This series came to me out of left field. I got Book 2 on a Sale and now I'm hooked. These are excellent mysteries, great characters, and just enough "Cozy" to be satisfying. Don't get me wrong, the main character is edgy, more than modern. These are well crafted, and deal with some very seamy stuff. Rather than taking a formula list of items and forcing them into an outline, these plots are CRAFTED seamlessly into a fine, smooth story. This is NOT your "Grocery Store Checkout Line Romance." These are BOOKS. Very entertaining, and well written.
That said, the mysterious death on a train at night and you are off on an amazing and dangerous adventure. How was it done? Who did it? Why? I couldn't out guess it.
The story sounded intriguing. Plots do begin to boil down to elements, if not handled properly. A well written book is one that contains these elements, but the story is told with such talent and grace that one doesn't notice and doesn't care. It's the TELLING that makes the difference. This isn't one of those. Like music, where there are only so many notes, but look what the talented can do with them! This is not one of those.
Unfortunately the narrator was part of the problem. The lilt of an Irish accent can only enthrall for a page of two, then you've got to read for the STORY. This one only rose to the occasion a few times. Perhaps it's inexperience. If you have nothing in the story and the narrator can't add anything to it, it gets worse!
By the end of the book, I didn't care. When it was over, my comment was "whatever." Mostly I was glad it was OVER.
I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into, this is a long book. I'm glad I did, in fact it doesn't seem very long now. I hope the others are as much fun as this one! Grover Gardner's narration was wonderful!
This is not going to be an easy go for anyone who is familiar with history, especially medieval life. At all. OK, no one actually pulled out a cell phone, but it was a little difficult to suspend disbelief some times. It's a Romance, nothing more, not a history lesson, and it IS entertaining. Which can certainly be enough. I'd be cruising along in a medieval mind set and then run into something a few centuries too modern and it would sort of stop me in my tracks. I'd have to tell myself to get over it or pretend I didn't read it, and go on and enjoy the story. Which was possible because it IS an enjoyable story.
SCA beware, or get past it.
The Narrator was good. It's down hill from there. After a very short time I really did not care how many of what kind of ammunition the weapon could fire within how many tenths of a second at what speed that would do whatever very specific damage to which of each entry points on the human body, trees, hillsides, trucks, cars, buildings, goats, sheep, dogs ad nauseam! Sheesh. Then dealing with all the partisan propaganda, good grief, blaming everything since Adam and Eve on anyone who has ever had a liberal or non-greedy, pro-human rights thought in their head! Ick.
This is a really great series, you can become a member of the community. The tall, lanky copper is like an orange lollipop, but there is much more to him. I had read this before, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember who did it, even as things unfolded! The victim is the sort you'd like to eliminate yourself, but the killer is worse, so you don't feel ambivalent about Hamish taking him/her down. This makes it a cozy
The narrator is excellent, he sounds English, but does well with dialects and accents without making in unintelligible to Americans and Canadians.
There was a short lived TV series with Robert Carlyle, who is quite short. I wish they'd do it again, but with David Tennant. He would also be another good narrator. IMHO
Of course some of this plot is implausible, it's a Jack Reacher story, for Heaven's sake. There is some good back ground stuff, you get to meet people who already know Reacher better than you do, his peers. It's a whole different view of him. I got lost a couple of times during the plot, I'm not sure why but I was not sure where we were at some moments. Perhaps I should have kept a score card.
The narration was wonderful, Dick Hill's characterizations were clear, and there was an excellent sense of drama at just the right moments.
This is pretty good summer reading. If you like adventure and science fiction, this is alright. Some things didn't make any sense at all, but who cares, it's not great literature (apologies to the author) but it is fiction, an adventure, a mystery, not prose or a monograph. I got a little bored during some of the lengthy pseudo-techincal descriptions, some didn't sound plausible or possible. Just don't look to deep and you'll be fine.
As for narration, I know Scott Brick is very popular, but his vocal rhythms get too repetitive for me. I would have liked some vocal variety.
The mystery part of this was good, very good. The coffee addiction is out of hand. I stopped listening twice because I just couldn't stand another cup of coffee as a metaphor for life. The worship of coffee became a little annoying. The story was worth slogging through all those wet grounds though.
Another great Harry book, well worth the wait. The narrator was great, I don't see any problem getting used to him, he underplays sometimes, but so did Len Cariou. It took longer to adjust from Dick Hill to Cariou than it will to McConnohie, the quality of the voice is excellent for these books. The energy in his voice and the timbre is right.
This one has lots of twists and turns, although none of them are really dead-ends but seem to be, for a while. Eventually it comes together for him. I'm not so sure we've ever come this close to losing him!
Maddie is growing up and teaching Harry about parenting. He is doing very well, especially for someone who hasn't much experience on either side. I'd like to see a little more contact with Mickey's daughter. I guess there isn't time to hit on everything.
I discovered these these books this year, about the same time they started filming them. I don't have premium cable, so I've seen one episode at a family member's house. I like the books best, especially the characters. This one is really good. I'm not putting in any spoilers, so don't look for plot points here.
Like all well written books, the plot is half and the characters are half. Both are 100%. The wit and humour and the plot tension will keep you transfixed until you finish it.
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