The voice of the protagonist did not fit his character. It was sort of Phillip Marlow meets Fletch. The sort of thing Dennis Lehane might have written in high school. He really wore out somewhat clever phrases and names. Calling his Bronco, Secretariat the whole book was a bit much. It was cute calling his cub reporter, Thanks Dad got old pretty quick. The plot was inventive and the author created some very good characters.
Rosie and Veronica were good characters. They were strong and believable. Their dialogue rang true.
Not if Jeff Woodman was doing the first person voice of a 39 year old Pulitzer prize winning, jaded anyone. It was like Justin Bieber reads Mike Hammer.
Hope Bruce Silva keeps writing, the plot was good.
Listening to most books is time well spent for one reason or another. This one was an interesting blend of poor to average dialogue, good characters and a very predictable finish.
Tie. Gus and the father. Both seemed believable. The mother I liked also because she had believable reactions to the things that happened.
I would dodge his performances but I think this is colored by the dialogue he had to read.
No, not if the author wrote the screenplay.
I generally see what makes a book win an Edgar. I might not like the result but I can see the quality that attracted the judges. I thought the story was average for a mystery. The murderer was so obvious that the police work seemed stupid. In real life I am sure small town policemen jump to conclusions and ignore all the possibilities. But not at least considering the character that murdered the sister, seems so contrived that I was not satisfied with the ending.
What ruined this book for me was the horrible dialogue. In parts it rang true, but sometimes I could only think, nobody talks like that in real life. Also, it seemed ironic to me that the mother was taking a writer's course and practicing descriptions; the cat came in like______; then the author used the worst ones I have ever read throughout the book.
I do not see how this book made the short list for an Edgar much less won one.
I hate questions like that. The plot was very engaging. The characters were very well drawn. I really liked the what the story was told.
The plot did keep me very engaged with the dual mysteries. Who killed Chris and why and who posted the note and why.
The male detective.
The moment in which Holly decides she must help her friend by doing something completely against her nature.
I have not listened to a book that I enjoyed so thoroughly in a long time. The readers were terrific. The plot kept my interest from minute one until it was over.
Let's see. I was disappointed in the plot, the action, the dialogue and the character development. The plot was outrageous. The action was unbelievable. The dialogue was silly. The characters were cardboard cutouts.
No. I like the genre still.
Too much effort to create voices for the characters.
I listened to this book only because it was recommended by someone whose tastes match mine somewhat. I cannot imagine what he likes about this series. I do not mind protagonists who are not geniuses, but I prefer it when they are deliberately drawn as not too bright. Cam Reichter does the dumbest things for no apparent reason other than to create a cliffhanger. He goes into a greenhouse that he knows is filled with poisonous snakes for no given reason. He goes down a path, encounters a trip wire triggering something dangerous. What does he do the first chance he gets, he traipses down another path in the same woods following the same man and ends up hanging upside down. It is never clear why he chooses to walk into trap after trap set by a man he knows is dangerous and apparently much smarter than he is. Deutermann's action ignores physics and human capability. He does not appear to have ever been in a forest, seen a pine tree. I actually got The Cat Dancers by the same author and this one at the same time. I did not like The Cat Dancers but thought it was his first book and maybe he got a good editor and got better. He did not.
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.
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