Idaho Falls, ID, United States | Member Since 2004
This was another book purchased solely on reading reviews and I'm glad I did. Reading the story description alone I never would have used a credit on this book, strange goings on in an apartment complex just didn't "pop" for me but there were so many positive reviews I gave it a shot. The narrator is the same guy that reads the Joe Ledger series and I really like his voice and characters, he did it again on this book and even added an Indian accent. The "goings on" in the apartments was interesting enough but what happens toward the end of the book was very suspenseful and exciting and that's all I will say about the content.
This is one of those audiobooks that I really can't see how no less than 90% of listeners will enjoy and a sure bet that your credit won't go to waste.
Don't get me wrong, I love the combination of Tufo and Runette, they are up there with my favorite pairings and I have read nearly everything Tufo has done but the Riley series has me a bit angry. Basically, he took a book and chopped it into four segments and is charging $10 or 1 credit each. I'm not sure if there are many 12 hour books worth $40 or 4 credits out there no matter how entertaining it is. Mark Tufo you should be ashamed of yourself for such a blatant scheme. I think I'm done after #2, it is just too distasteful for me.
Having listened to the entire MHI series I was aware of how good Bronson Pinchot is as a narrator but he surprised me a bit with this one. Big Eddie was hysterical to me, the effeminate Lex Luthor was a fantastic bad guy (Picture "Serge" from Beverly Hills Cop as a serial killer). The story was good, I just realized that I didn't watch any TV over the last two days because I was engrossed in the book but there was one thing that I struggled with, that was the first person recounting between Val and Lorenzo, the voices were very similar and I did get confused a few times as to who was talking. I'm in no way saying this is bad, I tend to get confused very easily and would hope this doesn't discourage anyone from listening to this book.
Straight and to the point, this was well worth the long wait for the latest installment, even after the last less than enjoyable book. This was the best Dresden book yet, the humor was great, I really liked having Toot-Toot more involved as well, he is becoming one of my favorite characters in the series. You can't go wrong with this one!
The story is sort of a Monty Python/BBC version of Men in Black using subtle British humor in the face of scenarios that should be terrifying. The main characters were likable and interesting and the plot was off-beat enough to keep you guessing the whole way. It made my 14 hour drive fly by nicely.
Not the best Baldacci novel but it kept my attention throughout. Some scenes seemed a bit ludicrous but that's what makes this genre fun. Admit it!
This isn't a John LeCarre book and it isn't a Robert Ludlum book. It's more of a compromise between the two with much of the deeper intrigue of LeCarre with the understandable action of Ludlum. Spy novels are my weakness and this fits in just nicely with my tastes. If "The Company" by Robert Littell is your genre then this may not be for you but for the rest of us it's a great ride!
The first 20 minutes or so were a great buildup style terrorist plot, then...... The story gave constant muslim quips to show how insane they were, you know, how can any reasonable person base their life's actions on religion, then all of a sudden having the "good guys" suddenly reciting verses from the Bible which sound oh so more reasonable.
If it's an evangelical novel then state it in the description so the general public doesn't waste credits on this stuff. If I want Bible study then I'll get the Bible. If I want a terrorist novel I want a terrorist novel. Seriously not happy.
On that note, the narrator was good I guess, I'm just upset I bought a book and got preached to.
I really enjoyed a number of Neil Gaiman's books but this was easily the best yet. Whatever contribution Terry Pratchett made to the book was a perfect compliment to Gaiman's imagination as well. It had a certain Douglas Adams feel to it and the narrator nailed every character perfectly. Book of the year again for Gaiman?
The book itself could be enjoyable but the narrator seemed incapable of correctly pronouncing any semi-exotic word with more than two syllables. Would it be to hard for the producer to maybe correct him and make him redo sections where he butchers the English language? Aside from his timing, tone and grasp of the language he was almost tolerable.
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