No, it's beautifully written. It's one of those books that you know each and every sentence was worked and reward then editied repeatedly. Not a word was not placed in the exact perfect place.
Each character is a deep as a well, no matter how little their part in the book for how it is written. It would be hard to choose just one.
Excellent - Perfection
Yes, this could be a movie - with the use of wolves and their popularity - a progressive movie.
My biggest complain was the value of this book. It's quite short - to be honest, if you read to occupy your mind while you are performing a mindless task, such as driving or handwork, though this book is lovely to listen to with an interesting story - it is a short story and, in my opinion, should be much cheaper than it was.
Mortal Bonds by Michael Sears is the second of a continuing series of two with hopefully many more to come. I fortunately grabbed the first as part of a 'first of a series' audible sale. What a gem. This is the reason that such a sale is a win/win for everyone. I will be a fan of Michael Sears for years to come.
Jason Stafford is a disgraced Wall Street trader turned financial investigator after a memorable prison stint. In Mortal bonds our hero chases a billion dollars that have vanished in the demise of a Ponzi-schemer. Stafford’s private life is equally complicated as he juggles his occupation with that of his autistic son, an ex-wife, a girlfriend and a host of other enjoyable characters in his life.
The secondary education received from this piece of recreational reading was as much a plus as is Michael Sears sense of humor.
John Beford Lloyd just did not do it for me though as narrator ….. with this book. I am sure with the right vehicle he would be superb.. Erik Bergmann, whom read Black Friday - the first in the series, was a truer Stafford. Lloyd has a “snootier” voice and delivery which made the pedestrian events in John Stafford's life little less believable and more trite.
Have you ever read one of Richard’s reviews? They’re epic – look him up.
I don’t often spend the time to write reviews on books that have a plethora of reviews or on books that have been around for a while. If I can’t sell it differently – I don’t bother I had to write one, or try to sell, this book because the number of reviews this currently has gotten just does NOT reflect what a fine work it is. Best book I have read in months.
This book grabs your attention from the first page and doesn’t let go to the end. At no time did I have time to think that the author needed to pick up the pace, forget this part, and move ahead – like I often do. I was on task and involved from beginning to end. I couldn’t wait to get back to it at each opportunity. If I didn’t understand a part or wasn’t clear, I went back to listen again – few books do I hang on every word.
This book does for bonds and stock brokers what John Grisham did, in his early good years, for lawyers. Showed us the other side, – the human side, of the a group of people and/or profession. I learned quite a bit about a whole profession I was clueless about (stocks, bonds, inside trading). Mr. Sears made it so interesting.. Romantic even.
Our hero also had quite a few other things going on that were just as educational and entertaining. One is that he parents an autistic son. I became so attached to that child and HIS storyline. So much so that I am spending a full credit right after I get off here to read the next in the series. I am so sorry this isn’t currently the first in the series of twelve.
Michael Sears sure made a fan in me. Erik Bergman is perfection. A man that can do expensive suits and autistic children in the same sentence at such a high level should be rewarded.
A fine example of why Anne Quindlen is so enormously popular. I prefer her fiction and boy, she did a great job with this one. She paints a story with her words that makes you see the picture more clear as the story develops. Weather conditions made it possible for me to start this book the day I purchased it . I could not put it down and frankly will reread this before starting anything else.
I identified with the protagonist. I am betting that the popularity of this novel will follow that of the age of reader. Middle aged and older readers will be the ones that most identify, understand and enjoy this beautiful novel. Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a story of a woman that once again finds herself at another transitional point in her life. She never expected to be reinventing herself at this point in her life, but she is, so she moves forward allows serendipity to lead her way and is rewarded.
There were several points in this book where I laughed out. Stopped where I was - rewound it so I could laugh again. Carrington MacDuffle did such a perfect job. There are several characters in this book that are real characters. Her narration were spot on and added to their quirkiness. I only wished it was twice as long.
I'm Looking forward to being a Karin Slaughter groupie. Fractured was my first book of hers I read. I found Will Trent to be most interesting and looking forward to many more.
Fractured is what a criminal investigation should be. Heart-pounding action, an intriguing investigation, engaging characters, twists and turns with an ending that you get to at the end of the book. The story is so complex that I realized who the culprits were right along with the protagonist - just as it should be.
