Not in this lifetime
Nope, his delivery reminded me of Arlo Guthrie doing Alice's Restaurant...Arlo was trying to be funny.
Disappointment and anger
This was an absolutely terrible book. I cannot understand how an editor in their right mind sent it to a publisher. I am not appalled by vivid descriptions of murders. I do get sick of the same unrealistic scenario being repeated in a book ad nauseum. Interesting imaginative characters, I really enjoy encountering in books. Illogical character development and wildly contrived plots just irritate me. Lutz had policemen behave in ways policemen never behave; a public defender claiming to working 'pro bona', a policewoman having an affair with a suspect; a father who hears that his daughter has met the suspect being more jealous than angry that his ex-lover had allowed that to happen. Horrible, horrible, horrible.
I have no idea who might enjoy this book. Maybe people with short term memory loss; people who need to hear the same episodes and the same ideas repeated over and over and over. How many times do normal people need to hear that Penn is worried that the APB might be dangerous for his father?
I do not know how much my distaste for the book influenced my opinion of the narrator's performance.
I was very disappointed. I have enjoyed the Penn Cage series up until this turkey.
This book seemed bloated to me. Too many characters really did not add much to the telling of the story. Too many things written about as though they were important and then abandoned. Why tell us about Albert's records in the fireproof underground records if they are not going to play a part in the book. Too many characters that behave like no one would ever act. If this is a prequel to another book, it is way too long. The action was not believable. Henry went from ICU to hero. Penn shot a tempered steel chain in two.
Overall it is hard to say. It really makes no sense to say that it is better or not as good as say the Adrian Mckinty, Sean Duffy or Michael Forsythe books. But I can say it passes the 'am I sorry the book is finished' test.
That is tough to say as well. Ms. Atkinson draws characters as well as any author I have ever read. Jo Hunter, Reggie and of course Jackson Brodie are so well drawn. They are very interesting characters. Reggie is the most sympathetic.
No. But it was a terrific performance.
When Jo Hunter manages to free herself and her baby was a real relief.
I really hope that Ms. Atkinson keeps Jackson Brodie alive and kicking. It would be interesting to see his back story fleshed out. Should be noted that I have not finished Left Early...
I know that it is intended for pre-teens but while the plot is okay, the action is really implausible. I could not help comparing it to the early books in the Harry Potter series. The kids' characters are just not consistent.
Probably the next Jo Nesbit book.
Gerard Doyle in the Sean Duffy, Michael Forsythe series, makes listening to excellent books much much much more enjoyable since use of the Irish expressions are so effective delivered in an Irish accent. I much prefer listening to these books than reading them imagining an Irish accent. Mr. Doyle manages to enhance the experience without being obtrusive. He is my favorite narrator.
I don't think that cutting scenes would fix this book for me.
I guess if believable characters and a plausible plot are not important, a reader might enjoy the atmosphere. The book does have a sense of place.
Have the protagonist act more rationally. I can take a certain amount of silliness if the character is drawn as a silly irrational person. Peter May created a forensic biologist who just does not act believably to me.
Also he could have had more than one inevitable villain. Without the clues, the lady after her introduction was so obviously going to turn out to be the villain.
The only writer who has ever pulled off the murder by a group was Agatha Christie and she made the victim so detestable that it made sense that a group decide to cooperate in the murder. May did not give any clues that the victim was hated so vehemently.
Someone less dramatic. He rather took over the book by making every line of dialogue so dramatic.
Actually, it was promising at first then I could not wait for it to be over.
The plot just made no sense. I think that is what bothered me most.
Avid sailors might get distracted by the nautical accounts. The author is obviously at home on sailboat.
Some authors improve so, I will never say never.
The narrator was not noticeable which means he did a good job. Unless a narrator is distracting, I really do not pay attention to who reads the book aloud.
