Sophomoric at best. I could write a better novel. Honestly, the junk that gets published these days is unbelievable. Don't be fooled by the other reviews or at least take a listen before you buy. I reads like a high-school kid wrote it over a week-end.
I preordered this having read all the others in the "Prey" series but was kinda bored.
Missing something, witty banter? character development? Not certain just what is missing. Narration great as always; might be the formula is tired. I did not know enough about the new women cop to generate much interest in the outcome. Davenport's family just one dimensional as were most characters this time.
I purchased on the strength of New Yorker review and was excited at the prospect of a good story. At about 1/3 of the way in, I thought, this is a good book and I was excited to keep listening. Sadly, the story quickly ran out of substance. All the characters sound the same note, repeating the same thoughts and actions. No one is very likable and that is fine but beyond this fact, they are generally boring and immature to the extreme
Add to this the fact that nothing happens yet the character(s) acts like his actions have the gravitas of State Department decisions. Too, I don't mind that nothing much happens if the prose in new and interesting but sadly no, the prose is tired and unremarkable. In fairness Butler can turn a good metaphor; is an observant man. This would have been a good short story, but stretched into a novel it is just unremarkable and repetitive.
Resist the urge...
I love war fiction and non-fiction so I purchased this on the strength of the reviews. What a mistake. The author is intellectually arrested in ninth grade or so and uses this story as his bully-pulpit. What a dolt. If you want to hear some idiot prattle on about killing terrorists, law be damned and in the next paragraph go on about god and Texas then maybe this is the book for you. The guy is like a cheer leader for all that is wrong with our country's approach to 9/11. There had to be smarter ways to wreck havoc and extract penalty. Really, this guy is an idiot. Perhaps that is what is needed in trained killers and that is fine just don't write books and try to make money off the situations if you have nothing intelligent to say.
Short on action, long on simplistic bullshit. The narrator sounds like a high school kid who consumed too much coffee, which further ruins the experience. Really, take my advice and avoid this book as it is plain stupid.
Yes, Turow has an eye for detail but only the most boring, superficial minutia. Page after page where nothing happens, no plot is advanced, story-lines repeat. And Hermann is a monotoned snooze. Perhaps Hermann should lay off the beta blockers before he reads.
Don't bother, even if you always wondered about Turow, and you read the glowing reviews you will come away feeling cheated. There is nothing of depth to say as there is no depth to be found in this listen.
Well read but utterly boring and trite. I could not finish listening to this mess. Seriously, it will or could make a good movie if it is not ruined in the process. Takes itself way too seriously. I suppose if vampires and Lincoln are your likes, you will love it. Otherwise don't bother...
I have read this great novel numerous times and thought a reading while I bike, run etc would be enjoyable. Unfortunately, this reader plays havoc with Ignatius - our industrious protagonist. He makes Ignatius sound like a community playhouse Southern General. Ruined the whole book for me... Do yourself a favor and read the novel.
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