Sarah Addison Allen at her best. Fans will be pleased for this is her at her best, though she never disappoints.
Lost Lake is about a family vacation camp on the decline. When it looks like this could be the camp's last summer, it's time for finished business. Relationships are repaired or rekindled and the magic comes out. As in all of Allen's novels you can see the how the basic story is going to go from the first chapter. Some would say they are predictable. But, every story doesn't need to be a mystery. Like Titanic - we knew how the story ended and still enjoyed the movie. The journey to lost lake is pleasurable enough to call it a page turner. But beware - just when you think you know how it's going to go - Allen throws you a wrench and you don't know where the story is going to go. Allen's novels also have plenty of whimsy and some practical magic. I love the magic and this one is magically delicious.
Janet Metzger added to the book without making it her own. Visiting Lost Lake is like a glass of wine in from of a roaring fire with a good friend.
So much more enjoyable that I would have ever expected.
At first Penny's talking with the mouth full of marble was annoying. Then her voice broke while talking about her mother and it was read by the perfect person.
What a wonderful life. I felt it was an honest representation without having to go to the dark side. The hoop jumping of the motion picture industry was enlightening.
What a wide range of reviews!
Not having read this author before, I am glad I didn't just stop at the first three or four reviews for I liked this book. I am thrilled I took a chance.
It's a police story that I found somewhat believable. It's tough being a working mother, especially of teenagers. I found this to be very realistic of that without being too whinny. Very plausible. The story was engaging in a way that kept my attention to the bitter end. I am looking forward to reading more of the author's work.
The narrator did a decent job - I don't get the beef.
I sincerely feel that the depth of ones enjoyment of this novel will lay solely on the age of the reader. There are many thoughts that the women in this book have that could not be enjoyed and appreciated by a woman younger than 40 years of age. To someone over that age there are points and phrases in this novel that felt like someone was singing the song of a tune that I could only hum.
This is not your happily ever after feel good story. This is a collection of stories about the same group of people. Olive Kitteridge is sometimes the protagonist in a story and other times she gets just a cameo mention. Where you don’t see some of yourself – you see someone you know. I found this to be enlightening and poignant.
Sandra Burr’s voices allows you to hear the size of her characters – they are that visual. Her range of men, children and women is impressive, not to mention her accent.
Not wanting to read any of the hype previous to starting this, I was surprised and taken that the several of the heroines in this novel actually existed. A well written, heart wrenching story that is told in alternating chapters of two women, one gifted to the other as a piece of property. Not so much a story of friendship but more of a time when women were looked after and African American’s were property. It leaves you feeling empowered and hopeful of change.
The only disappointment for me was Jenna Lamia rendition of a person that stammers. I wish she would have done some research for this role for her poor attempt was not close to involuntary sound repetition. Her narration took away from the text rather than embellished a truely delightful story.
Sometimes I enjoy Jocelyn Jackson's writing and sometimes I just don't get it. Three fourth's of the way through this book the only one I liked or cared about was the kid. The book starts out with an interesting situation involving the protagonist Shandi and her child, then follows her with additional unusual situations for chic lit.... autism, date rape, genetics.
What started out as interesting just never got there for me. All the irrational acts and irresponsibility of the characters became too many to keep my attention.
I had issues with how the author painted the protagonist. Shandi finds one male character, a brainiac with asperger's, physically attractive. They have little in common but at first glance she is "madly in love" with him. Upon further time spent together she still has nothing in common with him and finds him oddly self absorbed (Imagine). She keeps plowing ahead, to win his affections by changing her clothes and keeping his house. I found it insulting to paint her as an educated single mother then have her act so shallow.
I applaud the author for choosing some out of the box story lines but, geez, follow through with them. It's as if the author picked and chose the parts of her plot that fit into her story and ignored what wasn't easy. Along the same lines - she moves her child to a new home so that he could go to a school that will enhance his gift. Then schooling is never mentioned again. She continues to move him around with no concern for her child's education. It's hard to care about a characters when the author had so little respect for them. I would love to go on about the disturbing retaliation for a "rape", but I can't do it without giving up too much of the story.
Not the best Jocelyn Jackson book, for me...
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