Filling in gaps
Probably Deacon. More and more I prefer his cool, detached and rational demeanor to the more emotional and brash personalities of Joe and Grace.
Well, it's a collection of stories, so hard to say. I'd say the last story was one of the best though.
Nope, just filling in the blanks. An enjoyable collection for sure.
This is a bundle of stories that fills in the gaps between other Ledger tales. On their own, not worth a credit, but together? Totally worth it.
I'd say make it a bit longer, but really, what's the point? It's a short story that doesn't seem to say much (while saying a lot), and wouldn't be any better in novel form.
Not likely. Some of his earlier stuff I liked, nowadays it's like he gets an idea in his head, writes it and has no idea where to take it so just trails off and leaves us with a slapped-together finale.
I don't. Everything was wrapped up here, and though you could perhaps extend the tale, there's no real use. There's no real mystery or suspense here to draw on. It's literally a fairly dry telling of a series of events.
I wish I could go back to the old Koontz where things were a bit odd but "clicked" in the end. Now it's just weird for the sake of being weird, with no real "world" or story behind it. I'll pop back in in another year or so to see if things have improved with him.
Books 1-4 Again.
Not really surprised. If you've read any of the previous books, the author loves to have the protagonist plod along while whining and throwing out childish quips, then suddenly have a revelation that makes all the convoluted pieces fall in place. No different here.
Probably the very last. It wasn't unexpected, but it was still a nice scene.
I like this series. I do. But Amanda keeps writing the same book with different elements.
The outline is pretty much that Allison is presented with a case that she doesn't want to investigate. She whines and mopes and eventually does it based on some silly reason that could easily be gotten around. She plods through the investigation making glaring mistakes and oversights while relying mainly on her ghosts and daughter for true insight.
Throw in a bunch of "comedic" moments worthy of a 90's sitcom and then we get to the resolution where intuitive leaps are made and a seriously convoluted plot gets (somewhat_ unraveled. This book's intertwining and resolution are particularly confusing.
The sad thing is, there's a lot to enjoy here without the silly resolution to the mysteries. These stories would be just as enjoyable with a normal whodunnit resolution. I could also do with less of Allison's whining and 2nd grade sarcasm. For good or bad though, Ronconi's voice gets her personality across perfectly.
Idiot's love tale -- and only because I feel the protagonist is an idiot. The tale really revolves around his love, but he's such an idiot you can only shake your head.
There really was no one to TRULY like in this tale, and I found myself pitying the protagonist.
On the whole, probably Merrin, but (and this is a credit to how well Hill crafted the story) you'll even hate her at times.
The performance was decent, though nothing spectacular. On the plus side it didn't get in the way of the story.
There were several parts of the tale that elicited emotion -- good and bad.
To maybe help folks navigate the content a bit:
For those queasy about religious matters, this may not be a good listen. Hill doesn't get preachy, but he definitely takes a few liberties and shots at the church.
For those worried about vulgarities, violence and sexual tones: while there isn't a LOT in here, what IS here can be a bit graphic and disturbing (rape, burning people alive etc).
For those who hate that sort of thing, this book does employ the whole "tell a bit of the present, then tell a bunch of the past" technique that can be a bit annoying. I'll admit, he got me hooked in the beginning, but the first flashback was slow and initially hard to get through.
On to my take of the story...
I'm not sure if Hill just didn't like his protagonist or if it was intentional, but Iggy is an idiot. He can't fight, he's overly idealistic and slow on the uptake. I suppose crafting him this way lent to the exposition of the story, but it sure was hard to get through at times. The guy basically stumbled his way through the pages -- his girlfriend is the true champ.
Overall, it was a good tale. While I did not find myself rooting for the idiot of a main character, I did find myself fascinated with how Hill wove various bits of the tale together to form the ending that -- while I should have -- I didn't see coming until it was right in my face.
Because Dr Sleep was coming out and billed as a sequel to "The Shining", I figured it was time to finally listen to the critically-acclaimed source material.
I'm not sure I can say much that others have not said repeatedly over the decades, but this book was worth the hype. It's classic King told in a manner to actually elicit chills as you listen.
Though it's not 100% necessary, you'll definitely want to listen to this before Dr Sleep.
This is a well-constructed and told "ghost" story. The scary moments are well-executed and the story moves along very well. If I had to deduct any points it would be because the final resolution to what the author built up to fell a bit flat.
This book stands well on its own, though it seems to be written to set up a series. That would be fun to see, but I am glad the book doesn't need any sequels to feel complete.
This is an excellent entry in the Micky Haller series. As always, the story moves swiftly and without much cliche or cringe-inducing moments you typically expect from legal thrillers (things are going great, oh wait, twist!).
Great narration and a good tale -- my only gripe would be more with the series as a whole: each entry Connelly seems to "reboot" Micky. He may make out well in a book, but by the beginning of the next, expect him to be downtrodden again.
Average sci-tech thriller
I liked that the science fiction portion had a plausible explanation.
No one REALLY stuck out, but Bishop was interesting.
Not really, though there were some cringe-worthy parts where you just wanted to slap characters.
I listened to this book because I ended up downloading a book that came later in the series by mistake and figured I should listen to an earlier entry to gain some sort of context. It worked for that, but as a starter of a series it was a tad weak.
Good "popcorn flick"-style read, but nothing too deep.
This was a free Audiobook and that fact (plus the awesome narration by Jim Dale) kept me listening. The book is written in a bit of an older style of English, so that and the meandering nature of the story makes it a bit hard to follow (especially in the beginning).
I'm glad I kept with it though, as once things got rolling and the REAL meat of the story kicked in it proved to be a great tale.
I enjoyed 2 of the 3 prequels. I thought they were setting the stage for something bigger, however it turned out they were just mini versions of the novel.
First, I should say that this is NOT a bad book -- it's just not a scifi book. The premise and promotion seem to be designed to hook in those looking for a great scifi tale, and this just isn't it.
Forgetting the above, it's a decent tale that tries to deliver multiple messages at once, and I appreciate that, however it falls very flat. There are a few tales interspersed that only have a vague impact on the main story, which is fine since the main story isn't really all that epic on its own. The story plods along, all the while you're hoping it gains steam. It never truly does -- perhaps this is the first in a series?
Either way, I'm not sure I could recommend this book.
This short tale works very well as a pilot to the forthcoming book. It focuses on a single "returned", and just by telling his tale and the tale of those he left behind, we're immediately educated on just how emotional, disturbing and disastrous the premise of the upcoming book can be.
Short and sweet. The narrator did a great job as well. I've preordered the book.
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