It is difficult to like a book about an unlikable character and in Howard Hughes there was much not to like. Had he not had the cash machine of the Hughes Tool Company, he would have been one of those people who drifted through life never quite putting it together in either their personal or professional lives. In his later years, he either would have been institutionalized (in one era) or living on the street (in another). Nevertheless, this author and this reader pull it off and make the experience of listening to this life a fascinating experience. I will never forget the Howard Hughes instructions on opening a can of peaches.
I am not certain how someone would react to some of these short stories if they were not already acquainted with C. J Box and his Joe Pickett series set in the Big Horn area of Wyoming. Certainly, knowing many of the characters and their backstories make the short stories richer. So if you are looking for guidance on whether or not to buy this book, my answer is twofold. If you are already a Joe Pickett fan then by all means, get the short stories. You will not be disappointed. If you have missed C. J. Box but are a fan of books set in the modern west, then consider the purchase. However do yourself a bigger favor and start the series in order. David Chandler does a fine job of narrating all of the C. J. Box novels and the characters will grow on you with each installment.
I enjoy of "good" disaster movie and books of the same genre. However, unless you believe Glen Beck to the the 21th century oracle and can handle a very plodding story, I would pass this one up. Book 1 has no action and no ending so if you want to get the whole tale you will need to use a total of 10 credits. I am somewhat curious where he is taking this plot but probably not $100 worth.
I preordered this and wish I had waited until others had reviewed it. This is in the category of a "young adult" book - very young! I was looking forward to another Skink book but all the characters have been toned way down for the audience so you have none of the biting humor, outrageous characters, and frankly the fun to be expected with Carl Hiaasen. The reader does different characters well but the overall tone is as bland as the book itself. You expect Hiassen books to have an ax to grind, but this one presents a simple message to kids to not make internet hookups. Even that message is pretty ho hum.
This is no Stormy Weather, Double Whammy, or Lucky You.
I like the character of Comornan Strike and very much enjoyed the first book. However, after a week of trying I am going to abandon this book with 39 chapters behind me. I just don't care who did it or why. I have no empathy for the victim and the potential cast of perps are boring. Enough.
Characters with depth, unexpected events, insights into regional history, outstanding reader. You do not have to like western novels to appreciate this book.
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.
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