Disappointment. The beginning was so engaging, the characters interesting, the setting was great. The book just deteriorated into the most unbelievable storyline I have encountered in a while. The characters were inconsistent. They behaved in ways that could not be believed. The idea that an oral surgeon could be drawn into the situation was hitchcockian. I loved it. Then the protagonist began to behave inconsistently. I do not require characters to behave as I would but they should be true to their original description. They don't have to be rational but they should not change to degree Dr. Adams did. His original impetus was the murder of his son's friend. He was revealed to have an aversion to helping terrorists but nothing to prepare for his later obsession and his subsequent actions. His wife was all over the place too. The police, the army, the FBI characters were even close to believable. No rational explanation was given to pulling an oral surgeon into the case as a even a quasi-colleague. The bad guys behaved irrationally also. The godfatherish episode made no sense at all. They took unbelievable risks to keep an oral surgeon out of the investigation? The farmer who was not portrayed as an idiot, the reader was expected to believe did not know what was in his barn. The book began in such a promising way that I thought it would be a very good book. It was not.
I honestly cannot think of anyone.
Not unless I was forced to.
The performance was fine. The plot, the characters, the research all could have been much better.
About half of them, randomly.
When I read books translated, I make allowances for slightly awkward phrases. It actually adds to the sense of place to hear technically correct but not commonly used words in dialogue and descriptions. Whoever translated this book did not do a great job though.
I am aware that the book is set in Germany and that police procedures differ from country to country. But I find it difficult to believe that German police get indictments and let conspirators roam the village just because they must be free for the purpose of the plot. That they ignore people who have impersonated a police officer to destroy evidence until it is convenient to bring them in.
Severe autism is the same in Germany as it is in the US I assume. The idea central to the plot that well to do family would allow a physician to give the kind of drugs the author would have the reader believe is absurd. The idea that the patient being given the drugs would behave as the author would have us believe is even more absurd.
I assume prisons in Germany are not full of boy scouts. The protagonists comes after 10 years and is the biggest woosie on the planet. He is beaten up by guys and a girl. He does no behave the way any man who has served time in my humble opinion.
I wanted to stop about half way through but the look-at-the-train wreck effect made me finish.
I have become a little tired of jaded, alcoholic detectives. Joe Pickett is a refreshing change.
None come to mind.
I guess the one where his daughter escapes to the woods.
Nothing comes to mind.
Interesting story with a great setting. The underlying question about the environment versus the economy is handled well. The villain makes a compelling case for not sacrificing too much to keep near extinct species from becoming extinct.
Yes, I have read a lot of books by Stephen King. I liked Craig Wasson's reading of 11-22-63.
No, This is second one I have listened to. I listened to Gerald's Game. This one was better I think.
Yes. Craig Wasson does a great job of enhancing the experience by creating different voices for different characters. However, it is a little distracting when he does what sounds like impressions. Having Jimmy Stewarts distintive voice and John Housman's voice changed my listening experience made me lose a little concentration on the dialogue.
Yes, I stopped working on my time machine.
I thought the book changed after the story reached 11-22-63. It became even more fantastic. I was used to a certain level of belief suspension then had to ramp it up more.
Uneven was the word I would use.
One of the best I have listened to
It was not a memorable moment type book. The characters and the plot are so thoughtfully developed that the scenes are all memorable.
The woman for her beauty, the physicist for entertainment, the mathematician for curiosity but the detective would probably be the most interesting to talk with.
This was a terrific listen. The reader was great, but the plot was innovative.
Riveting, Believable, Entertaining
I liked the way the characters were drawn. I did not necessarily like Scorcher but he was drawn very well. He was consistent and there was not a false note in anything that he did.
Any scene between Richie and Mick was great. I think the one that Richie first takes on the interrogation of the neighbors and Mick realizes that he has something.that makes him good at his job.
Again, I liked the way Mick treated Richie in the beginning begrudgingly to respect him.
The book was thought provoking. The two different points of view held by Mick and Richie about crime and punishment were very interesting. The revelation of the origin of Mick's hard nosed approach and his rigid beliefs were very well done.
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