I hate to write a lukewarm review, but I'm sorry to say that I liked this book about as much as coming down with the flu. I don't mind suspending reality here and there, but this book was almost completely unbelievable. I've liked Michael Palmer in the past, so maybe it was just my impatience with the far-fetched details, but I have to admit that long before Part 2 I started skipping from segment to segment just to see if it "grabbed" me somewhere before the end....unfortunately I "skimmed" my way to the gratuitously happy ending. I wish I hadn't used a credit for it....
I absolutely loved every minute of this book, as I did with "Pillars of the Earth." John Lee was masterful, and the story was unforgettable. I miss looking forward to hearing it on my drives to and from work, as well as any chance I could get otherwise!
I rarely write reviews, but couldn't resist giving my cheers for Mickey and his gang, as well as for the excellent Peter Giles as the reader! I can't wait for the next book--after having been addicted to all of the Harry Bosch books for years, what a wonderful addition to the family in welcoming his half-brother Mickey Haller. Mr. Connelly is a star!
I loved the DaVinci Code so I eagerly ordered The Lost Symbol and began listening as soon as I could get it downloaded. I listened for several hours, waiting for it to get exciting...interesting...believable... If even one of the aforementioned qualities had emerged, I would have been relieved, but unfortunately, it only continued to drag on and on. I am fascinated by the subjects of the book, but this presentation is served up by both writer and reader with a heavy hand in a condescending, preachy manner. The situations are beyond farfectechd and the characters are unbelievable, unlikeable, and poorly developed, and the dialog is often downright laughable. After about 2 hours or so, I started jumping ahead about an hour at a time, to see if a) I was missing anything, or b) if I cared. When I began "cheating" and jumping to 2 hours each time, I realized I had basically quit listening soon after the book began, which I've only done one other time in my many years of Audible membership.
I know Dan Brown can be a good writer, but I think the pressure to outdo the DaVinci Code really caused this pyramid of mysteries to implode into (too) many hours of worthless dust. I wish Audible had a "return policy" so I could get my credit back....
I loved every word of this well written, well read, thought-provoking, exceptionally interesting story. The multi faceted plot is an excellent police procedural, as well as an exploration of the mysteries of friendships, relationships, the vaguaries of childhood memories, and the fractured lives of adults who survive childhood tragedy by constructing walls and barriers that shield them from happiness as well as sorrow.
I was impressed by the ending, which carried forth the authenticity of the characters and the mysteries, both solved and unsolved.
I have already downloaded "The Likeness" and I look forward to many more hours of being as enthralled as I was "In the Woods."
I started listening to this book and was instantly hooked! It was fascinating to learn what really goes into presenting a defense case. I loved Mickey's brilliant yet fractured logic, and his conflicted feelings about his life, as well as the business of defending some of L.A.'s slimiest characters. Adam Grupper's reading was inspired, and Connelly's book had me dreaming up things to do so I could look productive while I was actually resisting turning off my overworked iPod. I haven't been so addicted to a book in a long time! Now I am in a sad state of withdrawl.
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