I would recommend this book with reservations. Depends on what you're looking for. The mystery part of the story is pretty good; the suspense is intense at times. The characters are likeable. But I soon discovered why it's published by a religious press. There is a lot of deep discussion of philosophical questions: the nature of humanity, free will, eugenics, etc. Most of the characters engage in these lengthy discussions, including the 17 year old girl. Really? No teenager I know talks like that. Sometimes the philosophizing interrupts the flow of the story itself. But if you're interested in questions like that, this could be the book for you.
Good performance. Once in a great while it was difficult to distinguish among characters, but that was rare. Good expression to go with the context.
A friend of mine told me this is a great book, but she didn't like the ending. I decided to be my own judge. And indeed, most of it is a great book, as evidenced by its popularity. The characters are well drawn. Nick is sympathetic but not perfect. Amy is a big surprise. The twists and turns keep your attention. But just when it's clear who we should be rooting for, Flynn seems to run out of gas. The ending is indeed unsatisfying -- it's like she got tired of writing and just stopped.
I am nine chapters in and I'm stopping now. I only got this far because I was listening while I cleaned out an old filing cabinet. The story itself might turn out to be fine. It does have some unusual features, like the setting and the diving and the fact that the female protagonist was formerly the town slut. But the writing is trite and the author insists on stating the obvious.
As an example, two characters in the search and rescue business are talking and one says to the other something like, "The NTSB -- National Transportation Safety Board -- will be here tomorrow." Okay, maybe you need to clarify the acronym for the reader. But guys who work together don't talk to one another this way. There's a more elegant way to accomplish the same end, but it has eluded this author, time and time again. Painful.
Writing this clichéd has to be hard for a narrator, but this one does the book no favors. In particular, her male voices sound strained.
Yes, because I am a Michael Connelly fan. I've read all his full length novels.
This is essentially a short story. It lacks the depth and complexity one expects from a Harry Bosch tale. It's clearly marked as short by both the listening time and the price, but I guess I just expected a little more. I just never got engaged.
No. There's barely enough story here for 50 minutes of listening, much less a series. A Harry Bosch series, on the other hand . . .
Right up there with the best. The thing is, all the characters are sympathetic, both the good guys and the bad guys. But they are on a path where they can't all get what they want. If you can live with a likeable character not getting the happy ending, it's a good book.
There are several points at which the story takes a turn you don't expect. But I'm not gonna be a spoiler!
I've read several of the Shane Scully novels, but this was my first audiobook. The story translates well to this format. The dedication is significant -- can you catch Stephen Cannell poking fun at himself as Scully checks out the male victim's background?
Shane Scully is his usual rule-breaking, end-justifies-the-means self in this book. The surprise is his new partner, a seemingly lightweight Hollywood type. He's funny in spots and confronts Shane with a different kind of ethical dilemma.
He brings tension/urgency to the narration in just the right parts.
No. Maybe if you were reading the book, it would be easier to keep track of the many characters. But listening to it, especially in short stretches in the car, made it difficult to remember who's who. The plot includes not one but two compounds of religious zealots who become kind of interchangeable.
Maybe. I like the Longmire TV series, so I could perhaps be persuaded to try an audiobook one more time.
Yes. It's a really good story, well narrated.
The way the story line challenges the main character gives the story depth and complexity. He's a prosecutor whose son is accused of murder. The book raises the obvious question of whether Jacob actually committed the crime, along with the competing loyalties of the father/prosecutor if in fact he did. There's also the element of what's going on in the parents' marriage, and the prosecutor's relationship with his own father, and some nature/nuture issues. Very interesting.
He gives a real "voice" to the dad/prosecutor, a little ironic at times.
Better writing, a better story. I should have known better. A forty-year old woman sends her daughter off to college and her husband promptly leaves her. She goes home to daddy to find herself. How original, right? I kept hoping it would get better, but I gave up about an hour and a half in.
This is not the kind of thing I normally read/listen to, but it is a great story. The background about WWII and particularly aviation then is interesting. The relationship between the main characters is moving. The characters are well developed through showing them in various situations, rather than by exposition.
The narration is very good.
Ahh, that would be giving away some key developments. There are a couple of points at which the book surprises. And a few points at which it gets a little gruesome. I may or may not have fast-forwarded through a couple of those.
You have to start with the fact that the book was written in Italian and that it's somewhat dated. So that excuses some of its shortcomings. The protagonist is a lawyer representing a client accused of murdering a child. The interesting part is that the book gives insights into the Italian court system and Italian countryside. (I'm going to Italy, which is why I bought it.) But the resolution of the case relies on supposedly insightful techniques that are old hat to anyone who watches Law and Order, CSI, Major Crimes -- you get the idea. Plus, about half the book is not dedicated to the case at all, but to the emotional problems of the lawyer after his wife leaves him. He goes for coffee, he lights a cigarette, he lights another cigarette, he has more coffee. It gets tedious.
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