I am a big Jodi Picoult fan. I start every Picoult book with high expectations. During the first part of this book however, I was scratching my head. It was slow. I was determined to give the book a fair shake. And the slowness eventually gave way to Jodi's engaging writing style. There were three things that I felt weren't quite up to her usual standards: 1. ) the plot/story was a bit unrealistic for me (I am not religious). However, if you can suspend your personal beliefs the story is still well told. 2.) Typically, all of the characters in Jodi's books are very well developed, but I missed the full development and background for characters like the husband. He was pretty flat. And last of all 3.) if you listen to this book on an ipod, you will hear one of the narrators swallow and swish inbetween passages. This was like fingernails on the chalkboard to me, and even with my limited audio editing knowledge I recognized that those were items that could have been edited out of the recording.
However, despite these three things, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it. I was sad when the book ended. And with that, I give the book a solid four stars.
If you are a fan of history to any degree - you will be fascinated by this superbly written and narrated account of the World's Fair. Reading about the World's Fair may sound boring and "expected"... but this book was anything but!!! I was so impressed at how the author used his research and writing style to weave a tale of the Fair - and illustrate how so many events/products/styles came from the development of the Fair. Plus - this book is actually two books in one. Interwoven into the tale is an account of a serial killer in Chicago during the time of the Fair. WOW! The story about the serial killer was seamless! I didn't want to put this book down, and was so sad when it ended.
Without Audible (and other member reviews) I would never have known about this book. Thanks Audible!
I had previously listened to and really enjoyed Lutz's "The Night Spider." I enjoyed "The Night Caller" as well. I liked, related to and sympathized with the main character - Lutz has a great writing style. The plot was also suspenseful - I listened to the entire book very quickly. I took off only one star - because the killer in the book seemed to echo the killer from "The Night Spider" a bit too much for me. Oh - and don't forget Scott Brick, who is one of the best readers period.
While I was listening to this book, I really enjoyed it. Looking at it critically for a review, I will say while enjoyable, it is not my favorite Picoult book. There's no doubt that Picoult is talented and has a wonderful writing style. However, I found some points of the plot unbelivable, and other parts too similar to previous novels. To me, this story seemed like it followed too much of the "formua" that was created in her other successful books, and it made this book less original for me.
If you are a first-time Picoult listener, read "My Sister's Keeper" or "Nineteen Minutes." My Sister's Keeper, as an audiobook, is sheer brilliance.
Yuck! I am a fan of Jodi Picoult, and some literary sites recommended this book as being paralell to Picoult (for ethical and social subject matter).
I found this book to very drawn out, tedious, whiny and lacking enough plot to keep it from being so whiny and annoying. Once I got halfway into the book, I had more compassion for the self-centered main character, and could understand why the author portrayed her in that way... but the first part of the book was almost so unbearable I almost didn't make it through.
Can't say I would recommend it. Spend your credits on some Picoult instead!
I decided to try out this book because I am a Scott Brick junkie.
So yes, there are parts of this book that are... say, a wee-bit unbelievable. I'll call it "Hollywood-movie reality." :) In fact, I could easily see this book headlining at my local theater.
If you can get past this small hiccup, you've got a great, entertaining listen. With some great plot twists - right up to the very end. Scott Brick is his usual brilliant self - although I must admit that I found his voice to be a little old for the main charater. Still, I give this book a solid 4/5.
I really enjoyed this book. Well-written. Suspenseful. I loved the charcters, I found myself up late many nights listening to just a few more chapters, and then I would end up being "scared" awake, with my heart running a mile a minute from the story.
I also thought the background and first-person take on the killer was fascinating, adding a new texture to the storyline.
The cherry on this sundae is Scott Brick, a truly superb reader. Thanks Audible!
By the time I listened to WildFire, I had been on a DeMille/John Corey Marathon. I was excited that there was another suspenseful installment to get my hands on!
Like other DeMille novels, there was suspense, plot twists, blurry lines between fact and fiction, and enough detail provided to the reader that there was no doubt that DeMille would make any researcher proud. Couple this with John Corey's mind + some great laughs... and you have another hit.
I gave this book 4/5 stars because I found some of the Custer Hill Club discussion and dialog to be a little repetitive and a bit unrealistic. That aside, all in all - this is a fine book - and as usual, Scott Brick ( my favorite narrator) is brilliant!
I didn't think DeMille could top Lion's Game, but Night Fall was just as good - if not better. I listened to this audiobook immediately after listening to Lion's Game. In true DeMille fashion, the attention to detail and explanation of facts make the lines between fact and fiction blur in a captivating way. John Corey is again at his best and DeMille is very gifted at making t his characters come to life.
I had my ipod running nonstop with this book - while driving, sleeping eating. I couldn't put this book down.
Unlike other readers, I really LIKED the ending. In fact, I was so engrossed with the characters that I didn't even see it coming. It was a haunting and real way to end the book.
Highly recommended to all.
I can't tell you how happy I am to have stumbled into the world of John Corey and Nelson Demille. I found this book to be even more captivating because of 9/11, so for those of you who may think of passing on this title because it is "dated" - don't!
DeMille's attention to detail is fascinating and provides a solid foundation to jump in feet first and become one with the characters and the plot. I couldn't turn off my ipod, and found myself listening anytime I could sneak away for a few minutes.
It's funny - at the very beginning of the book - I found John Corey to be a little annoying and immature. But he quickly grew on me, and soon he was my pal. I found myself cracking up outloud and was impressed with Corey's wit and humor. I listened to the rest of the "John Corey Series (Night Fall , Wildfire)" one right after the other and can't wait for the next installment.
I was very curious about this book. It made all of the recommended "lists." It featured a narrator, Tom Stechschulte, that I had come to really appreciate in another audio book by Jodi Picoult. Plus, it had a Pulitzer nod.
This book lived up to all of my expectations and more.
I am still spellbound and haunted by this book. Surprisingly, the minimalist writing and dialogue were the author's most compelling tools - even without huge plot twists and turns I was always on the edge of my seat.
I found myself immersed in the landscape of a world after nuclear destruction. and my feelings were interwoven with those of the father and son... thanks to the masterful writing of Mr. McCarthy and tnarration by Tom Stechschulte. Bravo.
I might have missed this book if it wasn't for Audible and other readers' review. Thank you!
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