I primarily listen to audio books while running, I find music boring on long runs. I enjoy action, mystery, and history. A good mystery can make a 12 mile run fly. No Country For Old Men got off to a good start but it eventually ground to close with Sheriff Bell examining his life. If you are of the mind to think deeply about the serious issues of life you confront as you grow older this is the book for you. If you want top notch action as a distraction from those serious issues listen to something else.
John Sandford never disappoints, even an average story is better than the best by most other authors. Shock Wave starts fast and accelerates. The problem is that Sandford has set the bar so high it is difficult to say this is a great book by comparison. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and looked forward to exercising. That is when I allow myself to listen. Kept me very motivated to go for walks or lift weights.
There is a lot of fluff in the story that really bogs it down. The authors need an editor. I skipped all the sections not relevant to the main story line and that helped some.
If you are not easily annoyed by irritating teenagers this is the book for you. Unfortunately for me there are three of them in this book and it gets tiresome. They clearly bog the plot down. Nick Heller could be a great protagonist, but he clearly needs to stop hanging around anyone under the age of 25. Not nearly as good as Vanished, the prior Nick Heller saga, which also suffered from Gabe, Heller's insufferable nephew.
I have listened to each Walt Longmire novel prior to this one and each one has gotten progressively less interesting. Reading the reviews of this one I thought the trend had been reversed and bought it on hope. This is the worst one yet, boring like listening to paint dry. Two and one half hours into it and Henry Standing Bear is no where to be found. When Walt started singing some horrible song from his youth I threw in the towel and went shopping for something else. This is good bedtime listening, it should put you asleep in about 5 minutes, quicker than Ambien with no hangover.
Boring, I listened for 1.5 hours of an 8 hour book waiting for it to take off and it never did. The two protagonists get to a library in Detroit to do some background research and the library is closed. They were looking for help with a name. Could this book move any more slowly???!!!! Don't buy this book unless you are looking for a snooze fest.
This book leaves too many unanswered questions at the end and is also anticlimactic. There are many better thrillers out there, I would not waste the credit unless you really like this author. It is also too long and could be at least one to two hours shorter.
This book is way too long and Dick Hill is an acquired taste. While there is a lot of action, Hill's voice is too emotive and wears thin after a short time. Be sure to listen to a sample before you buy. Scott Brick manages to set a scene without the exaggerated voices and inflections the Hill serves up. I finally gave up with 4 hours to go and fast forwarded to the last 30 minutes. Even the last 30 minutes were aggravating.
I think if you read this book it would move along and be acceptable. However, I listen while I work out and like books with action that rapidly evolve like Ludlum or Stone. The narrator totally kills this book. Having listened to over 150 books in the last 8 years I have never said that about a narrator. He imbues every word with drama and after about one hour it will drive you crazy. Stay away from this book and narrator.
David Stone's four books featuring Micah Dalton now rival Ludlum and Bourne, although Stone's books are less convoluted. The first two books were great, the third was a little less exciting but the fourth is once again one of the best spy thrillers I have ever listened to. I listen to books while running up to two hours at a time and and enjoy books that move along with lots of action. These books are perfect to run to.
I have read quite a few T. Jeff Parker books, Silent Joe being the best. This one is simply boring. He spends too much time on a nine year old musing about the hair on an adult's arm as an example. Drove me to distraction. When you are reading a book you just skim these parts but while listening, this type of detail gets intolerable if you are looking for a book that moves along. The narrator seems to make these passages worse. Listen to something else.
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