was - an action novel about a retired Marine sniper. He's the best at everything - including operating on the fly, sniping, and tracking people through the mud.
I thought the story was enjoyable and it did pass the time as I had hoped - quickly. There is nothing deep and revealing in this story, just a retired Marine called back to the line of duty when no one else will suffice.
This series, is very well crafted. My only criticism is that Roy Dotrice (the narrator) changed the pronunciation and voices of several of the characters. This was incredibly annoying - coming from someone that has listened to the series non-stop from book 1.
Flynn has managed to take a very mundane story line and turn it on it's head over, over and over again. She is a beautiful writer, and allows you to deeply connect with the characters, even if at times, you don't want to. Great read.
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