i was hesitant to download this book since previous reviewers had mentioned the chapters are out of order. But i had already read Hot-Blooded and Shiver, and missed this one, so i decided to go ahead. I thought that perhaps since those reviews were written, the problem had been corrected.
The story and performance were very good. For most of the book i thought the killer was obvious, only to find out near the end that i was wrong, so i enjoyed the suspense and it was a good read.
Unfortunately the chapter order has not been corrected, but it is only in the last couple of hours of part 2 that the sequence of events is mixed up, and by then the story is far enough along that i could figure it out. The very last chapter and epilogue are correct, it's the 3-4 chapters previous to that which are out of order.
If you're a fan of Lisa Jackson's novels and don't want to miss this one, i would say go ahead and get it. In the meantime i will try to find a customer support email to report this.
no nasty blood and gore or CSI in this novel. It's reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Suspicious death in an English town with a closed cast of characters, and a detective who solves the mystery with his little grey cells after interviewing all the suspects. The author is good at creating a lot of red herrings to keep the reader guessing til the end. An easy and enjoyable read.
I have read all of Cook's novels over the years, and thoroughly enjoyed almost all of them, but in a couple of his most recent ones he has seemed off form. I almost didn't bother with this one, but i'm glad i did. Cook is back to his classic style of having medical students discovering something underhanded and battling the evil establishment.
The story was compelling all the way through. He lost me a bit in the financial stuff, but i could follow the gist of it. I liked the young med students but was glad he brought back Jack and Laurie further on.
George Guidell is synonymous with Robin Cook to me. As soon as i hear his voice it's like an old friend.
The only reason i didn't give this book 5 stars is because I agree with the reviewers who said it ended rather abruptly and implausibly. I think the wrap-up could have been done better.
well this was free, so i gave it a try. not my type of story at all. predictable formulaic chick flick stuff. the narrator sounded very girlish. i gave up after half an hour and switched to another book.
this book is long. It is an experience meant to be enjoyed and savored all the way along. If you like excitement and fast-paced action, this is not the book for you.
Kate Morton's strength is her ability to transport readers to another place and time and envelop them in the story. Her descriptions are vivid and detailed, her characters complex.
As in her previous novels the Hidden Garden and The Shifting Fog, the suspense builds slowly. It took me some time to 'get into' the story, but once I did, i ended up racing to find time to listen to the last few hours, when the plot threads start to come together and I tried to figure them out. If you think you have solved the mystery before the end, don't be too sure, things are not what they seem. Morton deliberately leads the reader down several false paths before revealing the truth.
Since this is the third of Morton's novels read by Caroline Lee, i simply cannot imagine another reader. She personifies the style of Morton's novels, and does the characters' accents so well.
I can't wait to read the Secret Keeper.
if you are, or have ever been a mother, if you're pregnant, or even thinking about having a baby, you will be able to relate to the characters and situations in this book. Even though much of it is cliched, the story is so heartwarming and humorous it just grabbed me!
I'm in my 50's, so it's been quite a while since I went through what the 4 women in this story are dealing with, but this brought all the memories back to me in color.
But more than entertainment, there is a lot of subtle wisdom imparted here. I smiled and winced as the characters messed up their lives and their relationships. The author manages to create sympathy not only for her 4 female protagonists, but also for their partners and families. There were times I saw myself or someone I knew, and in the meddling mother-in-law, someone I don't want to be now that I have grandchildren.
A thoroughly enjoyable read!
this is just a short story, but it continues the ongoing plot line of DD's pregnancy and the birth of her and Alex's child.
it's a short and easy listen; at just under 2 hours, there isn't enough time to develop a detailed plot.
An entertaining short story, but really twisted. Like Karin Slaughter allowed the dark side of her mind free rein on an really unusual topic. All I can say is she must have some awful nightmares to think up this stuff. You just have to read it for yourself!
at around 35 hours, listening to this book is a marathon! But for an academic, Pinker writes surprisingly clearly and with enough colloquialisms and humor to keep his audience engaged.
I haven't looked at a printed version of this book, so I don't know if there are any illustrations, but i'm glad that in the audio version i don't have to look at any of the devices of war and torture that are described in vivid detail. It took a strong stomach just to listen. This book takes us on a tour of every evil depravity mankind has ever conceived, and by comparing the evils of this decade to those of past decades and centuries, makes the case that in comparison, we are becoming less violent and more humane. He makes a pretty good case, along the way discussing the history of wars; treatment of animals, gays, women, and other minorities; all the atrocities committed by dictators and various religions; the pathophysiology of violent offenders; and on and on. Toward the end he discusses the causes of the decreased violence - the 'better angels'.
The book is full of statistics about the rates of every kind of violence imaginable. Pinker certainly has done his research. It certainly provides a new perspective on news and current events. Worth the time to listen.
I'm not a big fan of abridged editions and this one did not change my mind. I had enjoyed reading the print edition of the first book in this series, but prefer audio as I rarely have time to sit and read. Unfortunately, many of Kava's books are not available in audio, and those that are, are abridged.
At about 3 hours long, this story goes by so quickly that I hardly had time to figure out what was going on, let alone enjoy listening. There is no time to flesh out the characters or build suspense. By the end all I could think was 'why bother'?
If I ever get time to actually sit down, I will continue the series with the print editions, (unless unabridged versions are released).
this was so inspirational to listen to! The actual performance is quite short, only about half of the recording time. The rest is interviews with the cast, director and screenwriter, and lawyers involved in the actual case.
The only difficulty I had was sometimes to identify who was speaking. Not being a big movie fan, I do not immediately recognize the voices of the actors, even if they are big names. But with context I figured out what was happening.
I didn't follow along the Proposition 8 case as it happened, but after listening to this, I sure am following the developments now as the US heads towards another election.
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