I originally passed over this title as dull sounding. Finally, after running very low on any interesting looking volumes, I decided to try it.And was I surprised! It's not very cerebral for sure, but it IS entertaining. Just what I like when I'm suffering from burnout - an escape. As I listened, the writing just started to sound better. The characters grew on me...well, except that Chief of Security...and by the end I found myself engrossed. The fence David Copperfield is a real hoot and an engaging character. He lives in his own world and is a great comic relief. The hero, Wilson Cole, is no James Kirk or even a Jean Luc Picard, but he is a rogue, a scoundrel, and totally believable. Overall, I really liked it. So much so, that I immediately bought the 2nd and 3rd volumes. AND I'm hoping for more!
I found nothing to like about this book. It was boring. There was no clear plot to me. The narrator's voice put me to sleep. It was sluggish and too finely detailed on things that did not matter in the slightest. There was no character introduction or developement. Just who is this Molly and how did her death fit into this???? I was not impressed.
THIS is great entertainment. Great fun and lots of laughs. It is light and easy to follow. The narrator has his moments. But, overall, it was very enjoyable. Enjoy it for the pure entertainment factor. Don't critique it - don't analyze it. Just enjoy it. This is my first Carl Hiassen book. I just hope his others are as enjoyable!
BORING! It was too long and too many adjectives. The extreme overuse of such words as "filthy, matted, dirty, etc" bored me to tears. A reader does not need to be told every single time a character enters that he is still filthy or whatever, especially with multiple adjectives. The story dragged seriously and is really a rehash of an untold number of previous novels...most of which are infinitely better written. It plods like a great elephant in mud.
I believe this installment was more boring than the first book. It was very predictable. Again, the characters were flat. As a writer myself, I found myself imbellishing both the story and characters as I found them extremely lacking. The story was just so "read that dozens of times." There was nothing to make it unique or interesting. I stifled many yawns listening to this one. I may give up on the series after this, but then I would like to see if my predictions of what will happen in the third book are correct. That should be pretty boring too unless the author gets an imagination prior to writing it.
Overall, I thought the story was very weak and the characters very cardboard. If I had heard the lesbian relationship between Melisand and Belona referred to one more time, I would have screamed. There was way too much reference to it that had nothing to do with the story. The reader does not have to be reminded in every sentence. The action was quite boring. There were several times in which actions were dragged out ad nauseum. I was not impressed.
A one word summary: What????
This is definitely a waste of time. Too disjointed. Too weird. It just did not hold my attention for 2 minutes at a time.
The overall impression of this worthless exhibit of no talent, is dark and foreboding. It is not entertaining. It is not fun. It is too long and drawn out and down right boring. I don't think it was even particularly well-written. The story, and I use the term loosely, is very haphazard and half the time it is buried beneath so much darkness that it makes no sense. It's very gothic to me.
This is by far one of the worst books I have ever read or listened to. If I had realized that the author was the same as the wizard of earthsea (which ties for THE worst), I would never have purchased it. There is no plot. It is very dark and ominous. It is boring. The reader is absolutely awful. Her voice drones on and on like a psychology professor. There is nothing in the way of interesting anything. No descriptions. No dialogue. There is no setup for a plot. Overall, it really stinks. A solid zero on the scale - too low to rate. I will never read this author again. Two majorly awful books is my limit.
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