Having listened to the entire series it felt like Mr Jakes started to lose his enthusiasm for the story. By killing off one of the most interesting characters early in the series he sort of painted himself in a corner. The whole "journal" aspect was annoying and I really wanted to just fast forward through those parts but since I had invested so much time in the previous books I waded through it. I wanted to see how he was going to conclude everything but the series really seemed to go down hill. Some of the story lines were dull at best and only the Charles story line really was worthwhile. With that said even that had some aspects that were very unbelievable. Grover was solid but he could not save the dragging story lines. If you listen to North and South you will probably want to listen to Love and War and so on. Knowing now what I now know I am not sure I would of used my credits.
Coming into this story with only the synopsis to work with I thought this would be something I could really enjoy. Honestly, I felt like I was always waiting for something to happen. Even when something did happen it seemed subdued at best. Just as the characters in the story were exercising patience I kept telling myself patience...patience...something will happen. For me it never really did.
Considering myself somewhat of a Civil War buff I was a bit taken aback by a few of Mr. Dowdey's conclusions. He strongly believes that Master Robert was almost infallible, Longstreet is overrated, Davis was an idiot, and Jackson had he lived would of made all the difference. The truth is probably somewhere in between what is contained in the book and what we have commonly been taught but he makes some very strong arguments to back up his claims. He fully realizes that some of his conclusions are out of the norm and he takes the time to point out the contrasts. For me these were the most enjoyable parts of the book, hence my 4 star rating for the story.
The production quality is poor. The words are spoken clearly but there are multiple post productions edits. Kevin Charles is OK but he has the type of voice that allowed me drift from time to time.
I do recommend this book but if you are looking for a balanced account you are probably looking in the wrong place.
The anonymous nature of this book is so right on. The lack of names had me feeling like it could be me. The resignation that permeates the book really took out any emotion for me. The ending of the book I found to be just about perfect. The road continues and continues.
Well written and a great intro into the new season. I would love to hear more of these short stories that fill in some of the gaps that cannot be captured on TV
If you are not watching the series I doubt this would appeal to you but for the rest of us it was just about perfect. Oh did I mention free!
Does not match up to his others. I am a sucker for a good legal drama and this one was neither.
Just about anyone. The narrator speaks clearly and has the right inflections but he is horribly miscast. He sounds like he is far too young to read this particular story.
Before listening yes afterwards no
I usually think I have a book figured out and always pleasantly surprised when I find out that I was completely wrong. Well...not this time. Some of the clues left by Mr. Turow were like redwoods in the middle of the road.
I had the feeling that he added a few characters just for filler. I was also disappointed how a couple of characters just dropped off the map.
This book either needed to be longer or shorter. My vote is for shorter.
Turow is better than this.
Mr. Herrmann's voice lends a level credibility to everything he reads. His tone is perfect and it seems like he has a real understanding of what the author really meant. The only annoying thing was his mispronunciations of the various local points mentioned in the book. If you have never been to Seattle you probably won't notice them. The story is so compelling that I found myself wishing that my children would have the fortune of actually experiencing something as powerful as those young men did. I do not want to spoil the book but there was a part of the "big race" that seemed to be a bit unbelievable simply due to the fact that the rest of the story had the real sense of authenticity. 98% of the events came across to me as something that only hard work and dedication could make happen. A real sense of teamwork. 2% seemed a bit contrived. I will say that I enjoyed the reading and I listened to the story every opportunity I had.
Overall I guess I enjoyed the book and the reader did an excellent job. My biggest issues revolved around the flow of the story. Very disjointed. I would be very involved and then the story would lose steam. The story started very strong and I really felt engaged and then it would slow down and I had the feeling that a little fast forward would help. Basically, 30 minutes good 5-10 minutes bad. The real problem was the ending. It was unbelievable and left me wondering where was the rest of it. Almost the entire story the main character had one goal and we heard it over and over. He life always seemed to turn back to this goal. Then the story ends on a rather weird scene that did not fit the rest of the book and the goal is left not only unanswered but not addressed in any way. A better ending would help this book immensely.
My first Clines book which I only got because Audible had it on sale. Very enjoyable and fast moving. Clines adds some dialogue that was completely unnecessary and seemed pointless but he did have me caring about Nate and the other building dwellers. I really enjoyed the investigation part which covers 80% of the book. The climax seemed a bit rushed but sprinkled with some excellent segments. The main characters were well developed and believable.
My first Porter book as well and he does an excellent job. I may have liked the book more due to his reading than I normally would have and I will keep my eyes out for his other reads. Solid listen.
I wondered how Walt would do in the big city. Could CJ move his characters to Philly and not lose the charm that was so enjoyable in the first two? No problem. His use of the answering machine and interactions with the big boys was a great way to teach us more about Walt and the Cheyenne Nation. It is funny how Walt is fallible and insecure. It seems that most main characters have a greatness, something most of us strive for, but not Longmire. He pays attention to detail, quotes a little Shakespeare and moves on. I guess you could listen to this story as a stand alone but why would you want to. Walt should be enjoyed in his entirety.
This guy continues to just put out enjoyable books. The way this story flows is a great example how CJ has grown as a writer. With some authors the first book is the best they have to offer. They work on a story for years and it has all of their best lines. Not so with Mr. Johnson. He is getting better and better. He places little nuggets throughout this story that add that something special. Sometimes I think..well I am like Walt...no Bear...he just has a way of making these characters so believable and normal. His story lines are driven by the characters not by the situations. There is a patience in his writing that I am really enjoying. The pace of this book is excellent. Again, George is the best in the business and they could not of picked a better narrator.
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