Laurel, Maryland | Member Since 2012
Although this book reads like a pschological text book it is no less facsinating in scope. It explains the phenomena of justifying ones actions in such a way that will free up a person from wasting their time arguing with others & give a real insight into why this happens to just about everyone. Like pshycholigist know so well, much of what we do is based on learned information. Having this kind of insight can only be of the highest help in dealing with others & with ourselves too. Praise, praise, praise for the educational value this book gives.
I was not very impressed with this book at all. For one thing there were way too many people with weird names & most of them were killed by a real maniac. A maniac you have to wait until the last 10 pages to find out who it is. By that time I was yawning. I can see the point of serial murders, but when the author tried to sell the idea that the killings were done in “Love,” that is where I gave up trying to be at all interested. Yuck! Harry Hole was missing until nearly half the book went by because he was almost killed & then he went through it again before the book ended. Enough already. The idea of him trying to save himself from a bomb by climbing in a refrigerator was a bit much but then he had to add another man (without a face) to the mix - & the guy ended up living & having nothing good to say about Harry. Please! Most of the woman characters sounded weak & or confused & just sort of just filled up the spaced between the pages. I am not really sure the ending was a happy one either which if anything it sure deserved a little bit of finality. It seems like Harry Hole can't make up his mind what happiness is. Too bad.
He did the best he could with what he had which was too much!
No. And I am getting a little tired of books coming out that seem to feel they HAVE to include gays, lesbians in them. It is like the authors feel they have to make them as bad as the worst serial killers around like there wasn't enough to write about..
That it could possible reach people who today are walking around with their heads burried in the sand & their eyes getting textitious.
Nothing. He sounded like a reporter & that was what was called for.
I would hope that someday they could get a better idea of Why the murderer did what they did.
I realize this is a book, but it is also a true story of a horrific murder that happened close to where I live. And I ended up with the same frightening questions so many others did when all was said & done. My opinion is this is a wake-up call that people in this country are using less & less common sense, are being brain washed by electronics like smart phones to the point they don’t know what is going on right under their noses, & caring less & less for their fellow man. In fact so much so that healthy competition has ultimately turned deadly.
I have a lot to say about the Apple & Lululemon Company who was so caught up in themselves & their profit margin job they completely dropped the ball. Apple - by not getting involved by ma king a 30 second 911 on their smart phones being sold at the time could have at least tried to prevent a horrendous murder. And I fault the Lululemon Company for their demands for having personal security checks. By doing this they in my opinion actually opened the door for more trouble. These business practices I hope by now have been completely changed. That is why security cameras were invented & why the security police are hired. And for their policy to ask other employees to “SPY” on each other is not only dangerous but totally uncalled for. This company is praised for being spiritual & promoting health. I don’t think so.
I was once asked by my employer to do this very same thing. My response went something like this… ”You want me to spy on my co-worker so you can get the goods on him? Hell No! what are you nuts? Do you have any idea how dangerous that is? Spying on others is not in my job description & it never will be!” So in hind’s sight even the other clerks & managers were unwisely duped into playing a very dangerous game. What has that got to do with providing a quality product?
Like I said, even though the murderer(s) are serving a life’s sentence without parole, I can’t help but wonder if this death could have been prevented if more people took the time sooner & stepped up & wasn’t automatically fooled by a person’s smile, to call a spade a spade & a lie a lie. But in order to do this people have to get their faces out of their cell phones & pay close attention.
Start all over again.
Still working on that
I liked the narrator.
I didn’t care for the story line very much. Trying to believe the killer was who the author choose did not set well with me, nor did the motive for murder. Having said this, I can’t help but comment that this made the plot unbelievable & I think the author should have taken this book in a whole different direction. It just left me feeling down. The detectives & police parts were OK but that in & of itself did not hold the story together. And getting into the killers head I found useless. So there you have it.my opinion.
Definately YES!! It was just over 15 hours of mesmerizing & suspenseful excellent writing of a serial killer & it covered the many challenges of the criminal profiler. Thsi book held me in full suspense & reminded me of when I used to go to the movies & held my hands over my face at the scary parts. I did find myself cheering on the good guys & gals. The serial killer was made to be highly intelligent & very scary too. I kept thinking I never wanted to run into anyone like him. You would have to be a mind reader to figure him out.
Probably one of the Childs/Preston (Pendergast) mystery books because of the suspenseful & interesting story line.
There were just too many scenes that caught me up to choose. But I did appreciate the scenes that described how difficult the criminal profilers job really is & how specialized it could be. The intelligence of the serial killer was well done too.
