I am a big fan of Henning Mankell. I liked this story but it was not my favorite of his. The story is a typical Mankell crime story with seeming disparate events that are tied up in the end. The cast of characters continue to be well developed but for some reason I felt like the story was less cohesive than some of his others have been. I will continue to listen to his stories though and would encourage others to give him a try if they haven't already.
This is a very feel-good story. Others have described the plot so I won't reiterate but it is almost syrupy sweet. I like a little more conflict in fiction but if you want something that leaves no loose ends and is like the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory then this is your book.
I listen to a lot of thriller/suspense fiction and this was just plain nonsense. Seriously. I understand that this genre requires a suspension of reality (which I love and do on a regular basis) but this was just plain stupid. Demonic bedbugs? Shame on me for buying it in the first place. I am embarrassed that I spent a credit on it. Get the book from the library and read it for free if you are so inclined just don't listen to the overly dramatically read, silliness that is this book.
Absolutely, I've been a fan for the entire series and although the narration isn't as good as previously with Roy Dotrice, still the story is outstanding and doesn't disappoint.
If you were hooked and afraid of the negative reviews, let your passion guide you. OUTSTANDING.
No, I am not interested in listening to the rest of the series although Davina Porter is a good reader and I would not reject a book simply because she was reading it.
The book, while it had some interesting aspects was just too long and lacked a certain emotional element. I managed to stay very detached from the characters throughout and just wanted it to be over by the time I reached Part 4.
There were too many (redundant) sex and beating scenes and not enough of the other potentially interesting things a person might think about if they had suddenly found themselves in a different time. For instance, you might spend a little time thinking about how everyone back home was reacting to your disappearance or you might give a fig about how your husband might feel about your absence. You might have to ask a question or two about just how things were done in this new environment and have a few humorous mishaps in trying to figure it all out. You might shed a tear or two for the life you left behind. But, no, Claire, our main character, seemed to have no problem with those trifling details. She happily moved on with her new life through thick and thin with her virile, gorgeous, hunk of a man.
I didn't expect the book to be plausible, but I would have liked it to be more interesting and logical. I was almost expecting this to end like 'The Wizard of Oz' with Claire coming out of a dream having bumped her head on that rock and finding herself back in the 1940's after a long strange dream. The difference in the two stories being that at least Dorothy missed Kansas even though she made new friends in her strange new world.
I don't think it is a matter of cutting characters as much as it is cutting of repetitive and silly scenes which contained characters whom I had a hard time differentiating.
I can understand how it might appeal to some. It was just not the book for me.
I had a hard time getting through this. It was predictable, full of stereotypes and contained violent scenes that were excessive and added little, if anything of value, to the story. I don't usually write negative reviews and this was my first Lee Child book so I have no basis for comparison with this author's other books. My favorite mystery/thriller writer is probably Henning Mankell and this is not even close to that quality. Obviously other people liked this book a lot so I am not sure why it didn't work for me but it didn't.
I loved the first one, liked the second one and this one just didn't do it for me. The relationships that were developed in the first installment made the book so wonderful and from then on it just got more political and dense. Stieg Larsson was a gifted writer but this one just left me cold. Sorry to rain on the parade of good reviews.
I loved this book. I thought it was a bit long in parts and really, the plot was not believable, but the writing was very beautiful and the narrator was terrific. If you can just go with the story and not get caught pondering the fact that this could in no way really happen then you will enjoy it very much. I am looking forward to the next book and will buy it as soon as it is available.
The reader took too much liberty in dramatizing the narrative. I found this distracting and annoying, especially when I differed with his interpretation.
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