The book was great. A little farfetched at times, but that's expected in thriller fiction. What I didn't like were the annoying sound effects and the female narrator...just sounds "staged", not natural. Other than those minor things, I enjoyed it as I do most of Baldacci's books.
I love Archer's books. Thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the Clifton Chronicles series....couldn't stop listening. But this one just didn't draw me in as much. Seemed "forced", like he was trying to make things happen when he really didn't have a good story. The cliff hanger didn't annoy me as much as some of the reviewers, because I expected it after the second book. I feel like it's easy to guess how it will turn out in the next book though. I'm not sure if I will buy the next two though as this one disappointed. Maybe he rushed it too much to get the next one in the series out?
Love the characters in the Barrington books, love the narrator, but do get very tired of Woods living out his sexual fantasies through Stone. I have read most of the Stone Barrington books and enjoy them. Roberts gives the characters so much personality. The constant irresponsible hopping in and out of bed annoys me and I keep thinking I won't read another one.
I always enjoy Baldacci reads. Of course they strain credibility at times, but that's expected in this genre. I don't care for the sound effects at all....just find them distracting and pointless. Also don't really care for Cassidy's portrayal of the female characters. I do like these characters and hope he will continue the series.
I found almost every character to be annoying in one way or another. The narration was fine except when he did the two sisters...that female with an accent portrayal was awful. Actually, I'm only halfway through the book. I want to know who left her there to die, but I'm not sure I can get through the rest of it. Mike is a wimp, allowing his sister-in-law and brother-in-law to bully him. They are annoying characters. His partner was annoying. I have tried several of Scottoline's books. This will probably be my last. They all sound like a good story line, but then somehow, it just always gets annoying in the portrayal of the characters.
I gave the stars based on the story....which is classic Perry Mason and can't be beat. However, audible really should remove the recording or get it fixed. As a previous reviewer stated, the order is somehow messed up. Suddenly about an hour from the end, the last segment including the "thank you for listening" ending are inserted and then it jumps back to the point where it left off. Very annoying...but not the book or narrator's fault, so I didn't mark it down for that. The narrator was okay, just didn't sound like Perry Mason to me, but maybe I'm simply expecting Raymond Burr.
Love the Michael Bennett character and relationships, but the story line in this one was just way too wild. And the non-ending didn't leave me anxiously waiting for the next half-written book by him and/or his "collaborators", it ticked me off.
If you like history/geology/sociology, you will enjoy this. When the story sidetracked into this type stuff, I was bored and would lose the story line. I want to read/listen to the story, not the history of diamond mines or whatever. I know authors often do a lot of research and want to make use of it, but minimal setting for the story is preferable to me.
The basic story line is interesting and kept me listening, but I'd find myself tuning out at times. What I enjoyed from the book could have reduced the book by half.
I also don't think it's necessary to be quite so gruesome.
I've read 3 or 4 of the books by the author. I probably won't buy anymore. Just not my style.
This book was recommended to me, but I found it disappointing. Perhaps part of the reason was the narrator. Not really "bad", but his voice put me to sleep...literally. I kept falling asleep and having to start over. I'm also not a fan of books that go back and forth in time. I just really had a hard time getting into the story....probably was over halfway after several restarts before I finally got interested. It got much better then. I'm also not a fan of Southern writers who perpetuate the negative stereotypes of the past. I probably would not buy another by this author. Too many others to read that I find more to my personal preferences.
The family life is contrived, kind of cheesy and gets boring. The actual plot of the story was pretty good, but there was too much other fluff and nonsense to listen to in order to get it.
The lead characters are Jewish. Nothing wrong with that...interesting and informative somewhat, but there was a lot of derogatory remarks about Christians and Jesus. Totally unnecessary and offensive to me. I would not appreciate a book that makes fun of any religion. Seems kind of a foolish thing for an author to do...offended readers won't buy your books again At least I won't.
Narrator's voice just doesn't appeal to me.
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