The more interesting intricacies of insect life histories are presented in a series of chapters, each including some wry commentary from the entomologist's point of view. As a biologist, I found this an easy and fun review of the groups (cockroaches, fireflies, crickets, wasps, bedbugs, dragonflies and butterflies) and enjoyed the author's perspective. The book was first published some 36 years ago with an update in 1993. The language and storytelling style are enjoyable and do not require a scientific background. I found that the author digressed a little too far into the realm of opinion at the end, but overall found this an enjoyable listen!
Only for historic interest - his subsequent books are much better. But this was a new format for the times, having a group of protagonists, and it was interesting to hear the interview with the author.
I really like Dick Hill's narration, but his version of a New York area accent was painful to my ear. His normal accent would have been much nicer to listen to!
Listening was mildly entertaining, as a window on a past time, but the story unfolded rather predictably without being clever.
I greatly enjoyed a previous Meltzer book (The Millionaires), and Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. This weak offering discourages me from future Meltzer books.
The vocal range was good, but a tendency to "over-emote".
The book had an interesting setting with the National Archives, and could have been greatly improved in the characterization. Reactions were dragged out, unlikely, and very few characters generated a sympathetic connection with the reader. The plot unfolded like a fish out of water flopping around, lacking cohesiveness as well as credibility. The ending came without a number of major story lines being resolved, as if the author didn't now how to wind up all the parts. I came very close to bailing on the book, and wouldn't have missed anything if I had - disappointing.
This is a recommended listen for sure, with the caveat that the listener needs to be prepared to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the ride. The author is a great storyteller, and this is an action-packed tale which unfolds at breakneck speed, captivating the listener.
Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators, bringing characters to life!
Rosenfelt's previous work had set my expectations high, and it was an exercise in perseverance to continue listening. The author was stingy with clues, so there was little opportunity for speculating solutions on the reader's part. When the denoument finally came it was a fair resolution, and interesting for the last part of the book. Not a bad listen overall, but lacking the entertainment value of the author's previous titles.
This was a barn-burner, as are all Cannell's novels, and I enjoyed the story. However, by about two thirds of the way through belief was stretched to the breaking point, and resolution was "Deus ex Machina" several times over - I actually wondered when it would end. Having read all of Cannell's previous novels and enjoyed them enormously, I expected better, and was disappointed in the lack of credibility in the plot of this novel.
The other reviews expressing disappointment with Susan O'Malley's narration almost put me off buying this book, but it turned out to be a good listen. I found the plot development was slow for the first 5-6 hours of the book, and was happy enough that the narrator kept a good pace. Ms. O'Mallory's voice is easy to listen to, and as already noted, settled into a good rhythm and consistent characterization for each character. The plot definitely picks up before the halfway mark, and I very much enjoyed the richness of archaeological detail as well as the adventure!
As with "Haunted Ground", this novel started off slowly, and took a while to set the stage. It was well worth the wait though, as by about a third of the way through, I was totally engaged and couldn't wait to hear each development! This author does an excellent job of filling in details at just the right place and pace, and unfolding possibilities right until the denoument. The narrator is excellent. I'm looking forward to the next Erin Hart novel!
Harry Bosch is at it again, a cop with a mission to speak for the dead, and leads the listener on a single-minded pursuit of a killer. Help comes from an unlikely source, with Rachael Walling making a reappearance in his life. The story takes several twists and turns, with all of them fairly set up by the author, and unfolds suspensefully to an ending that was plausible and well played out.
I look forward to Bosch's next "cold case"!
I've enjoyed all of Stephen Cannell's Shane Scully books, both in print and in audio formats, and this is my favorite to date, for several reasons. As always the story unfolds at a pace that kept me glued to the headphones; Cannell is at the top of his form with his ability to bring diverse and interesting characters to life; and, Scully is put in a very compromised position and looks at the criminal justice system from the underside. The story maintains a balance of suspense and unfolding detail, and weaves a complex plot to a satisfying conclusion.
This is one of those books where you're sorry they come to an end! The publisher's description provides a good summary of the story, and I was caught up in the daily life of the time of Moses. Old Testament characters were brought to life, and their humanity evoked empathy (and outrage!) as well as a renewed appreciation for what Moses accomplished. Zipporah is a wonderful protagonist, and Bernadette Dunne does justice to all the characters. I recommend this listen!
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