This is my second Dennis Lehane read and I thoroughly enjoyed it -- until the last chapter. Lehane needs, a closer, a lierary Jonathan Papelbon, who can close a story with authority. Unfortunately, Lehane struggles a bit with his endings, and this one doesn't seem worthy of the rest of the book.
Don't let that keep you from this, though. Because, as in life, it's not the destination, it's the journey. And Dennis Lehane has crafted a fantastic journey.
The narration on Shutter Island is excellent and with just the right amount of acting. Reminded me of when my grandfather used to read to me. Very well done.
This is an interesting idea, and in parts it is very compelling. But as you listen, you get the sense the author made a list of puns he thought were clever and proved that he was smart, then wrote the book around them. Maddeningly, he leaves an entire plot line - the most interesting one - behind!
The actor reading the part of the webmind has watched way too much William Shatner and too many adult films. He made a tough listen almost impossible.
All that being said, I probably will continue to follow the series if nothing else to find out about Hobo and the Chinese blogger.
The story is a good one, the narrator does a good job, but the cheesy music that comes up in "dramatic" or "romantic" scenes is laughable at best, and annoying at worst. It varies from making the performance resemble a bad 70's cop movie or a bad 70's blue movie.
I loved this book! McCollough tells Adams' story as if he were there. Many times I was so transported back to the late 18th century I missed my exit! The performance on the audio is excellent, although I was a bit disappointed that, at times, you could hear the narrator breathing like he was a 900 operator. No dry memorization of facts here, rather you are sucked into the narrative as you are into a great novel. Not sure if Jeffersonians will be too pleased with the content of the book, but it has kindled an interest in investigating the other side of the argument.
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