I know what to expect from Lincoln & Childs books so did not stumble into this one blindly. I also do not usually buy books before they have been reviewed by Audible listeners but did check external reviews of this book. I knew it would not be great literature but figured that with Brick reading it, it would at least be entertaining and would serve for a road trip.
I was wrong and the fault is Brick's. This is a truly annoying reading and it took me some time to figure out why. Brick does a great job of portraying different characters. I still love The Company and others of similar ilk he has done. However, his reading of the narrative is just flat not good. That may also be why I generally do not like his reading of non-fiction.
Give this one a pass.
I tend to shy away from books with women readers (even though I am a 70 year old female) only because most don't seem to have the versatility as the best of the male readers. That was before I listened to this book read by Nicola Barber. That is not to take anything away from the author because even the best reader cannot salvage a poorly written book. I am pushing my husband to listen to a book about a midwife! There can be no higher recommendation.
When it comes to Audible books, my husband and I are like a Venn Diagram. We each have books that we individually like and most that we both like. With a library of 800 books It has been unusual for us both to abandon a book before we finish it. Neither one of us could stand this one but not for the same reasons. He hated the preachiness; I disliked the characters and the far fetched plot.
I honestly do not understand the ratings this book received.
George Wilson understands how to read Carl Hiaasen. The jewel that is Hiaasen is his outlandish characters in improbably situations which put together make for great comedy combined with serious commentary. With this reader, neither come through.
There is no one more "doggy" than I am and mystery is my favorite genre. I don't mind dogs as narrators. In fact, one of my all time favorites is "The Art of Racing in the Rain." This book is OK but I did not find it particularly gripping and it certainly does not make my top 10 list of either animal based books or mysteries.
Want to read an absolutely outstanding book on the relationship of animals and humans? Try "The Elephant Whisperer." There is more suspense in that one and it is non-fiction.
Just a charming story wonderfully read by Simon Vance. Don't over think it; just enjoy it.
The plot; the characters; the action; the reading. I normally am a great fan of Dick Hill but I got the feeling he did not know what to do with this book and was over compensating. I need something that is a little more believable and with a touch of finesse I guess.
I am a financial crisis junkie and have listened to most of Audible's offerings on the topic. Simply put - those who do not know history are destined to relive it. Matters of finance are so complex that it is difficult for most to grasp what happened. For that reason, it still goes on. We cannot stop what we do not understand.
Two of the three books rolled out and purporting to fill the gap in the Jack Reacher series were already available on Audible read by Dick Hill. This one read by Jonathan McClain is not totally awful but it is a pale imitation of the real thing. If you are a Jack Reacher fan from the previous books available in the Audible series, you will be sadly disappointed.
I am 69 years old and the period of this book - late 50's and early 60's - was my coming of age. There are things about that era that I had forgotten over time - both the simplicity and complexity of that period. I could relate to the time traveler wanting to stay.
King is also showing his age and he obviously has a better memory than I do because it was an honest portrayal of the time. It truly felt genuine. Beyond the question of what would have happened with another road traveled, this is worth reading as a period piece.
One of those books better in audible format than written not because the text version would leave something to be desired but because the performance was so outstanding.
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