At times I did smile at the unique 'British' terms, but mostly I felt like I couldn't put the book down I was somesmerized & interested in the outcome. And that was unique in itself.
I thought the narrator (Michael T. Barnes) did a great job & brought such unique emotion to each character. I thoroughly enjoyed him.
The way it touched me & taught me there is another way to find happiness than todays stressful search
Winne the Pooh of course!
No, but he did a spectacular job with all of the characters & helped make the Tao much more understandable. I loved the way he spoke for the donkey too. So cure.
A chance to make better decisions in life that will be beneficial if you have the courage.
in my opinion a total rewrite
I really am straining to review this book. For one thing the way it is written it forces the reader to pay close attention since it goes from the present to the past & back & forth. The book is in my opinion more depressing than intriguing which of course is only my opinion. It isn't that story does not compete with complicated story lines so that it would sell, but it made me feel depressed through the book because all it did was cover psychopathic behavior in children & adults, made comments about bad parenting, unhappy marriages, adds adultery, lesbianism, gender confusion & ends with murder. Even an unsolved murder. In my opinion too much! And as an educated mental health professional I found times I totally disagreed with the authors viewpoint as writtten.
When I got done I asked myself what the book gave me & although the story weaved in & out of the main characters life I ended up thinking this book really did not offer answers or solutions to the problems & left me feeling down. That is why I probably would not give this book my highest rating. This is not to say the fans of this author would not enjoy it, but for me it left me feeling the world sucked for the most part & some people just kept on suffering. Not my cup of tea.
I thought the narrators did a good job with what they had.
Hard to say.
To me this is a good way to depress the reader.
Probably within the second highest level of enjoyability
The narrator, the Canadian culture & the suspenseful story
The lead detective
I thoroughly enjoyed the ending & how everthing was clearly & completely explained
Most likely I will read more of Louise Penny's books
The unusual, fresh, & suspenseful story line. The intrigue, & mystery never let up or even slowed down. I was sitting on the edge of my seat, bed - whatever throughout this book. I could not second guess any part of the investigation or outcome. I loved the narrator Dick Hill - what a job he did. Great!
As a certified Hypnotherapist myself the hypnoses segment left npthing out & the facinating clue at the end blew my mind. I understand M. Conelly overwrote on this book. I would love to see another book written with the left overs.
I love it when the writer takes the time to do proper researh into the subject matters becasue this is a real treat to learn. The book stayed balanced & held my interest through out to the end. As a reader I was totally pulled into the story.
I will let you know when & if I find one
Could not decide each one was written & pulled me along with it
I really don't care just make the movie please!
Thank you Mike Connelly. Your the best!
This was one of the few books that could hold my interest throughout generations of a story & keep me both twisting & turning as a reader. There were times I was almost hesitant or even afraid to find out what would happen next. Yet the story stayed stable & focused throughout. There were good guys & bad guys that played off each other in a fascinating manner such that I didn't want to miss a beat. All of the personalities were both interesting & intriguing as the author spun the story to its final conclusion. I must say this book would definitely be one I would recommend to anyone. The narrator (Mark Hammer) had become a family member by the time I finished this book. What more can I say….it was thrilling, suspenseful, appreciated at times, sad at others. What a book? And when I finished it I felt like it was exactly the right time & the right way for it to end. Yippee for you Stuart Woods!!!!.
All of them.
Could not choose he was that good.
Sometimes I laughed, sometimes I felt like crying but most of all i appreciated all the effort the author put in the story itself to keep me as they say 'on the edge o fmy seat', but make that on my pillow.
I really enjoyed this book of intrigue, serial killing & psychological suspense. I especially liked the fact that one of the lead characters could be depicted as good and then when the truth is flush out becomes a villian of major proportion. There are twists & turns galore & as a reader I was hooked into the drama. I liked the narration too. There was only one thing that bothered me about this story. Years ago a book was written & all the characters were there in full force. The reader was challenged to guess who the murderer was by following all the clues that were laid out. Today's books of course do not follow this simple principle of plot development but for me this book went a little too far in the opposite direction. I refer to the beginning when the author choose to omit a large portion of the true story plot. It certainly was effective, but also this made me as a reader feel like I was being misled & left out of knowing what was really going on for the majority of the book. I wish the author had another way to make this point or reveal the plot sooner. But other than that it was great.
Yes After I read some reviews I probably would.
Like most good audible books the narrator keeps important momentum moving along & the reader can take away from the book in a different way than just reading it.
i liked it when the characters learned from their mistakes or lifes expereinces & moved on.
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