. . . and a plethora of middling characters that come and go chapter by chapter, then you might enjoy this story. It features no good news. Death, despair, murder, arson, train wrecks, theft, drugs and more, in no particular order and with no particular effort to create mystery, tension or suspense. It was hard to stay with this meandering story because it took eons for the author to chain together the webs that made the characters meaningful to each other. That said, while I didn't particularly like the story, the narrator was excellent, using a wonderful Scottish brogue to define each character.
Barclay has a way of creating great characters and in this novel, an equally great story line that will reel you into a complex web of mysteries. The only criticism I have is the use of two narrators. One was much better than the other, though I don't know which is which. The story didn't need the dual voices.
Consider how a schizophrenic man sees the world and how that characteristic befuddles and frustrates others. Consider that there are evil doers who prey on the mentally ill. Consider how politics and politicos become evil doers on their rise to power. Those all combine to create a very memorable story.
And by the way, there is no such thing as a truly happy ending. But don't miss this one. The ending of this story will shake you!!
It had me from the first sentence. . . and that exhilarating feeling didn't quit through the whole book. Barclay's writing is so natural and flows so realistically that the story is plausible throughout. Zeisler's narration is excellent. . so easy to listen for hours on end.
This is about a private detective, a couple in mourning, a small town, and a group of young adults mixed up in a story that centers around a rotten-to-the core cop. The untold secrets of the characters keep the story running and imaginations churning.
I can highly recommend this one!
Oh wow! This is a terrific story with characters that come to life through George Guidall's outstanding performance. From the first sentences it was clear this was going to be a page-turner (or all nighter for those of us who listen!) Imagine good cops and bad cops and a "tween" boy whose only living relative threw him to the dogs and now he is facing off with nearly the whole world in a life or death struggle. Nathan's Run is an excellent listen!
The hoopla and raves had me expecting something much more than what I experienced here, but despite higher than normal expectations, I must say that this novel was a solid listen.
The criticisms: (1) The characters didn't warrant much emotion on my part -- they didn't come through as persons deserving empathy or caring. (2) I could see the finish coming many chapters away. . . so the actual ending was a bit anti-climactic.
The positives: (1) The narration is SUPERB! Wow! Great characterizations with many well tuned voices. I like Glenister very much. (2) The interactions between Strike and his assistant kept a little "mystery" going on the side which was interesting.
The central murder-mystery is a strong story if you can accept Strike being in the middle of a snobbish literary world. He seemed to do well there, but he would likely suggest that writers are true nut cases after this experience.
Only five hours for one credit? I hesitated momentarily. Then I clicked the button, downloaded Wait for Signs and snuggled into my comfy spot to listen.
Loved, loved, loved these very short stories! Laughed out loud at some! Listened to the whole thing in only two "sittings." When it was done I was literally heartbroken that there weren't more "new" Longmire stories to hear.
As always, Craig Johnson's depiction of Sheriff Longmire and his company of friends is absolutely the best. He is truly a master of story-writing.
Don't hesitate. It's worth it!
Just exactly who the "crazy" person is in this story was the puzzle from the beginning! Was what was being said "real" or a "dream" or "a mix of imagination and reality?" And wow! It just kept getting better. . . and in the end, I was still wondering who was crazed, who was the killer, who was the victim, who was the truth teller! Can't beat that for an exciting listen.
The narration was excellent, with great voices for all the characters imparted by the various performers. All were easy to listen to and added much to the depth of the characters.
The story itself defies much reviewing since most statements would be a giveaway to the plot. It is good. Very good.
Some have said this is chick lit and not worth the listen. I disagree. This story has threads that run very, very deep and it is really quite good in every manner. The narration is pure Australian and spot on for every character. Loved Caroline Lee!
The novel is situated in contemporary Australia. The crux of the story is about a decades-old unsolved murder; the lifelong relationship of female cousins; a shocking marital separation; a "found" lost love; lots (and lots) of tension between parents and children, in-laws and such; and most of all, a husband's awful secret. But really, everyone in the story has secrets. Everyone has secret thoughts and feelings that they don't state or reveal. Thus, they live behind walls, lots, and lots of walls that they have erected to protect themselves from emotional hurt. The symbolism of the use of the Berlin Wall (an historical interest of one of the characters) is so perfect for this story. "Who would want to live on the other side of a wall?" one young girl asks. Who? Lots of the adults who aren't brave enough to risk love, rejection, and truth; all of whose life stories are central to this novel.
A very good story about intertwined relationships and the power that compassion and love have to create pain and sorrow as well as healing and joy.
First, I must admit that I enjoyed this book. Especially the narration. Will Lee as the central character lacked some of the depth of Woods' "Chiefs" characters, but was good for the most part. It was, at times, difficult to find fault with him, and then in the blink of an eye, that appraisal slipped precariously.
However, the core issue of the story pivots on the principal that liberal democrats are the white-hatted good folks and the right wing, radical republicans are the black-hatted evil folks. Oh yes, and conservative religion is equally immoral and remiss. That is the hard sell of the story and might make it unpalatable for some.
Still, there is considerable court room drama, a good deal of lawyering and a plethora of mysteries to resolve. That's what kept me listening. This one isn't as good as "Chiefs", but entertaining, nevertheless.
I enjoy a good crime novel, detective story, murder story as much as anyone. . . but the crimes in Hoag's "Ashes to Ashes" is so horribly graphic, brutal and depraved that it was disconcerting, nauseating and horrifying, so much so that I simply stopped reading midway. Too much of the horror, over and over again! Brutalized headless female corpses. . . partially cremated bodies, horrendous torture. . . if you like that sort of stuff, then I can tell you there is plenty just in the first half of this book. It's not my cup of tea.
This is a very good story that reveals Alzheimer's disease in a way that few books have done. Alice's personal viewpoint is compelling and informative and I like this way of writing the story -- it is very engaging. However some of my accolades are reserved because at times it felt like I was listening to a nonfiction documentary. In part this was because the author read the book (as opposed to performing it in varied voices) and in part because there was quite a bit of history and fact woven in it. Infrequently, an author reading his or her work is a good idea. This is an example of it being a bad idea. Still, worth the time and credit.
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