I've read (or heard) a lot of books and have always been a fan of David Baldacci's work. However, this has got to be his worst book yet! I'm about 4 hours into the book and I'm not sure I can take any more. The characters are totally flat, the narration is clumsy and the plot is not very suspenseful. There are 2 narrators on this recording, one male and one female. The back and forth between them is stilted and awkward at times. Do yourself a favor and pick a different book.
After listening to Faithful Place, I was hesitant to get this book because I didn't think I would like the character of Scorcher Kennedy. Recall that in Faithful Place Frank Mackey was the hero and Kennedy was the jerk out to get him. But French does a great job making Kennedy real and likeable in his own way.
Good plot with several twists and turns, great characters, and wonderful performance.
The story is gripping and enjoyable, and not predictable nor totally unbelievable. However, the narration significantly detracted from my enjoyment of this book. The narrator portrayed each character as if they were speaking in English with a heavy Dutch or other accent. Thus, each character speaks very slowly and deliberately. This was a continual distraction.
I was hesitant to get this for a long time, assuming that it wouldn't really appeal to me. However, all the other reviews were so positive and the ratings so uniquely favorable, that I had to give it a chance. I am so glad I did. This is a great story, so well written and beautifully read by a cast of 4 narrators. Give it a try....you won't regret it!
I really like Tana French's first book "In the Woods", which I found to be a great mix of action and depth. In contrast, "The Likeness" was much more about character and scene description with relatively little action throughout. This is mostly ok, but the exhaustive descriptions of scenes or what a character is thinking occasionally get tedious. I found the first couple of hours particularly slow to get through. I stuck with it and in the end thought the book had been worth the credit, but I don't think I'll be looking to read the third book any time soon.
The narration was very well done.
This book was terrific on all counts. The story was fast paced but with enough detail to provide vivid mental pictures. The characters were all very original, as was the plot line. Very enjoyable. I only wish the book had been a bit longer.
An Irish Country Doctor was fresh and new and different and a real pleasure to listen to. An Irish Country Village provided a solid sequel to the first book. Unfortunately, this book doesn't rank up there with the first two. The quirks of the town and characters now seem more like tired cliche's and I found little new in the story. Also, the author spends too much time recapping events from the first two books. Not horrible, but a bit of a disappointment after the first two books.
I read a lot of action-based fiction with fast moving plots, but decided to try something a bit different. This was a fantastic read that really makes you feel like part of the small town in Northern Ireland where it is set. The characters are interesting, different, and well developed and there is just enough of plot to keep you going to the end. The narrator does a terrific job with all the different Irish accents.
I found this a little slow to get into, but really enjoyed the middle and end of the book. Great balance of character development while keeping the story moving.
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