There is litte if anything to critique negatively in this book -- the story is tight and well-paced; the narration superb. The surprises near the end are somewhat predictable, though plausible as the story concludes. Harry Bosch survives and returns to the homicide beat. . the place he most loves to apply his detective skills. I would rate this as a good, solid read for anyone who enjoys contemporary detective stories.
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.
Otto Laird is a retired architect with many achievements and just as many regrets in his life. This story is of him, about him, told by him which allows the listener to witness significant events and people in his life just as he did.
If you liked "A Man Called Ove," or other well-told stories about older men finding meaning in their life's work, you will like this one too. The story presents much melancholy, a touch of 20th century world history, and most importantly, vignettes of relationships broken and healed.
Narration is superb, although there are several "flaws" in the recording where short sentences are repeated. The story, while somewhat interesting, just didn't ring true for me. Improbable events and actions left me hanging a bit and feeling a little "used" by the author. There is plenty of mayhem, death, destruction and such in this book and the "detecting" by the actual detectives and a former detective are often in conflict. The former did more detecting than the actual, which just didn't seem plausible.
Nevertheless, it is an interesting 3-star story. . . average in many ways. But on sale, it's a buy.
This was a worthwhile listen, although I found it not as "emotional" and "riveting" as did others. The facts about how the mine collapse happened are very interesting and somewhat chilling. The telling about life underground was eye-opening; especially how individuals behaved, led, sulked, fought and survived despite the conditions and odds. The details about collaboration on the rescue efforts were amazing and of course, the ways in which families dealt with the possibility of either death or rescue of their miner(s) equally good.
More importantly, I found the details on the aftermath of the collapse/rescue even more interesting. What happens when poor blue collar workers undergo extreme stress/trauma and then are thrust into the world stage where they must negotiate greedy relatives, unethical press, and mental issues that simply won't go away? That is the part of the story I found most interesting and those individual stories are what has stayed with me.
This book turned out to be quite different than my usual fare (historical fiction, literary fiction, mysteries). . . I didn't really know what it was going to be and admittedly, struggled to stay with it in the beginning. In the end, it was a sweet story about kids and adults who are dependent on others to love them, protect them, challenge them. The story itself didn't have a big plot or lots of action, twists and turns. Instead, it follows an alcoholic science teacher who has lost a son as he develops a relationship with two boys whose father is an alcoholic. The writing was less than excellent, the plot predictable, but still I listened, just to find out what happened in the end. Perhaps that makes it a good one.
This is a slow, thoughtful story with many sweet moments in an otherwise somewhat sad tale.
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